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Acclaimed Adda Team Brings Virtual Reality Dining to NYC

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Plus, a new hot pot spot is coming — and more intel

Chintan Pandya and Roni Mazumdar pose in front of a newspapered wall at Long Island City’s Adda
Chintan Pandya and Roni Mazumdar
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Adda and James Beard have teamed up for virtual reality meals

A limited string of meals in November and December will showcase how food and virtual reality can intersect. Chintan Pandya and Roni Mazumdar of acclaimed Indian restaurants Adda and Rahi have teamed up with filmmaker Mattia Casalegno to create a virtual reality dining experience called Aerobanquets RMX at the James Beard house. Top Chef’s Gail Simmons narrates the seven-bite experience, which is $125 per person including tax and gratuity. Four people can go at one time; tickets are available here.

Pandya and Mazumdar have exploded onto New York City’s dining scene in the last year with their hit restaurants Rahi and Adda. Adda especially has broken out as a best new restaurant on lists from Eater, Food & Wine, and Bon Appétit.

In other news

— The historic Artuso Pastry Shop on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx’s Little Italy has added a cannoli bar. Cannolis are customizable with different shells (plain, powdered, or chocolate dipped), fillings such as pumpkin and peppermint, and toppings like pistachios, coconut, syrup drizzles, and more. The cannoli bar coincides with the launch of an online store.

— Rich people are snapping up wineries on the North Fork.

Sweetgreen is now valued at $1.6 billion.

— Sourdough doughnuts are the newest offering at Doughnut Plant, available in dark chocolate, pistachio, orange, and even a savory cacio e pepe flavor.

— Chef Shirley King is opening a hot pot spot called Shabulixius next month in Bayside at 39-32 Bell Boulevard.

— Amen:


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