Roni Mazumdar

Roni Mazumdar, is the innovative restaurateur behind The Masalawala, Rahi, Adda Indian Canteen, Biryani Bol, and the upcoming Dhamaka. Since opening The MasalaWala, Roni has been further exploring the foods of his youth, sharing lesser-known quintessential dishes from remote areas of India with New Yorkers. His follow up to Masalawala, was Rahi in 2017 with Chef Chintan Pandya which quickly attracted the attention of national and local media for serving innovative interpretations of Indian cuisine, and was heralded by The New York Times restaurant reviewer Pete Wells. In addition to The Masalawala and Rahi, he is also the proud owner of Adda Indian Canteen, which focuses on local and regional Indian dishes. Adda gained praise from local and national publications including Mr. Wells again by receiving a radiant two-star review in The New York Times. In 2019, Adda was a semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award for “Best New Restaurant,” and named Food & Wine Magazine’s Ten Best New Restaurants, Eater’s National Best New Restaurants” and Bon Appetit Top 50 Best New Restaurants of 2019. In late 2019, Roni partnered with artist Mattia Casalegno in Aerobanquets RMX, a virtual reality experience combining food and fantasy, which was held at the James Beard House. Most recently, in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, Mazumdar created a new concept: Biryani Bol, a platform serving only their acclaimed signature dish inspired by the Lucknow Biryani. Roni’s philosophy of business is continually met with a mind for philanthropy and community, both in New York City and back in India. He’s involved with Accion, one of the leading global nonprofit organizations; and contributed a dish to Leyla Moushabeck’s The Immigrant Cookbook. Roni is part of City Harvest’s Food Council to help spread awareness of the organization’s mission of raising funds in donating high quality food to help feed hungry New Yorkers. In early 2020, Eater named Roni and Chintan as part of their New Guards of New York Dining, which explored the state of power and influence in the New York City dining scene. Roni’s television appearances include CNBC, NY1, PIX11, and others.