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Oda House

Neighborhood: East Village
Address and phone: 76 Avenue B (212-353-3838)
Website: odahouse.com

You though you could already get any cuisine under the sun in the East Village, but then along comes Oda House and brings us something new: A taste of Georgia (the country, not the state) that makes you wonder why you haven't been eating this food all along. The space itself is small, but the flavors of chef-partner Maia Acquaviva's menu are bold and fresh. Must-orders are the Georgian-style shish kebabs and the addictive khachapuri, a stuffed cheese bread. You're probably going to want to order two of those actually—they're that good. The khinkali, which are hand-rolled soup dumplings that are like the (tastier) Eastern European version of the ones you find in Chinatown, are perhaps the easiest on-ramp to Georgian cuisine. Stop in on the weekend and you might be lucky enough to catch a two-man band getting down to some traditional Georgian tunes. If you're on some gluten-free-vegan-I-only-eat-kale diet, Oda House is definitely not the place for you. If you like to eat flavor-packed, hearty cuisine, then this new mecca of Georgian eats might become a new favorite. — Khushbu Shah

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