Preview: MOFAD: Knights of the Raj

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Date(s) - 08/03/2018 - 08/05/2018
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm



Cover image courtesy of MOFAD

What’s up? Knights of the Raj NYC is an immersive arts experience that beautifully captures the struggles and the stories behind the people who make up the largest Bangladeshi community in the United States, the people who brought curry to New York City restaurants.

Damage? $20-$30

Why you should go. Sample the delights of South Asia in this showcase devoted to the ultimate comfort food from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Knights of the Raj NYC inserts visitors directly into the lives of the people behind the food. They live above restaurants or in cramped housing quarters near those restaurants or halal carts; with this exhibition at MOFAD, visitors will gain insight into their home lives.

Limited capacity and limited engagement! Knights of the Raj NYC will be on show at MOFAD from July 20 through August 5 with timed entry from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Tickets include a three-course tasting menu of Bangladeshi street food and British style curries at the MOFAD culinary studio. Opening weekend (July 20-22) will include traditional Bangladeshi music.

What is MOFAD?

Carved out from an old garage, this museum lab devotes itself entirely to exploring food, drink and culture. MOFAD has hosted several inspiring after-hours events including: An evening of Polish vodkaChef Pierre Thiam on Senegalese CuisineFood writer Sarah LohmanMichael Twitty’s African Roots in Southern CuisineSpice Master Lior Lev Sercarz of La Boîte NYC, and Éric Ripert and Alex Guarnaschelli.

Useful tips:

  • RSVP ASAP before tickets sell out.
  • Attire? Casual works.
  • Alone or with friends? Either or.
  • Business cards are always a plus.
  • Fancy a nightcap or bite to eat nearby? 
  1. KarczmaKarczma, 136 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
  2. Krolewskie Jadlo 694 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn NY, 11222 – Polish, the most medieval-looking restaurant I’ve ever seen.
  3. No Name Bar 597 Manhattan Ave. New York, NY 11222 Chinese trendy, hipster popular.
  4. Pete’s Candystore 709 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, No longer an old-school candystore, but a creative bar with live music.
  5. Spritzenhaus, 33 Nassau Avenue, Greenpoint, great selection of beer, family friendly, good dogs and fries. I love this place.
  6. Tørst 615 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222 Craft beers – yes this is Greenpoint!