Oda House brings the rare-for-Manhattan cuisine of Georgia to the East Village, and if youve ever had the pleasure of tucking into that countrys gut-busting fare, you know that its something worth getting excited about. Chef-partner Maia Acquavivas menu doesnt stint on the classics. Theres Georgian shish kebab (pictured), the slow-cooked lamb dish called chakapuli, the titanic soup dumplings known as khinkali, and a section devoted to khachapuri, the excellent Georgian cheese breads, variously stuffed and topped. The space is small, but theres room enough for a two-man band that plays traditional music on weekends with the kind of fervor you might associate with an old East Village punk-rock venue.
Oda House, 76 Ave. B, at 5th St.; 212-353-3838
*This article originally appeared in the June 17, 2013 issue of New York Magazine.