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The Fast-Casual Kurry Shack Brings Mango Lassis and Cream Cheese Naan to Pennsport

The new Indian restaurant is from the owner of Makhani in Old City

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A spread at the new Kurry Shack
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Shafi Gaffar just opened the doors at his second Indian restaurant in Philly, and this time he’s setting up in Pennsport. Gaffar, who opened Makhani Modern Indian in Old City last year, is going more casual at Kurry Shack, set at 2015 E. Moyamensing Avenue, near the corner of Moyamensing and Snyder. The space was previously Wild Burrito.

Chef Abdur Masud, who, like Gaffar, is originally from Bangladesh, is cooking a halal, northern Indian menu at Kurry Shack, with several vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options alongside the salmon tikka, goat vindaloo, and chicken korma. Breads baked in the tandoor oven include fluffy poori, roti, and some unusual varieties of stuffed naan (there’s one with mozzarella and garlic and one with cream cheese).

In the counter-service restaurant, diners order via touchscreen, choosing off a long list of set dishes or going the build-your-own route: Pick a protein and a sauce/style of cooking.

There are seats for 18 people inside, and another dozen at sidewalk tables in warmer weather. Gaffar is also playing up the delivery and takeout aspect of the eatery, with a presence on Grubhub, Caviar, Uber Eats, and Door Dash.

Kurry Shack’s hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, and until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is closed Wednesdays.

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The interior is decorated in bright colors.
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Kurry Shack is in South Philly.
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