ITHACA, N.Y. — A new restaurant that offers a unique take on pasta and Asian flavors is opening this weekend on Third Street in Ithaca.

Restaurant owners and brothers Zaw Lin and Zaw Winn, longtime Ithaca residents, are officially opening the doors of Hakacha, at 311 Third St., on Saturday. They will be open for dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. every day but Tuesday. The restaurant, which has wood accents, a black and white checkered floor, tree branches behind tables and string lights is intended to have a backyard feel.

Interior of Hakacha located in the Hancock Plaza at 311 Third St., Ithaca. (Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice)
Interior of Hakacha located in the Hancock Plaza at 311 Third St., Ithaca. (Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice)
Some of the non-alcoholic drink offerings like blood orange peach lemonade and Thai lemon ice tea on display. (Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice)
Some of the non-alcoholic drink offerings like blood orange peach lemonade and Thai lemon ice tea on display. (Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice)

Lin described the food as “pasta with unique sauce” and Asian flavors. For mains, there are pasta dishes like chicken green curry pasta, spicy bacon pasta, squid ink with salmon and vegetarian pasta. There’s also an inventive bacon ramen on menu along with vegetarian ramen. The ramen and pasta dishes range in price from about $11 to $20. There are also appetizers like toast with dried shredded pork and fried shrimp wraps, ranging from $3.50 to $5.50, a selection of desserts and non-alcoholic beverages.

Opening a restaurant was something Lin and Winn always wanted to do, Lin said.

“It’s a bit risky to do something like this because it’s based on what we like,” he said. “We came up with the recipes. Whatever we make here is basically just trying out things that are not supposed to go together.”

The flavors in the dishes reflect the influences of the brothers’ family and travels, including Thai, Japanese, and Burmese elements. Lin and his brother grew up in Thailand and growing up, Lin said, “Food was everything.” He said his mother was a great cook. When chatting ahead of the opening, Lin didn’t like to dwell on himself. He said, “We just want people to experience the food.”

The restaurant opens at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 25. It will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. every day but Tuesday at 311 Third St., Ithaca.

Featured image: Hakacha opens May 25 at 311 Third St. in Ithaca.

Kelsey O'Connor

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at koconnor@ithacavoice.com and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.