Authentic Uzbek Cuisine at Brooklyn’s Nargis Cafe

Authentic Uzbek Cuisine at Brooklyn’s Nargis Cafe

Until this past week, I’d never had Uzbek cuisine or been to the Sheepshead Bay/Brighton Beach area of Brooklyn. After a trip to Nargis Cafe, I can check both off the list. I visited the bustling restaurant—which stands out from its neighboring Coney Island Avenue eateries thanks to a large purple sign, ample outdoor seating and an ever-growing line of people waiting to get in—on a Saturday night. The south Brooklyn area is home to a large number of Russian immigrants, as well as populations from the Central Asian countries of Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan. The rich cultures of these destinations are evident in the area, with many restaurants offering similar home-away-from-home fare; but each time the door to the restaurant opened to reveal colorful, intricate tapestries; a number of tables crowded with happy patrons and teeming with hearty cuisine, and the mouthwatering smell of grilled meat that wafted onto the street, I suddenly knew why this was the place to be.

Once seated in the outdoor portion of the restaurant, I enjoyed a number of delectable dishes, including a “Spring” salad of fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and herbs, topped with feta cheese, which served to be both light and filling; melt-in-your-mouth grilled lamb kebabs; flavorful steamed meat dumplings with sour cream for dipping; bread that was crispy and flaky on the outside to reveal a fluffy, warm interior; and chocolate ice cream (because, why not). I washed it down with soothing black tea.

For something a bit different, I highly suggest a trip to Nargis Cafe, the locals are definitely on to something.

 

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