Traditional dessert pastries in the United States are often thought of as fluffy and doughy. In Central Asia, dessert pastries sometimes have flaky crusts. There is a cafe in Brooklyn is known for its focus on desserts of the Central-Asian region.
Brooklyn, NY (PRWEB) April 16, 2015
The idea of a favorite dessert dish in New York brings a particular set of images to mind. The prevalent idea behind traditional American dessert usually consists of what other than apple pie? However, in different regions throughout the world, such as Central Asia, the idea of dessert is very different. Traditional dessert pastries in the United States are often thought of as fluffy and doughy. In Central Asia, dessert pastries sometimes have flaky crusts. There is a cafe in Brooklyn is known for its focus on desserts of the Central-Asian region.
No dessert from Central Asia is better known than baklava. Made from flaky layers of filo dough, which bakes into a thin, unleavened crust that gets filled with sweetened nuts, and held together with a sweet syrup, it's no wonder baklava has been a favorite in the region for centuries.
Central Asian countries have deep-fried desserts as well as unleavened, baked pastries. One example is chak-chak, which is a favorite dessert in the Central Asian region. Chak-chak is a sweet noodle dish, which is a little different than the usual American dessert. The noodles are deep fried and sticky after being sweetened with honey.
The Nargis Cafe in Brooklyn offers both of these examples of rich desserts from the central-Asian region. Everything from fried syrupy noodles to flaky baklava is on the menu. The entire menu of the Nargis Cafe is steeped in central Asian tradition, as is the chef Big B, who was born in Uzbekistan.
Chef "Big B" Bangiev was trained in the culinary arts in the United States, but opened a restaurant in 2007 that hearkens back to the food and culture of his native country. As a result, Bangiev has introduced Central Asian cuisine - including the exotic desserts, like baklava, chak-chak and others - to the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.
Apparently there is a taste for central Asian food and desserts developing in the United States, because Nargis Cafe is one of the busiest restaurants in the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood of Brooklyn. The restaurant attracts customers who are new to the culture and cuisine of Uzbekistan and Central Asia, but it's also a home-away-from-home to many of the immigrants from the region who now live in Sheepshead Bay.
People looking for a tasty culture shock for dessert should explore Nargis Cafe. Additional to the rich, sweet, cultural desserts offered on the menu is the decor lifted straight from Central Asia. From ceiling to floor, Nargis Cafe looks like it was lifted straight from Uzbekistan. It was this aesthetic that attracted the producers of television programs from the Cooking Channel and also the FX Network's critically-acclaimed series, "The Americans;" Nargis Cafe has been featured as a location shoot in the FX network’s Cold War-era drama.
Dessert is a favorite for most people, but it's hard to break away from the old American standards of apple pie, ice cream and chocolate cake. Places like Nargis Cafe offer ice cream and chocolate cake for the unadventurous, but there is a whole world of desserts out there for people looking to push the international boundaries of their culinary quests.
About Nargis Cafe
Located at the intersection of Avenue Z and Coney Island Avenue, the Nargis Cafe has been serving Central Asian and Uzbek cuisine to the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood since 2007. The restaurant is a popular fixture in the Brooklyn neighborhood, thanks to its authentic Central Asian cuisine and atmosphere. The Nargis Cafe has been featured in the New York Times, the Village Voice, and on television for the Cooking Channel and even FX, as a location shot for the hit show "The Americans."
2818 Coney Island Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11235