Uzebekastan Restaurant goes all you can eat
- Brian Yarvin Dec 15, 1998 08:24 PM
There's an odd piece of news from Rego Park - the
Uzebakastan Restaurant on 63rd Drive at the corner of
Alderton Avenue has gone all-you-can-eat.
There is now a flat price of $11 and no regular menu.
A few of my favorites are now missing - I especially
long for the sweetbread skewers!
I hope this isn't a bad sign.
re: Jane Tunks
Hey, please spell Ukbekistan right, or the secret
police will get you!
Jim and I did check out the all-you-can-eat, and it was
a good deal at $11.95. So as not to dispel the
suspense, let me simply hint that they handle it
differently that most other gorging establishments.
Kind of like the deceased Tony Roma, if that means
anything to you.
Hash is still top notch, with particular kudos to the
re: steve d.
We checked out this all-you-can-eat ($11 per person)
last night. It seems to be a unique format in NY, and
the place itself is pretty interesting -the
waiter/host was taking calls on a cell phone as he
tended tables, lady in a house dress (where were the
house slippers?) bussed tables, very soviet bloc-
central asian homey atmo.
Not a buffet (what we feared)-this place brings out
item after freshly cooked delicious item - each time
asking "what would you like next". They will suggest
you start with soup and salads (the latter self-
service from a bar). We had two diff soups, both good
and bearing a family resemblance to the georgian lamb
and veg soup, spiked with fresh coriander. While the
salad bar was somewhat tired and depleted (we arrived
at 8:30 sunday night) there were several excellent
items, including roasted peppers stuffed with shredded
carrots, cabbage salad tinted pink with beet juice and
many pickles. Then the parade of kebabs (two skewers
of each) began, lula (ground meat) lamb, chicken, all
perfectly, freshly cooked and distinct in flavor. By
that time, we were pretty much sated, but since we saw
some intriguing dumplings go by, we asked for them too
(by this time, there was no one else in the place, but
they remained cordial and totally hospitable). The
manti, largeish boiled dumplings filled with small
pieces of meat, were wonderful. The only drawback to
this meal was the bread - they had nuked the naans to
a state of almost impenetrable leatheriness and
A sidelight-this trip began with a late-night kid pick-
up in forest hills. We first tried to use this as an
occasion to check out the Tajikistan Restaurant. In
light of Jim's warnings, my husband - who speaks farsi
- called ahead to confirm that they were open. They
said they were open - they were, we found but only in
a formal sense- they had a large party of yarmulka-
adorned central asians, and would't let us in. If this
had been a special trip, we would have been more
pissed. Don't go there without a fall-back option in