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Uzebekastan Restaurant goes all you can eat

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  • Brian Yarvin Dec 15, 1998 08:24 PM
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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.

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  1. Bad news indeed. I can't imagine a cuisine less suited to all-you-can-eat.

    Sigh...I loved that place...even put it in my book! I'll go check it out ASAP. Thanks for the report!

    Ciao

    4 Replies
    1. re: Jim Leff

      Zooming around Los Angeles in a pre-holiday frenzy, I
      noticed that L.A.'s very own Uzbekistan restaurant (La
      Brea and Sunset) has also gone all-you-can-eat.
      Coincidence? Or is something more serious afoot? Anyone
      know?

      1. 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
        salads.

        1. re: Robert

          Ukbekistan??

          1. 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
            inedibility.

            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
            mind.