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Central Asian Restaurant Row in Kensington

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Ditmas Ave between McDonald and Ocean Parkway now features no fewer than four Central Asian restaurants. There's Old Baku (Azerbaijani, Jewish), Cafe Afsona (Uzbeki), Gayana's Bakery, and Sim Sim Cafe (Azerbaijani).

I ate in the backyard of Old Baku this weekend and had some very good food. There's no English menu, so we let Baku's English-speaking owner, Nate, order for us. We had wonderful little pelmeni, outstanding lamb and beef-stuffed grape leaves (about the best I've had), good goat kharcho and a platter of mixed kebabs. The starters, which included an eggplant spread, tomatoes with feta, a generic salad, and cold fish, were mediocre.

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Sim-Sim Cafe
312 Ditmas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

Gayana's Bakery Cafe
418 Ditmas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

Old Baku
115 Ditmas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

Cafe Afsona
416 Ditmas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

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