For my birthday, two of my amazing friends took me to an Egyptian restaurant that I can only describe as stunning. This was by far, hands down, absolutely the coolest restaurant experience I’ve ever had!
Kebab Cafe, in Astoria, Queens, is an anomaly. The tiny restaurant is filled with an eclectic mix of photos, paintings and collectibles from Egypt. Among these are posters which celebrate the long awaited freedom the Egyptians recently won!
Intentionally not having a menu, the owner, Ali, begins asking what type of meat you would like (or vegetarian). Then, in his thick Egyptian accent, tells you about all of the dishes he can whip up before your very eyes. I say before your very eyes, because the wide-open kitchen is right next to the total of 5 tables.
We started with a mezze platter filled with hummus, babaganoush and falafel. Then we savored these AMAZING wild mushroom dumplings which we watched him construct next to us! For our main course, we had beef kafka kabobs. Everything was scrumptious!
If you ever go, you must give me a full report on your experience…or you could just invite me.
p.s. Kebab Cafe was featured on the Travel Channel!