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Bukharan Central Asian Feast at Tandoori Food & Bakery

Known as The Chaikhana by insiders, Tandoori may be the best place in New York to experience Bukharan Central Asian cuisine, a distinctive mix of the flavors of the Silk Road. The name Tandoori may suggest Indian cuisine, but this restaurant is primarily Uzbek.

Visit Rego Park, Queens, home to the largest Bukharan Jewish population in the United States, for a Kosher feast to welcome the holiday season. This Meetup is a must for the adventurous and anyone who loves hearty winter fare. This may be a once in a lifetime chance to experience a meal like this; it's not just dinner, it's a feast!

The proposed menu:

Choice of one soup per person:

Lagman: Noodle soup with meat and vegetables


Shurpa: Oxtail vegetable soup

Morkovcha: Spicy marinated carrot salad

Chim-Cha Salad: Spicy cabbage salad

Samsa: Meat pies

Manti: Steamed dumplings

Shish Kebab: Lamb! Chicken! Offal!

Plov: Rice with meat and vegetables

Dimlama: Uzbek stew

Lepeshka: Chewy and crisp round loaf of bread

Non toki: Bowl shaped cracker

Hummus: Chickpea dip for the lepeshka and non toki

Tea: The "chai" in Chaikhana

The final bill for the meal, including tax and tip, will be divided equally among the diners. The estimated cost per diner is $25-30. You will be responsible for the cost of any drinks or individual desserts that you order. Cash only.

Please only RSVP “Yes” if you will attend. If your plans change, please update your RSVP. Some dishes will be special orders that require at least 3 days notice, therefore no-shows or late cancellations will be removed from the group.

Public Transportation:

- R or M to 63 Dr - Rego Park

(from Manhattan, exit near the rear of the train, walk down 63rd Drive by the shopping center)

- E or F to Jackson Heights - Roosevelt Avenue or 7 to 74th Street and Broadway, then 4 stops on the R or M to 63 Dr - Rego Park

Distance between New York and Bukhara, Uzbekistan:

6,295 miles

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  • Sally

    REAL became SURREAL when excess became the norm. "Once in a lifetime" was promised and a full-on Bukharan kosher feast was delivered. Rabbis wandered, families danced, grannies karaoked, the band turned it up to 11 and our table was awash with food. We slurped on shurpa (oxtail soup, not the mountaineer) or did it lagman style. A wise man told me that unwashed oxtail tastes so much better because it's naturally seasoned. This ox shouldn't have bathed. The warm white lepeshka was deliciously chewy on its own or dipped in hummus, while the cold wheat lepeshka and the matzoh-like non toki made lovely centerpieces. Tandoori is known for kebabs cooked in their namesake clay ovens. The sweetbreads confused some who thought it was chicken and another who looked for pastries. The salads were exceptional. I understand why my Uzbek client turned vegan. Thanks to Yen for the floorshow. Special thanks to Serge, a very wise man; we couldn't have done it without you. Happy Hanukkah!

    1 · December 6, 2012

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