Coming soon to 2612 East 14th Street: Sagdiana Restaurant. A culinary feast of Uzbek, Caucasian, Russian and French cousins. I, personally, don’t have any French cousins that I know of, but I sure do hope that, if I do, Sagdiana hunts them down, kills them, and serves them to me with a fancy-shmancy cream sauce.

The above sign appeared this week at 2612 East 14th Street, the former home of Cafe L’Azur, confirming our suspicions that the 2.5 year old restaurant is closed. It’s cut off in the photo, but the sign notes Sagdiana will have all new management. No word yet on when they’ll be open, but we took a peak inside and it seems just about fully furnished. We’re looking forward to our new neighbors.

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  • Fnoerqbfewi

    Yum, Caucasian cuisine. 

    • Barkingspider7

      Is this only for white people? ;)

  • Anonymous

    lol. good one. You must forgive uzbek people, they just cant tell apart  cousin from Cuisine :) ” They are brothers” they shout with excitement. 

  • Anonymous

    ROFL

  • Anonymous

    ROFL

    • Slava

      another “uzbek” establishment, serving shish kebab of sorts, pilaf, and other uzbek ethnic food. these places are opening up ala russian pharmacy style, or ala russian food store wave of the not-so-distant past.   so far  Cafe NARGIZ on coney island (off ave Z) seems to have the best, and most authentic uzbek food, followed by  Aziza 7 on ave Z bet E 21st and 22nd (where owners/operators are true uzbeks, and cook their own homestyle way).  maye that could be your next stop for “THE BITE”

      • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

        Thanks for the tip. Haven’t been to Aziza yet!

        • Anonymous

          I second the recommendation of Aziza. It is the epitome of home-style. Seriously, you’ll feel like you are at your grandma’s house. If your grandma was Uzbeki and an amazing cook of course.

      • Anonymous

        Nargis got a REALLY poor Rating…… they got a C i believe..  Never gonna eat there again.  Plus last time i was there i got sick 2 hours later. surprise surprise under cooked meat!

        • Anonymous

          I’d be curious to see what the violations were. I have found many times that these ratings are complete bullshit. Nargiz is delicious, and I would check the violations before totally discounting them. If it was for something like using hot coals over a huge open flame (which looked quite dangerous, but made the shish kebab delicious) then I see no reason to stop going.If there’s rats running around on the grill, that’s a different story.

          • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

            Last inspection was in June. Violations:

            Sanitary Violations
            1) Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
            2) Sanitized equipment or utensil, including in-use food dispensing utensil, improperly used or stored.
            3) Wiping cloths soiled or not stored in sanitizing solution.
            4) Accurate thermometer not provided in refrigerated or hot holding equipment.
            5) Non-food contact surface improperly constructed. Unacceptable material used. Non-food contact surface or equipment improperly maintained and/or not properly sealed, raised, spaced or movable to allow accessibility for cleaning on all sides, above and underneath the unit.

            No vermin, no insects. 22 points total. This is not a huge amount nor violations of a particularly disgusting nature, in my opinion. Since the switch to the new grading system, many restaurants have complained that minor infractions can cause major drops in grades, and public misunderstandings lead to a loss of business. They say that the new system is anti-small business.

            What do you think? Are these violations worth crossing them off your list?

          • Guest

            Nope. Many restauraunts that seem to get bad grades are the established locations that have been around for awhile and/or serve excellent food. I’ve seen far too many A’s on McDonalds, Subway and up yonder in Yuppieville to all the new places that serve Twigs and leaves. Definitely another one of the emperor’s money making scams.

          • Anonymous

            lol i haven’t felt that sick in years, threw up liquid, think i was throwing up to the point i couldn’t throw up anymore… high fevers, shivers, couldn’t drink water, couldn’t do anything.

            2 days in a row. 

            What was it from? no clue….but it happened 2 hours after eating there.

          • Anonymous

            Exactly what I thought. These all sound like bogus violations. I violate 10 times more of those in my own kitchen dairly and its fine.

            I will continue to go back. I couldn’t care less how thier “non-food contact surface” is constructed.

          • Anonymous

            yea but your not selling food to people from your own kitchen.

        • http://twitter.com/Lostinservice Lostinservice

          The Letter ratings are a dumb system and flawed. Bloomberg’s system is a means to make money by charging restaurants money for reinspection and improperly evaluating violations to force reinspection. You can have evidence of live mice and still get an A rating.

          This is why Nargis got a B in their recent inspection:

          Sanitary Violations
          1) Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
          2) Sanitized equipment or utensil, including in-use food dispensing utensil, improperly used or stored.
          3) Wiping cloths soiled or not stored in sanitizing solution.
          4) Accurate thermometer not provided in refrigerated or hot holding equipment.
          5)
          Non-food contact surface improperly constructed. Unacceptable material
          used. Non-food contact surface or equipment improperly maintained and/or
          not properly sealed, raised, spaced or movable to allow accessibility
          for cleaning on all sides, above and underneath the unit.

        • Anonymous

          lol It’s under cooked for your liking! But! Uzbek people eat it all the time. :)

        • Anonymous

          lol It’s under cooked for your liking! But! Uzbek people eat it all the time. :)

  • Anonymous

    WHYYYYYYYYY.   I think South Brooklyn has more Russian restaurants now then Moscow.  Why do Uzbeks think that anyone is going to go to them to eat “French” food.

    I can already predict what this place will be.  Small, with expansive food.  Tacky decor with colors that will burn your eyeballs.    The waiters will be rude and will insist that you should order more food to be full.  “Should I bring appetizers for the table? We will start with salad” The owner will sit in the corner table wearing an Armani Exchange shirt and pretend he is doing everyone a favor by letting them come in and eat there.  Then they will add 10% graduaty to the the bill and insist on a tip. 

    • Anonymous

      Wow, Mr tuth, you should rename yourself to Truth! cause that sounds about right.

      • Anonymous

        I was the Truth, then I decided to register an account and misspelled it.  Now I can’t change it :-(

  • Dzhigit

    Caucasian doesn’t mean “white people” in this context. There is a Caucasian Region in the southern part of Russia as well as some of the former USSR republics (Russia: Chechnya, Dagestan. Former republics: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan), also known as Caucasus Mountains Region. 

    The ethnic groups in the Caucasus regions have their own ethnic foods, which is somewhat similar to Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, etc) foods.