This is a sponsored post from Chayhana Salom, an authentic Uzbeki restaurant and tea room slated to open this weekend at 1652 Sheepshead Bay Road.
Chayanas aren’t just eateries. In Central Asia, they’re social institutions. Translated as “tea room,” chayhanas bring together businessmen, intellectuals and friends for hobnobbing, gabbing and networking.
And, beginning this weekend, an Uzbeki couple is bringing the iconic fixture of their native country to Sheepshead Bay Road.
Chayhana Salom – or “welcoming tea room” – will celebrate its grand opening at 1652 Sheepshead Bay Road this Saturday.
“You can do business here, or talk with friends or hang out. We’ll have free wi-fi here. You don’t have to come and just eat kebabs,” said the owners.
Of course, there will be the kebabs – and a number of dishes they say will distinguish themselves from the neighborhood’s other Uzbeki eateries.
Staffed with four chefs with years of culinary experience in Uzbeki restaurants (those actually in Uzbekistan), the owners have spent countless painstaking hours putting together a menu for their grand opening. Aside from Uzbeki favorites, like pilaf and samsas, they’re offering a number of unique dishes and new spins on old classics.
Among them will be hamar hasip, a dish in which dough is stuffed with meat and rice, rolled up and steamed. They will also have dolma, a version of stuffed grape leaves with meat and a drizzling of the house’s special sauce. Their lagman, a hearty soup, will be made with handmade noodles – “not store noodles,” they emphasize.
Oh, and the chicken tabaka, the flattened Cornish hen these Central Asians have graciously brought to our shores. Chayhana’s tabaka will be made to emulate those made at Ugolok, a restaurant whose take on the chicken dish is well-known to anyone from Tashkent.
“People from Tashkent will know where the recipe comes from just by tasting it,” the owners said. “This is the only place that makes this Cornish hen. It’s unbelievably delicious, a unique taste and famous sauce. We’re going to have the same look and the same taste.”
The couple aren’t done refining their menu, and add that they won’t be for a while. They’ve prepared a limited trial menu for their grand opening this weekend, but are looking for feedback from patrons on what to add.
“We want customers to say ‘It’s nice for you to have this menu, but you should have this or that on it,’” the owners said. “They’re always welcome, and we’re looking to know what homestyle dishes aren’t available at other restaurants and that we should add. We’re here to satisfy.”
Chayhana Salom will be open beginning this Saturday, from noon to midnight, waiting for your suggestions. They will also be at A Taste of Sheepshead Bay on October 11, treating attendees to their authentic home-style Uzbeki cooking.
And that authenticity? It’s what they say will put them ahead of the competition.
“We guarantee the taste of the food will be the same as in my country. We’re going to make everything good for our customers,” they said.
Chayhana Salom, 1652 Sheepshead Bay Road (between Jerome Avenue and Voorhies Avenue), (718) 332-2200.
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