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Nargis Cafe

Open until 01:00 AM
Located in the heart of Brooklyn, at the intersection of Coney Island Avenue and Avenue Z, Nargis has quickly become a well-known international escape for New Yorkers and visitors alike. Since it first opened its doors in 2007 Nargis provides a gateway into Uzbek cuisine and its best traditions. Our authentic décor and cozy ambiance imbue every experience with a taste and feel of Central Asian cuisine and culture. Our menu includes a variety of items, each representing a firework of culinary fantasy. The main dishes are prepared with only the highest quality meats, and our homemade “Manti” is a staple that has turned first-time customers into regular visitors. Stop in for a uniquely spiced salad, adorned with mixed green, yogurt, cucumbers, and radishes. Or try our “Bojon” salad, a fascinating delicacy served with eggplant puree and fresh garlic. Warm up with our freshly brewed green tea, served in a traditional piyala, as well as our marvelous “plov” (with lamb meat, rice, carrots, and chickpeas), “samsa” (steamed meat dumplings), “shurpa”(meat broth with vegetables) or “lagman” (diced meat, vegetables and homemade noodles). Our authentic dishes appeal to the most seasoned palates, as well as newcomers to Central Asian cuisine. Nargis’ culinary creations are the progeny of proprietor and the chef Boris Bangiev, a virtuoso of the culinary art. Everything in Nargis is original and unique – unsurpassed Central Asian food, warm and caring atmosphere, and eastern hospitality.
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Chopstix Restaurant

Open until 11:00 PM
Chef George Wong is the owner of two Chop Stix Restaurants. The restaurants are located in Brooklyn, New York City. Chef Wong offers a unique blend of modern Chinese and Japanese cuisine with a choice of popular American Chinese dishes. It is a gourmet feast for everyone in the family.Chef Wong's inspiration came from years of working in the restaurant business as a young immigrant from China. He worked as the jack-of-all-trades for his uncle in a large restaurant in Fort Lee, NJ. From those early beginnings, he saw that Chinese dishes were basically the same from one restaurant to another. The desire to gain further knowledge of different gourmet styles made him enrol at The Art Institute in New York City. He was fortunate to train under some of the best chef instructors in the country like Chef Michael Vignapiano, Chef Eric Pellizzari, and Chef Frank Costantino. He excelled and earned an AOS degree in Culinary Art and Restaurant Management with Honors and received a presidential award with a 4.0 GAP score. He won three gold medals at the ACF approved Culinary Competitions and one gold medal at the prestigious Salon of Culinary Art. After graduation, he continued his education at the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park New York. He was mentored by acclaimed Southeast Asian chef, Chef Robert Danhi. From there, he began to experiment with different styles and came up with a modern style of Chinese culinary dishes.Chef Wong has traveled, visited, and worked in the kitchens of China and Southeast Asia. He has sampled every kind of Asian cuisine. He is familiar with renowned Chinese cuisine featuring scallion, cilantro, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, and Sichen Pepper cones. The Chop Stix Restaurant menu includes Grilled Northern Atlantic Salmon, Thai Red Curry Sauce with Chicken or Beef, Steamed Tilapia with Ginger & Scallion Sauce, Lobster Tempura, and sushi, among others.The Nostrand Avenue Chop Stix Restaurant offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience that is unlike any other. It is tastefully decorated with plants, lighting, wood finishing, mini stone walls, Asian wall art, along with a bridge over a small pond adjoining the dining area and the sushi bar. All this will leave you feeling like you have just dined in the Far East. It's also worth mentioning that in 2008, Chop Stix Restaurant was rated in the Top 100 Chinese Restaurant in the USA Award by the Chinese Restaurant News Magazine.If you would like more information about this Chop Stix or to schedule and interview with Chef George Wong, please call 718-891-0392 or email chefgeorge@chopstixofnyc.com.

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