Even in a city as diverse as New York, you’d be hard pressed to find many people who could easily find the country of Uzbekistan on a map. So for those who want to learn more about the country and its culture within the confines of Brooklyn, Cafe Kashkar is a flavorful introduction.
Located in Brighton Beach, Café Kashkar is hard for anyone to miss while walking down Brighton Beach Avenue, with its bright orange awning and sign decorated with arabesque motifs. One of the best assets of the restaurant is the friendliness of the staff, though occasionally the language barrier makes communication difficult (as is the case with most authentic ethnic restaurants). The décor inside the relatively small restaurant gives diners a sampling of the colorful (literally) Uzbek and Uygur cultures. Patterned cloths are draped over the tables, and Uzbek plates hang on the walls. I sat in the back right hand corner, probably one of the best seats, since I was able to see the chef working in the kitchen on the other side of the counter.