Everyone’s Russian to eat at this restaurant!
Popular Sheepshead Bay Russian and Uzbek eatery Nargis Cafe is opening a new location on Fifth Avenue next year. Park Slope is a long way from Southern Brooklyn’s large Eastern European community, but the owner says his cuisine already pulls fans from all over the tri-state area.
“We have customers coming to us from all over Manhattan, Park Slope, Williamsburg, New Jersey, and Connecticut,” said owner and head chef Boris “Big B” Bangiyev. “We started with a Russian clientele, but now we have so many customers that we could go anywhere.”
Bangiyev expects to open his new venture Nargis Bar and Grill sometime in March at 155 Fifth Ave. between St. Johns and Lincoln Place, filling in the spot left vacant after sushi joint Nana called it quits in October.
Nargis serves some Russian dishes, but focuses mostly on Uzbek food, which has more in common the cuisines from other nearby Central Asian nations, Bangiyev said.
“It’s very unique — it’s more like the Turkish side, but much tastier,” said the chef, who was born in the Uzbekistan capital of Tashkent when it was under the iron curtain, before immigrating to the United States in 1992 when he was 14.
His menu will include shish kebabs, a hearty soup called lagmon made with noodles, beef, lamb, and vegetables, and samsa — a pastry filled with lamb, beef, and onions.
The Sheepshead Bay Nargis isn’t just famous for its food — it was featured in an episode of FX series “The Americans,” where, spoiler alert, an undercover Russian spy played by Brooklyn Heights resident Matthew Rhys killed two Afghani terrorists and a dishwasher, before donning a cowboy hat and fleeing.