The country of Georgia was once part of the Soviet Union and likely often confused with the state. Perhaps even more confusion for individuals might be connected to what cuisine emerges from this obscure country. Those living in New York have the benefit of having access to multiple varieties of such dining options, yet determining where some of the best options exist may be difficult for some diners.
At Georgian Dream, a dish known as ojaxuri offers guests the chance to mix pork and potatoes amid a flavoring of onion, something that’s reportedly considered to be popular among Georgian families. Meanwhile, at Oda House, a unique take on salmon has the fish baked with a combination of sour cream, cheese and mushrooms.
Those venturing into Mtskheta might want to watch where they’re walking as they head to their table, given the darkened atmosphere. Tasting the beef khinkali is the equivalent of eating soup dumplings, while the cheeses that natives enjoy are available. In addition, beans that have been braised in herbs and mushrooms that are stewed are other options.
Tone Cafe offers kupati, which is the Georgian equivalent of sausage and has items like cilantro and pomegranate seeds located on top. Those with a yen for something that finds a way to merge cheese, eggs, bread and butter should be satisfied by tasting the adjaruli khachapuri that’s produced on a daily basis.
While Tone Cafe requires a trip to Brighton Beach, a place within New York City that can also offer some solid adjaruli khachapuri would be the Old Tbilisi Garden on Bleeker Street. Here, the sour and salty aspects are replaced by something that appeals to a diner’s sweet tooth. That same dish at Cheeseboat in Williamsburg will sometimes have food like macaroni and cheese or meatballs on top.