With the wide array of New York restaurants available, seemingly every international taste has been accounted for when it comes to dining options. However, Greenwich Village will now have a place that’s specifically focused on serving kubeh, the dumpling that continues to tantalize discriminating palates around the world.
The new restaurant, known simply as Kubeh, will be run by Long Island native Melanie Shurka and is located near 11th Street at 464 Sixth Avenue. It will serve the dumplings that are filled with bulgur wheat and semolina, with enhancements to flavor coming through the broth in which it’s served.
Shurka is looking to widen the dining options, which is why those getting a bite to eat will have five different forms kubeh and four different broths. This is a staple of the Middle East region of Levantine, which connects the nations of Jordan and Syria with Palestine.
A sampling of those possible options whet the appetites for those who enjoy exotic foods. Kubeh-based items like Kurdish siske in chicken broth or Syrian Codfish in a tomato, arak and fennel soup can be enjoyed with side dishes like haricot-vert salad that includes items like yogurt and dukkah or fried kibbeh with dill and sweet pea.
In the area of broths, some of those options include hamusta, which combines zucchini, lemon and Swiss chard or selek, which merges celery, herbs and beets.
Straying only slightly from the main dish, diners will also have the opportunity to try the kibbeh, which is similar in nature to kubeh. In this case, these tasty items are deep-fried concoctions that offer some added bite. If those aren’t to the liking of that diner, there’s always something like tahdiq or a bowl of sabich, the latter of which happens to be a favorite of Jews in Iraq.