Where to Find Uyghur Food in NYC

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Robyn Lee
Via Brighton Beach restaurant Cafe Kashkar, I explore the cuisine of the Uyghur people, an ethnic minority of Turkic Muslims in China's northwest, in this week's Village Voice. Though the Uyghur people comprise less than one percent of China's population, the food is popular throughout that country's major cities, and for good reason: delicious grilled lamb is served with hand-pulled noodles or stuffed into dumplings or baked into a doughy pie, and those are just a few of the mouth-watering staples of the culinary canon. But for all the Chinese restaurants in New York City (over 2,000, if you count dollar-a-scoop shops), the food of the Uyghur people is not well represented here.

If you look hard enough, though, you can find just about anything in New York City, and Uyghur cuisine is no exception. Here are the small handful of places where you can find this unique food in the five boroughs. Know of another spot? Let us know in the comments.

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Chef Justin Bazdarich of Speedy Romeo Doesn't Like Ramps

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StarChefs.com
Justin Bazdarich of Speedy Romeo

Justin Bazdarich worked as the opening chef at Perry Street and helped Jean Georges Vongerichten's Culinary Concepts launch 15 restaurants all over the world, but in 2012 he opened his own restaurant, Speedy Romeo, in an old auto-parts shop in Clinton Hill with longtime college friend Todd Feldman. After over a year of churning out thin-crust pizzas and baked oysters, Bazdarich has a few things to say -- including the admission that he can't stand ramps, though he would make a whipped ramp ricotta if necessary.

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