Georgian cuisine, native to the country Georgia and not to the state with the same name, has been gaining a lot of popularity in New York. It seems like the typical New Yorker is always in search of something a little unknown and a lot less mainstream and this helps foreign delicacies make their way into the city of permanence.
With amazing beaches, mountains and beautiful cities, Georgia is still most known for its delectable cuisine and wines. The food involves a lit of cheese, eggs and bread, often combining the three into wonderful flavour combinations.
Here’s a list of some of the best Georgian restaurants we found when we circled NYC:
1. Tone Cafe
Toné, in Georgian, means large clay ovens and you will see just those as you walk into this cafe. Tone Cafe makes the best Adjaruli Khachapuri in all of New York City. The dish is a boat-shaped bread that is baked to order, oozing with farmers’ cheese and served with butter and a raw egg on top!
The egg cooks as the bread cools, giving you the perfect runny egg and a sour tangy bread accompaniment. Also, try their Pkhali (salad) and their Kupati (crispy pork sausages).
2. Georgian Dream
There’s a little competition going on between this restaurant and the former, Tone. We cannot decide which is better so we leave it up to you. Georgian Dream is a casual, chill and comfortable restaurant giving you some amazing dishes and good vibes. Try the Khachapuri Imeruli, a round pizza shaped pie that is more satisfying than the one at Dominos! The top is crusty with dried cheese, the middle with some curdier melted cheese and the base is some dense and chewy bread. Yum!
With a small cave-like ambience and no usual dishes, Mtskheta gives you amazing beef dumplings called Khinkali. The dumpling is braised in hot, fragrant broth, and is argued to be the best in the city. Apart from these beauties, they serve bog pots of clay with herby beans, an assortment of Georgian cheeses and stir-fried mushrooms to top it all off! Mouthwatering!