Ali’s Kebab Café
Tony Bourdain featured it on his show “No Reservations,” so, clearly, he means it when he says that 20-year-old Ali’s is worth the trek to Astoria, Queens, for a little slice of Egypt on Steinway St.
Wylie Dufresne agrees: “It serves Egyptian food with a great selection of offal and plenty of atmosphere.” As soon as you walk in, trays of steaming Northern-Egyptian-style versions of spice-steeped lamb brains, calves’ liver, sweetbreads, and Rocky Mountain oysters (you can figure that out, can’t you?) are lined up, awaiting Ali’s big silver spoon to dole it onto your plate.
Says Brad Farmerie: “Kebab café is one of the most memorable dining experiences I have had in the last couple of years. The guy who runs the show is a machine – announcing the menu, cooking up to 20 different dishes on a few burners and a little oven, serving your meal, and keeping a smile the whole time. I love this place.”