Kazakh traditional dishes can now be found in Manhattan, New York. Two siblings, a brother and a sister from Karagandy have opened a small and cozy restaurant of Kazakh national cuisine. Farida Gabbasova and Zhanibek Gabbasov came up with the idea to open the restaurant during their university years in the United States. By living far from their homeland, the siblings introduced their American friends to the Kazakh history, culture and traditions and the national cuisine based on traditional recipes.

FARIDA GABBASOVA, OWNER OF ‘SIBLINGS’ RESTAURANT:

 - In America everyone is trying to open a restaurant with a national cuisine like Chinese, Turkish and etc. Kazakhstan can also make its cuisine a discovery for other countries. Why not? There is a number of Uzbek restaurants in Brooklyn, but not a single Kazakh restaurant in America. To be honest, we didn’t’ know that we would be the first Kazakhs to be in this sphere. We didn’t pursue such a goal.

An authentic design gives a special atmosphere to the restaurant. Felt souvenirs and paintings by Berik Kulmamirov convey the national motifs thoroughly.

ZHANIBEK GABBASOV, OWNER OF ‘SIBLINGS’ RESTAURANT:

 - Our chef, who created the menu recipes with us, is well known in New York. He worked for actor Robert De Niro. He makes a restaurant menu which is tasteful not only for us, but also for the American population. Mostly, we tried to focus on an organic food menu.

During the event catering, Farida and Zhanibek offer their customers beshbarmak, kuyrdak and pilaf. These exotic dishes are gaining popularity in the city of New York.

ZHANIBEK GABBASOV, OWNER OF ‘SIBLINGS’ RESTAURANT:

 - Representatives of one of the American companies called us and asked what the pilaf was. We explained everything and sent the photos. They got interested because it was unusual for them. They liked our pilaf. They left a very big comment with five stars. They continue to order our food.

FARIDA GABBASOVA, OWNER OF ‘SIBLINGS’ RESTAURANT

 - We named our restaurant just "Siblings". This word is translated as a brother and a sister. This is such a warm title for Americans. It reminds the feeling of home’s coziness and cuisine which they like very much. We want Kazakhstan to be more popular in America. They say that Kazakh people are very polite and they respect us here.

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