From cats to rugs, Persians know how to do luxury. Of course, the food of Iran is no different. Fortunately for us, delicious, authentic, royal Persian bites have now graced the streets of NYC thanks to Tehrani emigrant Saeed Pourkay, the chef and owner behind Taste of Persia, now available.
What seems like an unassuming stand (inside a pizza parlor on 18th street...), is truly Aladdin's buried treasure. Forget rubies and genies, we're mesmerized by Pourkay's homemade traditional vegetarian winter soup, Ash Reshteh. Made from rich greens like parsley, spinach, dill, coriander and protein-favorites like chickpeas, blackeye peas, lentils..topped with artisanal noodles and crispy onion and garlic. You don't get accolades from NYTimes, and Serious Eats for nothing.