Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

HAZAR TURKISH KEBAB, 7224 5th Avenue (at 73rd Street), Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Walking around Bay Ridge, Brooklyn really got me nostalgic for when I used to live in Queens. The streets are lined with independently owned shops and an intoxicating smell of spices emenating from ethnic restaurants and cafés.

I was here to sample the falafel at Hazar Turkish Kabab (look for that review soon), but left with so much more. I only got a taste of their menu, but I continue to dream about their kazandabi. If they were on my block in Queens, I might have already overdosed on the stuff.

Kazandibi at HAZAR TURKISH KEBAB

Kazandabi is a Turkish pudding that translates to “burnt bottom milk pudding.” The semolina milk pudding is not too sweet, but creamy and cooling. Crowned on top is a thick browned shelled exterior that gives the impression of creme brulée meets flan. The rich, caramely flavors are completely addicting and although I vowed to only sample a little bit of the dessert, I polished it off without a second thought.

I’m sure there are some restaurants in Queens that make this luscious finale, if only I had discovered them when I was a resident there. But now that I’ve had a taste of Hazar, I’m wishing I lived in Bay Ridge.

HAZAR TURKISH KABAB
7224 5th Avenue (at 73rd Street),
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
(718) 238-4040
hazarkabab.com
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

One Response to DISH OF THE WEEK: Kazandibi at HAZAR TURKISH KABAB

  1. gego says:

    im from turkey living abroad here i cannot find good kazandibi i love it!!! but the good ones should ne a bit close to gum 😉 in turkey one thing is the best for sure is food!!!

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