Jibek Jolu

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This lively family-run eatery serves authentic Kyrgyzstani fare, a cuisine that draws influences from Turkey, Iran, India, Pakistan and China. A meat-heavy menu reflects the nomadic nature of the early Kyrgyz people, who moved too frequently to plant crops. Hearty soups are among the most popular options--try solyanka (diced beef, sausage, pickles, olives and potatoes served with capers and lemon) or sharpo (large chunks of lamb, red potatoes, garlic and dill). Traditional entrees such as gantan and lagman incorporate decant, a radish-like vegetable not often found in the U.S., as well as mixed vegetables and rice or large, floppy noodles. All of the meat is Halal and booze is not permitted.