It’s time to head to the banks of the Kura River for some fresh khachapuri.
The Queens Dinner Club continues its world cuisine tour with A Night in Tbilisi: A Family Style Georgian Feast at Marani Glatt Kosher Restaurant in Rego Park on Wednesday, June 22, at 7 p.m. Participants will savor this Eurasian country’s specialties, most notably khinkali, juicy dumplings packed with lamb and beef; soko ketsze, mushrooms baked in a clay pot; and chanahi, beef stew with eggplant, pepper, onion and potato.
The evening will begin in the basement at 7 p.m. with a selection of cheese breads, especially adjaruli khachapuri, which is crowned with a fried egg and drowning in butter. Then the club members will head upstairs for the main course — the previously mentioned khinkali, soko ketsze and chanahi along with lula (ground beef and lamb), herring with potatoes, a pickle plate, and green beans with walnuts, eggplant and baby beets. (To keep kosher, the meat dishes are served upstairs, while a dairy kitchen operates downstairs.) The word “marani” means “wine cellar” in Georgian, so Georgian wines will be served.
This is the third monthly expedition by the newly formed Queens Dinner Club, whose membership is completely open — simply sign up to join. Organized by local foodies Jonathan Forgash, Joe DiStefano and Gabe Gross, the group takes advantage of bulk-purchase prices to enjoy affordable restaurant experiences and meet chefs.
In April, the club ventured to Tangra Masala, an Indian/Chinese fusion place in Sunnyside. The second trip was to La Flor, a Mexican/European eatery in Woodside in May. The July trip’s destination is still undetermined.