I had lunch at Kabab Cafe today with a friend and was amazed to find the place empty (but granted in was the off-hour of 3pm). He says he's been very busy since the great New York Times review one week ago.
Chef Ali has some amazing fish. Steak cuts from a *huge* wild red snapper. The cross-sectional piece looks as big as a small-to-regular sized red snapper. I really didn't know that snappers got that big. And we had a tail piece. I think he said it was 15lb fish or thereabouts. He said he also has bass, which is probably just as good. But I like snapper more. And since it wasn't farm raised, it tasted like real fish! Delicious! Not muddy or corny at all. Served with great vegetables and rice. $22, if I remember correctly.
It’s nice to see him cooking so well with his new oven.
He also said he needs full-time prep-work/waitstaff help. That’s one person that can do both. So if you like Ali and need work, or just know somebody who needs work, have them stop by. 25-12 Steinway. Closed Monday.
Ali also told me that he has word that the “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” episode filmed at Kabab Cafe a while back will finally air, perhaps this week (I think on Sunday or Monday on the Travel Chanel?).