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Farida Central Asian

Perfect For: Casual Weeknight Dinner Date Night Pre-Theater Eats
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Farida Central Asian

Perfect For: Casual Weeknight Dinner Date Night Pre-Theater Eats

The next time you need an experience that’s the complete opposite of Penn Station and MSG, go to Farida on 9th Avenue in Hudson Yards. All the housemade food at this casual Uzbek spot is excellent, and we especially like the manti dumplings filled with beef, the pumpkin-filled samsa pastries, and the perfectly-cooked lamb served on a skewer shaped like a sword. But the atmosphere is part of the attraction, too, because Farida feels like the kind of place where everyone automatically likes each other (the owners walk around introducing themselves to diners, telling them about Uzbek dishes, and encouraging the consumption of wine). The only thing we can’t recommend about it is having to return to Midtown after you’re finished your meal.

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