New York, NY, March 25, 2013—Perhaps only once per year do the exotic flavors of Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and other regional cultures converge in a single celebration. But on March 21 at International Nowruz Day (sponsored and hosted by the United Nations General Assembly), Ali Baba Terrace Turkish Cuisine, New York’s top dining destination for food from the Balkans, Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Middle East was on hand with a banquet fit for the impressive guests at the UN event.
Nowruz (“New Day”) is an ancestral festivity marking the first day of spring and the renewal of nature. It is celebrated as the beginning of the new year by more than 300 million people all around the world and has been observed for over 3000 years as a symbol of peace and solidarity between generations and within families as well as for reconciliation between neighbors.
To mark this year’s event, Ali Baba Terrace Turkish Cuisine prepared a menu that evolved around celebratory dishes such as Lamb Chops, Lamb Shish and Sac Kavurma, all of which draw upon the flavors of the regions that celebrate Nowruz. Platters of Meatballs and stuffed grape leaves accompanied the buffet, as did a generous display of Baklava and chocolate strawberries.
According to owner of Ali Baba Terrace Turkish Cuisine, “These dishes capture the essence of our annual Nowruz celebration and reflect Turkey’s embrace of this very important annual event. We were honored to be asked by the United Nations to participate in the festivities and invite our many friends to celebrate with us throughout the month at our Turtle Bay and Murray Hill restaurants.”