Prospect Heights has a new Persian restaurant called Sofreh, named after the traditional fabric spread used as a backdrop for elaborate food displays at celebrations like New Years and weddings, according to the restaurant’s website. The restaurant comes from chef-owner Nasim Alikhani, who brings Persian comfort food and desserts to the sleek, white-bricked space at 75 St. Marks Ave. at Flatbush Avenue.
Alikhani writes on the restaurant’s blog that she moved from Iran to New York in 1983 and has been inspired by the cooking of the women in her family. She has experience in kitchens throughout New York and has catering experience as well.
Starters include an eggplant and yogurt dip with housemade bread, lamb patties with yellow lentil and turmeric, and meatballs with sour cherry and pistachios. There’s also a split pea and bulgar stew, and for mains, a Persian plum chicken with saffron, barberries, and rice as well as lamb shank cooked in an onion and turmeric sauce. Check out the full menu below.
Rose is the star of the dessert menu, which includes a rosewater sorbet with frozen vermicelli rice noodles and a rose custard with cardamom and pistachio. Persian ice creams on the menu come in saffron, rosewater, and pistachio flavors. There’s also Persian black tea infused with cardamom and rose.
Sofreh is currently open Tuesday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 6 p.m. to midnight, and Sundays from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Eater NY has reached out for more information about the restaurant.