Marani

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88 Impressive

Rego Park’s one-stop shop for some of the city’s finest kosher Georgian cuisine.

97-26 63rd Rd., Rego Park, NY, 11374

718-569-0600

https://www.maraninyc.com

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The lowdown

Marani is Rego Park’s only Georgian restaurant — make that restaurants, plural. To adhere to kosher dietary laws, the meat kitchen is located upstairs and the dairy kitchen below, each with its own dedicated dining room. Head downstairs for the hearty Georgian cheese pies known as khachapuri. Adjaruli, the most decadent variety, is an eye-shaped affair filled with blistered molten cheese, slathered with butter, and crowned with a raw egg; mix it all up and tear off pieces of bread to dip into the rich lava. Should it be khinkhali you’re after, you’ll find those thick-skinned, juicy meat dumplings upstairs, along with lamb in the form of kebabs and ojakhuri, a roasted shank with onions, apricots, and prunes. Marani means wine cellar in Georgian, and of the 30 kosher bottles on offer, there’s only one from the old country — Saperavi, a dry red with notes of pomegranate. Give it a shot for authenticity’s sake, but don’t expect it to be served in khantsi, the ram’s horns traditionally used as drinking vessels by the hosts of celebratory feasts. Unfortunately, those are relegated to wall décor.

What you need to know

Insider Tips The restaurant is closed on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons for the Sabbath.

Recommended DishesKhachapuri and khinkhali

DrinksBeer and Wine