IT was a long 2021, and then it became 2022 and soon after came the opening of Sami’s Kabab House at 47-38 Vernon Boulevard. Originally scheduled to open over the summer, it is actually the second location in LIC, the other being north of the bridge on Crescent Street.
Sami came to America from Kabul in 1988. He has had a passion for cooking since he was a child, watching his mother put together big meals for the extended family that lived together in his house growing up. Since moving here, he has emulated her by bringing together family and friends at large bbq’s and gatherings and handling the chef duties. His passion for good food and the socializing that goes along with it, had him longing to open up a place where he could introduce his cooking to the public.
After years spent driving cabs and running a coffee cart, he opened his first restaurant in 2015. Though he has had his eye on Hunters Point for a long time given the beauty of the waterfront and the community that lives there, it wasn’t until the pandemic that he could find a location that was the right fit. And there you have it, the story of Sami and his kabab house and the American dream.
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