Welcome to

Little Armenia Cafe

I’m Ararat El-Rawi, the best-kept secret in Bed-Stuy. This is my pop-up restaurant. Won’t you let me serve you some of my dishes?

My Story

I was born into a family of Armenians who immigrated to Iraq and then to the Midwest. My interest in cooking emerged at a very early age stemming from the time I spent with my mother when she cooked in the kitchen.

In my 20s, I worked as a kitchen manager for Chef Andrew Zimmern at Cafe Un Deux Trois in Minneapolis. I consider Zimmern a mentor who helped foster my love of food. After moving to New York, I began working as a server at top dining destinations such as Marcus Samuelsson’s Aquavit and Red Rooster, and most recently at David Pasternack’s Esca. Even if my job wasn’t in the kitchen, I found a way to learn. Each place I worked, I would learn how to make their style of food and keep getting better and better.

When the pandemic hit, and Esca closed I realized I had an opportunity to do what I wanted to do. Before I went looking for another restaurant to work in, I wanted to take a shot and see if I could do it my way. I thought to myself, "Should I give a go at being a chef?" When will I get another chance?” From that moment I began cooking the food I love for the people I love.

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My Food

There are always a few staples that stick around on my menus, but the fun thing for me is cooking food that excites me so. I change up what I'm serving every few weeks to stay fresh. Here is one of my past menus to get a feel for the food I serve.

A sample food menu
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Hours & Location

The cafe is currently closed for the season. In the meantime, if you are interested in hosting a private event such as a wedding, dinner or a cooking class please reach out!

Saturday & Sunday 11AM-6:30PM

Cash or Venmo

Reservations can be made via text or Instagram direct message.