Welcome to

Little Armenia Cafe

1035 Manhattan Avenue Greenpoint, Brooklyn

My Story

Early Life

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.

The Pandemic

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. I opened up a small pop-up restaurant outside of my apartment in Bed Stuy and served my neighbors and visitors from all over the world.


Encouraged by the response, I found a vacant space in Greenpoint and spent several months working to restore it to restaurant readiness. I am pleased to say Little Armenia Cafe is now open to the public. I look forward to serving you all soon.





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1035 Manhattan Avenue Greenpoint, Brooklyn





5PM - 10:30PM

Wednesday - Sunday

12PM - 10:30PM