Farid Ali Lancheros
Similarly to George Constantinou, Farid Ali Lancheros also comes from a diverse background. “My father is Palestinian and my mother is Colombian and, like my partner, I too grew up exposed to a variety of different cuisines.” Although born in Bogota, Colombia, Farid grew up on Sackett Street in Park Slope Brooklyn before his family moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania when he was 9 years old.
“I attended elementary school and high school in Allentown but less than a year after graduating from William Allen High School, I was right back in New York City. I felt a calling here in New York and I knew that my destiny was here.”
“I took on my first job as a prep cook working at Rockefeller Plaza’s outdoor cafe in the summer of 1983. I hated that job. They were very meticulous and it appeared that I couldn’t do anything right. I lasted through lunch my first day and then I bailed and never went back.”
Subsequent restaurant jobs included stints at Le Palm Restaurant, the Sheraton Russell’s Judges’ Chambers and the Russian Tea Room. “When I finally left the restaurant business, I was glad to get out. It was the hardest work I had ever done to that point and I vowed I’d never work in another restaurant again.” Never say never.
Twenty years later, Ali has achieved quick success running a restaurant that in three years has become the darling of the neighborhood and a favorite among New Yorkers desiring the combination of great food, drinks, service and decor.
Farid’s hard work in promoting good business practices and his overall dedication to the restaurant industry earned him a seat on the board of directors of the New York State Restaurant Association.
Today, in addition to running a successful restaurant, Farid is also a life and small business coach (“Mumtaz Coaching“). “I’ve had coaches from very early and still do today and I can speak to their value in helping me reach my potential and become the success I am today. I want to be able to help others achieve their full potential too.”
“I never would have imagined that I would be opening up a successful restaurant just blocks from where I grew up but look at where I am today. It’s been an amazing journey thus far.”
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“This is not Colombian!” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that said about our food. Nor could I tell you how many times I’ve heard, “this is the best Colombian food I’ve ever had”. Call it what you will, I call it great food and I’m very proud to offer you all of my favorites: arepas, empanadas, arroz con pollo and bandeja paisa, in addition to mazamorra, obleas and cerveza Aguila!“