Highlighting NFBID Woman-Owned Businesses: Sofreh

We are thrilled to be highlighting some of our incredible North Flatbush Avenue woman-owned businesses, in honor of Women’s History month! We got to hear from Nasim Alikhani of Sofreh, one of the district’s newest woman-owned businesses, which is already making big waves in the community.

How long have you been a business owner?

7 years

How long have you owned a business on North Flatbush Avenue?

3 years

What makes you a “Small Business Wonder Woman”? Tell us a little about your business and what makes it unique

Sofreh is my first restaurant that I open at the age of 59. It has been established as one of the best restaurants in NYC and by most accounts the best Persian restaurant in US.

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?

My love for food and sharing it with other people.

Who are some female leaders who have inspired you in your journey as a female entrepreneur? 

Every single mother who struggles to keep her family together and manages to prepare a fresh meal every day for her children.

What is your other favorite woman-owned business In Brooklyn?

The Korean restaurant Haenyeo on 5th Ave

What is your other favorite North Flatbush Avenue business? 

The Ovenly bakery/cafe on Flatbush

What makes North Flatbush Avenue a good place to have a business?

Real feeling of neighborhood, support from local community

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a renewed awareness of structural inequalities faced by minorities and women in America, particularly when it comes to accessing opportunities as an entrepreneur. Can you recommend any materials (books, documentaries, social media accounts, etc) that seek to educate on these experiences and/or propose a better path forward in regards to gender equality in America?

I think it is unusual that the pandemic brought about a renewed awareness of these inequalities. They have existed as long as America has, and were extremely apparent even before the pandemic. I hope everyone realizes that, and also, seeks to educate themselves and not just refer to resources that I list here or that others may list. Unlearning and searching for knowledge is a personal task that should be seen as a responsibility and necessity – those of us with more access to privilege need to be conscious of this and work much harder to fight these inequities.

Social Media accounts: Kimberlé Crenshaw twitter.com/sandylocks Bree Newsome https://twitter.com/BreeNewsome and many others

Books: I recommend the works of Angela Davis, specifically “Women, Race, and Class” Audre Lorde, specifically “Sister Outsider” The writings of Ta-Nehisi Coates, for example his articles in The Atlantic The writings of bell hooks, specifically “Ain’t I a Woman?”

Where can people find Sofreh on social media?

Instagram: @Sofreh_Brooklyn Twitter: @Sofreh_Brooklyn