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Oct 31, 2003 08:55 PM

Good Russian eats in Brighton Beach

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Hello. I'm looking for a place in Brighton Beach to take my visiting family. I've cruised around the area on different occasions, mostly enjoying the grocery stores, but not so much to eat. Any recommendations on where we could have dinner? Nothing fancy, just affordable and really Russian.

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  1. There's a place called something like Oceancafe or Oceanview cafe on Brighton Beach Avenue.
    It's not much to look at but I've had a really tasty meal there. The vareniki were plentiful and inexpensive. My friends each had the rabbit and goulash, both of which were nicely flavored if not entirely tender. I had the grilled trout which was smoky, rich and really wonderful.
    Glasses of vodka and compote were also involved.
    As I mentioned, it's not much to look at, but it was affordable, good, the service there and pleasant.

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    1. re: Lizard

      Cafe Glechik (well, Ukrainian)

      1. re: Kerry

        The rabbit stew is the only reason I go here. You should also warn people that Cafe Glechik has possibly the worst service of any restaurant in all of New York. I actually get my own utensils and fill my own water when I'm there, that's how unbelievably bad the servers are (they will COMPLETELY ignore you.)

    2. I can also recommend Ocean View - The best liver and onions I have ever had in my life! I'm an Okie and was raised on stuff like that. My wife had the cod and enjoyed it also. I was there in the late afternoon so it wasn't crowded. It was a quiet place and the service was prompt and pleasant. They had what appeared to be a Russian version of MTV on while we were there... that was pretty interesting also. I will make the trip back there again next time I visit my dad in Manhattan.

      1. third Oceanview, I ate there Sat night. Had the vareniki which were tasty and the stuffed cabbage which although a little cold in the middle were very good, just like Grandma used to make.