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Russian food in Brighton Beach

Sarah Groshong Jan 28, 2005 11:38 AM

I will be visiting NYC in April and am interested in trying different ethnic foods - Russian food in Brighton Beach is on my list. Does anyone have any suggestions for authentic Russian food at reasonable prices?

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    vlad litvinov Jan 28, 2005 11:57 AM

    after fall of yukos, i was hungry for some sturgeon and pelmeni so I put on my old timey army boots made of "kirza" a russian kind of pleather and went down the boardwalk to get me some good old "yeda". If i was hungry for bleached blonde ukranian "blyadi" I would be better off, but I justed wanted some food, as the grim looking Armeninan types looked on. At Primorsky, I was beat by a huge bouncer with a hump, I understand him though, his rough childhood in Magadan made him do it.

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      John-Paul Pagano Jan 29, 2005 10:29 PM

      Actually, in all seriousness, I took a female friend to Primorski around a year ago, and we witnessed something similar. A gaggle of Georgian mafiosi were seated at a table in the front of the place abutting the dance floor. It was littered with spent bottles of vodka. Suddenly, a particularly corpulent and hitherto mute thug sprang up and hurled a drinking glass at the wall behind a woman, who was dancing some feet away with her husband. She was sprayed with alcohol and glass.

      The woman came over with her husband and started screaming in the leathery face of the mafiosi, who had resumed his drunken inertia and barely bothered to register her. She made a big scene, but she, her husband and the proprietor were careful not to touch the guy or his cohorts. That wasn't an option. The yelling subsided, the couple went back to their seats, and things returned to normal.

      Primorski's food doesn't compare to that of Tbilisi or Pirosmani (especially the latter), but it is indeed an interesting place.

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        vlad litvinov Jan 31, 2005 09:05 AM

        See! I told you!

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        Andrew Jan 30, 2005 02:01 PM

        hey there Vlad, no need for that kind of language. Some people out here who know what "blyadi" means and that's not polite converstion at all.

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          Andrew Jan 30, 2005 02:10 PM

          hey there Vlad, no need for that kind of language. Some people out here who know what "blyadi" means and that's not polite converstion at all.

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            sarah groshong Jan 30, 2005 06:19 PM


            Your gallantry was greatly appreciated. I know what a "blyadi" is, and it would seem - given his own posting and response to another lady - that
            Vlad was just having a very bad day. Koulibiaka deprivation will do that to you, ya know?! I took another respondent's advice and did a search and now have an abundance of tips for my trip. I look forward to great Russian, Chinese, Thai, NY style pizza and frites!

            "Chowhounds Rock!"

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          Jason Carey Jan 29, 2005 10:55 AM

          There have been many posts on this board about this very matter.
          try an advanced google search limited to chowhound.com

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            Lizard Jan 30, 2005 04:19 PM

            Although it's not a restaurant, you might enjoy the International Food Market which offers 2-3 floors (I can't remember) and multiple deli case selections of food. You have the option of getting some inexpensive prepared foods if you'd like to taste some items.

            It is definitely worth a visit or a peek inside, even if you don't eat there.

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              Marsha Feb 3, 2005 01:12 AM

              Cafe Glechik on Coney Island Avenue has the best truly Russian food available. All these other places, Primorski etc. try to do the French fusion thing usually without success. Glechik is consistently good, no matter what you order.

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                mary shaposhnik Sep 11, 2006 03:19 PM

                Second Cafe Glechik. It's a normal, plain restaurant, not a nightclub, with good bunny stew.

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                YoungHood Sep 9, 2006 03:44 PM

                Yucko the clown from Howard Stern show frequents Cafe Glechik!

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                  MrsT Sep 9, 2006 06:00 PM

                  My favorites have always been Rasputin & National. I don't think they're that inexpensive though.

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                    Fleur Sep 9, 2006 07:43 PM

                    Can anyone suggest a restaurant in Brighton on the Boardwalk with an ocean view?

                    These glorious Fall days lend themselves to something like that.

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                      Larry Brooks Sep 9, 2006 07:57 PM

                      Without a doubt for boardwalk far, go to Volna


                      Get the dumplings and if you can handle mayo, get the Takshent salad. Divine.

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                        Fleur Sep 11, 2006 06:24 AM

                        Thanks for the link. Do they have tables outside, looking at the Ocean?

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                        Larry Brooks Sep 11, 2006 11:28 AM

                        Yes they do.

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                          Fleur Sep 11, 2006 09:17 PM

                          Thanks, Larry. We will try VOLNA very soon.

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