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Jan 28, 2005 11:38 AM

Russian food in Brighton Beach

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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

    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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    1. re: vlad litvinov
      John-Paul Pagano

      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.

      1. re: vlad litvinov

        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.

        1. re: vlad litvinov

          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.

          1. re: Andrew
            sarah groshong


            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!"

        2. There have been many posts on this board about this very matter.
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          1. 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.

            1. 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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              1. re: Marsha

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

              2. Yucko the clown from Howard Stern show frequents Cafe Glechik!