Are there any Armenian joints left in NYC? And I don't mean places that have a few Armenian products/dishes here and there, I'm talking bold and proud Armenian cousine. Despite my bravado, though, all suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Two Armenian places mentioned in Time Out NY's May 29 piece on Caucasian restaurants are: El Manara (2595 Steinway St at 28th Ave, Astoria, Queens; 718-267-9495) and The Garden Bay Café (1788 Sheepshead Bay Road, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn; 718-648-2225). I have not tried either, but have been to Tbilisi (811 King's Hwy between E 8th and E 9th Sts, Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn; 718-382-6485) which has very good Georgian food (call in advance to make sure they're not closed for a private party, which they sometimes are).
Hello from sunny and HOT New York! There is an Armenian restaurant, Sevan, which has a delicatessen connected to it. It's located in Bayside, Queens, New York, near the corner of Bell Blvd. and Horace Harding Expressway. Recommendations: yogurt soup (tanabour), beef dumplings with garlic tomato sauce (manti), beef kebab (lule kebab). they have Armenian wines. The telephone number is 718-281-0004, closed Mondays.
I'm married to an Armenian and she likes going to Kalustyan's on Lexington Ave & 28th street. The Armenian part is upstairs on the 2nd floor-they have a lunch counter w/few chairs/tables to eat in. The guy who works behind the counter is Armenian.
The rest of the store is Indian/Middle Eastern spice shop. Enjoy.
Armenia Restaurant in Sheepshead bay, Brooklyn is indeed Armenian. It's new and they have a website under construction at www.armeniarestaurant.com
The owners of the popular Garden Bay Cafe expanded and built the restaurant nextdoor. I was told many people (mostly Russians) referred to Garden Bay as "Armenian cafe" lol, so they just decided to simply name everything Armenia. There is a growing Armenian population in Brooklyn, so the restaurant and cafe basically provide a place for them to socialize.
I've been to both. The cafe has the best luleh kebab and lamb chops I have ever tasted (don't tell my father!) and the potatoes were amazing. I heard just about everything there is great. Do try the salmon.
Both Armenia Restaurant and Garden Bay Cafe have a alot of Russian customers, so the live music being played will cater to the crowd. If there is mostly Russians that night, 80% of the time they will sing Russian songs (as well as dance music). They sing Italian on occasions. I was there on a mostly Armenian night, so heard mostly Armenian music. Feel free to make requests though.
Because its a restaurant, the food is more experimental, modern and classy than the Cafe of course, all the while maintaining Armenian tradition. You won't find food like this in any other Armenian household or restaurant. I have never seen my mom make some of this stuff. The appetizers and salads were so good that I sadly filled myself before the main course came out =(. Try the Chicken Salad, Salmon Avocado Salad, and Tuna Salad (Tuna in Sesame Sauce) which is like an Armenian style sushi. Check out their menu for more info. You MUST try the Armenian Crown (Traditional Armenian Lamb Chops).
The service is good. The waiters speak Armenian, Russian, Georgian and English.
They also have a bar which boats many different liquors, Armenian wines included. Enjoy!