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Arzu vs. Cafe Kashkar?

Is one better than the other for Uighur food? Does one have a nicer setting?

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  1. Haven't been to Arzu. Kashkar is one of my favorite resturants in NYC. Minimal to no atmosphere, just a small storefront, but very warm, friendly service. And wow, those lamb rib kebabs...and the lamb dumpling soup.. not to be missed...afterwards walk a couple blocks west and get pastries at the bakery that is out of some Chekhov play...

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    1. re: kenito799

      Made my first trip to Kashkar's this weekend... and WOW. Just fantastic. Great salads to start (Eggplant Salad is a must), gret kababs, and very nice dumplings. The lamb soup was also delicious.

      We had to wait a while for a table on Sunday (around 5:30), but that may have been because there was a very large party taking up half the place We noticed folks were drinking vodka with dinner, so we picked up a nice bottle at a liquor store near by. Definitely added to a fine meal.

      If you head out, check out the International Market a few blocks away. Quite a place.

      -j

    2. kenito, do you happen to know the name of the russian bakery you mentioned? or at least the streets/cross streets? thanks.

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      1. re: lebron

        I really need to get the name. As you walk west along BBAve I think it's about 2 blocks from kashkar, so probably near BB13. You pass a couple great markets and this is the first bakery, there is a matronly older woman presiding over the scale and cash register and piles of pastries, bread and cakes are all over the place, no protective glass or wrappings of any kind--very old world. There are a couple tables in the back, and there is coffee and cappucino for sale. The general color scheme is maroon with dark wooden shelves. You can't miss it. Very busy and also incredibly cheap.

        1. re: kenito799

          thanks, kenito. i'll definitely look out for this bakery next time i'm down in BB (hopefully sooner rather than later!).

      2. Is arzu one of those place on qb (near 67th ave) with russian dudes in yarmalkes chain smoking in front? those places always seem crowded--must be a reason--butthey always seemto have some tyoe of private party going on there--like Da Mikele

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        1. re: abu applesauce

          Yes, Arzu is around 67th Ave. and yes there always seem to be a lot of men congregating outside - they're mostly limo drivers. There always seems to be a big group or two celebrating something there, but it's probably just a good excuse to drink vodka. The decor is minimal, like school cafeteria, but food is very good. I'm not very fond of their kebobs and ribs, I only go there for their two Uighur specialties - lagman and manti. They make them right. One good thing is they're open very late till midnight, which is why or because they cater mostly to limo/cab drivers.

          1. re: welle

            i'm assuming that arzu is closed for the sabbath, right? so, no friday night dinners? do they even bother opening up after sunset on saturday? thanks.

            1. re: lebron

              My assumption would be that the Uighur places are Muslim, as opposed to the Jewish Uzbek places.

              1. re: lebron

                they close for Sabbath and re-open on Saturdays, luckily early wintertime. The cook maybe Uighur, but I think the place is still run by Bukharian Jews and majority of their clientelle is Jewish.

          2. New York is great. Immigration is great. The 21st century is great.

            When I was a kid the family never said, "Let's go out for Uighur." Now we're discussing the relative merits of two Uighur places.

            http://petercherches.blogspot.com

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            1. re: Peter Cherches

              So, Peter C., do you miss the days of wonton soup, eggroll, spareribs and fried rice? Column A, Column B?

              A relevant question: Is there ANY M.S.G. in Uighur chow?

              1. re: Mike R.

                would seriously doubt it at Kashkar. Everything is very homemade and wholesome. but then you never know unless you ask...