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Sep 6, 2007 03:19 PM

Armenian Food?

Does anyone know of a place to get good Armenian food? Preferably in Brooklyn? I heard a rumor about a place in Brighton Beach...


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  1. Sevan in Bayside, Queens, on the Horace Harding Expressway. Here's a link to a menu.

    Can't vouch for authenticity, but we did like it a lot. Any cuisine from the Middle Eastern/Caucasus region that features regional techniques and spices, but is unencumbered by prohibitions on Pork has a lot to be said for it.

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    1. re: kodiak

      I ate at Sevan last Friday night, it was very good and inexpensive. I had grabbed some spinach pies from the next door store a few times and finally got around to a full meal in the restaurant. Started with a garlic packed babaganoush,spinach pie with a tiny bit of feta and a limp but tasty Lamajuhn. The bread basket was two warm thin store bought pocket pitas. My five year old had a plate of 16 small pelmeny that were a little bland but tasty. My daughter had the lamb chops that she finished in the blink of an eye.I had lamb shish kabob, the lamb had been aggressively seasoned and it came with good char and a tiny bit of pink in the center, very tasty. My wife had a whole fish cooked in wine that she really enjoyed. I had a strong (that is what is said on the label) Armenian bottled beer.we had Armenian coffee with fried little things coated in honey for desert. Total with tax was $65. The owner waited on us and could not have been more welcoming and helpful to people who had never eaten in an Armenian restaurant. On the way out he gave my son a baseball cap with the name of the restaurant on it. The takeout menu is a small part of the full restaurant menu.

    2. I don't know how good it is, but I think there is an Armenian place on Sheepshead Bay Road right where Ave Z meets it (it used to be a big Chinese resturant). I also remember one on Neptune Ave near Coney Island Ave, I think it was called Arabian Nights. I'm not sure if it's still there though.

      1. I haven't been yet, but Armenia Restaurant and the less formal Garden Bay Cafe (same owners) are right next to each other on Sheepshead Bay Road near Emmons Avenue.

        Sietsema reviewed Garden Bay

        1. The Armenian thing is complicated."Armenian food" is like "Jewish food." It means something different depending on where said Armenians are from. My mom's family is Armenian but her dad is from Iran and her mom is from Turkey and the cuisines are TOTALLY different. I eat Turkish food a lot here in Sunnyside, which tastes like home to me because that's what my grandma used to make. Of course, that's complicated politically, blah blah blah. She didn't call it Turkish was just food. I have yet to eat Armenian restaurant food that tastes right to me. I have not been to Sevan...have to find someone with a car.

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          1. re: New_2_718

            True, and much of the menu at the Sheepshead Bay place overlaps with Russian & Georgian, while a Syrian/Armenian place I visited recently in Montreal had a completely different menu. I'm sure there's an Armenian/Indian cuisine. One thing about diaspora cultures: out of tragedy comes adaptation and diversity.

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