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Out of this world central Asian in the FH/Rego Pk area?

GoddessofFood Jan 3, 2008 08:19 AM

Does anyone have any suggestions?

I loved the ragman noodle dish I used to get from a strictly Kosher Uzbekistani restaurant in Kew Gardens - but they are gone now.

Oh, I am not Kosher. It just so happen that this rest. was kosher.

Thanks foodies!

  1. bigjeff Jan 17, 2008 09:25 PM

    anyone eat at some of the newer places on queens blvd, closer to 63rd drive? thinking of the remodeled emerald restaurant, and also another new one, I think called Samarkand. Looked just a *little* bit more inviting than arzu; narrow room which was pretty crowded when I peeked in last week.

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    1. re: bigjeff
      JFores Jan 17, 2008 11:50 PM

      Haven't tried any of them yet. Haha, is Arzu really that uninviting? I expect crappy service and drab interiors; it's a way of life. Ok yeah, the weight staff at Arzu has ice running through their veins, but I didn't have a negative experience there. It kind of felt more personal than Cheb... maybe that was in a cold way though...

      Nonetheless, good lagman...

      1. re: JFores
        GoddessofFood Jan 18, 2008 06:22 AM

        Mmm. Lagman.

      2. re: bigjeff
        mkhasen Mar 15, 2009 09:53 AM

        Emerald is worth to try. Food is super. Try their soups, nothing similar in New York city. Also, all fishes are good.

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        myclawyer Jan 7, 2008 09:35 AM

        I love Cheburechnaya. I read a review that said the "lamb fat" kabobs were worth a try. Indeed, they are delicious, albeit probably unhealthy as hell. Apparently the lamb fat is from the tail of a certain kind of lamb bred especially for their fatty tails. The assorted pickles plate is nice. here's a tip...when ordering the french fries, tell them you want garlic on them. They come loaded with garlic but only if you ask.

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          fiammetta Jan 8, 2008 07:17 AM

          Went to Cheburechnaya in about the first week it opened up. The food was pretty good, but the service was mediocre. Undoubtedly could have changed in that time. I think it's time to go back.

          Arzu-- sheesh. Great food, and inexpensive, but talk about unfriendly service.

          1. re: fiammetta
            JFores Jan 8, 2008 08:14 AM

            Speak a little Russian with them and get a pot of tea so you don't have to worry about water refills. When I mean a little Russian I mean a LITTLE. Just hello thank you basically, then switch back instantly. If you're lucky they'll assume you speak it and you're not speaking it fluently because your guest isn't Russian (as happened with me.)

            But yeah, ice runs through the veins of their wait staff.

            Think of it as an authentic Russo-Uzbek experience, service included.

        2. j
          JFores Jan 5, 2008 09:52 AM

          Cheb or Arzu. Both are on Queens Blvd.

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          1. re: JFores
            el jefe Jan 7, 2008 06:12 AM

            I like Cheburechnaya -- excellent food and friendly, welcoming service. Note thatit's NOT on Queens Blvd, but on 63rd Drive, 3 1/2 blocks from QB. I live around the corner from Arzu. It's the most unwelcoming restaurant I've ever seen.

            1. re: el jefe
              GoddessofFood Jan 7, 2008 07:36 AM

              I find a lot of the Central Asian rests. both intimidating and intriguing at the same time. And yes, lots of them come off to be unwelcoming especially if you are don't speak their language. The Uzbekistani rest. in KG had a menu that was literally in Russian entirely. I basically pointed to pictures of what looked good. Hey, it worked out.

              1. re: el jefe
                JFores Jan 7, 2008 02:40 PM

                They didn't strike me as being that bad. The whole wait staff was seated though.

                1. re: el jefe
                  mkhasen Mar 15, 2009 09:49 AM

                  I agree Arzu is unfriendly place. You might go inside and seat hours the waitress would never come to you for order unless you call her for several times. Waitresses always have grim faces. Food is exotic, but too much fat.

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                Andrew Hyatt Jan 5, 2008 05:17 AM

                My current favorite is Cheburechnaya. There's a few others also about as good as this in the area as well.


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                1. re: Andrew Hyatt
                  mkhasen Mar 15, 2009 09:45 AM

                  Chebu - whatever! The owner has to change the name, non-pronounceable. Atmosphere in Chebu is very scary. When you enter restaurant all employees and customer stop eating and look at you throughly. I guess they don't like strangers in that place.

                  Food is completely unhealthy. A lot of fat! Service is zero! Even if it seems cheap in the menue you will end up spending $30 for dinner, because all their food is very little sizes. You have to order several dishes to be full.

                  Even if yoru bill include 10% service charge automatically don't forget to give more 10% tips, otherwise the waiter/waitress will be screaming that you didn't give her tips. And entire restaurant will condemn for this.

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