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Feb 28, 2009 12:46 PM

What to order at Cheburechnaya?

I've never been to any of the Uzbeki places before. Cheburechnaya sounds like the best place to go with a large group (around 10 of us). Any suggestions on what to eat, or how to order?

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  1. The meat skewers...any and all that you like. They are usually between $4 and $6, depending on what. i like the lamb, skirt steak, and chicken wings, but sweetbreads are my favorite. If you're adventurous, there are hearts (lamb and chicken), lamb fat, and testicles...much more. Very economical, and lots of food. I also like the chebureks (mostly about $2.50, and filling!) and the green pilaf. There are some vegetarian options, but mainly this is a place for meat..and lots of it. Small selection of strong Russian beers and terrible kosher wines.

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    1. re: EricMM

      i agree. the sweetbreads are delicious. Even if you think you might not like them, at the price it's worth a try. Much cheaper than sweetbreads at a fancy manhattan place.

      I remember the salads not being so great, which is a shame, as the korean (carrot) salad at some of the other places is quite good.

      it is a good place to go with a group. they can fit 10 easily.

      1. re: missmasala

        Big fan of the lula kebab (ground beef and lamb I think, similar, although not as aggressively spiced, as Iraqi kebabs)

        1. re: missmasala

          you and eric covered it . . . just make sure to get the lamb fat, the lamb ribs, and all kinds of craziness. and you gotta get the salads, at least just to cut the heaviness. I like getting the fries and the chopped salad and comboing them together.

      2. Samsa, flaky triangles of pastry filled with chunks of fatty lamb meat are a staple at the nabe's many Uzbek joints. Cheburechnaya takes a unique approach to this snack, by offering a "bone-in-samsa."

        as mentioned the green plov is tasty ...they also have a smoked fish plate (kinda fatty maybe herring) that's served with garlicky potatoes...Since you're a big party, I encourage you to bring a bottle of Cognac to share at table,,,,as someone who lives in regoparkistan I assure you that it is standard practice here...don't forget to order plenty of green tea

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        1. re: Joey Deckle

          I thought they had gotten their liquor license.
          Do they still allow BYOBB?

          1. re: ConOrama

            I was there a couple of weeks ago and I saw a couple of bottles of vodka on the tables of surrounding parties. Thing is, they only have a beer and wine license. So, I don't know if there's a "corkage" fee or anything, or if they're skirting the law for those in the know.

            1. re: lambretta76

              When they first got their license, they had a sign in the window saying that they were now selling alcohol, and that there would be a fee charged for any bottles that are brought in. Thing and whiskey are OK and generally considered kosher, but would a kosher restaurant allow their glasses to be used for unkosher wine?

              1. re: EricMM

                I took non-Kosher wine last month. They brought us glasses and didn't charge a corkage fee.

                At other Uzbek restaurants in the area, I've been asked to leave the opened wine bottle on the floor during the meal, though a glass of wine on the table was fine.

        2. Thanks for all the advice. Any suggestions on how to order? Do people typically get everything all at once, or do you order a bunch of appetizers and then a bunch of entrees?

          Also, why cognac? I thought people usually drink vodka at these places.

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          1. re: rosswords

            With a big party, just order everything at will come randomly, as its just order everything at will keep coming all through the meal. I never seen people drinking cognac there, but I haven't been there that often...I have seen bottles of vodka though...good idea, as their wines are awful......

          2. Is there a discernible difference in quality or price between the Queens and BKN restaurants. Does anyone know if you can bring your own wine and pay corkage if their offerings are that poor?

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            1. re: Hasan

              Don't know about brooklyn, but the Rego Park branch lets you bring your own wine (or vodka) for a corkage fee.

              1. re: EricMM

                There's a cheburechnaya in brooklyn? That's so exciting! where is it?

                1. re: missmasala

                  Neptune Avenue, Miss M. Border of Coney and Brighton Beach. Go crazy.

                  1. re: Polecat

                    Thanks. guess i could have searched myself. sweetbread skewers, here i come!

                    1. re: Polecat

                      Ok... why didnt I realize this. I've been kicking myself for not getting out to Rego Park, since I really like the food I've had at Che., but here it is, close by in Bklyn. Thanks for the heads up (& the link).

                      1. re: Steve R

                        Cool, maybe you can give an opinion on any differences! Cheers for the heads up on corkage, any idea on the charge?

                        1. re: Hasan

                          could someone whose been compare to Queens bukharans?