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Looking for Brains

We’re trying to sample different preparations of different animal brains—cow, lamb, pig, miscellaneous—and we're happy to go anywhere in the five boroughs. Does anyone have tips on restaurants that serve brains? Any favorites out there?

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  1. Lamb brains done well @ Karam in Bay Ridge

    8519 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

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    1. re: pgunn

      IIRC the last time I was at Karam (last summer) the guys told me that they weren't serving brain any more because "the city wouldn't let them." Ditto other Bay Ridge Arabic joints. Any intel on this? Obviously the city hasn't "banned" brains, but are these restaurants currently serving them?

      8519 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

    2. I've seen brains as a special on the menu at Taqueria Coatzingo. I remember thinking they were goat brains, but dont remember. It was in spanish, but cabeza was definitely on the menu. Doubt its a regular feature, and that place is famous for running out of things so i'd call ahead.

      There's another TC post here that mentions tacos de cabeza as a special: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/535335

      Taqueria Coatzingo
      76-05 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372

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      1. re: 2slices

        cabeza can frequently include (or even, be) non- brain headparts. I'm a big fan of organ meats , though i prefer digestive organs, but its been my experience that it will depend on the place whether cabeza is synonymous with brains or is a mixture of other parts - ive had/seen sesos (brains) lengua, cachete (cheek), ojos (eyes) and at least a couple other parts (lips?) listed singly. id want someone specifically to tell me what cuts went into their particular cabeza mix, and if the op is a brain seeker who doesnt want it mixed with other parts this could be important.

      2. Cheburachnaya in Rego Park has brains on the menu. I haven't tried them, but their sweetbreads are excellent, so I'm sure the brains would be good too.

        1. I had brain curry at Sunshine Restaurant (indian joint) on Northern Boulevard. super luxuriously rich and creamy. kinda crazy.

          1. I see signs for brain masala at Kababish in Jackson Heights.

            7064 Broadway, Queens, NY 11372

            1. In Manhattan:
              "Mind Of Lamb" Ravioli @ DOB 111
              Lamb’s Brain Francobolli @ Babbo
              Brain on Rice @ Pakistani Restaurant (that's the name of the place, as far as I know - on 9th Ave in the 30s)
              Poached Brains @ Sip Sak - Turkish place in Midtown East.

              (Chow won't make links below b/c we're on the "Outer Boroughs" board, so you'll have to Google them...)

              In Brooklyn, check out St. Anselm in WIlliamsburg - they have a whole menu of "Nasty Bits"

              The Russian / Central Asian places out in Brighton Beach / Coney Island - Cafe Paris, Cheburechnaya, etc. Also the Middle Eastern joints in Bay RIdge / Dyker Heights - if Karam doesn't have them anymore, maybe Al Safa?

              92-09 63rd Dr, Queens, NY 11374

              Al Safa
              8002 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

              518 Neptune Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224

              Cafe Paris
              3178 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235

              St. Anselm
              355 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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              1. re: sgordon

                cheburechnaya has brains on the menu? holy cow, in what form?

                and, in the spirit of halloween weekend . . .


                1. re: bigjeff

                  If its like the Queens Cheb, which definitely does have brains, they will be grilled. I think I'll stick to the sweetbreads.