Where to eat in Brighton beach
Russian Russian, Ukrainian Russian, Uzbek Russian, Uighur Russian?
Interestingly enough Russian food without any other adjectives is by far the hardest of the above to find in the area (done well at least.) There's the standard option of Tatyana, but I would personally point you elsewhere. Cafe Glechik is a notable Ukrainian restaurant with excellent rabbit stew, but the service I've received there on two occasions won the award "worst Service I have ever experienced anywhere in the world including destitute portions of China." I'm not one to care about service, but wow. Unbelievably rude.
And that's why I'm going to point you to Cafe Kiev! It's not technically Brighton (more Gravesend/soooort of Sheepshead) but it's firmly within South Brooklyn Russia belt. I went there the other day after I read Dave Cook's review in the times (posted on his blog.) It's probably the best Ukrainian place I've eaten at ever. It's a lot better than Glechik across the board and the staff are lovely. I ordered exactly along the lines of the NYT review so I can't really provide any extra insight, but it was amazing.
My other favorites in the vicinity are Kebeer for decent Uzbek food and better beer, Kafe Kashkar for their couple of Uighur specialties, Cafe "Your Mother in Law" which is a Korean Uzbek restaurant serving excellent Korean soups and some very good Uzbek food and the Armenian bakery near Avenue Z in Sheepshead which has very good and generally hatchapuri and other items.
If you want to grab a drink after any of these things I'd recommend Blue Velvet on Avenue U for it's sheer Russian-ness.
1141 Brighton Beach Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235
3159 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235
3145 Brighton 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11235
Blue Velvet Lounge
341 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11223
1003 Brighton Beach Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235
Cafe At Your Mother-in-Law
3071 Brighton 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11235
1739 W 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11223