So finally made it to this Uzbeki restaurant down in Coney Island/Brighton Beach. It's located on a somewhat desolate industrial stretch of Neptune Ave, next to a car detailer.
It was packed with Russian speakers and lots of men went in and out to smoke wearing their striped chapans (robes) which was funny, because both my SO and a friend we were with own chapans but hadn't thought to bring them. It def had more of an "in central asia" vibe than the places I've gone to in Rego Park. And there was belly dancing.
Now on to the food—
It was decent but not outstanding. The menu, however, is hilarious and it's worth poking around on the website just to read the descriptions that come with the pics.
a plate of brynza cheese and tomatoes--the cheese was delicious and the tomatoes better than I expected
a plate of barra--fresh assorted greens which was literally a plate piled with fresh dill, parsley, cilantro, red peppers and cucmbers, no dressing. It went nicely with the kebobs
boiled tongue--the tongue was bland, though the horseradish that comes with it was nice and had lots of bite
Shah salad--deep friend eggplant and veggies tossed in a mayo based sauce. this was v good and one of my fave dishes of the evening, but overdressed.
steamed manti--i thought these were v tasty but my friend who's lived in russia/central asia proclaimed them just "all right." lamb inside was in tiny cubes, not minced.
Samsas--I actually didn't eat these, but everyone else said they were good.
Liver turkish style--I love this dish and get it at Taci's Beyti. It was decent here.
kabobs--i didn't try every kind, but we got at least liver (good), chalakhach (rib chops--good but not outstanding) and lulya (didn't try them) I wasn't doing the ordering and by the time the kabobs came I had paid too much attention to the bottles of vodka
wedding plov--this was the least greasy plov i have had and i liked it, but it was made with carrots, raisins, and chickpeas, and i think i prefer the green kind.
The servers were friendly and we had a great time, but, food-wise, I think I might prefer some other places. We also didn't get any of their noodle soups or dishes, some of which sounded interesting. And we didn't preorder any of their other interesting sounding dishes, like beshbarmak.
It's worth going if you want a fun evening out--more of an alternative to the russian floor show places than a meal destination, i think.
35 Neptune Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235