In the last few weeks we have made several forays to this area, so i have a but of info to add -
First, we have had a couple of quite excellent meals at Baku Palace in Sheepshead Bay - still a devastated area. Lamb dishes, sturgeon kebabs, with a delicious accompanying rice, Baku special salad (a russian potato and cooked veg salad with some smoked salmon and caviar),khutab, veg and meat, and a variety of eggplant dishes were all excellent. decent Georgian red wine, and very nice tea service, good homemade bread and a friendly welcome made us very happy. The big russian grocery store in the former Lundys next door is also very nice.
We tried twice to go to Primorski's for lunch but no luck - is it not open then? Having failed today, we headed to Brighton Beach, also still soggy, and had an uninspiring meal at Primorski, which I had recommended before. No kharcho or lamb main was available, and while the borscht and fish soup were both quite good, the waiter failed to bring the sour cream for the borscht, and the main course chicken dishes were both poor. My fried chicken, supposedly tabaki, which had formerly been really well seasoned was a bland and overcooked piece of cornish hen - daughters georgian labeled chicken dish had no seasoning in the sauce and seemed to be back and neck pieces - only a couple bites of chicken. Bread was purchased and rewarmed and not homemade, no cabbage salad with the lunch as formerly.. I felt like the georgian cooking we had liked was no longer happening here. Maybe they are offering something good for dinner, but I can no longer recommend their cheap lunch offering
Things got brighter when we dropped by the Georgian Bread store, now at 190 Brighton 11, just east of CIA and north of BBA. Friendly welcome, and we took home dough pockets with cheese and well seasoned cabbage, and excellent spinach phakli, lobio and olivier salad (potato salad with veg, pickles and onions), highly recommended. Funnily, when we got home and installed our new cable box, the rationale for this trip, there was an Anthony Bordain show feating both the Georgian Bread and Primorski stops. I guess the guzzling of vodka and perhaps a better eveing menu gave him a better expierience at the latter than we had.