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Nargis Cafe – Uzbek Beauty With an Attitude

Nargis Cafe Samsa

8/30/15 Update:  Another great lunch in one of my Brooklyn faves.  You cant get this stuff in Manhattan.  The Plov is still Killa!  So are the Monti, those giant dumplings filled with cuminy meaty goodness.  The chicken kebabs and Lyulya kebab are some of the juiciest tenderest kebabs you will ever eat.  Among the starters I particularly like the red eggplant dish (over the green) and the avocado salad.  They make Lagman noodles but only offer it in soup (very good).  It doesnt look like they have Pilmeni any more but they do offer its fried uzbek cousin Chuchvara.  Wash it all down with the Szech draft beer (the second one, forgot the name) or their terrific Kompot (Russian fruit punch).  Very busy place, sort of approaching local institution status.  You cant get this in Manhattan.  Did I already say that?  Well I’m saying this again.  I just read the post below and I think I must have been high on something…

Original post  9/14/14:

A love hate arranged relationship followed by a happy marriage is a good way to summarize this one.  We started dating awhile back, sparks were flying and things got intense.  But then she started seeing other people.  A lot of them!  To the point of having to make an appointment and sharing her while sitting very close to the other people and having to leave much sooner than before.  Time for a break, and to check out the rest of the Uzbek fish in the sea.  There was Kashkar, Oasis and some other flirts, but I kept thinking about her, my Nargisachka, who pleased me like none of the others.  To quote from the great Top Secret, “she took advantage of me in ways I cannot describe”  “Oh Nigel, it must have been awful” (Rolling Eyes Smiley)

Anyway, in a town suddenly filled with all sorts of Uzbek action, Nargis is probably my favorite at the moment.  You got all the usual Russian/Uzbek goodies here, and pretty much everything is cooked well.  Nice little Pilmeni (Russian dumplings) which I particularly like here because of its cumin action.  Good eggplant salad, fried potatoes with mushrooms which is a staple among the “Russian” spots in the city.  Great Monti, like giant Pilmeni that come covered in a basket.  Samsa, the Uzbek bourek is another winner at Nargisachka.  Last time they had a Samsa special, a hefty Chicken Samsa surrounding a drumstick.  Like a Samsa lollipop if you will.  They are known for their Uzbek Plov with lamb, chickpeas and liberal use of fresh scallions.  Terrific Tashkent Salad (meat, shredded radish, eggs, fried onions).  The kebabs here redefine tenderness and juiciness.  Chicken, lamb, veal, Lulya kebabs are as good as you will find anywhere on Coney Island Ave (plenty of competition on this street)

This is a very popular spot with the local families, and its best to come here with a group so you can sample enough.

Nargis Cafe
2818 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn
Recommended Dishes: Plov, Samsa, Tashkent Salad, Monti, Avocado Salad, Kebabs, eggplant salad, Chuchvara

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Kashkar Cafe – Your Uyghur Fix

Kashkar Cafe - Geiro Lagman

***Update 11/28/13 **** Went back for some more deliciousness.  Had the same dishes and more (pictures at the bottom)

Before you Google Uyghur and read this post, I want you to do something for me.  You must!  Go to your kitchen cabinet and take out the cumin.  Now open the cumin and let it sit by the monitor.  That’s all.  Continue reading.

Blink and you will miss this little café on busy Brighton Beach avenue in “Little Odessa”, Brooklyn .  Nestled among Russian pharmacies, groceries, nightclubs and more Russian Pharmacies is this Uzbekh gem.  Yes, Russians do love their pharmacies.  They come to hang out, pick up their newspapers, their prescriptions, and the free roll of Bounty they were promised for switching from the pharmacy 2 doors down.

Once you are inside it looks like any other small Russian café with various Uzbekh decorations.  This is Uyghur cuisine.  The Uyghur is an ethnic group primarily living in Central Asia and and China.  And boy can they cook!

In this fun, picture filled menu I went for some Lagman items and Kebabs.  Lagman is like Lamian, Chinese noodles.  They are long, thick and spectacular.Kashkar Cafe - Lagman Soup

Started with the fantastic Lagman soup.  Like a nice cross between Russian “Kharcho” and Ramen.  Lamb, veggies, and plenty of those thick, airy Lagman noodles.

The Geiro Lagman (top picture) was even better and one of the best dishes I’ve had in the past 12 months.  I knew it will be good as soon as it arrived.  Lets see if you can see the same thing…  click on the picture on top and stare at it for a few seconds.  Do you smell the cumin??  It tasted as great it looks, with plenty of cumin and garlic, and got the same noodles and tender lamb as the soup,  Great dish!

Kashkar Cafe - Kebabs

The lamb and chicken kebabs were some of the juiciest and tastiest I ever had. No sauce needed here.  They sell them by the skewer here – about $3 per.  And the crispy  garlicky potatoes were such a beautiful compliment.

This cozy, family owned Uzbekh/Uyghur delivers big time flavors.  No visa required.  Check it out next time you visit Brighton Beach.

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