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Nothing better than the blackened trout at this informal Armenian café, which boasts one of the city's nicest restaurant gardens. In fact, nearly anything done on the charcoal grill is likely to be great, including the quartet of baby lamb chops or the double-thick pork chop, which arrives sadly smeared with red sauce. Just wipe it off. Among non-grilled items, the "stuffed dough with meat" turns out to be wonderful noodle purses of lamb and onions, while satsiva is a cooling salad of chicken with walnut sauce. For vegetarians, there are eggplant flutes stuffed with farmer cheese.
The Gorilla Cheese truck dispenses free toasted-cheese sandwiches to the storm-beleaguered of Brighton Beach. Bad as things are in Coney Island, they're worse in Sheepshead Bay, as my bike ride Frid... More »
The old frame house sits a stone's throw from Sheepshead Bay, its picture window dominated by a lightbulb-covered sign that spasmodically blinks "Café." But the window also contains a more alluring come-on: a banked-up fire of lump charcoal, from... More »
As Jerry queried in Seinfeld: "What is mutton, anyway?" Find out by ordering xashlama (no, it's not llama!) at Garden Bay Cafe. Immersed in a rich red gravy, the tender, deeply flavored meat constitutes the stew's sole solid substance.
Sheepshead Bay is a mixed bag when it comes to eateries. Apart from the sainted Randazzo's and a Turkish spot or two, the food is uneven. One of your best all-around choices is Garden Bay, one of Gotham's few Armenian cafés (Armenians are more prone to open grocery stores). The twin lures are the kebabs grilling over lump charcoal right in the window--in order of desirability: baby lamb chops, the thick pork chop, and the skin-blackened trout--and a rear garden that makes... More »
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