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Posted by Alex on 06/26/2011
This place has amazing food, always fresh and tasty like in top restaurants. The prices also very convenient. If they were in a different location, they could charge twice as much for the food they offer. I am a loyal customer of the place and dropped most of the places I use to go before for going there. On weekend nights there is live music. I am personally don't like this feature. The musician is not that good and begs for tips.
Posted by Rob in BK on 06/06/2011
My gf and I tried this place recently because of how highly rated it was both here and on yelp. The reviews of the food and atmosphere for here were great. I'm baffled as to why. First, the place was a hole in the wall. Nothing wrong with that, but the tight tables and the plastic decor were not what we were led to expect. Also, during the course of the meal, kitchen staff came through three separate times with enormous, smelly bags of trash...right past our table. There were also several folks just sort of milling around btw the kitchen and the dining area. Not sure if they were employees or what, but they smelled so strongly of smoke that it permeated my nostrils while I was trying to eat. The food was hit and miss. We tried a plate of the meat and green kutabi (crepes) to start. The meat kutabi were tasty, the greens consisted entirely of parsley and dill. Blech. The chicken stroganoff was completely middle of the road. In fairness, I probably should have gone with the beef, but the chicken was just ordinary, and swam in plain brown gravy next to a pile of run of the mill mashed potatoes. My gf got the trout with "walnuts" - there were none to be found. In fact, neither was anything else - the dish was simply the fish on a plate, we had to order extra rice just so she had something else to eat. (The rice, btw, was flavorless). Our waitress was very nice but the service was slow (baffling considering how empty it was) and after asking us if we wanted bread and we said yes, she never brought any. When my gf asked for water she was brought a bottle of spring water instead of tap (which was never offered) and of course this was added to the bill. Which is my major gripe, the bill was really nickel and dimed. The meals and appetizers were reasonably priced but the little additions here and there (like the rice for my gf's fish) quickly added up without actually adding to the meal. And on top of that when the bill came there was a "service charge" - not the tip mind you, simply an extra tax simply for eating there. While still not being overly pricey I was ruffled by this. All in all, we will not be back. The food was a mixed bag and the ambiance is not worth returning for except if you happened to be in the area for a quick lunch or something. Mostly this place suffers from the overly superlative praise it receives on this and other restaurant pages.
Posted by The Architect on 03/17/2011
The best Middle Asian food you will ever find in NYC, or outside of Baku, period! Best beef Stroganoff I have ever had! You will never have any better mushroom dishes, any style, anywhere!
Posted by Dara Day on 02/14/2011
Fret not if you're not familiar with Azerbaijani food. I'm used to Ukranian food, so I wasn't competely familiar with all things on the menu. We just asked the waitress and she was more then accommodating. Some stand out dishes: Mackerel and boiled potatoes, eggplant salad, potatoes and chanterelle mushrooms, julien mushrooms. But really, I think everything we ordered was delicious. Our party of 4 was beyond stuffed, and the BYOB policy allowed us to keep the bill down to $20/pp. Will be back!
Posted by mark aalabaster on 10/31/2010
If you want to go to a generic place that has the same old food this is not the place. I went to this place after a friends recommendation, i have to Say the Food is Truly Great, trust me you will leave this place with your tastbuds completely satisfied, this is a truly authentic nice tasty place that you just cant find nowadays.
Posted by lobio lover on 06/12/2010
This restaurant exceeded our expectations in every way. From the outside it looks like yet another russian/caucasian food place (many of which boast average food and nasty service). This place is way better. First, the food is well prepared and reasonably priced. The soups are quite hearty and full of surprising ingredients. We also tried the trout dish, and it was generously sized and tastefully seasoned with a mix of walnuts and something elusively tasty. Their lobio salad is one of the best we ever tasted. The service is wonderful - there was only one waitress when we were there, but she worked very hard at making sure everyone was comfortable and well served. The crowd was Russian immigrant families, all jolly and having a good time. Try it!
Posted by Anonymous on 03/01/2010
You need to be open-minded to adore this place--or love meat. It is absolutely fant-abulous. There is plenty in the appetizers to make you full. And THEN you get the platters of meat. Make sure to try the dolma, which are basically balls of wonderful lamb. Enjoy!