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Julia F.

Less known Chinese cuisine — Uighur. Kashgar area of China borders India, Mongolia, Russia, and almost all the -Stans. This food is a mix of Asian and Turkic traditions — lamb, hand-pulled noodles, cumin, bone broth. Cafe Kashkar is a little place in Brooklyn right at the start of Brighton boardwalk. The place is clean, the service is smooth and friendly, and the food is excellent! Prices are more than reasonable. The place is simple and welcoming. For curious about food, this place is definitely worth the trip. Carrot salad was fresh and crunchy and not over spiced. Steamed manti, Uzbek dumplings, were generously stuffed will legitimate lamb meat and not gristle and shards of bone how it can be. Fried lagman noodles with lamb were perfectly spiced and tasted incredible. Lamb kabob was grilled to perfection.

Lamb kabob

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Aleksey v.

We had an awesome experience at Kashkar. Our waiter Alisher was sweet, polite and accommodating. The food was AMAZING! The portion size was generous yet not too overwhelming. We had a mixed green salad and an awesome Kashkar salad with marinated beef. Lagman was delicious and so were the kebabs (we had one lamb and one lamb rib meat--they were grilled over actual charcoal!) but the highlight of our dinner was samsa (lamb and onions-filled phyllo dough pastry) and manty (large steamed dumplings filled with juicy lamb and onions). The manty's dough was thin and delicate while the filling was flavorful and exceptionally satisfying!
We finished with hot black tea and a traditional chak-chak ( if I recall that was the name of the dessert)-- tiny pieces of fried dough covered in honey and shaped into a slice of cake.
Our meal was reasonably-priced and delicious! Highly recommend!!!

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dan c.

If there is anything better than feasting on lagman during a cold winter, it's feasting on lagman during a hot summer. Having only tried the soup version, I was pleasantly surprised to find the dry version (lamb atop noodles) was equally good. Combining that with their mixed salad (with a delicious feta cheese) made for a perfect lunch.
However, there is much more on the menu, and I will update my review once I have explored further. Good stuff!

Shira S.

Shira s.

I first tried this place a few years ago and have loved it ever since! I've thus far brought numerous people here, all of whom love this place as well. Their food is homey, perfectly flavored and spiced, and just leaves a warm feeling inside the soul. The waiters are welcoming and talk to you, remembering your last visit. It's authentic, cultural food that is presented in a no frills  kind of way.

My favorites are the lagman soup, which is a perfect blend of spices, yeasty noodles, and tender meat, and their varying meat dishes are likewise amazing. The manti (large dumplings) are amazing, their shashliki (kebobs) are great and juicy.

The environment feels like you're in the owner's home, and the smells circulating are something out of this world.

It's a simple place but an incredible one for a simple evening dinner with good food.

The photos are just of a couple things as I don't have pictures from the last visits but I'll be adding more as I continue visiting them!

Review Alice R.

alice r.

OMG - hands down the best Xinjiang/Uighur food you will find in nyc!! I am from Urumqi and this is probably the most authentic spot you will find (even compared to flushing). Sad this place is so far but it is pretty close to Coney Island, so fun to make a day trip out of it during the summer time. Their pilaf is rich and delicious without the lamb tasting too gamey. All their dumplings/pie apps have this delicious lamb onion filling. I got the liver kebab last time I went and couldn't be happier with my decision. If you are craving real Uighur food, this place is 100% worth the trek!

Review Julie B.

julie b.

Had lunch here on Sunday and still talking about it on Wednesday. Having never tried real Uzbek cuisine before, I didn't know what to expect other than it being some kind of fusion between Chinese, Halal, and Russian. Can't say I was wrong, but it was somehow...more than that.

The flavors have unexpected complexity and you really see how the lines between cultures and food can gracefully blur into something familiar but not. This isn't some kind of contrived "fusion" cuisine, you really get the sense that people have been eating like this for a long time and you've just been out of the loop.

Having crushed a soft shell crab sandwich at Nathan's a couple of hours before (don't judge), I certainly wasn't starving so took my time ordering. We started with a pickled vegetable platter, which was crisp and refreshing with just the right amount of tang to get the appetite going. Then, we moved on to a shared order of Mantas dumplings with lamb and onion. This is what you smell when you walk in the door, and is  what you should order if nothing else. Delicious dough and savory filling. Lamb skewers were also amazing and came out piping hot on metal sticks.

Overall, great meal, friendly service. Would return.

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diana k.

I came to this restaurant a year ago and was not impressed. I wanted to write a poor review, but actually felt bad because they seemed to be just started out and getting into their groove. After visiting this past weekend, my opinion has changed completely. They have really turned up the ethnic flavors of the Uzbek and Uyghur food. What a unique place!

Don't quote me on this, but they must be one of a kind in this country. Where else would they serve Uyghur food? The crowd here was very mixed, from Russians to Uzbeks, to Chinese customers coming in to enjoy the food. Our table ordered what seemed like most of the menu so that we could try as much as possible. We had eggplant and langsai salads, samsa, manty (steamed and fried), plenty of kebabs, and lagman. My favorite was the steamed manty, served in classic Chinese dim sum steamers.

The place is also BYOB and has great take-out options. I will absolutely get some take-out next time I am in Brooklyn. I loved the unique menu offerings and I'm very happy to see this place doing well!

Review Sohail A.

sohail a.

I love bringing friends to this restaurant. It's small, the ambiance is old-school (you'll feel like you're in Uzbekistan or one of the former Soviet Republics), and it's just a beautiful little place. There's beautiful, intricate, native artwork on the walls and something awesome playing on the TV.

Any time I've brought outsiders (non Brighton Beach residents) here, they've loved it. If you were to bring someone from another state here, they'd have a real unique experience because it's really an experience you can't get in Manhattan or anywhere in America.

I haven't mentioned the food because it's delicious. It's great to share different dishes with friends but my go-to is the fried lagman. The kebabs are also pretty spectacular.

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joseph l.

I have enjoyed several meals at Cafe Kashkar. It is a place I bring visiting friends to the city for a visit to the nearby beach (just a block away) and then a hearty meal.

Having been to Xinjiang (although not Uzbekistan) I find that the Lagman hits the spot. I am not going to pretend its the same as what I ate in Xinjiang, but I feel satisfied and it hits the craving I have. Besides being generally a delicious Lagman.

Otherwise, despite the name this is more of an Uzbek restaurant with some Xinjiang dishes for those seeking the truly authentic. All the food is quite good and I cannot recall a dish that has dissapointed me. I really enjoyed the Beshparmak (classic Uzbek Dish), Pilaf Lamb Rice was good, Manti was good. Everything is quite good. The lamb skewers are also very good.

The service is also always friendly and patient. Very reasonable prices too. I would reccomend Cafe Kashkar to anyone.

Daniel B.

Daniel B.

The staff are mostly Uzbekistanis, but the food is authentic "Turki" and delicious. I don't think their "plov" is good enough, but almost everything else has impressed me quite a bit. The kebabs are really good, but you can get good kebab at a bunch of places, so try and get a selection of their other, more distinctive, hot dishes and share them among the people at your table. I would especially recommend the lagman, which has never failed to impress me.

I was saddened to learn that their "kazy" is in fact made from beef and lamb, because Americans, being terrible infidels, have some sort of problem with horse meat. Perhaps one day they will be civilised. In the meantime, the non-horse "kazy" is very good.

The place is great for a sit-down meal, but it is BYOB (there's cheap Russian beer available at the place on the same block so no problem there, and most of the other customers will be Russians who are much drunker than you).

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