PLAN DATE: MON / JAN. 28
Located in the heart of Queens on a stretch of road lined with Chinese markets and kosher Middle-Eastern restaurants, Cheburechnaya—which is kosher itself—delivers Russian and Middle Eastern flavor to patrons from all over the tri-state area. Started by two brothers, Isak and Simon, who began their restaurant careers as waiters at age fourteen, Cheburechnaya specializes in chebureks, deep-fried dough stuffed with either meat, mushrooms, potatoes, or cabbage. Rounding out the menu is a wide selection of international dishes, from rice pilafs featuring beef and onions to borscht and babaganoush. While the décor leaves little impression, the flavors prove unforgettable.
When you finish stuffing your faces, take the night up a notch at Tropix Bar and Lounge. True to its name, you’ll find a solid selection of frozen alcoholic beverages like a passion fruit margarita or a pina colada. Try the Tropix sangria, the bar’s signature drink made and served at your table and featuring Hennessy, Grand Marnier, and fresh fruits. Save room for wings or some fries, basically just so you vehicle to consume your choice of twenty-eight different dipping sauces, including habanero honey mustard and garlic parmesan.
Rego Park, Queens
9209 63rd Drive, Queens
idk tip: Service can be about persistence. Grab a seat and be patient. Once you get your waiter’s attention, you will be well taken care of.
Tropix Bar & Lounge
9532 Queens Boulevard, Queens
idk tip: Beware of the dress code, which is strictly enforced on Fridays and Saturdays.