• Café Arzu

  • Russian Kosher $3-$10
  • 101-05 Queens Blvd.
    Queens, NY 11375
  • Neighborhood: Forest Hills
  • Phone: 718-830-3335

Arzu, like many of Queens’ Bukharan or Uzbek restaurants, doesn’t look like much. Long and narrow, it has a few wobbly tables and stark white walls that are cold and dispiriting. The only elements that register as decorative are the delicate, floral teapots that end every meal. But what meals! Kebabs (the house specialty) are intensely flavored and juicy, possessing a kind of rural, rugged power that’s impossible to resist. Same goes for the homemade beef-noodle soup (lagman) that’s packed with irregular chunks of vegetables. If you’re afraid of the compulsively edible, steer clear of the delicately fried pelmeni, small dumplings that look and taste like miniature wontons. Each meal inevitably ends with a pot of tea, or a glass of something stronger that just may lead you into an Uzbek sing-along. If that happens, go with the flow.

  • Hours

    Sun-Thurs, 10am-11pm Fri-Sat, closed

  • Prices

    $3-$10

  • Payment

    MasterCard Visa

  • Special Features

    Lunch BYOB

  • Alcohol

    BYOB

  • Reservations

    Accepted/Not Necessary

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