Q at Ocean Pkwy.
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Borough of Brooklyn
Like other large restaurants in Brighton Beach, Gambrinus, named after a celebrated beer bar in Odessa and resembling the interior of a ship, combines the starchy meat-and-potato dishes of the former Soviet Union with a full sushi menu. Unlike the rest, however, traditional options here are so heavy-handed that the sushi section stands out. Salty, dried beef overpowers a Greek-style salad, and an innocent salmon filet is covered in a thick, saffron sauce (though garlicky fried potatoes almost make up for the drowned fish). The slew of sushi rolls, however, is creative and well-executed, boasting names like the American Dream and Snow White, and a massive vegetable-sushi platter arrives with perfectly seasoned seaweed-salad rolls. Still, it might be the beer, served by the liter in huge frosted mugs, that keeps the animated crowd coming back to the outdoor patio night after night.Recommended Dishes
Vegetable sushi, $13; Fried potatoes, $6