Gina’s Cafe (CLOSED)

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In-the-know skinflints get their culinary kicks in Brighton Beach, where even the most modern Russian café is priced as if it were in Cold War Moscow. Cheap thrills include Gina’s Salad, a fresh take on the Caesar, featuring lightly dressed greens piled with strips of lox and beads of saline salmon caviar. Sour cream stars in the traditional cold borscht, and coats tender beef in a solid rendering of Russia’s most recognizable dish—beef Stroganoff.

Venue name: Gina’s Cafe (CLOSED)
Address: 409 Brighton Beach Ave
Cross street: between Brighton 4th and 5th Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 11am–11pm; Fri, Sat 11am–midnight
Transport: Subway: B, Q to Brighton Beach
Price: Average main course: $10. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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