One of the few restaurants in New York that specialize in Uighur (Wee-ger) cuisine, native to the region in and around what's now Northwest China; much friendlier than many of the eateries along Brighton Beach Blvd. Sometimes Uighur food shows Chinese roots (but even at the popular Xin Jiang Muslim Restaurant in Beijing, that wasn't the case); at Kashkar the eats lean toward the familiar Central Asian line. Lick your lips over lamb rib kebab ($3.50 for four pieces like this).
Also at our table (click the photo to see more): kebabs of chicken ($3) and ground beef ($3); lagman ($5), lamb broth with noodles, meat, and vegetables that our server gladly split for us into half-orders; carrot salad ($5) and eggplant salad ($5); the thin-skined lamb dumplings called manty (four for $6); samsa ($2 each) dough pies with lamb that today were offered in two cholesterol levels (get the fatty lamb, if it's not sold out); naryn ($6), a curious combo of dough with seasoning, sliced sausage, and tripe; and naan ($2), here in the form of a Frisbee-sized flatbread.
1141 Brighton Beach Ave. (14th-15th Sts.), Brighton Beach, Brooklyn