A few weeks ago I got a message from a reader that Cafe Glechik, the Ukrainian restaurant I wrote about a few months ago, had closed. I knew that the Brighton Beach location had closed, but now it seemed that the the Sheepshead Bay location was closed as well. She had some good news though — a new place called NOVO Cafe had opened in the Brighton Beach space. Even better, they had a vegetarian borscht on the menu. I stopped by this weekend to check it out for myself.
The borscht was fantastic, with big chunks of vegetables in a flavorful broth. It was especially nice with chunks of the dense and mealy brown bread brought to every table. As you see above, I also got some vareniki — Ukrainian dumplings filled (in my case) with a mix of mushrooms and potatoes. Topped with caramelized onions and sour cream, they were rich and filling. I have to admit that I preferred the ones at Cafe Glechik, but NOVO Cafe’s are pretty good.
NOVO Cafe — 3159 Coney Island Ave