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Dinner at Pirosmani: Georgian Food, Where Have You Been All My Life?

This post originally took place on November 3. I think I started writing this post on Thanksgiving and then forgot about it. Oops. Better late than never?

Pirosmani Kwan, take that photo
Happy camera-toting eaters.

Sheepshead Bay. That's where Georgian food has been all my life. Aside from Georgia.

Thanks to James, I now have a reason to visit Sheepshead Bay: to eat at Pirosmani (named after Georgian artist Niko Pirosmani, whose full-wall murals of Georgian life you'll be staring into as you eat), home of thickly crusted breads radiating with fresh oven warmth; soft flatbreads stuffed and/or topped with pools of cheese and butter; heaps of fried potato slices and oyster mushrooms, crispy and tender in all the right places; and...blahdeblahblahblah, more delicious things full of carbs and fats.

I recommend reading James' post about the meal since it has more details than my post will ever have, and it features the same photos. So why even read my post? Because...instead of trying to describe these dishes in an eloquent way (not that I usually do), as I've decided that'd be pointless, I'm going to channel my brain's thoughts during the dinner on November 3 in all its "OH MY GOD"-filled commentary. It'll be just like sitting in my brainmeats, listening to my malformed thoughts. To separate brainfart-from-the-past from current notes, I'll italicize the thoughts and leave the rest un-slanty.

(Apologies to anyone who knows Georgian if I spell things wrong. Please correct me!)

eggplant roll things
Eggplant rolls

Nigvziani badrijani: Stuffed eggplant rolls...I don't really know what's in this aside from the eggplant, but I'm hungry as hell so it tastes good. [Note: The subway was acting sluggish, resulting in my late arrival to the restaurant and level of hunger on par of that of a snake at the end of a fast. On further Googling, the filling is walnut paste.]

pickled pig's feet

Muzhuzhi (pickled pigs' feet): Piggies! Yaaay, I love pork! [takes a bite] ...Okay, whatever I'm eating has turned into jelly. And it's quite vinegary. And cold. And I know that's what a pickled thing should be like, but mah belly want something warm. [ignores pig's foot]

awesome crusty bread
Craggly bread loaf/stick

Pirosmani's house bread: This bread sure looks funny. [tears off a chunk] OH DEAR GOD IT'S STILL WARM, fresh from the oven's fiery womb [bites off a chunk], and my god, it's amazing. This crust is cracker-crisp. And thick. And underneath is fluffy salty chewy goodness. Why the hell don't more places make bread like this? This would make an awesome sandwich. Now I want a sandwich.

Mingrelian khachapuri?
Khachapuri Megruli

Khachapuri Megruli: Oh sweet jesus, what is this. It's covered in cheese. It's gotta be good. [gets a slice] It's like white pizza on a fluffy flatbread crust. I want to eat gobs of this.

Ajarian khachapuri Ajarian khachapuri
Khachapuri Acharuli

Khachapuri Acharuli: OH MY GOD what is this? Is that a stick of butter on top? With the cheese? And the egg? YES, YES IT IS. AND IT IS BEAUTIFUL. This is my new favorite thing. I love this place forever. Why the hell don't more places make bread boats stuffed with cheese, egg, and butter? BEST BREAKFAST DISH EVER. OR DINNER. OR ANY MEAL. Seriously, other restaurants, get in on this breakfast bread boat thing.

there be cheese goo inside
Khachapuri Imeruli

Khachapuri Imeruli: Looks rather plain, but nicely spotted with crispy bits...[gets a slice]...

cheesy innards

AHAHA IT HAS A BELLY FULL OF CHEESE GOO. Of course. I love you, Georgia.

fried potato and mushroom stare at the pile of fried
Fried potatoes and mushrooms..YOU ARE ENTRANCED.

What in the what! Fried potato and mushrooms? A heaping mountain of em? There is so much golden crispiness on this plate. I expect awesomeness. [Waits as the plate gets passed around the table. In the meantime, drools heavily inside mouth. Gets some spoonfuls onto plate. Eats a few pieces...or a lot..whatever.] AarghhffddsI want to swim in this. And hang my mouth open so all the crispy chewy salty garlicky bits go into my mouth.

bread poof there's a prize inside

Chanakhi (lamb stew with vegetables): Nice bread hat. And lamb chunks. Seems like a perfect winter stew, but it's a bit too hard to share around a table of 11. Will have to come back and try this again.

chicken of garlicky goodness

Ukmeruli (fried chicken in garlic sauce): Holy motherfugnut. Is that chicken bathing in a pool of butter? Garlic butter? AHHHHH. [Waits for it to be cut into 11 pieces. Drools some more. Eats piece.] Oh god, this is some juicy, tender chicken, and with just a hint of crispy. Bathing in garlic butter does wonders. Chicken is rarely this good. Must eat this again. Yes.

Lamb shashlik

Lamb shashlik (kebab): Skewered lamb chunks, you are okay. ...Actually I don't really remember you. Sorry.


And here's the bill for 11 people. I'll let you do the math. (...I really don't feel like doing math.) Basically, we all got stuffed with excellent bready cheesy fatty delights for not a lot of money. I would've been just as happy paying twice as much. Although I do appreciate a bit of fine dining (hello Per Se), places like Pirosmani are the ones I really treasure. Cosy, friendly, casual places where you can eat memorably well—with ten friends, if you so desire.

Thanks so much to James for getting us to trek out to Sheepshead Bay. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT FOOD ADVENTURE.


2222 Avenue U, NY 11229 (map)


Nicholas / December 19, 2010 10:56 PM

Basically cheese + bread (and occasional butter) = awesome. This formula is so easy. I can't believe I missed out on this by 1 day :(

I need to go to Brooklyn and have dairy laden carbs.

roboppy / December 20, 2010 2:58 AM

Su-Lin: So exciting! Ahahah! I WANT MOAR.

bionicgrrrl: We will have to do another outing FOR YOU!

Nicholas: Okay, you and me and bionicgrrrl and whoever else have to arrange a dinner here.

julie / December 20, 2010 10:08 AM

you should check out nargis cafe on coney island ave. it's not georgian, but uzbek food and is really amazing (and cheap!).

Philip Santiago / December 20, 2010 1:18 PM

I remember Sheepshead Bay as a child, always something interesting. have to get my cousins there, again!

roboppy / December 20, 2010 4:58 PM

Julie: Thanks for the rec!


Philip: I ought to do more food adventuring in that area. So unfamiliar with i!

Nicholas: Hahaha oh my. ...Yeah I would've never noticed the zip code thing.

jesika / December 22, 2010 3:50 AM

just wanted to let you know that i listed you as one of my 4 funniest women on the internet and an inspiration for my new blog. hope it does not sqwick you out! i am not a creeper, i promise.

roboppy / December 22, 2010 11:00 AM

Chris: NEVER AGAAIN you must always join us.

James: OKAY NO GEORGIA only Sheepshead Bay.

jesika: Holy crap, you put me up next to some frighteningly funny people! Thank you! I'm honored. And I need to earn my place in that group. :) Yesterday's new HAAF was amazzziing. Maybe I should doodle more on this blog.

inafryingpan / December 23, 2010 12:57 PM

I LOVE the way you write Robyn! Had been secretly following your blog when I lived in NYC, and left off a bit when I moved back to Dubai this year. But I'm back, and it's so refreshing to read your posts...super conversational and totally hilarious, I love the way you bring out how awesome the food is without all the flowery language that so many other bloggers end up using.

This is totally going to creep you out now, especially after jesika's comment, but I hope the infant blog that I started in Dubai grows up to the level of awesomeness that I see in your blog! Really truly.

roboppy / December 30, 2010 12:39 AM

Serena: Cheese and butter thing really needs to gain popularity so I can eat it without having to go to the far reaches of Brooklyn. EVERYONE LOVES CHEESE AND BUTTER THING.

inafryingpan: Thank you for reading my blog! NO MORE SECRET FOLLOWING. :) And you have opposite-of-creeped-me-out! Your blog looks awesome...or rather, it did when I took a peek at it last week; now it looks like your domain name is being funky, but hopefully that'll get fixed soon. ;_; I'm looking forward to learning more about food in Dubai!

Danny: It's worth heading out there if you want to stuff yourself with bread and cheese and meats and stuff. :)

inafryingpan / December 31, 2010 6:21 PM

yay! :) thanks for catching the domain issue and hunting out the alternate link...I'm in the process of transferring domains from foodonymph to fryingpan, clearly something died in that transfer process :( argh technology.

thanks again for checking out my blog, and hope you have a fabulously foodalicious 2011!

Carrie Dahlby / February 7, 2011 10:23 PM

Okay, that's it. Your blog has inspired me to start a google document of NYC-area restaurants I want to visit the next time I finally make it back there (restaurants as seen on your blog). I've been trying to be selective (previous to this I only listed 2 restaurants), but both of these restaurants made the cut!

Pieter / January 14, 2012 6:37 AM

Georgia is incredible!
Skiing on the highest mountains of Europe and sunbathing on a subtropical beach 25 minutes later. Crazy!
It is also the oldest wine producing country in the world, with free wine wherever you go.
And Batumi is called the Las Vegas of the Caucasus. See and watch more about it:

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