• Cafe Glechik owner Vadim Tesler’s grandmother.

  • A Russian tea party.

  • Odessa's legendary lighthouse.

  • A monument to Leonid Utesov, the father of Russian entertainment.

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Cafe Glechik owner Vadim Tesler’s family was famous in Odessa – his great-grandmother and grandmother both were the “go-to-gals” when it used to come to an occasion called for large quantities of superior food: the Tesler ladies cooked for the best and the biggest weddings in the city since the beginning of the 20th century.

Their skills and recipes were honed in the most extreme conditions. Everyone’s a critic when it comes to food, and Odessites are known for their quick wit, sharp tongues and worldly tastes (many of them became world-famous, sometimes after having to leave their beloved city by the Black Sea, and settling in another that is famous for the same thing, admittedly on a much grander scale – New York City).

Such heritage is not something one could easily walk away from, and upon his arrival in the United States in 1998 Mr. Tesler opened Café Glechik at 3159 Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn to continue this glorious tradition.

Café Glechik quickly became a success story (feel free to look in other sections of this website for quotes and links). Family members work in this establishment, and their habit of giving you, the customer, their best got rewarded by rave reviews and the highest praise from renowned food writers, TV personalities, people of culture, arts, and regulars who come here from all over the world.

So, to a degree, Odessa’s history continues here in Little Odessa – and it seems that there are more similarities between Odessa and New York than there are differences. Both are important seaports, both are proud of their culture, architecture, the variety and the size of their “melting pots”, and their free spirit – all of it perfectly reflected in the refined tastes, fiercely competitive spirit, and an enormous love for excellent food.