Having lived in Russia during the 90s, I have eaten a lot of Russian food, and when visiting NYC recently, I was excited to try this restaurant. It exceeded my expectation. Each dish was not only prepared authentically, it was simply delicious and beautifully presented. The waitstaff was friendly and attentive. The only disappointment came when I ordered the Russian soup, okroshka, made with kvass, they were out of kvass. We substituted borsht instead, and it was sweet and tart, fragrant with julienne carrots and beets. Varennyki with mushrooms and potatoes are savory and rich. Tea is served in the charming metal holders that you find on the Russian trains and accompanied by a dish of sour cherry jam. Russian Samovar is not cheap, but well worth it if you want to try Russian cuisine. Well situated near Times Square if you are headed to the theater.
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