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Mari Vanna

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41 E 20th St, New York City, NY 10003-1324 (Park Avenue)
+1 212-777-1955
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12:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Purchase, New York
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10 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The restaurant was recommended by a friend who knows Russian food first hand.That's why I went there with high expectation.The service was excellent; our server Julia was utterly charming and knowledgable of the menu. The ambiance was delightfully, old fashion Russian charming. Unfortunately the food was somewhat disappointing. There were 4 of us. We enjoyed blinis with smoked salmon and... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I'm Russian, took my Korean friend there. She said food was good, but she never had Russian food before. I had "herring under fur" salad, where herring was excruciatingly salty. Potato dumplings tasted weird, were seasoned with fried onion that was charred basically, tasted bitter. My friend had borsch, I tried "salo" that went with it-it was gooey and disgusting,... More 

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New York City, New York
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37 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Mari Vanna is uniquely decorated and furnished and has an ambience different from other restaurants. Their female waiting staff don similar girly summer dresses and yet not exactly a uniform. My host and I were comfortable chatting after dinner on their bench in front surrounded by plants. The food that my host ordered were well chosen and complimentary to one... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A truly authentic experience. The food is so delicious. This is the best Russian food I've had. The atmosphere feels just like the Soviet Union, which is what it's supposed to be; the "old" days. So great, highly recommended.

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Thank ruskat123
Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

The food is great but for Russian cuisine is a bit pricey. The service is great and you can hang out and drink by the bar if you don't feel like having dinner. The scene could be great depending on the day.

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Thank Alex K
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

Had a great dining experience at Mari Vanna last Saturday. Cute decor, great atmosphere, delicious food (we sampled quite a lot of items on the menu, all were delicious) and above all, fantastic service by our waiter Jama (sorry if I misspelled your name). Jama was friendly, professional, made great suggestions on the menu and made us feel very welcome.... More 

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Thank Alexandra B
New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

Overall, we enjoyed the fun and pleasant ambience. Loud but nice lull of voices. Mixture of Russian and English speakers. Came here to celebrate a birthday and they do this crazy ensemble where they sing and clap, very cute. The food was okay, but the service, which was impeccable, and the great atmosphere made up for it! Food: the food... More 

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Oslo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Totally worth a visit whether you are a Russian missing home food or a foreigner with a passion for trying out new cuisines. Friendly stuff and nice music from the 1950s-1960s.

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Thank Zlata B
Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

This is a small international chain with restaurants in major capitals. It is richly decorated with vintage objects, furniture, pictures, and chandeliers. All food was outstanding: Russian traditional mayo salad, beet vinaigrette, pel'meni, small pirogi, chicken Kiev, beef Stroganoff, deserts. About 15 different infused vodkas, difficult to chose from. We were there from 8 to 11 on a weekday, and... More 

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johannesburg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

Food is good and decor quaint and different. My son was taken there by friends from Belarus who attest to the genuine Russian food. Four of us went for dinner and had a very pleasant evening sampling different dishes, all enjoyable. Made a change from the average Italian/Mexican/Thai etc

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$12 - $30
Cuisine
European, Eastern European, Russian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 41 E 20th St, New York City, NY 10003-1324
    (Park Avenue)
  • Public Transportation: 6 & R trains to 23rd Street.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Flatiron District
  • Neighborhood: Flatiron District
  • Phone Number: +1 212-777-1955

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Flatiron District
Offering many of the city’s best restaurants and shops set amid classic New York architecture, the Flatiron District is no longer under the tourist radar. At 23rd Street is the famous triangular Flatiron Building, which makes a good picture no matter what angle you photograph it from. Be sure to look up at the elegant architecture as you stroll the streets - much of this neighborhood is part of a historic district that was home to many of the city’s most famous department stores at the turn of the century. At the northern end of the neighborhood, Madison Square Park is best known for being home to a famous burger shack, but it can also be a quiet refuge to spend an afternoon, and it frequently hosts interesting public art exhibits. In the lower part of the Flatiron District you'll find Union Square, a bustling crossroads at all times of day and night.
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