After a 10 year lull, my wife and I started visiting this place again. Gone was the cool bar in the front room, and gone was the charming old man who once ran the place. New owners, and same room and menu. Our first visit, no complanits, this visit was sort of rough aroudn the edges.
It was a Thurs. nite and we were the only customers there. They did not have some of the menu items in stock, such as Golubzi (sp?). I had that at Katias so I wanted to check that out. I was told they would make this for me if I made a reservation two days in advance, so they could order the ingredients.
We had the borsct soup, excellent. But the two appetizers were pelmeni
and some other thing, were a little too seasoned with paprika and rosemary. The sauce was good, but it was better teh last time we visited a few weeks ago.
The entrees, beef stroganoff and steak cossack, were outstanding though. They gave us very ample portions, for about 20 a plate, much more meat than a steakhouse. So that part of it was thumbs up.
If youre the only people in the restaurant, it makes you wonder whats up. It is pricey, we orderd no wine, drinks , coffee or dessert and with tip it was $83. I thought the food was pretty good, and maybe it was a fair night for the cook. We'd go there again, even though it wasnt awesome, but it was alright, and I'll end this by saying they need to remodel and make it into "new russian cuisine"...get some hot waitresses, make some cheaper menu items, and I think the place will be really hoppin....