First to the good parts. The restaurant is attractive in a formal sort of way. China displayed in glass cases, old looking pictures on the walls, appropriate lighting - all the things that give the right ambience to a fairly formal dining experience. The food is okay - not outstanding but good enough - and the honey vodka is superb. I gave 3 stars instead of 2 mainly based on how good that darned honey vodka is.
The bad part is the service. While the service is reasonably attentive - no worse than lots of other NYC restaurants - the waiters come pretty close to outright rudeness. So close that they actually are rude a lot of the time. They appear not to understand orders which seems like a front. They just can't be bothered trying to understand or pretend not to. And they bring whatever they feel like. For example, 2 people in our party asked for no toast with a particular dish, requests that were ignored. One person asked for rye bread and was told "no". No rye bread in a Russian restaurant? Don't be absurd! The staff gave every appearance of being bored, unresponsive and possibly downright ornery. Service was already included when the bill came - but where was the service that was billed? Don't bother going here if you expect to be treated like a valued guest or even to get service beyond basic tolerance. Not good enough.