Visit these Russian restaurants in NYC for a taste of Sochi

Get the full Russian experience at Anyway Cafe.
Get the full Russian experience at Anyway Cafe.

We’ve heard a lot about Russia these past weeks. Now it’s time to taste it. Here’s five Russian restaurants you should try out.

256 W. 52nd St., 212-757-0168
We all remember the episode of “Sex and the City” where Aleksandr Petrovsky got Carrie out of bed in the middle of the night to dine at a Russian restaurant. Happily, 10 years later, the restaurant is still here. The infused vodka is a must-try, in flavors like cherry, lemon and pepper. And if you want some food to go with yours, try the chicken Kiev.

Mari Vanna
41 E. 20th St., 212-777-1955
The interior here is old and elegant, with chandeliers and worn chairs. Try the beef stroganoff — it’s hearty and creamy. And, of course, this place is also all about the infused vodka. Go for the horseradish, if you dare.

Anyway Cafe
34 E. Second St., 212-533-3412
This place is small, dark and cute, and boasts live music, amazing food and attentive service. Try the pelmeni (Russian dumplings). And infused vodka? It’s here! This time, go for the honey ginger.

140 W. Houston St., 646-678-4334
If you’re afraid you might not like traditional Russian food, visit the newly opened Ariana, which is dedicated to contemporary interpretations of traditional Russian fare. Share small plates of country paté or pickle salad. Entrees include braised rabbit and lobster-stuffed cabbage.

Nasha Rasha
4 W. 19 St., 212-929-4444
This restaurant is a little piece of Russia in the middle of the city. Its decor is kitschy, the bartenders wear Russian garb and for $30 you get an unlimited vodka hour.


Sochi specials

Olympians, are you listening? Lucky Strike ( is offering complimentary bowling for the following achievements:

• Free bowling for life to any athlete who sets or breaks a world record
• Free bowling for the next four years to anyone who medals
• Free bowling for one year to all U.S. competitors

Brother Jimmy’s BBQ ( will give 10 percent off to anyone who has an American flag somewhere on their apparel.

BottomzUp (344 Third Ave., 646-918-7220) will dole out free White Russians whenever Team USA scores gold.


Bloomberg: Going green will grant you longer life…

Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg tells Metro that cities are where fighting global warming can make a difference, and increase people’s lifespan.


Ban Ki Moon: "Climate change is an issue…

My message to you is: make your voice heard and your actions count. Change is in the air. Solutions exist. The race is on. It’s time to lead.


Earth Day New York food toolkits to help…

Hundreds of classrooms across New York City already have indoor container gardens that allow students to grow food right where they learn. But Earth Day…


NYPD announces street closures for United Nations General…

The United Nations representatives are in town, and multiple city streets will be closed to traffic through Saturday, Sept. 26. The NYPD is urging those…


10 Facts you won’t learn about Frankie Grande…

Frankie Grande is the worst and/or the best. Whether or not you're a fan, you'll want to know these facts about the polarizing player from "Big Brother 16."


Antoine Fuqua can kill someone with just a…

It's amazing what you can get done with the right tools. In designing the climactic battle in "the Equalizer," in which Denzel Washington's retired special…


Guess Ben Kingsley's worst filmmaking experience

Here's a fun game: Sir Ben Kingsley has made a lot of films since "Gandhi" in 1982, but at least one of them was a…


Does Lena Dunham have any secrets left?

Get a sneak peek at her new book to determine if it’s worth the read.


3 things that went wrong in Jets loss…

The Jets have very little room for error with a far-from-explosive offense.


Eli Manning finally feeling good in West Coast…

The Giants have very little time before their next game, but they still took a moment to relish the team’s biggest offensive outburst since Week 1 of 2013.


College football top 25 poll: Oregon, Alabama close…

College football top 25 poll: Oregon, Alabama close in on FSU


Jay Cutler takes Marc Trestman's coaching to heart

While Jay Cutler turned to an autobiography on the man who would be his head coach, Trestman had personal experience with the player.


5 gadgets to protect you from sharks, concussions,…

The medical industry is inundated with devices looking after all aspects of your wellbeing, from monitoring your sleep patterns to warding off shark attacks. We…


Are you a narcissist? We look at the…

I have a friend who constantly talks about herself and rarely asks any questions about my life. She is constantly preening, obsessed with her body,…


Lacking new ideas, Apple Watch disappoints health experts

Technology pundits were quick to predict the demise of most fitness wristbands and smartwatches when the Apple Watch was announced. But health care professionals and…


Sarah Doukas on social media, models and diversity

The maker of Kate Moss tells Metro how social media can drive the diversity change in the fashion industry.