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.


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