Caviar Russe

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Cavier Russe
Midtown East
The imported stuff is offered by the mother-of-pearl spoonful (sevruga $6; golden osetra $18; beluga $30) or in portions of 50 to 500 grams (priced from $60 to $250), with traditional blini, toast or potatoes. The noncaviar part of the menu reveals strong French influences; witness such delicious, balanced entrées as crisp-skinned duck confit with moist meat atop foie gras (part of the $65 tasting menu); and seared red snapper in a light sauce over delicate Maine crabmeat, sprinkled with a generous portion of thinly sliced morels. Lunch, a $20 prix fixe, is a relative bargain, even if you add the splendid Jewel of Russia vodka—clean, bracing, and served almost frozen in an icy glass ($11).
Venue name: Caviar Russe
Address: 538 Madison Ave
New York
Cross street: between 54th and 55th Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Sat noon–10pm, Sun 11am–3pm
Transport: Subway: E to Lexington Ave–53rd St, 6 to 51st St
Price: Average main course: $25. AmEx, MC, V
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