Step off 46th Street into the grandeur of Pre-Revolutionary Russia at this three-story townhouse restaurant, which displays Tsarist chinaware, period costumes and a library of 18th-century Russian literature. In keeping with the museum-like setting is traditional elegant Russian fare, like buckwheat blini accompanied by cream and caviar (more than a dozen kinds are available) or pickled herring topped with sour cherries. Chicken Kiev is passionately traditional, while sturgeon heavily bathed in a Champagne nage and Bananas Foster flambéed tableside by a white-jacketed server is a history lesson on the French influence over Russian cuisine. The food at Firebird doesn’t break any new ground, but that’s not its aim; instead it proudly showcases the culinary traditions of a sumptuous bygone era.
FireBird Russian Restaurant
|Venue name:||FireBird Russian Restaurant||Contact:|
365 W 46th St
|Cross street:||between Eighth and Ninth Aves|
|Opening hours:||Tue 11:45am–2:30pm, 5–9pm; Wed–Sat 11:45am–2:30pm, 5–11pm; Sun 5–9pm|
|Transport:||Subway: C, E, 1 to 50th St|
|Price:||Average main course: $34. Three-course prix fixe: $49.99. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|