An exercise in timeless kitsch, this dark-red windowless Russian stalwart has been holding strong since the early eighties. On a quiet weeknight, you may wonder what the hoopla is all about but weekends draw groups of Russian revelers feasting on vodka and flavorful fare to the sound of live music under the reflections of a disco-ball. The Georgian chef cranks out recipes from the motherland—delicious lavash bread, hearty cheese-filled khachapuri patties and solyanka lamb stew—as well as international favorites like filet mignon, chicken Kiev and a smoked fish platter. No need to be shy about requesting a doggy bag—the waitstaff practically insists.
282 Brighton Beach Ave
|Cross street:||between 2nd St and 3rd Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 11am–midnight; Fri 11am–2am; Sat 11am–3am; Sun 11am–1am|
|Transport:||Subway: B, Q to Brighton Beach|
|Price:||Average main course: $17. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|