Restaurants, Russian West Village
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Duck liver pate at Onegin

An ode to Russian lit luminary Alexander Pushkin, this luxe West Village restaurant—sporting cream tufted walls and brass chandeliers—takes its name from his verse novel Eugene Onegin. A massive portrait of Pushkin hangs on the ceiling, and dark-brown tables display the poet's scribbles (copied from manuscripts with a goose-feather quill, no less). Sink into one of the plush gold-tan chairs and order from a menu of Eastern European classics like chicken Kiev, braised beef short ribs and Sturgeon Moscow, which is topped with cheese and stewed in a clay pot. At the center of the kitchen is a custom-built pechka, the traditional wood-burning brick oven of old-country households. It adds a touch of smolder to hot-smoked fish, homemade kielbasa and pierogi encased by the traditional yeast dough. The beverage program takes a more modern approach: In addition to 20 vodkas (Russian Standard, Beluga), drinkers can find the spirit infused with horseradish, honey pepper and other flavors.


Venue name: Onegin
Address: 391 Sixth Ave
New York
Cross street: between Waverly and W 8th Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 11am–1am; Fri, Sat 11am–2am
Transport: Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, M to W 4th St
Price: Average main course: $22. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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