Russian Vodka Room

Restaurants , Russian Midtown West
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Russian Vodka Room
Photograph: Courtesy Russian Vodka Room
This frenetic hangout is no Moscow memory lane; it lives for today. Glossy black marble, wall-to-wall carpet and sturdy green banquettes decorate the room. The vast horseshoe-shaped bar is always packed with a mix of young Russian and American rowdies with roving eyes. In the bright dining room, inebriated patrons feast on gravlax with potato pancakes and cabbage pie. Entrées like chicken tabaka (a split Cornish game hen broiled under a press) are unabashed greasy goodness. And while there’s much debate about the authenticity of certain flavors of “Russian infused vodka,” the horseradish shot packs a punch that goes well with the food and the flirting.
Venue name: Russian Vodka Room
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Address: 265 W 52nd St
New York
10019
Cross street: between Broadway and Eighth Ave
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 4pm–midnight; Fri–Sun 4pm–4am
Transport: Subway: C, E, 1 to 50th St
Price: Average main course: $15. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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David C

So you want 7 ounces of pure, chilled vodka? Which of Russian Vodka Room's nearly 60 brands would you like? And what about specially flavored vodkas - such as Cranberry, Peach & Apricot, Apple & Pomegranate, Garlic Pepper & Dill, Red Grapefruit, Raspberry, Strawberry, Horseradish, Ginger, Pineapple…and there are more... Yes, it's not so simple my friend, is it? And yet that is the glory of this slightly seedy, slightly scary tourist destination, where you can get absolutely sloshed on the stuff and no one will look askance at you? (Drink responsibly, please!) And make sure there's food in your belly to cushion all that high octane booze - try some crabcakes, kasha, meat dumplings, pickles or smoked fish. If you want some live entertainment, go on a Monday night, when  jazz pianist Misha Tsiganov and bass player Dmitri Kolesnik-- a.k.a. Vodka Duet -- perform.