12 Chairs

Red Alert: 12 Chairs Café

Red Alert! Random Eastern European dishes are invading our streets and restaurants! Should you duck and cover, or welcome the enemy? 12 Chairs Café is named after a satyrical novel by Soviet authors Ilf and Petrov that nobody’s ever read outside of Soviet Union. Or is that so? The owners explain on their web site that they “started out […]

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Caviar Russe

Red Alert: Caviar Russe

Red Alert! Random Eastern European dishes are invading our streets and restaurants! Should you duck and cover, or welcome the enemy? Far away from the hype of New York’s incessant restaurant openings and closings lies a disregarded culinary genre, that microcosm, the caviar shop-cum-restaurant. Several of big players have or have had one such establishment. The smaller ones (such […]

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Betony - Czech Mate

Red Alert: Betony

Red Alert! Random Eastern European dishes are invading our streets and restaurants! Should you duck and cover, or welcome the enemy? You might remember Brasserie Pushkin, the ephemeral New Russian restaurant that attempted to reproduce a Moscow institution in midtown Manhattan. I certainly wasn’t the only one thinking that the food didn’t quite meet the expectations set […]

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Russ & Daughters Café

Restaurant Review: Russ & Daughters Café

A note about my restaurant reviews: New York City counts many Eastern European restaurants scattered across the five boroughs, most of them ignored by restaurant critics and diners alike. I intend to visit as many as I can and report! Russ & Daughters has been a Lower East Side institution for a century. The story of this […]

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Resto Ukraine

Paris Restaurant Report: Resto Ukraine

In addition to my New York restaurant reviews, I’d like to share with you my thoughts on random Eastern European restaurants I visit during my various trips. These posts may not always have the depth of my traditional reviews, so I won’t provide any ratings. I’m also unlikely to write about a place if it’s […]

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The Best and Worst Restaurants of 2014

I can’t believe I reviewed only six restaurants this year! That’s four less than last year, even though I still feel like I spent all my time eating Eastern European food. However, I can comfort myself by saying that my reviews are getting more thorough, and by looking at all of the many shorter restaurant […]

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