Restaurant Review: Oda House

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!

Georgian Cuisine - Oda HouseOda House, in Alphabet City, doesn’t follow any of the caricatural archetypes of Russian (and post-Soviet) restaurants in New York. It’s neither an oligarch den like the late Brasserie Pushkin, nor a heavy-handed theme restaurant like Nasha Rasha, nor a Brighton Beach / Sheepshead Bay mega-caberet like Baku Palace, nor a pizza-parlor-style joint like Taam Tov. Instead, it looks (and functions) like a normal East Village restaurant!

Georgian Cuisine - Oda HouseExposed brick walls, large windows, real waiters, cosmopolitan patrons… If you like going to Russian restaurants for ironic or anthropological reasons, prepare to be disappointed. Even their web site is BS-free (the only detail I found to pick on is that all the pictures of the executive chef show her in her school uniform, a rather unusual choice).

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Restaurant Review: Pepela

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!

Georgian Cuisine - Pepela Restaurant

There aren’t too many Georgian restaurants in New York / the US /  the West, and that’s too bad. Pepela (butterfly in Georgian), in Midtown East, filled a gap by being the first one in Manhattan. A quick glance at the exterior and interior of the town house it occupies near Park Avenue reveals this is also the “classiest” in the city.

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Paris Restaurant Report: La Maison Géorgienne

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 not noteworthy in some capacity.

Nestled in a small street in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, La Maison Géorgienne is one of the very few Georgian restaurants in…  all of Western Europe, really.

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Restaurant Review: Tbilisi

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!

A few months ago, I remember reporting that there was no recommendable Georgian restaurant in New York. This was before I discovered Tbilisi, located at the border between Midwood and Gravesend in Brooklyn, “the first Georgian Cuisine opened not only in NY, but in whole United States [sic]“. If we’re to believe the restaurant’s malware-infected web site, this is quite a serious oversight: “since Georgia became more popular and Georgian Cuisine well known among other nations, Restaurant TBILISI turned out to be famous for all the people living in NY”. (When did Georgia become more popular exactly? After the invasion by Russia, or during the Vancouver Olympics with the death of the Georgian luger? I confess I don’t know.)

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