Moscow - Varenichnaya №1 on Novy Arbat

Moscow Rules, Part 11: Soviet Nostalgia

Soviet nostalgia is nothing new – it probably started on December 26, 1991, if not earlier. And it’s somewhat understandable, too. Back in the USSR, there was a feeling of guaranteed stability, and of belonging to a superpower. They didn’t have to worry about their job, their rent, their bills, their retirement, or anything in […]

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Siberian Cuisine - Chemodan

Moscow Rules, Part 8: Chemodan

After my post about Omulyovaya Bochka last week, let’s continue our exploration of Siberian cuisine through another Moscow restaurant. Located in the Arbat District, Chemodan (“suitcase” in Russian) is part of the trend of celebrity-owned eateries that arrived in Moscow in the early twenty-tens. If you follow Russian cinema a little, you might remember actor Oleg […]

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Moscow - Wine & Crab Restaurant

Moscow Rules, Part 6: Wine & Crab

Located on Moscow’s Tretyakov Passage, a hyper-central, posh alleyway framed by medieval-looking archways, Wine & Crab is the brainchild of identical twins Sergey and Ivan Berezutskiy, two rising stars of the New Russian restaurant scene, both co-owners and executive chefs. The pair, originally from the Krasnodar region, first gained fame separately, training at different acclaimed restaurants […]

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Restaurant Review: Cheeseboat

It was only a matter of time before New York’s (modest) Georgian cheese bread trend hit Williamsburg. But with Cheeseboat, opened about a year ago, the hipster-turned-yuppie neighborhood doesn’t do things half way. From the giant neon vulva representing an Adjaran khachapuri in the window, to a menu featuring well over a dozen different cheese breads, the joint […]

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Moldovan Food - Boon By Moldova

Restaurant Review: Boon By Moldova

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! Having already eaten in a couple of Romanian restaurants in Sunnyside (see my review of Harmony Terrace), […]

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Bosnian Food - Cevabdzinica Sarajevo

Restaurant Review: Ćevabdžinica Sarajevo

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! If you want to eat simple, authentic Bosnian food in New York, Astoria is the place […]

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East Williamsburg - Masha And The Bea

Restaurant Review: Masha and the Bear

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! With Masha and the Bear, Russian food has come to (East) Williamsburg. Opened in early 2015, […]

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