Russian in Jersey?
- John Piekarski
Emerald Restaurant, 973-467-8687, 633 Morris Tpke, Springfield
This place bills itself as Russian, and has many typically Russian dishes on the menu or as specials, but it also has Italian/Continental cuisine as well. The food was very good when I went with my mom, esp. the Chicken Kiev (a special), and the Stuffed Cabbage (on the menu). My dad likes the borsht. It was quite reasonably priced, too. Something I asked the waitress about was the enormous amount of room to table ratio. Apparently, because their parking lot is rather small, firelaws or zoning limits the amount of seats they are allowed to have in the restaurant (which is _not_ small). Quite a welcome change to the usual "pack'm in" NY policies most NJ restaurants have adopted.
Also spotted, but not tried is Peter the Great Restaurant at 238 Franklin Ave, Nutley, 973-562-6500. I've noticed it each time we've gone to Little Saigon (it's across the street). But, we've made the trip to Nutley for Vietnamese. Has anyone out there ever tried this place?
A Russian friend attended a birthday party this past weekend at Russian Dreams, recently purchased, refurbished, and renamed by the owners of a Brighton Beach restaurant. Though she didn't care for the desserts, she found the food way improved and generally excellent, even if not quite so good as at her current Brighton favorite, Restaurant (not Café) Tatiana.
Be aware that Russian Dreams is authentic -- it seats over a hundred, and is filled on weekend evenings with large, boisterous family groups enjoying enormous banquets to the tune of very loud entertainment. Its quieter during off hours, and lunch is a bargain.
Being a non-driver, my friend wasnt certain of Russian Dreams exact location, but she said that it was within a few miles of her home in Morganville.
I hope this helps.