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akulaji Dec 2, 2006 02:12 PM

This is a shot in the dark, but my boyfriend went to this Russian restaurant in Manhattan that he said was amazing. The only problem is that he doesn't remember where it was and never knew the name. He said it didn't have a sign, and you walked downstairs to get into it. It was like it was someone's kitchen in their home. Does anyone happen to know of the restaurant I'm describing? If not... can anyone recommend a good Russian restaurant in the city?

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    mynameisigor7 Dec 6, 2006 04:44 PM

    On 25th avenue and 86th Street in Bensonhurst is a great home style place called Da I Net. Has all the staples, and very good prices. However it is quite a trek from Manhattan.

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      wasny Dec 6, 2006 07:22 PM

      I bet the restaurant the OP is looking for is Anyway Cafe, at 2nd St. just west of 2nd Ave. It's a small downstairs place, has good straightforward Russian food, and it's got a nice relaxed atmosphere.

    2. MikeG Dec 6, 2006 01:53 PM

      To get back on track, I think the OP's boyfriend is tripping with respect to an "amazing" Russian restaurant "in a basement" somewhere in Manhattan...

      For Russian and other former Soviet food, Brooklyn is your best bet, though I have no idea where to send you. Most of the "big" restaurants in Brighton Beach are less about the food and more about a "night out" in nightclub style. Superficially there doesn't seem to be much of a "diner/home-style restaurant" culture among the most recent group of immigres. But there's got to be something out there, so try the Outer Boroughs board.

      1. nyufoodie Dec 6, 2006 03:20 AM

        Veselka is not bad for it's price point. It's good for what it is...a 24/7 diner serving decent food around the clock....that also serves some Russian/Ukranian/Polish staples...pierogis, borscht, stuffed cabbage etc.

        1. MikeG Dec 5, 2006 06:03 AM

          Before and since its expansion/makeover, it's never been more than good diner level. These days it's even less specifically "East European" than it used to be, but they still have most of the staples, as I recall.

          It's fine and I eat there if I'm nearby, but with apologies to Voltaire, it's neither Russian nor amazing and certainly isn't destination for someone looking for a "good Russian restaurant."

          1. MikeG Dec 5, 2006 02:13 AM

            Isn't Veselka Ukrainian? Anyway, whatever it's good points, the food's hardly "amazing", either.

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              ChuToro Dec 5, 2006 02:29 AM

              I disagree, for the price (super cheap) it is quite good!

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                Pan Dec 5, 2006 05:31 AM

                Yes, it's Ukranian, and no, it's not very good at any price, in my opinion.

              2. nyufoodie Dec 2, 2006 08:12 PM

                For decent home style Russian food that won't break the bank...you can check-out Uncle Vanya on west 54th bet. 8th and 9th Ave. I was recently in Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Kyrgyszstan and Kazakstan ),Moscow and St. Petersburg and have been hunting good Russian eats here as well to revive the fond memories of my trip. But, my absolute favorite cuisine from the part of the world is Georgian.

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                  ChuToro Dec 5, 2006 01:50 AM

                  VESELKA on 2nd Ave. between 9th and 10th streets. 24 hours!

                2. Cheese Boy Dec 2, 2006 06:47 PM

                  Is it any one of these? http://www.menupages.com/restaurants....

                  It sounds like he's describing Polonia. Polonia is Polish food though. I wouldn't call it 'amazing' ... which leads me to believe it's not the place you're looking for.

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