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Dec 2, 2006 02:12 PM

Russian Food

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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  1. Is it any one of these?

    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.

    1. For decent home style Russian food that won't break the 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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      1. re: nyufoodie

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

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

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        1. re: MikeG

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

          1. re: MikeG

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

          2. 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. 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.