<sigh> I sure miss the place. I don't think there is anything out there that matched the atmosphere of Gorkys... food wasnt that great, but it sure was fun to go to.
Does a body out there know of another similar to that?
I miss the downtown Gorky's, too. It was part of the bustling art scene that was going on in that area in the 80s and 90s, so the clientele at Gorky's was pretty eclectic. I don't know if a place like it would survive now. Many of the downtown artists have been pushed out by yuppies, gentrification and higher rents.
There are a few things I remember about the menu. I loved their deep dish apple pie, a great treat at 2 in the morning. They also brewed their own beer, and this was way before brewpubs became trendy. It was pretty good as I remember. The food was OK, but the portions were huge and food cheap. I liked the pasta primavera, pretty basic, but everything was fresh. Good fuel if you're a starving college student/artist like I was at the time.
Ah yes Gorky's. Fond memories of going to that place after clubbing at 2AM in downtown, and I also used to like their pasta dishes too. I remember the Red Lenin-esque theme and in-house brews.
As far as replacements, maybe Pete's Cafe would suffice since it is open late with a city loft vibe or the new Mode (which I haven't tried yet)