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offthebeatenpath1 Aug 19, 2009 08:24 AM

I am a huge fan of good Russian food- Anyone been to Mari Vanna yet? I can't find much info on it or a menu.

Thanks

  1. foodperestroika Jan 22, 2011 04:38 PM

    I've been there several times since it opened and I find that the food is just OK. They tend to be overpriced and favor quantity over quality. I generally prefer going to Russian Samovar.

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    Russian Samovar
    256 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

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      phoenikia Jan 25, 2011 12:35 PM

      Thanks for your comments, foodperestroika- maybe I'll end up trying Russian Samovar if I find myself looking for a meal in Midtown ;-) Wouldn't mind trying their versions of borscht & pelmeni.

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      256 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

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      TatyanaG Jan 21, 2011 07:45 AM

      Went in October. It was good. Service was impeccable. Very loud.

      The salo late was out of this world. Blimi with red caviar were delicious. Don't get the pickles. I had the "sosiski" (hot dogs w/ mash and peas). My husband enjoyed his pelmeni. I'd go again.

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        phoenikia Jan 25, 2011 12:34 PM

        thanks, TatyanaG ;-) Nice to hear it was a good experience for you & your husband.

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        Simon Jan 17, 2011 11:59 AM

        i went there quite a bit when they first opened...one the plus side: the vibe is fun (think of it as a downtown version of Russian Samovar), the staff nice, the infused vodas tasty, and decent wine by the glass...downsides: the food is just okay (some good dishes along w/ a lot of mediocre) and very overpriced for the quality...and, the last couple times i went, the bar had prostitutes camped out there: i'm not being judgemental about this (various upscale hotel bars have even more of this), but i find it midly annoying because i like to be able to eat at the bar without having to turn down solicitations...

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        Russian Samovar
        256 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

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          phoenikia Jan 20, 2011 04:59 PM

          Which dishes do you like the most, Simon? I'm guessing there shouldn't be too many prostitutes working the bar over the lunch hour ;-) First time I've read about this problem on CH.

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            Simon Jan 20, 2011 05:10 PM

            it's not a huge problem, just means that you have to smile a polite "no thanks" :)

            Haven't eaten the food there in a while, but i remember enjoying a vegetable soup...and there was a very rich but very tasty chicken salad of some kind that was spreadable onto the brown bread they give you...of the infused vodkas, i think the apricot and the pomegranete are my favs...

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            sugartoof Jan 20, 2011 10:10 PM

            "and, the last couple times i went, the bar had prostitutes camped out there:"

            Not the first review I've read that made mention, or at least hinted to this. Solicitations at restaurant bars have actually become a new technique for "business" in the area. I can think of 2 other places nearby with the same off-menu non-food or drink offerings, where we'll assume the establishment just looks the other way.

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            phoenikia Jan 17, 2011 10:34 AM

            Has anyone tried the Pelmeni at Mari Vanna?

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            Mari Vanna
            41 East 20th Street, New York, NY 10003

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              RGR Jan 17, 2011 12:24 PM

              phoenikia, We've had dinner once at Mari Vanna in Aug. '09, shortly after it opened. The chicken Kiev was outstanding. At that time, pelmeni were not on the menu. I adore them, so I'm glad to hear they're now available. Checking the menu, I see that vareniki are now also being served -- another favorite. Definitely past time for a return visit. If you get there before I do and try the pelmeni or vareniki, please report back.

              Mari Vanna photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157622135047462/

              http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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                phoenikia Jan 17, 2011 05:41 PM

                Thanks RGR!

                Nice photos. Thanks for sharing the link.

                It's good to hear the chicken Kiev was outstanding.

                I won't be able to visit soon, but the pelmeni & borscht at Mari Vanna are high on my list for my next visit to NYC. It's nice to see they currently offer a $24 prix fixe lunch, with a soup or salad to start, and a choice of pelmeni, vareniki, crispy carrot cutlet, mushroom gratin, grilled salmon or chicken pita as a main.

                Will report back once I get a chance to try them out.

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                Mari Vanna
                41 East 20th Street, New York, NY 10003

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                  Wilfrid Jan 17, 2011 05:53 PM

                  Yes, the food is really outstanding of its type. Best traditional Russian in the city.

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                    phoenikia Jan 20, 2011 04:50 PM

                    Happy to hear that it is the best traditional Russian in the city.

            2. financialdistrictresident Aug 20, 2009 06:20 AM

              We've only been for drinks.

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                liztish Aug 20, 2009 08:29 AM

                How is it for drinks??

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                notsochubbychubette Aug 19, 2009 11:47 AM

                these will probably give you an idea of what they have to offer
                http://www.thedishsdish.com/blog/2009/06/mari-vanna/

                http://www.alwayshungryny.com/reviews...

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                  offthebeatenpath1 Aug 19, 2009 11:52 AM

                  Thanks- I missed the Always Hungry NY review. I did see the Supper Club post on dishdish, but wasn't sure if that was a special menu for the Supper Club or the norm.

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                    notsochubbychubette Aug 19, 2009 11:56 AM

                    im not really to sure, either. I would call and have them email/fax you a menu.

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                      liztish Aug 19, 2009 01:33 PM

                      Just posted on Eater!
                      http://eater.com/archives/2009/08/eat...

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                        offthebeatenpath1 Aug 19, 2009 01:38 PM

                        impeccable timing- thank you for that link

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