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Aug 19, 2009 08:24 AM

Mari Vanna- Anyone been

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.


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    1. re: notsochubbychubette

      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.

      1. re: offthebeatenpath1

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

          1. re: liztish

            impeccable timing- thank you for that link

      1. Has anyone tried the Pelmeni at Mari Vanna?

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

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        1. re: phoenikia

          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:

          1. re: RGR

            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.

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

            1. re: phoenikia

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

              1. re: Wilfrid

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

        2. i went there quite a bit when they first 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...

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

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          1. re: Simon

            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.

            1. re: phoenikia

              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...

            2. re: Simon

              "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.

            3. 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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              1. re: TatyanaG

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