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Thor123 Sep 6, 2013 11:14 AM

Has anyone been to Mari Vanna? Interested in thoughts. Thanks.

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    carter RE: Thor123 Sep 6, 2013 11:25 AM

    Might correct your subject line, as it is on Melrose Place.
    but definitely have not been there.

    1. J.L. RE: Thor123 Sep 6, 2013 06:48 PM

      Due to a babysitting scheduling gaffe, I was fated to add this restaurant to my reviews (with photos) on this board, but could not.

      Alas, the fates are cruel...

      An incomplete consolation prize: kevineats tried it a while back:


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        Thor123 RE: J.L. Sep 10, 2013 01:15 PM

        Looks worth a try.

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        OscarFox RE: Thor123 Sep 10, 2013 01:49 PM


        "Website under construction"

        Note to restaurant owners: no need for fancy flash effects, music, singing and/or panoramic views; but could you please at least post hours of operation? Thanks!

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          Servorg RE: OscarFox Sep 11, 2013 07:14 AM

          Just for fun I took a look at the website http://www.marivanna.ru/ny/ for the NY branch of this restaurant. What made me laugh is that, dispite searching the fully fleshed out site, I could not find their hours of operation, (although they do mention their brunch hours if you look long and hard enough).

          Now, they may in their someplace. But not easily found, that's for sure. So your throwaway line about at least posting hours of operation may not be in the cards, no matter what happens with their website.

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            J.L. RE: Servorg Sep 11, 2013 09:59 AM

            From what I understand, the hours are not posted because the concept is that certain regular customers here receive a "key" to the restaurant.

            Having this key allows you to stay as long as you like after usual dining/closing hours. Thus, the "key customers" (pardon the pun) can to drink/chat/socialize/hang until 4AM, if they should so choose.

            At least, that was the concept as I understood it.

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              Servorg RE: J.L. Sep 11, 2013 10:14 AM

              Uh-oh. Unless I miss my guess this is going to leave that LA CH board subset who already are up in arms when restaurants fail to put up signage with seriously twisted knickers. ;-D>

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                J.L. RE: Servorg Sep 11, 2013 10:27 AM

                Public guillotinings to follow...

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                kevin RE: J.L. Sep 11, 2013 05:06 PM

                Sounds like it ain't my kind of joint.

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                  J.L. RE: kevin Sep 11, 2013 05:12 PM

                  Mari Vanna's target, ideal customer is this guy:


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                    OscarFox RE: J.L. Sep 12, 2013 02:10 PM

                    Lovely how easy it's for the girl to lift a tray with 6 good delivery gold bars ( 2400 troy ounces total! )

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                      J.L. RE: OscarFox Sep 12, 2013 10:49 PM

                      The Russian eye candy are not only easy on the eyes, but also awesomely strong, it seems... :-P

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                        kevin RE: J.L. Sep 13, 2013 12:16 PM

                        Hmm, sounds like my kind of woman. :)

          2. Tripeler RE: Thor123 Sep 12, 2013 11:23 PM

            Somehow the name of this place makes me think of Milli Vanilli

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              kevin RE: Tripeler Sep 13, 2013 12:16 PM

              Blame it on the rain.

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                Thor123 RE: kevin Sep 13, 2013 12:27 PM

                Hell of a Vodka selection though.

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                Tripeler RE: Tripeler Nov 15, 2013 11:59 PM

                I just realized that the name of the place sounds like how someone with a thick Russian accent would pronounce Marijuana. You know, "Mari Vanna"....

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                Thor123 RE: Thor123 Oct 5, 2013 03:51 PM

                Made a reservation last night. Although it is an interesting looking place (think Ivy meets Moscow) it felt so contrived we left and went to Il Piccolino which was its consistently good self.

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                  ns1 RE: Thor123 Nov 15, 2013 03:41 PM

                  the goldster speaks


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                    Tripeler RE: ns1 Nov 15, 2013 04:33 PM

                    I wouldn't really call him "the goldster." Perhaps "the gelt-nik" would be better.

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                      OscarFox RE: Tripeler Nov 16, 2013 02:08 PM

                      Please pronounce "gelt" with the "L" rolled deep back towards your throat.

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                        Tripeler RE: OscarFox Nov 17, 2013 01:05 AM

                        I didn't pronounce it, I just wrote it. But I did wonder about writing it "gelt-nik" or "gelnik." Perhaps I should have added an "already" in the sentense.

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                        Mr Taster RE: Tripeler Nov 17, 2013 02:41 AM

                        "Ze Geltnik" (pronounced with heavy Yiddish accent)... You're right. If people are going to insist on foisting a cutesy media nickname upon him, he'd probably find that one far less unappealing.



                        Mr Taster

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                        kevin RE: ns1 Nov 15, 2013 04:45 PM

                        I noticed that too.

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                        Thor123 RE: Thor123 Nov 15, 2013 06:04 PM

                        Still no posts from anyone who has eaten there.

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                          J.L. RE: Thor123 Nov 15, 2013 06:13 PM

                          And now that JG's given it his LATimes glow, expect a wait.

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                            kevin RE: J.L. Nov 15, 2013 06:20 PM

                            I'm really fucking surprised that JL has not hitten that shit up yet.

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                              J.L. RE: kevin Nov 16, 2013 12:11 AM

                              Please read my Sep. 6, 2013 reply in this very thread...

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                          maiweezy RE: Thor123 Jan 11, 2014 06:09 PM

                          Love the ambiance; it's so very adorable and kitschy and the lighting is warm and inviting. Very slow service but I loved the food. Best beef stroganoff I've ever had for sure. Extremely juicy chicken kiev and the outside crust stayed crispy. Prefer the borcsht at Traktir but it's good here too. Lots of empty seats here on the patio Thurs 830. Apologize for the low light.

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