Russian House NaZdorovye – Traditional Russian Restaurant and Cafe in the City Center
A much nicer way to spend your evening than watching Russia’s house on VHS, Russian House brings fine Russian cuisine, spirits and souvenirs to 5th Street, in an ambitious space run by a former Olympic basketball player and her chef husband, who cooks all over Moscow to Moscow on the Hudson (NYC). Russian-speaking staff hover between an imposing vodka-infused bar; a traditional living room (complete with a brick oven) filled with household trinkets like miniature dolls of Russian firsts; a more formal dining room behind a beaded curtain (iron was overpriced); and an intimate oriental-style living room with rugs on the walls and piles of pillows to sit on. This vodka selection is as massive as Ivan Drago and just as likely to cause brain damage, starting with over 30 infusions (they’re aiming for 120) served in flights, shots, and alongside caviar. Because caviar is the least filling in food history, they offer borscht, sacivi (traditional Georgian chicken, served cold with onion, garlic, walnuts), Beef Stroganoff and the signature lamb shank. of the chief. sweet and sour sauce.To help put you in the spirit, they have a closet of traditional Russian clothing at the entrance that you can don, ranging from military hats to heavy coats for those times when there is none. of war, but there is is cold.