Russia

Restaurants in Russia

Arkady Novikov's Nedalny Vostok ("the Near East") has an Asian-fusion menu that doesn't forget it's in Russia—as if Jean-Georges Vongerichten took a detour into the steppes and picked up a few new tricks.

At the pan-Asian restaurant ask for a seat on the glass-enclosed balcony overlooking Nevsky Prospekt. The Italina, Thai, and Russian menu includes chicken-liver risotto, tom yum soup, and marinated herring.

Dymov opened a chain of high-quality, low-cost, instantly trendy sausage-and-beer halls called Dymov No. 1. "I'm not interested in Ferraris or the Côte d'Azur," he says. "I care about who I am and what I'm doing in life.

Order flaky pirozhki and almond croissants at this neo-Baroque pastry annex of the ever-popular Café Pushkin.

In an era of bombastic interiors and overpriced sushi, locals are grateful for this hidden spot, which faithfully re-creates a 19th-century Russian estate. While Chopin is played on a white piano, waitresses in period dresses deliver exquisite dacha (country house) dishes.

Have a delicious arugula salad while gazing out at Lenin’s mausoleum and St. Basil’s candy-colored domes—as we do one lunchtime.