Restaurants in Russia
A self-service homegrown hot spot. No gels or foams here at this doting replica of a Communist-era stolovaya (workers’ canteen) within the ritzy GUM department store.
A feast at this unpretentious Armenian spot may be the best deal in town. No meal—especially one of lobbi (a clay-pot stew of beans, cilantro, and onions) and lamb kebab—is complete without smooth Armenian brandy.
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.
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.
Swing into this chic spot just off Nevsky for a taste of the new Russia, where the shrimp ravioli in pumpkin sauce is done just right.