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.
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.
The kitchen spins out its own spicy regional feast. Khachapuri pies ooze pungent cheese; knotted khinkali dumplings squirt peppery meat juices; chicken satsivi is cloaked in a complex walnut sauce tinted yellow with marigold petals.
The name means "bean" in Russian, but the dishes range from homemade spinach and goat-cheese ravioli to lightly spiced chicken plov (rice pilaf) with dried apricots and raisins. Rough cement walls and hardwood floors lend a casual yet modern feel.