Russian Vodka Room
New York City-Midtown Manhattan
May 11, 2018
No prizes for guessing what the specialty is in this place. The flavoured vodkas, which sit in huge jars behind the bar, are rightfully renowned, and all of the best-known brands are represented on the menu, together with some lesser-known gems. The crowd is Russian, though hardly exclusively so, and be warned, the drinks pack enough punch to knock the uninitiated off their feet. The dark and window-less room is enlivened by live piano music and a warm, vodka-fuelled atmosphere, assisted by friendly staff who specialise in attentive but not overly-fussy service it’s the perfect place to impress a date, though the strength of the drinks may lead to accusations that you’re trying to get them drunk! Cocktails are unflinchingly Russian and include a breakfast martini composed of their famous Garlic, Pepper and Dill Vodka with Beef Broth and Tomato Juice. If vodka isn’t your thing though really, if that’s the case you’ve probably come to the wrong place there’s a decent list of scotches and cognacs available. If you need to counterbalance the sudden hit of alcohol with something solid, the blinis with caviar or salmon are a popular choice, though there’s heartier fare on offer in the form of beef stroganoff, roast duck or braised lamb (alas, in-keeping with East European attitudes to vegetarianism, there’s little available for the non-meat-eater, so veggies should eat elsewhere). There’s live music from the Vodka Duet on Monday nights, and happy hour runs 4-7 every day. So, why not take a seat at one of the candle-lit tables at the back and, for the evening at least, trade New York City for a taste of Moscow?