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Uncle Vanya Cafe
Today 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
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315 W 54th St New York, NY 10019
315 W 54th StUSNYNew York10019
$$Restaurant, CafeToday 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Monday 12:00 – 11:00 pmTuesday 12:00 – 11:00 pmWednesday 12:00 – 11:00 pmThursday 12:00 – 11:00 pmFriday 12:00 pm – 12:00 amSaturday 12:00 pm – 12:00 amSunday 2:00 – 10:00 pm
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Quaint, compact Russian cafe serving classic dishes like borscht & pelmeni.- Google
People talk about vegetarian stuffed peppers, home fried potatoes, smoked fish platter, russian style herring and lamb shish kebab
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Anya Meksin
reviewed 2 months ago
The beet salad (venegred) had almost no beets in it, but was mostly potato--a very odd twist on the classic recipe or perhaps a vegetable shortage in the kitchen. In fact, many items on the quite small menu were not available on the Sunday night we went. I asked the waiter for recommendations and ordered the duck at his suggestion. Big mistake. The duck tasted like it had been boiled in some kind of slime many days ago. The reheating was not successful, and many patches inside the duck were cold. The pelmeni were fine--but then again, they clearly came frozen and were simply boiled out of a bag. As a Russian used to the decent home-cooking of my not too culinary family, I thought the food at this restaurant was much inferior to home-cooked food. Not like the great restaurants in Brighton, that's for sure.
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Gaurav Sood
reviewed 7 months ago
Beautiful, delicious, home-made Russian food that was a pleasure to eat. This unassuming restaurant serves up some original and tasteful recipes in a friendly atmosphere. The restaurant has been around for 20+ years and is practically an institution. They have live jazz/piano some nights too. Baked dark bread with a garlic-oil dip was followed by the Borscht and Golubtsy - both were excellent! For desert, I had an amazing cherry tart that tasted like as if my Mom has made it! (Not like the mass-produced type you get at most cafes). The restaurant is not pricey so its great for a filling, yet tasty meal. I'll be going back to try more food!
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The Corcoran Group
reviewed a year ago
Small, intimate and slightly dark restaurant makes a good introduction to Russian cuisine. Try the Blini with Red Caviar and the Golubtsy and an ice cold Cezch beer.
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Marina Zelenskaya
reviewed 4 months ago
Haven't been at Uncle Vanya's for some time. A close friend of mine was celebrating her birthday there and invited me to come along. I loved both the atmosphere and the food and I really had to ask myself "Why I haven't been here for so long"? Menu and some of the decorations have changed(for the better), but the best thing about this place is its calm, homey, and warm art-like energy. Servers are attentive and just really seem like interesting people. I also noticed the new organic items on the menu and actually tried the restaurant's signature organic Smoked Chicken Ceaser made with Red Kale instead of the typical boring lettuce. For the main course I had the Salmon Kulibiaka(puff pastry with salmon and mushrooms inside) which actually came in a form of a fish. Ohh and did I mention the brilliant piano player who played his own beautiful improvisations to well known tunes so fast and precise we were truly amazed. While leaving the place I really felt like I made some new friends.
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Ira Irina
reviewed a year ago
Very nice, very homey and friendly Russian cafe. Nothing fancy, but real if you understand what I mean – not a “Russian style” but really Russian. Good simple food, not pricey at all. I am happy that New-Yorkers like Russian food – in San Francisco Bay Area it is less popular. We came to lunch. I think it would be nice to add some traditional non-alcoholic cold beverages (fresh-fruit & dry-fruit compote, mors, kvass) to the menu and pickled vegetables. We ordered ribez as appetizer – it was great, served with potatoes with dill – just like at home!
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Wesley Bliss
reviewed 3 years ago
unexpected gem.. feels like you're in some russian outpost in a small village. food rocks, piano player was actually great!
Liked: Food, Service, Atmosphere, Value