From Russia to New York City (With Love)…
New York, NY, August 2009 — Once upon a time in Moscow & St. Petersburg, a mythical woman named Mari Vanna welcomed diners into her home with open arms, feeding them traditional Russian fare on her finest china and linens. All were welcome and those who frequent were graced with a key of their own to return whenever they wish to this cozy retreat. Now in present day New York City on a popular block between the Flatiron and Gramercy, Mari Vanna (41 East 20th Street [near Park Ave South], New York, NY 10003, 212-777-1955) has taken up residency and awaits hungry New Yorkers, neighbors and tourists alike who are looking to eat, drink and be merry and finally understand what true Russian hospitality means.
Laden with extraordinary attention to detail, Mari Vanna will immediately transport each guest into an archetypal Russian home adorned with trinkets and tchotchke, including the iconic Russian Bear, stacking dolls and Cheburashka, bookshelves filled with Russian literature, elaborate chandeliers hung far and wide and crystal bowls of Sushki, a traditional Russian tea bread, placed on each table. Reminiscent of pre and post Soviet Union Russian, the wallpaper peels back to show the generations that have passed. A manicured garden of flowers and herbs fills the open floor-to-ceiling windows at the front of the restaurant, while a wood-burning oven rests in the corner waiting for the cold winter months.
The menu offers time honored Russian classics such as the flavorsome customary soup Borsch with Pampushka, Beets, Broth, Beef, Cabbage, Carrots and Potatoes served with Sour Cream in a beautiful tureen that holds enough for seconds or thirds; try the dish that can be found on any dining table across Russia on any given holiday, the Olivier Salad, Diced Carrots, Green Peas, Pickles, and Cubed Bologna with a Light Sage Mayonnaise. There is also the beloved Beef Stroganoff served with Buckwheat and Mushrooms in Truffle Oil, warmed in an adorable Russian doll koozie of sorts; or the succulent Chicken Kiev Cutlets, cooked to perfection, juicy and moist, filled with a decadent herbed butter sauce. And the piece de resistance is of course the Petrossian Caviar platters from red to black served in a stackable Russian doll dish with Russian style blinis, sour cream, diced red onion and crumbled egg yolk.
Complementing the authentic fare is a vodka program like none other, featuring dozens of top-shelf Russian vodka, as well as selections from all over the world, more than 70 varieties total. Mari Vanna also makes an eclectic list of house-infused Russian vodkas with flavors ranging from sweet to spicy and savory. Guests can sip on vodka infused with Horseradish, Beets, Oats & Honey, Apricot, Watermelon, Garlic & Dill and Pineapple, just to name a few, all displayed in giant canisters at the bar.
Mari Vanna’s cocktail selection breathes new life into classics and offers contemporary creations inspired by Russian culture, as well. The Moscow Mojito uses Oats & Honey infused vodka, instead of traditional rum, fresh Key Lime juice, muddled Chocolate Mint and is garnished with fresh mint and Raw Sugar Cane. The Mari Vanna Apricot Martini puts Apricot infused vodka to the test, along with Canton, Lemon Juice, simple syrup and is garnished with a Turkish dried Apricot floating at the bottom. And while summer is still sizzling, Mari Vanna offers their take on sangria with the Mari Vanna Sangria Rosé made with fresh pureed strawberries and white peaches, adding a smoothness to this utterly refreshing drink.
Mari Vanna is open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. We now offer Sunday Brunch "SKAZKA- YOUR Sunday Russian Fairy Tale" every Sunday from 12pm-6pm. Please visit our " NEWS" section to read more details about our Sunday Brunch.
Contact: Ph: (212) 777-1955 Address: 41 E 20th Street
New York, NY 10003
Mon-Thu, Sun 12pm–1am Fri-Sat 12pm–2am