Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya - 315 W. 54th Street (8th and 9th Avenue) (Russian)
Located near Columbus Circle - a small, semi-casual restaurant considered by some to serve the best Russian cuisine outside of Brighton Beach. Though neglectful and slow, the service comes with a smile - and the fare is certainly affordable (with Blinis or a cup of soup running slightly over $5.00 each.) On Valentine's day, we sampled what Uncle Vanyas had to offer - choosing a round of Borscht, Blini, Vareniki, and Golubtsy (cabbage rolls). Sadly, both appetizers and entrees proved bland - especially in contrast to the desserts (Cherry Dumplings and Walnut Tort Cake) which were both quite good, clearly providing the highlights for the evening. Were the flavors authentic? Maybe - but (with the exception of dessert) the flavors proved unmemorable - leading to an unfortunately disappointing Valentine's Day Dinner.

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