Which came first: the vodka or the celebs? It’s hard to say when it comes to this hot spot, which caters to hockey players, Russian intelligentsia and vodka aficionados alike. Our bets are on that beautiful vodka selection, available in all kinds of flavors, qualities and sizes (shot, carafe, or bottle). Nestled into the bustling Theater District, Russian Samovar is both quirky and elegant-with low lighting, glass panels and musicians tickling the piano and violin. The service staff is attentive, sweet and can walk you through delicious fare like fresh salmon-caviar blini, prepared tableside; pelmeni, tender veal dumplings served with sour cream and honey mustard; or beef stroganoff, whose rich and buttery noodles need no introduction.
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