Open : October, 2011
Location: 391 Sixth Avenue
New York NY 10014
Owner: Alex Shapiro
General Manager: Jacob Ryvkin
Manager: Noelle Birk
Executive Chef: Lovely Sandou
Cuisine: Russian Fusion
Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, Onegin has become New York City’s latest hotspot to enjoy fine Russian cuisine. Inspired by famed Russian novelist Alexander Pushkin’s remarkable tale of Eugene Onegin. This Russian eatery invites guests to enjoy a unique dining experience reminiscent of 19th century St. Petersburg at the height of the Russian czar’s. With its lavish menus, elegant décor, and daily events and specials, Onegin maintains a balance between traditional Russian opulence and contemporary New York City charm.
The décor features a Retro-Eclectic concept. So it’s smoked sturgeon accompanied by crystal-chandelier light. House-infused honey-pepper vodka from a bar made of 200-year-old Ukrainian birch and … well you get the idea.
Walk past 19th-century carriage seats and into the brocade dining room. The drink of choice is vodka. It is available in a glass and accompanied by baby sour pickles or by the bottle, carafe, or cocktail. Besides the copious list, there are assorted flavored options: the horseradish-version is delightful. The wine list is short and fairly priced.
The kitchen also sports New York City’s only operational Russian pechka, a wood-burning furnace, traditionally used to heat a czar’s castle. Tributes to Pushkin, have been etched around the restaurant’s ceiling and walls. And you will adore the gorgeous portraits on the ceiling.
Order with care, and you can have some good food at Onegin. Specialties include House Smoked Charcuterie (House-made lamb sausage, house kielbasa, roasted pork loin & rosemary-dijon roast sirloin served with home-made horseradish, mustard and marinated garlic sprouts; Salad “Olivier,” the infamous Russian Potato Salad dressed with dijion aioli; Bite Size Cabbage or Meat Pierogi, Hot from Onega’s signature brick over, these miniature pies are the ultimate Russian comfort food.
Blini with Red Caviar Sour Cream and Chives arrive as light, thin crepes to be filled and rolled around salmon roe, chopped egg and sour cream. Bread is delicious and if you sample but one dish, let it be the best Siberian Pork and Veal Pelmeni imaginable, tossed in melted butter and garnished with sour cream.
Entrees include the fabled Chicken Kiev: Boneless chicken breast pounded and rolled around cold herbed butter, then breaded and fried. Served with mashed potatoes, grilled scallions and sautéed cherry tomatoes and of course, Beef Stroganoff, as well grilled lamb chops and seafood..
For dessert, go with the Halva Parfait and you will be delighted. Don’t miss the terrific tea sampler, served from a pot, in tall glasses with cherry preserves.
Onegin is private-party-friendly and, as a restaurant/cum/club, offers other treats, such as Romantic Karaoke Night, Every Tuesday at 10:00pm and Burlesque Fridays, Every Friday night starting at 9:00pm. Enjoy your dinner, drinks and beats with resident DJ Lilia Moon. There is Happy Hour Weekdays from 4:00pm to 7:00pm ($5 beer, wine, and house cocktails along with other bar specials).
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