Let me first get to the decor. Enter, samovar to the left, samovar to the right and a 200-year-old bar made of Ukrainian birch straight ahead. Seating varies from tables with cushion chairs, booth tables with "couch" like seating equipped with pillows, and grand cushioned Russian throne chairs near the bar.
It's time to get to the food (and four more vodkas). I made it a point to order only cold and hot appetizers, as I wanted the most in variety for tasting. Herring Under Fur Coat Salad (shuba), consisted of layers of chopped herring (they smoke the fish on the premises), eggs, beets, vegetables and potatoes.
One more cold one before we get to a few soups. Chicken Liver Pate is not your mother's chopped liver. the slices of pate are topped with a fig "confiture" served with grapes and toasted baguette.