This "new Russian" classic has been around since the late 1990s, but it's still the to-go place for a taste of aristocratic 19th-century czarist Russia. Inside a renovated 18th-century mansion, the dimly lit three-story restaurant is meant to resemble a nobleman's house. The guards, dressed in traditional prerevolutionary garb, open the door with the old-style greeting of "sudarynya" or "sudar"—Russian for "sir" or "madam." Luxurious dark wood bookcases line the walls, and globes, telescopes, and sculptures complete the picture. Diners are entertained by live music, usually the harp or violin, or both. The menu's as opulent as you'd imagine, with an extensive choice of French-accented Russian delicacies. Be sure to try the borscht. It's done just right here—a sophisticated blend of earthy, rich, salty, and nutty. The fried duck breast, the rabbit pot roast with sausage, or the rib-eye steak for two are all good main courses. Finish off your meal with a dessert from the pastry section. Note that the second floor has a slightly different menu and higher prices, and that a reservation for either section is essential.