Vodka is Czar at this Russian-themed basement lounge, which serves 21 different brands from all parts of the potato-distilling world (cheers, Moldova!). You sling them back in a curved-ceiling cellar alongside cyrillac signs posted on the walls and surrounded by chic Soho-types lounging in armchairs and plush circular leather booths. Upstairs is a smaller bar area where things get even more USSR-era; everyone smokes up here, damn the law! The Russian bar snacks are mighty tasty, too.
- Pauline Frommer