Pushkin had a meal here before going to the duel that would take his life at age 37. That was back in 1837, when the café, which is still on the central Nevsky Prospekt near the Fontanka River, went under a different name and was owned by different people. Today's incarnation retains much of the prerevolutionary atmosphere, with dimly lit dining rooms with tables of dark wood and red velvet curtains, a highly polished grand piano, and servers in white gloves. The menu is prerevolutionary as well, with such Imperial classics as beef Petrov, which is baked with tomatoes, cheese and mushrooms, and a dish in which zander, a local kind of perch, is cooked with diced cod liver. As a popular spot for coffee and dessert, Literaturnoe serves many cakes, pies, and ice cream, and they are all made on the premises. Try the Black Forest cake, made from chocolate biscuits soaked in cognac, many layers of cherries, and a topping of chocolate shavings.