Sun-Wed Hours: 5pm–midnight; Thu–Sat 5pm–2am.
"ARIANA Ariana Grinblat, a Russian recording artist, has decided it’s time to update Russian cuisine in America, which, she contends, “has remained stagnant for 100 years.” A pickle salad with Meyer lemon-yogurt dressing, cabbage stuffed with lobster, and quail in a walnut-pecan sauce give you some idea. The chef is Vitalii Kovalev from St. Petersburg. The softly lighted room has a bar with infused and aged vodkas. (Opens Wednesday): 138-140 West Houston Street (Sullivan Street), 646-678-4334" - New York Times
Ariana Restaurant is the brain child and first conceptual restaurant from Russian American recording artist Ariana (Ariana Grinblat) and executed by St. Petersburg born Executive Chef Vitaliy Kovalev. The restaurant debuts the culinary genre of modern Russian fare. According to Ariana, "It's very old-world meets new-world conceptually. There's a story behind every dish on the menu." Classic Russian recipes are deconstructed and revived with contemporary flare, organic ingredients, and bold flavors. The signature "Velvet Borscht" takes one of the most infamous Russian dishes, and elevates it, so to speak, with decadent ingredients such as an oxtail broth and braised short rib, accented with home-made creme fraiche. "This is not your mother's food, so don't expect to find that here. I would never try to compete with that! I'm looking to shock your senses, and redefine what you thought you knew about Russian food," says Ariana. The soothing taupe and champagne tones with exposed brick accents create an inviting atmosphere for both the neighborhood patron and visiting out-of-town guest. Ariana and beverage director Orson Salicetti developed a one-of-a-kind craft vodka bar inside the restaurant. With in house oak barrel-aged vodka and only the freshest fruits and herbs, the bar at Ariana is slowly creating a following of its own. Remaining in line with the overall concept, the cocktail menu focuses on a fresh approach to vodka with unique infusions, shot duos, and fragrant vodka sodas. The hidden gem is the "Caviar Martini" made with a black caviar frozen lollipop, topped off with Beluga Gold vodka.
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