This is a place where you can feel like an aristocrat of early 19th Century Russia. It's a literary café/restaurant with an interesting collection of items - an antique library with 15,000 old books, maps, globes and telescopes, all of them original articles from Pushkin's time. This establishment holds a special place among the city's restaurants, and Moscow Mayor Luzhkov often brings his guests here. It is carefully styled after the luxurious but cozy Moscow mansion of Pushkin's time. The waiters even speak the Russian language of Pushkin's era. The menu includes typical Russian dishes, prepared according to old recipes as well as French cuisine highlights, typical of the early 19th Century.
This is one place where you will never have to dance to Britney Spears, Ricky Martin or Scooter. 16 Tons is one of the first few clubs in Moscow to welcome and encourage Russian groups and progressive bands to play at their venue. Its refined atmosphere can seem a little cold at first, but it has gently persuaded more than a few skeptics to stay for coffee or a drink. 16 Tons brews its own beer, focusing on British-style ales and bitters; they are reasonably priced and pub grub is also available. The pub opens daily at 11a, while the club opens later at 6p.
Traditional Ukrainian cuisine meets Disneyland at this popular restaurant, where live animals are the real attraction. Goats, hens, rabbits, sheep, and cows graze and wander in the glassed-in center courtyard, which is either tacky or entertaining, depending on your point of view. Typical dishes are offered, such as Borscht and Solyanka, as well as Salo for the more adventurous. Whether you are a connoisseur when it comes to Ukrainian cuisine or wish to try it the first time, either ways heading to Shinok can be a great idea.
For a relaxed and intimate dining experience, choose the rooftop O2 Lounge of the famous Ritz-Carlton Moscow . With its polished black tiles, bright red cocoon chairs, stark white furnishing and to top it all, a dramatic glass dome the lounge is one of the top places to be seen at. The menu includes sushi, created with expertise by Chef Seiji Kusano, known for his famous gourmet roll prepared with Beluga caviar and blue fin tuna, garnished with gold leaf. Remember to ask the vodka sommelier's comments before choosing from the largest collection of the finest of vodkas from across the world. The music is trendy and at dinner time features hits from around the globe.
Swedish management and chefs provide Scandinavian DJs, cuisine and prices every night of the year at this sleek nightspot. The decor is exquisite: brick walls with good oil paintings and horizontal windows that give a broad view over Tverskaia street. Foreign travelers looking for Russian company often come here. The menu is heavy on meat: Reindeer with morels, cherry jus and herbed potatoes, and Oscietre Caviar as a starter.
The perfect representation of chef Adrian Quetglas's culinary vision, AQ Kitchen is an avant-garde restaurant that offers a particularly memorable dining experience in the heart of the city. Everything speaks of the chef's unique outlook, from the casually-trendy décor to the eclectic menu. Discover globally-inspired dishes rooted in Russian epicurean traditions like the restaurant's version of borscht, a traditional soup, served here as a savory aspic with pasta. Originally hailing from Argentina, chef Quetglas offers up twists on classic dishes and multi-cultural ingredients in a bistro-style setting. Try the beef tartar with mustard sauce or risotto-style local rice with salted herring. It's quite busy at lunch time, with office goers stopping by for a quick meal, so get here early to avoid the rush.