Established in April, 2019.
It started with a pop-up Wine Bar called “There” in October ’19, which later evolved into “Tzarevna” - Fine Russian Tapas Wine Bar.
Ricky Dolinsky and his wife Mariia opened Tzarevna hoping to bring Russian culture and fine cuisine to New Yorkers while defying the stereotypes that everything have to be followed by shot of vodka and chunk of potato.
Kitchen is the heart of the restaurant and Ricky is the one to make sure it's beating steadily. The delicious and creative menu is the result of his hard work (and play).
Ricky began his culinary career at a young age, working in the Lin's Palace restaurant managed by his uncle. He relocated to the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 2012, where he worked at several restaurants, moving up to the position of Chef de Cuisine at Fatta Cockoo at the age of 20. His cooking earned the restaurant the spot in "50 Best Brunches" by the New Yorker Magazine in 2014.
Mariia was born and raised in Russia and knows first-hand the real meaning of russian hospitality. She is the authenticity guide of the restaurant as well as the dessert maker.
Ricky Dolinsky, the chef:
"A few months back, we realized that while were extremely proud of “There”, we weren't doing justice to the cuisine we wanted to represent. We are extremely grateful for everyone who came in and supported There.
After much thought and deliberation, Mariia and I decided to change direction and focus on the Russian side of our menu.
As of this April, Tzarevna has officially opened for business!
Tzarevna is one of a kind Russian wine bar serving Zakuski, which is best described as Russian tapas or small plates. It has an emphasis on Georgian and natural wines, breaking the stereotype that Russian food is only to be paired with vodka.
Ricky and Mariia also wanted to take the opportunity to showcase the underrated cuisine of Russia and the former U.S.S.R, a region so vast and diverse that it embodies everything from the flavors and spices from the South (Georgian, Uzbekistan) foraged wild mushrooms and berries, fish (cured and fresh), smoked meats and kielbasa, a history of French influenced techniques and foundation, and most importantly local, fresh, and sustainably sourced produce and ingredients.
Tzarevna is meant as a place for friends and family gatherings in a cozy and welcoming atmosphere, - the best of Russian traditions of hospitality and eating well.