Restaurateurs Ricky and Mariia Dolinksy want to shake-up New Yorker’s notion of Russian cuisine, aesthetics, and hospitality with the revamped Lower East Side restaurant, Tzarevna. In the menu guests can find classic, well-executed, and organic Russian dishes and enjoy them in a warm, casual atmosphere. One of the few Manhattan restaurants to offer authentic Russian cuisine, Tzarevna is a place where quality ingredients, refined cooking techniques, bright design, and hospitality come together.
“Russian food is more than just potatoes and vodka, it’s full of complexity and unique flavors”, says executive chef and co-owner Ricky Dolinsky.
Tzarevna serves dishes inspired by those that could be found served at a Russian family table with ingredients and techniques that offer modern modifications. Ingredients are all organically grown and locally sourced through purveyors and farmers’ markets.
Classic housemade zakuski boards are available including a house-cured fish board featuring seasonal varieties, served with bliny, roe, and smetana. Each fish is treated individually by Ricky.
For drinks, Tzarevna offers a distinctive list of natural Eastern European wines hailing from Georgian and Moldovan wine regions where guests will find unique wines that have been specially sourced. Guests can explore the world’s oldest winemaking techniques and discover a variety of skin contact wines with flights offering a taste of four Georgian wines.
An all Russian and Eastern European beer list includes Baltikas on draft and in bottles, Nevskoye and Rizhskoye.
At age 19, Ricky earned the position of Chef de Cuisine at Fatta Cuckoo, serving a mix of homey and modern American cuisine. He has been involved in the industry since he was only thirteen years old.
His experience ranges from working with James Beard award-winning cookbook author, James Peterson, as a molecular gastronomy consultant for his book, to starting the first cocktail laboratory in Upstate NY with Catskill Distilling Company. It was later at the famed Upper East Side restaurant, Rotisserie Georgette, that Ricky met fellow bartender and now wife and business partner, Mariia.
Born in Magnitogorsk, Russia, co-owner Mariia is dedicated to showcasing the diversity of her
home country and how it is accurately reflected within the younger generations. At Tzarevna, you won’t find the typical USSR references such as dark rooms, heavy curtains, grand furniture, and sculptures of Lenin. Tzarevna wants to represent contemporary Russian culture with authentic recipes.