Photograph: Time Out/ Ali GarberRestaurants, Russian
Lower East Side
What is it? A restaurant serving excellent “New Russian” cuisine with beef stroganoff served with pomme puréeinstead of noodles and a crab version of khachapuri.
Why go? Tzarevna has no vodka bottles; instead, Georgian wines are the thing here. That same fresh approach gives a nuanced perspective on Russian cuisine, inspired by Georgian, Ukranian and Uzbeki cooking.