- February 13, 2020
Before we go to the do’s, lets go over the do not mention list for small talk.
Politics – This can be a touchy subject. You should be wise to feel out your person’s view prior to sharing yours.
Religion – Unless you’ve met your date in church, try not to discuss this for the “early on” date. You will need to get to know date’s a little better prior to discussing this topic.
Salary – Dates are not financial transactions, leave this topic out.
Sports Teams – You can easily insult someone with this topic. Thread very lightly when discussing.
Let’s go with good ice breaker tips. Small talk conversation starter ideas for your restaurant date
FOOD – Food is a very safe topic. Food as a topic of discussion can also be a very good way to know your date. What their favorites are and what they won’t have any. This information can be useful for the next date. Restaurant recommendations together with discussing food should be a safe small talk topic
Movies and TV shows – These small talk topics are easy to introduce in a conversation. Everyone has watched a movie anyway or at the very least has seen a tv show. This topic can easily give you a glimpse on your person’s interest depending on what they often watch. Expounding on this topic can also reveal your date’s perspective. Easy conversation going for this topic with an added benefit of glimpsing into their ideas on the topics which are not for small talk at all.
Music – Music can be another date topic in a restaurant setting. This should also get your person started when they talk about their favorite music, singer or band. This is also a good time to listen so that you can at least update your playlist.
Vacations – To get the conversation going on this topic, simply ask your date, “Where have you travelled to?”. Should the conversation get stalled, you can simply say,” I haven’t been there, can you tell me more about it?” We all remember vacations very well. You can also simply talk about dreams vacations, who knows you might be experiencing it with your date in the near future.
Hobbies – This small talk topic can help you discover what your date does with his free time. Simply ask, “What do you do during your free time?”. Discussion on hobbies can easily turn to discussion on sports which leads to sports teams. Tread lightly with discussion on hobbies.
Fashion – Fashion as an idea for a small talk topic should not just be about labels and designers. It can also be about fabric, function and the likes. One can easily share good shopping spots as well as best practices for clothing. Trust me, men know how to keep dry.
Take it easy on your date. It can only go as bad as you want it to be. If you have not decided on the venue for your date then, try out our Restaurant – Tzarevna NYC. We have a very chill ambience to put you and your date in the mood. Oh and our khachapuri is fantastic – can definitely break the ice!
by Bao Ong and Emma Orlow
Crab khachapuri, $25
Georgian hachapuri is a bubbling fondue pit with brined sulguni cheese and a bright yolk that gets mixed together. Tzarevna makes the dish its own with a sourdough crust that’s fermented in-house; in the crab version, there’s a playful addition of adjika—a Georgian style paste made with nuts and spices—giving the delightful effect of Old Bay seasoning.
→ Lower East Side (tzarevna.nyc)
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.
by Aly Walansky Contributor for Forbes
Salty and savory, a pickle is a uniquely satisfying snack. And while it’s always a treat piled onto a burger or with a pastrami sandwich at the local deli, there’s countless ways to celebrate pickles. As for when to celebrate this briny treat, National Pickle Day, coming up on November 14, sounds like a great time!
Seasonal Pickled Plate
Sometimes a great meal is all about how it starts. “Our pickle board features cucumbers, long island hot peppers, pomodoro (a Russian term for a brined tomato), marinated mushrooms (currently shimeji, also from Long Island), and pickled green strawberries. The first 4 pickles are quintessentially Russian. The board showcases a variety of pickling styles, while also representing our dedication to seasonality and local agriculture,” said Ricky Dolinsky, owner and chef of New Russian restaurant Tzarevna, located in New York City. “Our house pickle board represents our restaurant’s mission, which is to draw influence from the flavors of Russian cuisine while reinterpreting them through American optics and execution.”
Restaurants, Russian – Lower East Side – Recommended 4 out of 5 stars
Mariia and Ricky Dolinsky opened There in October 2018 but soon realized they wanted to focus on modernizing Russian cuisine—after all, Mariia was born in Russia, and Ricky is the son of a Slovakian immigrant. By April of this year, they pivoted to Tzarevna, a new concept in the same space.
Down the corridor from the basement-level coffee bar is a small, somewhat hidden dining room with a concave, greenhouse-like glass ceiling, fake roses and stacking dolls; the interior design is perhaps a little tacky, but it’s also not beholden to the aesthetic conventions of other LES restaurants.
We began with Russian black bread ($4)—it’s not actually black, but the rye has a dark hue—served with scallion butter and crisp radishes. Borrowing from the region’s preferred ingredients while expanding upon them, a beet salad ($10) with walnut-cheese crumbles, celery and peach mousse errs on the sweeter side for a starter.
Next came the sprats ($16), a small fish in the herring family that is fried with a crackling batter and finished with lemon and a side of beans. We snacked on them like salty chips.
The beef stroganoff ($24) is prepared with a lesser-known cut, Wagyu flat iron, which is incredibly supple and mouthwateringly rich, mixed with hearty oyster, shiitake and cremini mushrooms in soupy pomme purée, rather than a bed of noodles.
Georgian Khachapuri is a bubbling fondue pit with brined sulguni cheese and a bright yolk that gets mixed together. Tzarevna makes the dish its own with a sourdough crust that’s fermented in-house; in the crab version ($22), there’s a playful addition of adjika— a Georgian style paste made with nuts and spices, giving the delightful effect of Old Bay seasoning—paired in the dish with apple and dill.
The cheese-filled bread and other dishes are brought out by Mariia or Ricky, giving the service a personal touch, as if you were in the Dolinskys’ home.
Unlike Tatiana and the other beloved Russian supper clubs of Brighton Beach, Tzarevna—which means “daughter of a czar”—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—one zakuski-style platter at a time.
BY: EMMA ORLOW
POSTED: THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 12 2019