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Posted by Stu on 03/06/2011
My wife and I dined at Uncle Vanya last evening. The experience was excellent! The Borsch reminded me of the last bowl I had in Moscow a couple of years ago. The blini with red caviar were perfect as were the pelmeni. Everything was fresh and well-prepared. The price of the meal was incredibly inexpensive. We will definitely return!
Posted by guest on 12/16/2010
ate at this place, regular place, seen better, manu is wrong, there's no russian borsz, or varenyky.. those are ukrainian.. and they did not look home made at all, I can buy same thing in shoprite... you better off driving to brooklyn for that kind of food.
Posted by masher on 10/26/2010
Charming atmosphere. Good food (better then I expected). They were out of about 40% of their food listed on the menu by 8:30 PM when we got there (Saturday). Disappointment. Slow service. Nice piano music, but be aware you will be charged 20% of your bill for that automatically (that was surprising). NO vodka. They no longer serve hard liquor. Big disappointment. Beer was not cold/no cold beer glasses No Desserts (blini/varenniki are not dessert, I am sorry... how about at least a Napoleon cake or something like that)
Posted by pb on 07/08/2010
This site had some mixed reviews so I was a bit concerned bringing my friend to try Russian food. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Golubtsy and Olivier salad were good as well as the Georgian wine we had. The bread served was a regular diner bread, not a good quality Russian bread you can get--that's the reason for 4 start food quality. Waiters were very helpful and quick. I'll definitely visit these guys again
Posted by Anna on 05/06/2010
I went last night with my friends and was disappointed. The food was not good and the service was mostly using "no" for an answer.
Posted by ~m on 02/16/2010
A few friends and I tried Uncle Vanya for the first time this past Sunday night. The atmosphere was homey, charming, and immaculately clean, and the service was prompt and very courteous. The portions are not huge --if you are looking for MEGA portions that will leave you with a heavy doggie bag, look elsewhere-- first of all, because the dishes are realistically proportioned, but also, because you will eat every last bit of the deliciousness on your plate. A bowl of borscht and order of pelmeni left me *just* full enough, and in Heaven. My husband's beef stew was amazing! We'll be back. (oh, and for what it's worth--i noticed another reviewer saying there are few Russian clientele lately. I can only speak for last night, but wow. Half the diners were speaking Russian!)
Posted by Andrey Z on 07/14/2009
I grew up in a Russian household so I'm pretty familiar with the home cooked and special occasion/restaurant dishes. The pelmeni (little boiled dumplings with meat) were great; served with butter/sour cream and vinegar like they're supposed to be. Yes they're frozen and then boiled, but that's how we did it at home, too. You can order some Vodka in a small carafe and then serve shots around the table at your convenience to be enjoyed with your meal. The waiters are pretty average and the service doesn't really lack in any department. The restaurant itself looks like someone's traditionally-decorated living room with some tables set up. The three times I visited, there was a man playing the accordion as we ate. Overall, it was a pleasant experience and a good reminder of how versatile food in Manhattan may be. Will definitely come back again and again.