I agree that this is "mexicanized" russian food, not completely authentic. For example: I'm very sure russians don't eat everything with a side of rice pilaf and lettuce/tomato salad. However, that doesn't take away from the fact that it is very good food.
The place is tiny and always packed, so you'll have to wait for up to an hour on a busy day to get a table. That said, I've been here many times, and service has always been courteous and friendly. The food is very consistently good. I even have a favorite order: solyanka soup with golubtsy as a main course, honey cake for dessert and a cold kompot to quench my thirst. All the people I've ever invited here (friends, parents, brothers, in-laws) have loved it and returned on their own. Even their pastries and bread are good.
Come early and arm yourself with a little patience, and you're in for a really good meal.
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