Even if you’re a gin person, you come to this festive, windowless bar in the Theater District to drink vodka - preferably in martini form. There are over 50 kinds on the menu, so it’s fun to try one you’ve never seen before. After your first sip or two, you’ll realize that most of the other people are speaking Russian, maybe even to you. Valentine’s Day decorations are still up even when it’s nowhere close to Valentine’s Day. And the guy playing the piano while wailing in Russian gets up to smoke a cigarette every three songs. Before you can make sense of it all, the bartender will likely top you off with whatever is left in her shaker. (We don’t waste vodka in Russia, she’ll say.)
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