Cafe Pushkin, Moscow
When the night is done and you're ready to tuck in, don't. Head to Café Pushkin on the Bulvar, not far, strangely enough, from Pushkin Square. (Take the purple line to Pushkinskaya Ploshchad.) The café, which is really a five-star restaurant, is open 24 hours a day and is situated in a building that was renovated to look exactly like a Russian aristocrat's home circa 1825. The staff speaks a beautiful, pre-Sovietized Russian (and English) and serves some of the best fare in town. You'll want to get the blinchiki (Russian pancakes) with black caviar, borscht and pelmeni (dumplings), before moving on to the famous Tsar's Sturgeon and, of course, one of Pushkin's many, many desserts. Make sure your meal includes a spot or two or three of vodka. (Ruskiy Standart should do, or ask the waiter for a recommendation.) They treat you like you're a member of the landed gentry here, and that's because Pushkin is one of only a few dozen restaurants in Moscow that really understands service.
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