Mon-Thurs, noon-11pm; Fri-Sat, noon-midnight; Sun, 2pm-10pm
N, Q, R at 57th St.-Seventh Ave.; B, D, E at Seventh Ave.; 1, A, B, C, D at 59th St.-Columbus Circle
One avenue west of the block where the Russian Vodka Room and the Russian Samovar face off in a battle of ostentatious Soviet anachronism, Uncle Vanya's beckons Russian ex-pats with a more relaxed atmosphere, Eastern European beers, and simple, hearty plates . As befits a modest cafe named after a Chekhov play, the restaurant-bar is more provincial than cosmopolitan. There's a narrow dining room decorated by yellowing Russian theater posters and pictures of playwrights, as well as a small drawing room with a Tudoresque bar, a dour fish tank, a weathered player piano, and a sofa.Live Music
Live piano music plays every evening from 7pm to close.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.