N, R at 28th St.; 6 at 28th St.
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This venue is closed.
The creation of Lorraine and Sabina Belkin, two Russian sisters who grew up in a family of restaurateurs, this glitzy midtown restaurant harkens back to the excesses of mid aughts. Velvet-covered walls sparkle with inlaid Swarovski crystals, dark square columns are painted with shiny crocodile patterns, and two gigantic Art Nouveau-type paintings of women tower over the dining room, which is lit with a round crystal chandelier. Near the front of the room, the purple lights behind the liquors and wines give the room a lounge-y glow (the D.J. booth overlooking the dining room also contributes to this vibe). There’s also a back room with a fireplace and gold-leaf accents on the walls that can be rented out for private events. But while touches like small chairs made especially for women’s purses and menus backlit with LED lights (resembling gigantic iPads) might make it seem as though the décor received most of the sister’s focus, the menu is itself a reason to visit. Food is thoughtfully conceived, artfully presented, and very fresh. The lentils served with the aromatic glazed duck entrée are infused with a peach flavor that subtly complements the fowl, while the vegetable tartlet is light and flavorful. And if the LED menus don’t provide enough novelty, order one of the Signature Sipper vodka cocktails, which are served in custom-made glasses with tiny, built-in glass straws.Recommended Dishes
Crispy calamari salad, $16; aromatic glazed duck $28