Fri-Sun, 9pm-3am; Mon-Thu, closed
Q at Neck Rd.
B68 bus down Coney Island Ave.
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No one goes to Rasputin for a quiet meal. This Brooklyn restaurant-nightclub treats dining the way Russians traditionally do: As an excuse to get dolled up, drink, dance, and ogle women. A full-blown cabaret, Rasputin not only features music from a live band, multiple vocalists singing in multiple languages, and a hopping dance floor, they also stage a 30-minute Vegas-style floorshow, complete with scantily clad women (and a few token men), multiple over-the-top costume changes, and corresponding video displays. Even with this much distraction, the most surprising thing is the food: It’s actually great. Russian specialties like borscht and pelmeni, meat dumplings, are as authentic as your babushka would’ve made, and the portions are so large you can make a meal of appetizers. Dishes on the Continental side of the menu are less consistent, but the rack of lamb is a standout, and the prix-fixe banquet meals bring top-notch presentation and service. Order a bottle of vodka, a side of pickled veggies, and pull up a seat for our very own Moscow on the Las Vegas Strip.Extras
The prix-fixe banquets start at $100 per person with a four person minimum. A private party space is also available.Recommended Dishes
Borscht, $12; Russian pelmeni, $15; rack of lamb, $28