It may not resemble the casual Brighton Beach spots you're used to, but the owners of new Midtown modern Russian behemoth Brasserie Pushkin stress it's not as opulent or serious as the decor initially suggests. An impressive chandelier and detailed, elaborate carvings attract the eye to the ceiling, but the medium is driftwood, not marble. Handsome carved wood panels decorate the walls, yet they're set against exposed brick rather than a more "finished" medium.
The kitchen, helmed by Andrey Makov (the executive chef of the associated Maison Dellos company), churns out a pricey mix of familiar, homey dishes (think borsch,"pirojski," beef stroganoff) and more traditional, French-accented items (such as aspic terrine and sturgeon galantine), to appeal to a wide audience. Lunch and dinner will be served daily, and a ground floor dessert counter will showcase the work of world pastry champion Emmanuel Ryon, and will also serve caviar and house infused vodka (in flavors such as ginger and horseradish) in the evenings. Check out the slideshow below for more photos, and to see the menu, click here.