Mari Vanna
Mari Vanna

Mari Vanna

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.marivanna.ru/
  • Phone: 2127771955x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Late Menu: Sunday - Tuesday: 11:00pm - 1:00am, Wednesday - Thursday: 11:00pm - 2:00am, Friday - Saturday: 11:00pm - 3:00am

    Brunch 11:00am - 5:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Russian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Private events available for birthday parties and other events.
  • Private Party Contact: Dobi 2127771955x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Park Avenue
  • Public Transit: 6 & R trains to 23rd Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Mari Vanna
Once upon a time in Moscow & St. Petersburg, a mythical woman named Mari Vanna welcomed diners into her home with open arms, feeding them traditional Russian fare on her finest china and linens. All were welcome and those who frequent were graced with a key of their own to return whenever they wish to this cozy retreat. Now in present day New York City on a popular block between the Flatiron and Gramercy, Mari Vanna has taken up residency and awaits hungry New Yorkers, neighbors and tourists alike who are looking to eat, drink and be merry and finally understand what true Russian hospitality means.
The menu offers time honored Russian classics such as the flavorsome customary soup Borsch with Pampushka, Beets, Broth, Beef, Cabbage, Carrots and Potatoes served with Sour Cream in a beautiful tureen that holds enough for seconds or third. Mari Vanna is open for lunch, brunch and dinner 7 days a week.
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Mari Vanna reviews from OpenTable diners
86 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (43)special occasion (42)fit for foodies (37)good for groups (35)romantic (34)hot spot (32)great for lunch (32)great for brunch (26)late-night find (23)vibrant bar scene (17)kid-friendly (6)notable wine list (4)great for outdoor dining (4)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Authentic but pricy Russian cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    The restaurant has a very special atmosphere and charm. The staff were friendly and we got our orders quickly. They play old Russian pop music (mostly) which I haven't heard in ages! The food is good, I took a pirozhok (loved it!) and pelmeni, which were of a very good quality. But the place is quite expensive, because as a Russian I know that most of the food they serve is rather cheap to cook and it feels a bit strange to pay so much for it. I personally feel that it's not the place you will go to often but it is nice for a dinner with friends/family and is quite an experience for those who never tried Russian cuisine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Russian restaurant
    GlazAlmaz
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Very nice upmarket place with stylish decor and great service. Sibirskie pelmeni are excellent, so is Russian salad with chicken and pirojki. 4 star, not 5, because in my opinion it is a bit overpriced and nalivki could be of a smoother quality. If that's what you are after go to Samovar. However Mari Vanna I think is a better choice for a special occasion, especially for a small party.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEAUTIFUL RESTAURANT
    FOODIEVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    ... and the food and service equally good ... highly recommended ...
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome brunch, fantastic service
    NYCGurlVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    My husband and I came here recently for Sunday brunch ... The food selection was great and plentiful a big plus is someone is on hand to serve you at the buffet! The unlimited mimosa was flowing the servers are very attentive and fill your glass as soon as you are done. The service is excellent and not intrusive!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very authentic russian
    dani63VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    cuisine and decor. quaint and pleasant experience ...especially nice for sunday or lunch
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome Russian food
    Innessa
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I am Russian myself and the food is just like back home, svekolnik soup is amazing and all of the good was delicious. Desert was very good, we tried the honey cake and it was moist and melted in your mouth! It is a bit pricey so just be prepared!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice lunch
    Foodie1VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I wish they would have told me before hand that lunch was buffet because that took me by surprise. Having said that, the food was delish, the place was very pretty and fresh and the cocktails and infused vodka were delish and fun to add to lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Def going back!
    AnaC
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Loved the food, service was excellent, ambiance was just great! 100% recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unexpected
    MonacaroVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Good cured fishes and blinis. It was à tuesday so we had the chance to eat a favorite dish cooked by a model but unfortunately it was à salad!! Nice experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I love going here so much! It’s delicious, the wait-stuff are prompt, courteous, and helpful, and the setting is fantastic. The decorations are lovely, the furniture elegant and well chosen, and the music is sure to appeal to fans of 80s Russian music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Russian food in Manhattan
    Nice5tehdjyyd
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Outstanding food - very nice servers, although most recent visit our server was new and a little off, usually they are very attentive and very sweet. Great atmosphere. Every Russian stereotype is found here, but the Russian crowd embraces it, as >50% of the patrons are native Russian
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Good Russian Dining
    ase1707VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed our dinner at Mari Vanna last evening. I received a phone call to confirm our reservation and was told that we had to vacate our table by the end of two hours (they should change that policy). We were met at the door by a charming hostess and taken to our table. Our waitress was from Siberia and very professional. The food was very good, but some of the prices were over the top. For example $12.00 for a bottle of sparkling water or $200 for a bottle of Absolute Vodka .. WHOA. My problem was the noise level. It became impossible for me to converse with my wife. Just when I thought it could not possibly be any louder, they turned up the music. I understand that many like loud restaurants, but it is not for me.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    great place but don't like the 2 hour brunch limit newly imposed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it but too much people & noise
    Irina
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Washington location is much better. NY is too wild and too much Russian
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • luvcelebrate
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I love this place and love bringing friends here for the first time. So pretty and unexpected. On a hot summer day we appreciated the air conditioning, the delicious lemonade and the fresh flowers!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    SabriNYC
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    My girlfriend just came to visit from Moscow and wanted to bring me here. I'm embarrassed to say, but it was my first time having borscht, and we both thought it was delicious. The bar, service and venue were all so great. food was timed well from the kitchen, and just a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing experience!!
    dcn10
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    It is not my first time in Mari Vanna and there is always something new to try! The food is delicious, the waitresses are polite and knowledgeable. If you want to try authentic Russian food, this is the place for you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Super charming Russian
    clairebird
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Treated an elderly friend to lunch and wanted a quiet scene where we could talk easily. Was surprised and delighted by the homey old-fashioned decor and friendly service, then thrilled by beautiful service of the delicious borscht with its garnishes. Great selection of salads too. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • trendy and delicious
    anna
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I am always happy to return to Mari Vanna (5 times so far) as i always find there great food (which can be enjoyed not only by Russians), fast service, fabulous ambiance and even that kind of music which was popular in Russia when i went to school. On Mondays after 9 pm it turns into a clubby venue with a good DJ music but may be too loud. Must try: eggplant caviar, chicken Kiev, vinegret, golubtzy and of course borsht!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent little Russian restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Eveerything I tried was amazing. The wait staff was always available and each course arrived just as the prior one was completed. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NicknameVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Part of a Moscow-based restaurant chain, Mari Vanna offers tasty traditional Russian cuisine. In a third visit I finally ordered a dish that proved to be indifferent (sturgeon), but otherwise, everything I've eaten there has been excellent. Service, brusquely polite in an imported Russian style, can sometimes be slow, and the decor is kitschy (think of a busily decorated tearoom that would make a Russian grandmother happy). But Mari Vanna's food will bring me back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kibbleVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    absolute fabulous fun place. Surprisingly the Russian food was great, the Blini's were some of the best we ever had. We had Lamb Chops which were done perfectly. The place is a great drinking restaurant for sure with all the different Vodka's they have,,,the horseradish vodka was excellent. Staff was attentive, waitresses all were Russian or Ukraine, very cute in their peasant outfits. Lots of pretty people come here, model night is Tuesday night...lots of fun with great food and drink
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NicknameVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The traditional Russian cooking is very good at this outlet of a restaurant chain based in Moscow. Some of the servers even speak Russian. The decor is busy and kitschy, and the experience is idiosyncratic for Manhattan. My only complaint: slow service. At a recent lunch, dishes took forever to arrive from the kitchen.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vanessa
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    In general good place,drinks are perfect,if u want to drink good cocktail,wine ,etc.. This is the right place :)) to spend evening .
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Recommend!
    ABCDEFG
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    If you want to go to Russian food in Manhattan, Mari Vanna is the place! Just 1 thing-All great but pricy...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch
    KatrinaNY
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Had a lunch here. Great experience, good food. would recommend it to friends. Only one this, out waitress was a bit slow ( but i believe she was the only one waiter in the restaurant. not her fault, but we waited for check for 15 min)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beet Soups are wonderful!!
    MsMargaret
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My husband got the traditional Borscht and I got the summer cold beet soup. Both were fabulous. I had the veal dumplings I cannot remember the Russian name) and he had salmon with a lingonberry sauce. It seemed like Russian home cooking--we loved it all!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place!
    LEB1234
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My boyfriend and I went there last weekend and this place is amazing. I am pretty picky when it comes to restaurants- I love the NYC places but am very very "high maintenance" when it comes to dining. This places not only has the best food but also a great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A pleasant evening
    september2013
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    It was not my first time..and like always we were not dissapointed staff - pretty friendly, ready to answer any question, food presentation attractive.. Keep it up, we'll go again
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • beyond brilliant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    this is the most magical place ever. i love it. plus, i am an official key holder which makes me feel pretty damn cool.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    swimmer1218VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    This was a great place! My Russian friend was excited to try it, and she really felt that the food was authentic to her homeland. I am looking forward to come back to this restaurant to try some other dishes. The Pre Fixe menu was very affordable. The waiters were very patient and my friend and I were not rushed through our meal at all. Anyone who wants to try Russian food should give Mari Vanna a shot. The restaurant design also makes the restaurant a fun place to be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 55 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 482 reviews are from the Mari Vanna reviews archive.
  • Service
    Four2two
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    The welcoming of the receptionist was quite cool but the food, ambience and the service made it more then good again. We will definately return. Great restaurant!!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and ambience
    bazhenchik
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Great Russian food: good choice and very nicely prepared. Nice ambience and decoration. Staff dresses, the tableware and decor - a bit exaggerated USSR style. The place is packed with Russians and ex-Russians;) and a few tourists. The prices are quite high, but the food quality is very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy place
    RuprichtVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Very friendly service, delicious food, house made vodka shots,pretty ambiance, music from the 60's-70's. What more could you want?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Great atmosphere. Authentic Russian cuisine very well prepared. A bit pricey, but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NicknameVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Mari Vanna offers good if less-than-transforming traditional Russian cuisine, accompanied by an assortment of Russian beers, vodkas, and vodka cocktails. The decor is tea-room kitschy: crocheted doilies for place mats; bouquets of flowers in teapots; frilly curtains; cut glass chandeliers that look strangely cheap; bookshelves full of old dolls; lots of small framed pictures on the walls. And the service, while never rude, is oddly brusque and unpolished. A meal at Mari Vanna comes as close to dining in Moscow as at any other restaurant in the U.S.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • elle
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    from ringing the doorbell at the beginning to the vodka shots at the end it was a wonderful experience!!!!!!!!!!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    A good place to have dinner with friends and colleagues. However, you have to "fight " to finish your dishes. It was very awkward to observe multiple repetitive attempts to take away the unfinished dishes after saying clearly that we are still working on it and, therefore NOT done.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luvcelebrate
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Charming unique ambience, fine service, good food, great for a celebration or for leisurely lunch but noise & music in late evening much too loud. Wait staff feted one of us with tambourines and Russian song for his birthday! Borscht, herring, beet salad, meat pies all excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but a bit Americanized
    VasyaVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    If you are looking for modern Russian cuisine and a nice setting, you will like Mari Vanna. The restaurant is nicely decorated and has a broad selection of well prepared authentic dishes. Service is friendly and prompt. The atmosphere is more like a themed restaurant. For the authentic atmosphere, best flavored vodka shots, and value for the money - Russian Vodka Room is still our favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate