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
72 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (36)good for groups (33)neighborhood gem (32)fit for foodies (30)romantic (27)hot spot (27)great for lunch (24)great for brunch (22)vibrant bar scene (17)late-night find (16)great for outdoor dining (4)notable wine list (4)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Service is slipping
    NYMama
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This was my second visit because I loved the first. Love the decor, the menu, the vodkas. Here's what wasn't good: as we were taken to our table, which was in Siberia, they were setting up a very long table. When I asked what time that reservation was for, since I was indeed going to request a different table if our dining times were going to overlap, they dismissed my question. The group of about 20 loud men arrived midway during our dinner, making it impossible for us to hear each other. When we arrived, there were many open tables, so they could have given us many other tables...also, the food came way too quickly, and the tiny table was much too small. They never provided more bread either. Delicious food, too much 'tude.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • 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.
  • 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
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    • 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.
  • Good russian food, awesome service
    NanaVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The service here alone is what would make me recommend it to a colleague. It was outstanding and everyone was so polite. The food was good as well and the decor was really pretty.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
  • 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
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    • 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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 478 reviews are from the Mari Vanna reviews archive.
  • 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!!!!!!!!!!!
    • Food
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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
  • Favorite russian restaurant
    MSBI
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Never had a bad experience. Amazing food, great service!!!! Brunch buffet awesome as well. Great introduction to a Russian culture.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "Country Russian"
    travelannVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    This beautifully decorated gem of a restaurant gives one the feeling of dining in a charming country inn outside of St. Petersburg or Moscow. What appears to be an enclosed garden seen through glass doors is actually the kitchen! Besides the excellent food, with many Russian specialties such as borsht, chicken kiev, blinis, and a cherry-infused glass of tea, there are some creative items such as the appetizer called "Herring under a Fur Coat"! The bar contains vats of vodka, each infused with a different batch of fruits. Everyone in my party of five was enchanted with Mari Vanna and we will all return for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Очень понравилось
    Horbachova
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Жаль что поздно узнали что в Нью-Йорке есть такое заведение, а то все одни гамбургеры да кетчупы:) спасибо, вкусная кухня ! По-домашнему!)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EvyNYVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    My daughter and I enjoyed our experience here. The food was different and very good. The pear /vanilla infused vodka was outstanding. Also excellent service and very pretty decor. My criticism is regarding the price - I thought it was too expensive and overpriced for what it is
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    Olya
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Love it every time I go there! Thanks a lot a great service and great atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A taste of Mother Russia
    NycjennVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    This is the perfect Sunday afternoon. The unlimited brunch is a great deal with fabulous food. All of the dishes (with exception of the eggs Benedict...) are authentic and as well prepared as you can expect from a self serve brunch buffet. The included mimosas are free flowing and if you supplement with vodka shots- (which I recommend) I highly recommend the honey/pepper combo- if that doesn't cure what ails you, you should probably seek medical attention!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Real Deal!
    Time2eat
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    If you are looking for a traditional Russian dining experience in NYC and not a "tourist trap"- look no further. Mari Vanna is your place. Super attentive and friendly service, the ambiance of a family celebration in a lovely Russian apartment, and outstanding food. Come here, you won't be disappointed. Don't miss trying the house infused vodkas and save room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious, Authentic Russian Food
    ruuafly
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants in all of Manhattan. The food never disappoints. I just want to eat here every day. Felt like my mom was cooking for me again - the food is that authentic. There is nothing of mediocre taste on this menu. 5 stars…superb! And I must say that the dining room is beautiful! Also, I don't like vodka that much, but their vodka-infused shots are still pretty unique. Spasibo Mari Vanna!!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing brunch
    BunnyLovesCookie
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Love all the food!!! Tastes like Likey grandmother used to cook when I was little back in Russia!!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great night out
    SeanNYVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Eating at Mari Vanna is an experience ... like a quick trip to St. Petersburg. I highly recommend it. I think the food is very good, but the reall attraction is the over-the-top decoration and the outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic