Amazing experience n unforgettable
Amazing experience n unforgettable memories! Great place to come n have a brunch, dinner or celebrate a party! Excellent service, delicious Russian food and cheerful atmosphere! Thumbs up;)
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place and best service!
While so many restaurants succeed being hospitable Mari Vanna beats them all. It’s an absolute pleasure dining here. Design and setting are gorgeous. It was my birthday celebration. We ordered chef choice Russian Table and it was nothing else, but delightful. It was a perfect match of quantity, quality and taste. I felt like I was part of Royal family. I recommend everyone to come at Mari Vanna. Best things to try are horseradish infused vodka, stuffed cabbage and honey cake.
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place a true hidden gem.
This place a true hidden gem. The food, the decor, the service- all top notch!
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was born in Russian, but
I was born in Russian, but have been living in New York for the most part of my life. I think I visited all Russian Restaurants and Mari Vanna is the most authentic, cute and adorable restaurant by far. The design is breathtaking. I visited them during lunch time, there were not that many people and I had a chance to enjoy every single moment of being there. I adored flower pots outside and waitresses wearing cute dresses. Mari Vanna is the best place to indulge your cravings in a beautiful setting. Must-tries: potato vareniki and tender buttery pork and beef dumplings. I would put this restaurant on the list of my favorite restaurants.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a wonderful lunch at Mari Vana. The food was delicious.There is a great warm atmosphere to the restaurant, it has a beautiful interior that works well and gives a feel of celebration to any dining occasion there. The staff was also very friendly and spoke English and Russian easily so our English speaking friends had an easy time getting Menu suggestions. I will definitely go back especially for the wonderful mushroom soup.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had been meaning to try Mari Vanna and finally did. LOVED the infused vodkas. LOVED the Russian menu, with many options for pescatarians. Loved the decor. my only quibble was the service, which was haphazard and slow. What's a girl got to do to get a glass of water? Whatever it is, I didn't figure it out. Otherwise, we really enjoyed Mari Vanna and would actually go back.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very Very Good
I have been to this restaurant a few times. It is lovely to look at and fantastic to eat at.
The food is very different from the usual sort of fare.
Service is great with beautiful waitresses.
I can't wait to go back.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
The restaurant is beautiful
The restaurant is beautiful and the food is delicious...
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our second visit to Mari Vanna and it did not disappoint. We had a party of 6 and opted for the Russian Table ... Chef's choice of several cold appetizers, several hot appetizers, entrees and dessert. The food was amazing and the Chef's selection was perfect. Gave those in our party that had not been there a good cross section of various Russian standards. The vodka selection was the icing on the cake.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Need to improve
My water glass was empty for long enough, and nobody came to refill it. However, food was really great.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
A quick escape to Russia!
I feel like I spontaneously flew to Russia for a night, except it was all in New York
and didn't even need to leave the country!
I love LOVE LOVE this restaurant, everything about it!
Decor- Feels like a mix of someone's grandmothers home meets real life dollhouse, in a 1700s style setting! So cool!
Service- outstanding! Server was so sweet, helpful, and honest with the food and drinks.
Also gave us complimentary vodka shots- THANK YOU!
Food- had the Syberian Pelmenis in the chicken broth- oh my gawddd delicious!! Especially dipped in the sour cream! Menu is good, however very pricey and I found there were quite a few regular dishes instead of authentic Russian ones! Also had a flight of flavor infused vodkas- they are a must try!
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
great food, really beautiful and charming atmosphere, friendly waitstaff. great package. can get pricey, but worth a treat for yourself esp if you're looking for russian fare. While the waitress warned me that the Baltika #9 might be a bit too strong of a beer to drink, I enjoyed it along with the rest of my meal. Overall really good experience.
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
As others have commented,
As others have commented, classic, very good Russian food. Dumplings were excellent, as was my cabbage-wrapped minced meat dish. Drank a lovely rose. The decor is unique and charming. Place was fairly quiet for our 7pm reservation, but seemed to be the Russian singles party place by the time we left.
5/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food is some of the best
The food is some of the best in the city. It can be a little loud with music, etc. late at night.
6/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Authentic Russian Cuisine
The restaurants decor is really original and unique- I guarantee you will not find anything like it anywhere in NYC. The waitresses are really polite and friendly and the food is authentically Russian. I go there for lunch very often and would most certainly recommend it to anyone who wants to try something new or to anyone who wants to have a delicious lunch.
6/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good salads, soups& desserts
Nice service , very good food, I will be back!!!!!
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Rusdian food in NYC
I loved every little bite out of that menu!!! Amazing food great place!! Be back for sure!!
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
My Daughter's Birthday
Mari Vanna - the perfect place for birthday celebration. Upbeat, but not so noisy you can't hear. Comfortably elegant feel. We celebrated my daughter's birthday here; it was the perfect place. She felt so at home. I adopted her from Ukraine 6 years ago when she was 13 - since then she has dreamed of certain Russian foods and desserts that she has missed so much. Mari Vanna made her dream come true! It was a surprise for her and I can't believe how excited she was when we arrived. She so enjoyed "Happy Birthday" sung to her in Russian (thanks to the wait staff). We plan to make this a tradition for her birthday. Thank you Mari Vanna. I think it is the best birthday she has had since she has been in the U.S. Loved it.
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
A little gem
This reataurant is fantastic, we loved it. The food was great, the drinks awesome, the staff super friendly. What a find!
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was delicious and
The food was delicious and the service friendly and attentive. When we were initially given a table next to a big noisy party and the waiter realized we were having difficulty hearing each other, she offered another table in a quiet corner.
Shuba (herring salad) was incredible and I loved their blini too!
6/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Russian Fantasy in NY
I lived in Russia for many years and never had a dining experience like Mari Vanna. The food in most Russian restaurants (when I was there) wasn't nearly as good as Mari Vanna; the atmosphere is unique, like a house party in an idealized Russian country house (even on Wednesday evening) and the prices: caviar aside (which we didn't order), this is expensive, especially considering that the food is basically homestyle comfort food.
Everything we ordered was excellent - the cold fish platter, "vinagrette" salad and khachipuri appetizers, the stuffed cabbage and beef strongonoff entrees. Onegin cake for desert was amazing. House-made infused vodkas we tried were good, but at $10 per shot, definitely overpriced. Service was earnest but slow.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing like always!
Great food, great vodka, good people, great ambiance and energy, very lively and great music! Been going here for about two years, at least once or twice per month. Never dissapoints.
7/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
LOVE THIS PLACE
Beautiful room, awesome food served by gorgeous waitress.
Service was very attentive
This place is able to perfectly pull of the balance between giving you space while giving you great service.
The food is very well prepared. I love the beef stroganoff.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best in town. I love it! Antonina is the best!
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is great, the decor is outstanding, plus amazing live accordion music.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Russian Restaurant
We have come to Mari Vanna many times over the past few years, and have greatly enjoyed bringing family and friends. We have also made it a choice for many visiting out of town guests of ours.
The food is consistently great and the service has always been attentive, but not intrusive. The wait staff is knowledgable and willing to accommodate special requests.
The restaurant is also festive and fun, and leads us to keep it on among our most frequented choices.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Simply good looking and tasty
Simply good looking and tasty Russian restaurant, which reminds of something back in Russia.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food with a great service
Very good Russian food with a friendly service. Amazing decor. This is the only Russian restaurant in NY that I like.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Honey Layered Cake to Die For
This was my third time at Mari Vanna and their authentic Honey Layered Cake is still amazing. I would recommend this restaurant for bigger groups because it's perfect for birthday-, graduation-, or promotion celebration. It has a little high noise level, so first dates should not take place here, but since it's a very cute restaurant it can accommodate romantic dates.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Russian treat with some history
Mari Vanna is Russian through and through, from the food to the decor and music; it has everything. Although superficially guests will gaze around the restaurant admiring the Russian ambiance but it really does emulate some of Russian history on the walls. Parts of it are exorbitantly decorated while others intentionally deteriorated to show peeling wall paper and Soviet-era newspapers lining the plaster. The food was amazing even though we ordered blindly from the menu, nothing was disappointing. I especially recommend the Bird's Milk dessert (no bird's milk was used in the preparation of this dish (I asked)). If you like Russian culture or are looking for something new, definitely try Mari Vanna.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
A return visit for us but we were sharing it with friends. Everything was perfect. So many little touches that make this restaurant unique. LOVE the key!! You will have to go to find out.........
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
amazing drinks and food
the borscht was so good! everything was good!... it is a little too dark and cramped in the restaurant but i don't care.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good experience and food
If you want to experience pretty authentic Russian food, this is a good place.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice authentic Russian cuisine
Food and place are very good and as a native Russian I can say everything is quite authentic. The service is a bit slow, but no other complaints.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We loved the atmosphere and the food tasted just like at home. The only comment I would make is that granted it was lunch, it seemed a bit over priced, especially with drinks
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had to come to New York from Houston to get good Russian dinner. Great find.
8/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
As the son of Russian immigrants
As the son of Russian immigrants I grew up on my mother's outstanding Russian cooking. Having been to a number of Russian restaurants here in New York and elsewhere, none of them captured the true home-cooked experinece like Mari Vanna. The salads (particularly Salat Olivier and the eggplant caviar), were right out of my grandmother's kitchen. The Pelmeni (go for the beef and pork) were exactly like mom used to make. The blini and caviar (red) which again, is what I recall having before the start of lent as a kid, were excellent. For the maine course the stuffed peppers and the chicken Stroganoff were fabulous. One word of caution - if you are allergic to dill - stay away. For desert, the sirnicki (Farmers cheese patties) are to die for!
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
MariVanna great as usual
We had our first date here 3 years ago and keep coming back. Great "homey" place, great food.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
As close to Russian food in
As close to Russian food in New York as you can come...
9/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
What a lovely place! Great vodka and caviar menus! Loved out night there even the accordion player. He added such Russian flavor. The food was different for us, but delicious!
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
so much fun
had my birthday here with a small group of friends, lovely ambience, friendly servers, great food. only leaves room for an amazing time with such external inputs!
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Russian Gem on the streets of NYC
Celebrated Mom's 80th birthday with a late lunch- one of our party had been to the Mari Vanna in Moscow and confirmed the decor and menu were very similar. Food was great, service great, and a wonderful time was had by all. I will next visit the Mari Vanna in Washington DC- my home turf.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
we love it at Mari Vanna's just reminds us of eating at your grandmas house!!!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Celebrated my best friend's birthday on a Friday evening ....
My friend is a real 'foodie' me...not so much, yet we both had a great
Time...drinks and dinner were great, we stayed a while...no one rushed us (even when it was getting crowded)
Definitely would recomend
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my first time here and also my first time having Russian food. I was beyond happy with the food and everything else. Service is great, food is excellent and the ambiance even better. Recommend this place to anybody.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Party - Excellent and Unique
Went to this place at my MIL's request for her birthday and was just bowled over by the vibe, random location, random cuisine (I'm not a foodie, and not one to 'crave' Russian food), and interesting, delicious, fun dinner. And vodka menu. A win all around.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic, as always
We've come to Mari Vanna for brunch many times, and they never disappoint. Delicious food, fantastic service, great atmosphere. We continue to introduce friends to it, and it's always a big hit!
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great ethnic food
Our waitress was Ukrainian. She gave us great insight into menu choices--which combinations were most typical in Russian cuisine.
We both really enjoyed our meal. We'll definitely go back the next time we are in NYC.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
My Russian guest was very
My Russian guest was very pleased and had an extremely good time.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Second time visiting this
Second time visiting this restaurant it is fantastic!
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM