There’s a newcomer to the realm of Russian swank. Mari Vanna (which kind of sounds like marijuana but, per UrbanDaddy, is an actual person’s name) is now open for private parties in Gramercy, and serving twenty infusions of vodka as well as caviar and blintzes. Here’s the Daddy’s take on the décor: “Everything appears to have been lived in for generations: there's peeling wallpaper revealing older wallpaper, four chandeliers lording over a 14-person butcher-block table and a recliner at the corner table — the only one in the house — so you can laze about while you eat your borscht.” Nice. À la Apothéke, the place is promising to give working keys to preferred customers.
Your New Russian Dinner Party [UrbanDaddy]