Eat your meaty heart out
BigRib is a paradise for people who love meat and the only place in town specializing in ribs: beef, pork, lamb and veal prepared on the grill, bbq, stewed or smoked to perfection. If you fancy a burger or a rib-eye steak, you can get it, too. The restaurant is decorated like a late 19th century American town and has a proactive staff that gives you just the right amount of attention.
+7 (495) 268 1418
75 Sadovnicheskaya Naberezhnaya. Metro Paveletskaya
Home cooking that's worth the walk
Table is a new cafe that's less than a 10-minute walk from the Belorusskaya metro station. Table serves all-day breakfast, including sumptuous latkes with poached eggs and lox (380 rubles). Their coffees are good, too, with a flat white costing 220 rubles. There are also sandwiches — try salmon and cheese for 380 rubles — and salads, like a healthy avocado with shrimp that costs 400 rubles. Soon there will be lunch specials., too.
+7 (968) 393 8668
45 Ulitsa Lesnaya. Metro Belorusskaya
Chic Russian sweet shop
Centrally located just round the corner from the bustle of Pushkin Square, this swanky sweet shop and restaurant has replaced the popular pâtisserie Hediard. On sale alongside French favorites such as macarons and éclairs are innovative pastries with a Russian twist. Special occasion approaching? Order a personalized cake or choose from a selection of chocolates and candied fruits.
+7 (495) 629 3288
23/1 Ulitsa Bolshaya Dmitrovka. Metro Pushkinskaya, Tverskaya, Chekhovskaya
Vintage-inspired cocktail bar
Walk through an unmarked doorway to enter this retro cocktail den. While Bryus bar has a core drinks menu, the expert mixologists will happily create something bespoke. Hundreds of whisky bottles line the walls, and while seating is scarce, there is a cozy anteroom offering more intimate tables. Order an Old Fashioned, perch at the bar and pretend you're an extra from Mad Men.
+ 7 (495) 969 7389
2/14 Bryusov Pereulok, Bldg. 1. Metro Okhotny Ryad