Upscale sushi at Patriarch's Ponds
Japanese eatery Cutfish offers sushi (from 320 rubles), various soups and a range of grill options (from 490 rubles). The beautifully crafted tuna and salmon rolls are addictive, but leave room for the grilled duck breast. The open kitchen and oriental dragon murals create a lively atmosphere for diners. Everything is high quality, but note that portions are on the smaller and pricier side.
+ 7 (926) 936 7876
17 Bolshoi Kozikhinsky Pereulok. Metro Tverskaya
Shwarma in the center
Ms. Donair now has two locations in Moscow. Unsurprisingly, both are located in areas with buzzing nightlife. The 24/7 eatery offers a variety of doners with the type of meat and its accompaniments reflected in the nation after which the doner is named. There's a kebab for everyone — including vegetarians. At just 200 rubles they make the perfect portable snack late-night nibble.
1 Ulitsa Sretenka. Metro Turgenevskaya, Trubnaya
Flavorsome food on a boat
Moored behind Hotel Ukraina, Barkas (barge) was founded by television chef Lara Katsova. It specializes in the Ashkenazi cuisine of her hometown Odessa. Try the gefilte fish with horseradish (520 rubles), or fried barabulka (a type of mullet) 570 rubles. There's also hatzilim (eggplant dip), forshmak (herring salad) and, of course, matzo.
+7 (499) 243 3672
Ukraine Hotel Pier, Naberezhnaya Tarasa Shevchenko. Metro Kievskaya
Lunch by the water
Leto is quite a walk from the VDNKh park entrance, but the view is worth it. Leto (summer) belongs to the restaurant company that owns the cafes Luch and Moloko and serves seasonal fare like shashlik (from 500 to 600 rubles) or traditional svekolnik (cold beet soup) for 300 rubles. The terrace is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine on a sunny day.
+7 (495) 621 0756
119 Prospekt Mira, Bldg. 461. Metro VDNKh