Affordable food from the island
Cubar Moscow is a celebration of everything Cuban — you can even enjoy live Cuban music on certain nights. Start with potaje — black bean soup (175 rubles) and continue with either a Cuban sandwich (445 rubles) or picadillo — ground beef and pork with rice and beans (445 rubles). Indulge in a Cuba Libre (from 250 rubles).
+7 (499) 579 8185
15-17 Bolshoi Cherkassky Pereulok. Metro Lubyanka, Ploshchad Revolyutsii, Kitai-Gorod
Quirky bar by the station
Locals was opened by the same people who created the legendary Oldich Dress & Drink. Some offerings are reminiscent of Oldich, like the pike burger with cheddar cheese and ginger sauce, served with fries (380 rubles). Enjoy the view of Belorussky Station as you sample craft beers and ciders. A blackboard features "odd offers," like a free beer for those wearing brown boots.
4 Ulitsa Butyrsky Val. Metro Belorusskaya
The Mad Cook
Italian cuisine with a twist
Situated on the bottom floor of a business center, the open kitchen and chic interior will impress any client you're looking to wine and dine. The food is interesting, but hardly as off-the-wall as the name would suggest. A vast wine list with many foreign vintages and the professional staff make this a safe bet for a pleasant meal. Perhaps bet to avoid the black meat popsicles.
+7 (495) 775 2085
Legenda Tsvetnogo Business Center
2 Tsvetnoi Bulvar
A speciality caffeine fix
KOF, which stands for Knowledge of Coffee, has quietly been making a name for itself through appearances at food fairs and selling its own speciality coffee blend online. Last month KOF firmly entered the real world with a small coffee counter south of the river. It's a simple set up, but the coffee speaks for itself. Start your day with perfectly frothy cappuccino or keep it classic with a smooth espresso.
+7 (985) 786 6087
7/1 Varshavskoye Shosse. Metro Tulskaya