Earlier this year, news broke that not one, but two new grand Russian restaurants were coming to Midtown: Moscow 57 and Cafe Pushkin. Now it looks like Russian restaurant fever is spreading south with the addition of Onegin, a splashy establishment opening this fall in the old Uno Chicago Grill space in the West Village. This is the new project from the team behind Coney Island nightclub/restaurant Rasputin, and it is indeed named for the main character in Alexander Pushkin's classic novel Eugene Onegin.
At a CB2 meeting last night, the owners promised that "The interior and ambience of Onegin will reflect the era of the empirical (sic) time." The restaurant will seat about 100 guests, and the menu will feature things like lobster mashed potatoes, salmon kulebiaka, and spice-rubbed quail, with most entrees priced above $20. The space will have an open kitchen and a "pech," or traditional wood-burning stove. The restaurant's liquor license is still pending, but there are plans to stock a wide selection of vodkas, including house-infused horseradish and honey pepper varieties. Onegin is slated to open in September or October.
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