On Friday I showed you these two photos of a place here in New York
Someone said that the place was the “Bellevue Hospital organ replacement room.”
Others recognized the Russian hats and presumed a Russian restaurant like either the Russian Tea Room or Firebird.
They were close, but the answer is…
At Russian Samovar, 256 W. 52nd Street, the ginger root, whole lemons, slices of unpeeled pineapple, and horseradish root, that bathe in the vodka can take on that organ-like look. I personally like to drink various alcoholic beverages that have been naturally infused by funky fruits, tubers and roots that claim to make me “strong like bull.” After a few shots, I don’t care if I really know the claims are preposterous.
It also helps that at the Russian Samovar, I can listen to Russian covers of 1960’s pop tunes like “Those Were the Days,” and “What’s New Pussycat” played by the house piano player.
As I said, there is food at Russian Samovar. Someday, if I can get past the extensive vodka menu, I plan on trying it.