Frommer’s Guide



New in 2014, but with a pedigree that stretches much farther back (one of the owners, Ellen Kaye, is the daughter of Sidney Kaye, who ran the fabled Russian Tea Room for many years), Moscow 57 doesn’t get the big names that competing cabaret rooms 54 Below or Cafe Carlyle do. But that keeps the prices low (there’s no cover charge or minimum on food and drink), and, arguably, the talent most nights is just as impressive, ranging from excellent jazz singers to comedy accordionists. As the name implies, there’s a Russian theme here, and that informs the décor (lacquered red walls, lots of Russian art and tchotchkes), the food and, I’d say, the atmosphere, which can get raucous after midnight. In short, it’s a wonderful party, but one for grown-ups who love cabaret-style music and performance.

-Pauline Frommer

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