Brighton Beach, Brooklyn is the home to the swanky Rasputin Restaurant and Entertainment Center and to be honest, at $75 to $145 for their prix fixe dinners (which include an extravagant floor show complete with gypsy dancers), the facility seems to be used mainly for special occasions like weddings and birthday parties. We recently stopped in on a Saturday night and were pleasantly surprised at how opulent (in a classy, modern way) the surroundings were--kind of if P. Diddy opened up a supper club in a Russian “nabe”!
We sampled about a dozen of the dishes that Rasputin has to offer from the "Noble Banquet" menu. The fare is not necessarily Russian, more like Russian-inspired, although the various cold salads served to start off the personal feast at each table consists of pickled julienne and fresh whole vegetables, organic baby greens (with Vinaigrette Romanoff dressing on the side), cole slaw (a more gourmet version than your standard type with no mayo added), chicken salad (with peas and carrots) and crab salad surrounded by boiled shrimp. This may seem boring but it's not--with any of the banquet menu selections, the staff comes at you with six or seven different items that are prepared in an nouvelle cuisine manner (for instance, the crab salad had a bit of a fiery kick). Each salad dish is enough to get full on, so you have to pace yourself--these are the hugest portions outside of an Austin BBQ restaurant!
|Mushroom and Potatoes|
|Quail with Fruit Sauce|
|Lamb Chops and Chicken Kabobs|
|Pastry Chef Albina's Banquet du Patisserie!|
2670 Coney Island Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11235