"The chef has burned your chicken Kiev," our server explained candidly, "but he's making you another one. Would you like a few shots of vodka while you wait?" Her offer seemed peculiar to us Americans, but swilling icy shots of vodka before the evening meal is a customary practice in Russia. Drinkers temper each stinging nip with a bite of marinated herring or perhaps a pickled mushroom... More >>>
By Jennifer Silverberg
Astoria European Cuisine features Russian specialties but also ranges from India to New Zealand, forming a global goulash.