Below are a few of my favorites:
This restaurant on top of the Natural History Museum is worthwhile for the view alone. North side of the
26a Tverskoi Bulvar
I love Café Pushkin it is almost certainly my favourite in
Café Pushkin is a good place to have caviar and blinis, the fish soup ukha and grilled sturgeon. Anything vaguely gameish such as smoked quail and tongue and onion is done to perfection. I once had something that they called filorett or something to that effect which was meat, eggplant and tomato gratinated with cheese and very yummy.
Drink vodka, they have a very impressive selection.Genatsvale
Maly Ivanovsky per. 7-9/1
This place is a bit like Café Pushkin in that it is an attempt at creating some vision of a past that never existed. A really palatial place in a sort of faux antiquity style. Food does not disappoint, however. I don’t really know Armenian cuisine well enough to know the names of stuff but shashliks, tolma in grape leaves, mutton kebabs are the sort of thing you would expect.Cheese
It may appear a bit pointless to seek out Italian restaurants in
20 Denezhny Pereulok
I think this place belongs to the same restaurateur as Cheese but unlike Cheese it is done in a very elegant and unpretentious manner. I particularly like the very intimate upstairs dining room. Everything really is very good at this restaurant although I particularly remember the octopus in red vine sauce.