February 10, 2012

Nasha Rasha: Russian Food Adventure

Vodka Selection at Nasha Rasha
Recently I was making plans with a friend for dinner and she suggested going to one of the restaurants on my "to do" list for the blog.  She enjoys traveling around the world and exploring other cultures as much as I do so I was happy to share a food adventure with her. We decided to do Russian food since it would be a new adventure for both of us.  We went to Nasha Rasha which is a lively and fun restaurant not too far from Union Square.  This place has an enormous vodka collection.  I tasted the red currant flavored vodka, not sure how to describe it other than intense almost like drinking fire.  My friend tasted the cherry flavored vodka as a spritzer and that seemed to taste pretty good.  I also had the Komport, which is a Russian drink make from fruits; it's incredibly sweet but has a good flavor.
Komport (left) & Currant flavored vodka (right)
For the appetizer we tasted the Chebureki and the Chicken Soup.  The Chebureki is a traditional lamb dumpling.  They are fried lamb pies that look more like a turnover than a dumpling.  They taste very similar to Caribbean meat pies (i.e. Trinidadian beef pies) except the lamb inside seems to be ground into a patty versus the Caribbean ones where the meat is crumbled up.  The Chicken Soup had small chicken meatballs instead of the American style with pieces of chicken and a few vegetables.  The Chebureki was my favorite of the two.
Chebureki

Chicken Soup
For the entree we both had the Chicken Kiev.  The chicken was incredibly juicy with a crispy coating but it was huge.  I actually couldn't finish my entree; I barely touched the potatoes because the appetizers and the chicken were very filling.  I did taste the side salad, which was a simple salad made of corn, tomatoes and pickles.
Chicken Kiev
Overall this was a fun and incredibly filling food adventure.  While the Korean food adventure was a bit on the lighter side this one is worth repeating when I have a huge appetite. I'm glad I was able to share this food adventure with my friend and I'm glad that Nasha Rasha was nice enough to let us catch up for hours without urging us to move along, Thank you!  Until next time, Buen Provecho!

Nasha Rasha
4 West 19th Street (Between 5th & 6th Avenues)
New York, NY 10010
Phone: 212.929.4444
Closest Subway Stop: 14th Street/Union Square (L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6)