Russian Tea Room
A nice distraction from the monotony of Italian bars, this tea house in the ghetto serves up proper pots of brewing tea, not bags of English breakfast. Come to feel cozy and don’t be put off by a slightly kitsch ambience, with Russian dress hanging on the walls, and copies of Dostoevsky on the bookshelves there to collect dust. Avoid the Saturday afternoon shopping crowds. Open the menu and choose whatever tea flavors suit your fancy. Then pick a slice of cake (apple is good, or anything chocolate). For something heartier, try the Russian blinis, similar to crepes, and filled with your choice of caviar, salmon or swordfish; or chocolate, honey or marmalade. There is enough bustle to give the feel of a thriving business, but they leave you alone to chat and linger over your tea. Open noon until 9 p.m. daily except Sunday and Monday, when the hours are 3-9.
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