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Vincent Vega said it best. They've got the same things overseas that we have here in America, but as a traveler you notice the little differences, like beer served in movie theaters, French fries served with mayonnaise, and funny names for fast food sandwiches like Royale with Cheese. LA Weekly must have been thinking along the same lines when they published their funny list of American fast food items that you can't get in America.
Midtown Manhattan is normally not the kind of place we'd tell you to get some grub. (Something about dirty water dogs and the criminally overpriced Carnegie Deli doesn't get our stomachs growling.) But when a landmark like the Russian Tea Room reopens after four long years, we have to sing a "Na Zdorovia!" to the restaurant on 57th Street.
There's little word on menu specifics at this point, but the food--good as it may be--isn't really the reason captains of industry and those who love them flock to the Tea Room. It's the big acrylic juggling bear aquarium/centerpiece, the boldfaced names at the table next to you and cavorting like a tsar with a frosty bottle of vodka, a stack of blinis and bowl of caviar that make the Tea Room special. It's the kind of only-in-New-York restaurant you really only can find in New York. It's open for dinner tonight--if you can get a table.
[Photo: New York]
· First Look Inside the Russian Tea Room [Grub Street]
· The Russian Tea Room [Restaurant Girl]
· Tea Room Coming Back [NYT]