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In April, The New York Times reported that, “Pegu Club, the SoHo bar that kicked the cocktail revival in New York City into high gear when it opened in 2005 and quickly became one of the most influential cocktail bars in the world, will not reopen, a victim of the citywide restaurant and bar shutdown in the coronavirus pandemic.”

Now, in its place, comes Slava, a chic Ukrainian cocktail bar that deals in vodka-infusion shots and dangerously tasty drinks, plus contemporary Ukrainian cuisine.

An online menu lists imaginative dishes like BEC pierogi, potato pancakes with creamed mushroom and braised beef tongue, steamed trout with pumpkin cream, and chicken Kyiv with parsnip puree. For desserts, find sour cream panna cotta with cherry syrup and sunflower brittle, as well as a hazelnut crunch cake with toasted caraway seeds.

For authenticity, the restaurant’s team includes beverage director, Nazar Hrab, and head chef, Alex Scherbyna, both are natives to Ukraine.

And speaking of chef, menu items include Bacon, egg and cheese varenyky (we call them perogies); tuna carpaccio with capers and a truffle vinaigrette; potato pancakes with creamed mushrooms and braised beef tongue, chicken Kyiv (of course); and holubtsi, a short rib-stuffed cabbage with roasted beets.

Even though we know better, we’d feel like we were supporting democracy just by dining there. Slava opened Nov. 3, 2022.


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