Lurking behind an arch on a posh pedestrian street, this restaurant/bar/concert space is anything but chic. Food is basic and cheap. The pelmeny (small meat dumplings) are lightly spiced, juicy, and filling. There are plenty of vegetarian options, primarily on the appetizer menu.
Address: 11/1 Stoleshnikov Pereulok, Moscow
Kitezh sees its purpose as upholding tradition and legend. If you have just one real Russian meal in Moscow, make it here. This is one of the few Russian restaurants that do justice to beef Stroganoff, which despite its Russian roots is more common outside Russia. The pikeperch is expertly seasoned and sauced. Desserts include thick, jello-like kisel, and light and buttery bliny with homemade jam.
Address: 23/10 Ulitsa Petrovka, Moscow