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Indulge in Russian-inspired fare like oysters and caviar with champagne or rosé at speakeasy-style eatery with Soviet-chic design flourishes

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Promotional value expires Sep 1, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. Alcohol is not discounted more than 50%. Merchant is solely responsible for all sales and delivery of alcohol. Must provide 21+ ID to receive alcoholic beverages. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose from Four Options

$45 for a Russian Dining Experience for Two ($84 value)

  • One small plate
  • One large plate each
  • One cocktail each

$85 for an oyster and caviar sampler with champagne for two (up to $208 value)

  • 12 oysters
  • One caviar sampler
  • One glass of champagne each

$95 for a Russian Dining Experience with a deluxe oyster and caviar sampler with rosé for two (up to $228 value)

  • 12 oysters
  • One caviar sampler
  • One large plate each
  • One glass of Côte de Provence rosé each

$190 for a Russian Dining Experience with a deluxe oyster and caviar sampler with rosé for four (up to $456 value)

  • 24 oysters
  • Two caviar samplers
  • One large plate each
  • One bottle of Côte de Provence rosé

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When it first opened in the mid 1990s, an evening out at Pravda often began with finding a pay phone. The Prohibition-style basement speakeasy featured no signage to indicate the Russian restaurant within, so many patrons were reduced to phoning for directions. Once they arrived, however, the memory of such efforts tended to vanish swiftly in a heady atmosphere where premium vodkas, champagne, and caviar flowed.


The bar's house-infused vodkas feature flavors such as beet and citrus for drinks such as the Motherland and Leninade, respectively. However, there are also a host of top-shelf European vodkas, such as small-batch Ultra vodka from 300-year-old distiller Jewel of Russia. Said to have been a favorite of several czars, the vodka still goes through a slow-flow filtration process designed to leave it exceptionally smooth without any loss of character. Pravda’s owners consider it among the finest of their more than 70 kinds of vodka, and it’s also among the rarest: only 2,000 bottles a month are released to the United States, each with hand-painted caps and glass.


Pravda’s name—the same as the former Communist Party paper of record—hints at its Soviet-chic influences, but a spirit of clandestine luxury holds far greater sway beneath the restaurant’s immense plaster archways and lanterns printed with Russian text. And nothing oozes greater luxury than the restaurant’s champagne list. Offerings range from light, crisp classics such as Moët & Chandon’s Dom Pérignon to the toasty Krug Grand Cuvée. Each bottle of the rich prestige cuvée takes more than 20 years to reach peak maturity.


Vivid red-orange salmon eggs melt in diners’ mouths, whereas the trout roe is crisp and briny. Alternatively, Pravda’s sampler of Petrossian caviar lets diners indulge in creamy paddlefish caviar and spread the delicate roe of farm-raised white sturgeon onto toast points to best appreciate its nutty flavor and silken texture.

Customer Reviews

Beautiful place and great food!
Daniel R. · September 1, 2015
Lovely dinner, nice service, would definitely go back.
Molly F. · February 3, 2014
everything was amazing
David F. · January 28, 2014
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    New York, NY 10012


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