Although sturgeon is considered valuable for its roe, it will forever be remembered as the only fish that got a medical license due to a typo. Celebrate this accomplished aquatic specimen with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of authentic Russian fare at Russia House.
The chefs at Russia House carefully craft a menu of authentic Russian specialties served in an intimate, stately atmosphere. The Russian sturgeon starter fills bellies with line-caught Russian sturgeon, beet ragout, black pork sausage, and beet glace that envelopes dishes like a postman's embrace. Guests conquer appetites with large plates such as the Kobe Duo ($33), gold-grade Kobe beef grilled to temperature and paired with Kobe tartare, or the authentic shashlik ($26), Carolina heirloom pork served with sherry-braised arrowhead cabbage and saffron rice pilaf. Entrees buddy up with desserts, including chocolate mousse cake ($8), or selections from Russia House's extensive caviar list ($55–$195) and drink menu, which boasts more than 50 varieties of vodka that show the spud's range better than Mr. Potato Head's starring role in Death of a Salesman.
Inside Russia House's stately interior, white tablecloths adorn tables festooned with elegant place settings. Mirrors reflect light that bursts through large windows and also reveal which guests are vampires or self-conscious about their new haircuts. In the upstairs lounges, plush booths cradle diners, and occasional live piano music permeates the airwaves.