Hands down, Birch is at the top of everyone’s list.
Birch, the tree, is the national symbol for all Russians, however, the restaurant is far from the folk place with Russian cuisine. Quite to the contrary, in fact, Birch is a modern restaurant where talented chefs create fusion cuisine.
There are about a dozen simple but well-selected wines by the glass. A glass of champagne is an option as well.
With sleeky Scandinavian stainless steel and light wood interior, the place looks quite upscale, but it is quite affordable.
Birch is so popular, you will need a reservation (call or fill up a form on their website), sometimes at least a week in advance.