What a Russian Recommends in Brighton Beach

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The lack of bars in the Russian enclave of Brighton Beach underscores how no less than the Italians or French, Russians treat drinking as part of a complete gastronomic experience, according to St. Petersburgborn novelist Alexander Nazaryan. He favors Gina's Caf as the neighborhoods best paean to those twin loves, food and vodka. [Proof/NYT]