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. Petersburg–born novelist Alexander Nazaryan. He favors Gina’s Café as “the neighborhood’s best paean to those twin loves,” food and vodka. [Proof/NYT]