What a Russian Recommends in Brighton Beach


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]