Aleksandr Chuprakov/Welcome2018.com

This two-story establishment stresses grilled specialties and meat in every form. The first level is a bar with massive leather couches, heavy dark tables, and portraits of Vladimir Putin on the walls. The second level is restaurant proper. The couches are so wide and soft here you feel you’re in for the whole night. The chef, who has a talking name - Vetchinnikov (Mr. Ham) – prepares things like roast beef with baked tomatoes, chicken liver pate, veal tartar, rack of lamb, steaks, and generally all kinds of meat specialties, cooked in a wood-burning oven. After dinner many patrons go downstairs for drinks and to dance off all these calories. Parties happen frequently at Ogonyok.