41 East 20th Street
Originally opened as a speakeasy in St. Petersburg, Russia, Mari Vanna
was once a members-only club, requiring a key for entry. Now, Mari Vanna’s New York location opens its doors to neighborhood-dwellers, offering house-infused vodkas and classic Russian dishes.
Named after a mythical grandmother (or “babushka”) known for her hospitality towards strangers, Mari Vanna transports its patrons to its homeland through its charmingly whimsical interiors, decorated with collections of trinkets, books, and Russian dolls.