Russian Vodka Room | The Breslin | Alice’s Tea Cup Chapter II | Argosy Books | Brandy’s Piano Bar

Take in Culture and a Few Drinks at the Russian Vodka Room Near AVA High Line

The Russian Vodka Room is not your average bar. Newcomers might experience a bit of a culture shock when stepping into this establishment, where house-infused vodkas are the beverage of choice and Russian is the primary language spoken. Everyone is welcome here, though. The establishment is, after all, located in New York City, where people from all walks of life live, work, and socialize.

Make the short trip from AVA High Line and experience a bit of the Russian culture with a trip to the Russian Vodka Room. Get started with a flight of six house-infused vodkas. Try the apple and pomegranate, garlic pepper and dill, or the horseradish flavor—the latter, unsurprisingly, offers quite the kick. The bartenders will be glad to make you a cocktail with the one of the 60 types of vodka or serve it to you straight. With the booze in your system, you'll want to eat a little something to soak it up. Keeping with the Russian theme, items such as beef stroganoff and Gravlox with potato pancakes are on the menu.

Russian Vodka Room
265 W. 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
(212) 307-5835

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Try the Lamb Burger at The Breslin Near AVA High Line in New York

Just like the menus at authentic English pubs, the menu at The Breslin inside the Ace Hotel highlights meat-based, generously portioned entrees. That's thanks to proprietor and head chef April Bloomfield, someone who knows more about English gastropub fare than your average chef.

She crafts unique pub fare that evokes English cuisine, but doesn't too closely mirror it. Her most popular dish, the lamb burger, epitomizes this approach. It's crowned with feta cheese and comes alongside thickly cut fries with cumin mayo. The majority of The Breslin's guests come here just for this burger, but some make the trip for the pig's foot for two (which can actually feed a whole group).

Arrive early for a meal at The Breslin, as it gets very busy and won't take reservations ahead of time. Since it's just a short trip away from AVA High Line, coming early shouldn't be difficult.

The Breslin
Ace Hotel
20 W. 29th Street
New York, NY 10001
(212) 679-1939

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Alice’s Tea Cup Chapter II Near AVA High Line is About the Experience, Not Just the Drink

Transport yourself to a scene from Alice in Wonderland with a trip to Alice's Tea Cup Chapter II. The tea room and cafe features a warm and welcoming ambiance as well as a theme that relates to the popular Disney animated classic.

For a relaxing and enjoyable tea-drinking experience, make the short trip from AVA High Line to Alice's Tea Cup Chapter II in New York City. The menu here is loaded with options, but don't be overwhelmed; just ask one of the servers for a suggestion and he will be glad to help. You might consider Alice's Tea, a house blend with a mix of Japanese green tea, rose petals, and Indian black vanilla. While you sip on your beverage, nibble on some sandwiches, pastries, or scones. You could pair your afternoon tea with a platter. One of the most popular dining options is the Mad Hatter for Two, which comes with two pots of tea, two sandwiches, assorted desserts, and two scones. If you visit in the morning, order from the full breakfast menu complete with crepes, French toast, eggs, and more.

Alice’s Tea Cup Chapter II
156 E. 64th Street
New York, NY 10021
(212) 486-9200

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Argosy Books Near AVA High Line in New York: First Edition Prints You Might Not Find Elsewhere

Argosy Books has been around for nearly 90 years. It was first opened by a New York City family back in 1925, and it remains a family owned (and managed) bookstore to this day. What's more, it has survived the rise of online retailers thanks to its collection of rare and first print books, which are located on the fifth floor.

The entire space offers plenty of books and other printed items for browsing, however. There are six floors in all, and each holds something new. You'll find a selection of vintage maps and prints that are priced very affordably, and many customers come here just to browse through them. However, new titles are also stocked on the shelves at Argosy Books if you have a specific contemporary novel in mind. Make the short trip from AVA High Line to Argosy Books and take a quick look through the $1 bin out front before heading inside for some more in-depth browsing.

Argosy Books
116 E. 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 753-4455

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Sing Along to Your Favorite Song at Brandy’s Piano Bar, Worth the Trip From AVA High Line

For those who are just visiting New York, Brandy's Piano Bar might not be on the to-do list. That's just because it's a bit off the beaten path. Residents of AVA High Line and other New Yorkers should have no trouble finding it on the Upper East Side, you just have to know which nondescript side street hosts it.

Once you do find Brandy's Piano Bar, you'll understand why it's one of Manhattan's hidden gems. The energetic piano bar invites patrons to sing along to a wide variety of music, from contemporary pop to '70s hits to show tunes. If you have a request in mind, consider sharing it before you raise your hand—you might just be asked to come up on stage and lead the entire audience. Although the space could be considered cramped, most regulars like getting to know their fellow patrons. Note that there's a two-drink minimum here (but no cover).

Brandy’s Piano Bar
235 E. 84th Street
New York, NY 10028
(212) 744-4949

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