Members of the Russian Imperial Ballet established The Russian Tea Room in 1927. Situated adjacent to Carnegie Hall, it became a favorite of performers and members of New York society until Warner LeRoy, the famed owner of the Tavern on the Green, took it over, in 1996. Like those before him who invaded Mother Russia, he did not fare well. Despite closing the restaurant for three years, spending tens of millions of dollars renovating it, he reigned over it for just a year. He died in 2001, and the restaurant closed shortly thereafter. However, it has since been resurrected, and the glittering home of caviar and vodka (40 varieties!) survives. Long live the blini! (150 W. 57th St. 212-581-7100.)
Signed fine art Giclee prints on museum-quality, one-quarter-cotton 280 gsm paper with archival inks are available in two sizes:
5 x 7 for $55 (email me about this size)
9 x 12 for $95
Editions are strictly limited to 365 copies, and each annotated print is a beautiful reminder that our days are numbered.