Oligarch cuisine is coming to Manhattan. Moscow’s opulent Cafe Pushkin has signed a lease at 41 W. 57th St. for a jumbo, 3-level restaurant that will replace recently closed Shelly’s Big City.
Cafe Pushkin in Moscow is a recreation of a 19th Century Russian aristocratic home, and is said to be the “power lunch spot of choice” for oligarchs, politicians and tourists. The company that owns it also has other elaborate restaurants in Moscow and Paris.
The new eatery with 7,200 square feet will likely give the Russian Tea Room one block west a run for its money. The opening date is not clear, but the Pushkin people clearly have a lot of construction ahead of them.
Cafe Pushkin might give a boost to the long block between Fifth and Sixth avenues, which is also home to Nobu and Brasserie 8 1/2 — but also to numerous empty storefronts.
The deal was brokered by JDF Realy’s Leslie Siben and Benjamin Kahr representing the tenant and Sinvin’s CHRISTOPHER OWLES and STEVEN RAPPAPORT for the landlord.