With its rustic and relaxed charm, impressive list of traditional Ukrainian dishes, and classic cocktails served with a Slavic twist, Taras Bulba, Soho’s first Eastern European import from a chain of restaurants in Russia and Kiev has successfully managed to blend the best of Ukraine and New York City.
While it’s impossible to time travel, at Taras Bulba you’ll feel as if you’ve taken a step back in time to experience a small, family-owned restaurant in the Ukrainian countryside. Complete with samovars, glass tea sets, hand-woven rugs, colorful murals and vintage sepia photographs of Cossack peasants, you’ll be transported without having to board a plane.
In true Slavic spirit, you’ll be greeted by a staff of smiling faces, well-versed in “Old World” service and hospitality, complete with traditional garb: pure white embroidered chemises, vibrant floral crowns, light straw hats and bright colored sashes, eager to make recommendations like the mouthwatering potato blinies with red caviar, and the delicious meat, veggie or cheese-stuffed Vareniki dumplings.
If you’re a cocktail aficionado, try the “Vladimir Putin,” an infusion of peach tea, peach schnapps and whiskey that’s refreshingly blended to perfection. Another great and unexpected choice was the Mojito, infused with green grapes, lime and mint for a combination that’s simply out of this world. And, if you’re more of a traditionalist, try the “Ukrainian Beauty, “a classic Cosmopolitan" with an Eastern European flavor.
From amazing home-style dishes, rustic ambiance and exclusive spirits and cocktails, at Taras Bulba you’ll experience the best Ukraine has to offer without having to leave Manhattan.