How to hit a date with a Russian woman in New York – on Brighton Beach and beyond

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Socialize with Russian ladies – their New York community

A long way from Russia, toward the very south of Brooklyn, somewhere amidst Manhattan Beach and Coney Island, is located New York City´s Little Ukraine. Brooklyn's Brighton Beach has been referred to by many as Little Odessa because of high numbers of expats from Odessa residing there.

Even though lately there has been an increase in the percentage of other nationalities like Latino Americans, African Americans, Chinese and others, this borough is more commonly associated with its broad Russian-speaking community. For those eager to get a bit of Slavic flair, Little Odessa is the place to go! What is good about finding Russian brides in New York and in the US in general – they are already here, you don't need to go to the Russian Alaska to meet them. It is true though that even those living in Russia or in Ukraine are only hours by plane away from you.

Smiling Russian bride in New York

As a matter of fact, Little Odessa is the neighborhood most densely populated by Russian immigrants East of the Atlantic Ocean. This area traces its origin back to the 1800s when New York City saw a great influx of Russian immigrants arriving to the banks of this dynamic place. Up until today, it has remained as a desirable destination for Russian expatriates, most likely attracting them by its eccentric yet a well-known cultural ambiance.

Presently a population of 710,000 Russians calls New York City their home. Once you get to Little Odessa - you have reached the heart of the Russian community. Continuing the tour of Brooklyn to Staten Island´s South Beach you enter Sheepshead Bay and Bath Beach – each known to be popular neighborhoods amongst Russians.

Someone living far on the outskirts of the neighborhood can take the New York City Subway Lines B and Q to get to Brighton Beach station or take the Q Line to Ocean parkway. Despite the length of the journey, it is worthwhile! There you can take a glimpse into the true Russian way of living. One can do so by enjoying one of the Russian cafes or delis, take a stroll to local fashion vendors during the day or attending some of the Russian entertainment venues at night. When driving to Little Odessa you will find yourself on Brighton Beach Avenue and once the weather permits one can enjoy walking on the promenade bustling with people and activity. 

Coastline district that is bound by Coney Island attracts many visitors for its beach. Something to note is that Brighton Beach incurred severe damages during Hurricane Sandy. Local businesses and tenants are negatively affected up until today because of Con Edison billing issues and due to mold problems.

It is a must to immerse yourself and enjoy authentic Russian culinary delicacies and activities in the Winter Garden when you visit Little Odessa. For those admiring theatre performances and looking for cultural activities, it is worth to note that frequently touring theatre troupes perform at Millennium Theatre on Brighton Beach. This impressive theatre offers a wide range of performances in the Russian language, including musical acts, comedy shows and many others. This is only a small insight into what Little Odessa has to offer from cultural happenings to other types of activities.


Where to find Russian women in New York – places of culture

New York has lots to offer for all sorts of Russia-related activities as it has several important cultural centers. Just in August, with the efforts of the Russian-American Cultural Heritage Center, it has been officially proclaimed by the New York State that the month of April will be the month of Russian-American History. During this celebration month there will be an opportunity to go see various performances, visit book readings and embassy receptions, this way one can test his Russian language skills and get an assessment of his knowledge of the Russian culture. Yes, dating Russian women in the US is definitely a breath-taking, awesome adventure!

Besides that, in New York City there is also a Russian American Foundation creating wonderful cultural sharing initiatives, such as Bolshoi Ballet summer dance performances and art gallery events. Coordination Council of Russian Compatriots of the USA or KSORS is the go-to source for events and news for this area. As a melting pot of cultures, New York City has become the central place for Russian theatre groups. Those without Russian-language knowledge desiring to enjoy Kharms or Chekhov can attend performances in English by Russian Arts Theatre and Studio group according to techniques of Russian stage directors.

For those who already know some Russian attending TRACT and the Dialogue Theatre is a must. If you are looking for a more private atmosphere as in the back part of a Russian cafeteria, and not as widely known and newer works like the famous Crime and Punishment reproduction, TRACT is your destination. Unlike Dialogue Theatre that offers Russian classical works in new and creative compositions, at Dialoge´s Theatre one can even see performances of such remarkable artists as Yelena Solovey and Rustem Galitch.


Russian restaurants in the Big Apple – genuinely awesome places where to meet Russian girls

Russian and Ukrainian immigrant populations have rooted well within the diverse cultural scene that New York lavishly offers. As a result of this, the number of dining and going out options increased, offering a wide selection of authentic delicacies such as borsch, salad olivier, pickles and pelmeni, and do not forget a shot of vodka.


Mari Vanna

At the top of the list of highest-rated restaurants is Mari Vanna.

Clients can enjoy a wide variety of Russian, European and Eastern European plates. Dishes offered include a variety of appetizers and salads, very popular vinaigrette and olivier salad, pickles, cold Russian soup and many more.

Mari Vanna is situated in the Flatiron area, 1,1km from Manhattan Skyline.

Restaurant reviewers note that the dishes are full of flavor and very delicious and made in authentic Russian style. It is recommended to make a reservation prior to heading to enjoy dinner at Mari Vanna. In addition, their staff speaks Russian and the restaurant offers tasteful dishes to-go.

Address: 41 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003-1324.

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Tatiana restaurant

Brighton Beach´s well-known Tatiana Restaurant & Night Club has a wide variety of testimonials and is an entertainment of its own standing. A New Yorker from a ¨dinner and a show¨ typically would expect an Italian restaurant, charging more than they should per meal and offering a performance of a West 40s musical. At Tatiana restaurant, this means a Russian-style banquet, fire-throwing performance and line dancing. The restaurant offers a rather dimmed ambiance, you should expect a dining-in-the-dark experience as you can barely see what meal is in front of you. Here you can enjoy their very own Wall of Fame with more than 40 frames from which hardly any would be recognizable to most visitors. Other than perhaps Oksana Baiul and some men you may or may not have seen in of the better-known movies.

One thing we can guarantee you if you decide to visit Tatiana restaurant – you are up for entertainment, and an eccentric one. The entertainment that stands out even within the selection of many funky ones in this part of the town. Tatiana´s restaurant even has an outside patio by the boardwalk. Although lead performances are conducted inside, where you can view traditional meal show while you are enjoying dance and singing performance, trapeze show and an occasional guest-appearance of a shirtless 40-year old. Don´t even ask. It is not often that a dinner grand finale is a light show and loud applause comes from everyone in the restaurant. Are you up for this?

We have not even discussed the gastronomy! The amount of food offers is within a reason, you can consume better drinks without getting tipsy too fast. You can order a la carte, however, Tatiana´s is known for banquet style weekend meals offered Friday through Sunday. The more the merrier, make sure to invite a group of the most open-minded friends. Not sure who to invite? Someone with a lack of shame to sing a karaoke,  someone who has a history as a wedding crasher – and it is not for someone who feels like a fish without water when amongst strangers in such a setting. When going to Tatiana´s, be ready to loosen up and enjoy meal after meal, focus on ladies’ performance inside large picture frames and have no worries about the dishes.

Address: 3152 Brighton 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11235-7151


Russian Samovar

The restaurant offers a fusion menu of Russian, European and Eastern European dishes, including vegetarian options. On their menu you will find authentic dishes such as olivier salad, borsch, Russian Frikadeller soup, Herring under Fur salad, Granny salad, roast and many more choices.
All of their personnel speak Russian, of course, and you will see that this place is visited not only by Russians but is also favored by many other nationalities as it is located on a busy street full of other restaurants, bars and cafes.

Address: 256 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019-5821.


Masha & the Bear

Probably the only place in town (perhaps even worldwide) that serves vodka on tap, this place has been modernized and adapted to the newest trends matching the era. Masha & the Bear has a carefully selected craft vodka choice, served chilled at its best temperature – 38 degrees. The selection of flavored vodkas is impressive, from honey to borsch and even horseradish. In addition, drinks are paired with a selection of authentic Russian cuisine dishes like ukha soup (with fish), green borsh, blintzes and of course the staple - Russian salad. For those who do not favor vodka, there is a special cocktail - Dirty Borsch.

Address: 771 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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Brief historical information about Russians in New York

As far back as in the late 1800s, you can find traces of the first immigrant families arriving to the United States from Russia. A greater amount of them arrived in New York City around 1917 during the Russian Revolution. Most of them settled in Manhattan, Hamilton Heights and some other neighborhoods of New York City. This time is often referred to as the ¨First Wave¨. And in the 1970s came the ¨Third Wave¨, mainly Soviet Jews who immigrated to New York City´s Brighton Beach. Around that time this area was a rather forgotten (to say the least) part of Brooklyn, and with the influx of primarily Russian Jew immigrants this part of the city started to develop in earnest. The Soviet Union Collapse in 1991 was the next trigger when, in large numbers, diverse ethnic Russians and Russian Christians migrated to the United States, and primarily to the New York City and its surrounding neighborhoods. In the 1990´s most of the Russian Americans residing in Brighton Beach started to migrate to the suburbs of New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Referred to as Tri-State suburbs, a 75-mile radius around Manhattan is populated by 1.7 million Russian Americans from which 625,321 reside in New York City, and a third of them are Russian-speaking Jews. From all the Russian Americans living in New York City and surrounding areas, it is estimated that 132,543 were born in Russia.

There is a wide variety of nationalities within the immigrants in New York City, especially those born in formerly Soviet countries (Ukraine, Belarus, and others), as well as Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan). Being ex-Soviet block citizens - majority of them speak Russian.

Up until today for Russian immigrants New York City has remained as the main entrance to the United States. The numbers of immigrants throughout the years from Russia are steady, for example, those who moved to the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island area in 2010 there were 1,293, the following year this increased to 1,545 but by 2018 there were approximately 2,286 individuals. The year after that it was estimated at 1,974 migrants and these numbers do not include statistics from other, previously Soviet states.