Discovery: Gregory's Russian Restaurant
Longtime fans of live dinner music have likely enjoyed the rich, diverse repertoire of Belarus-born pianist Gregory Baranovsky, who entertained customers for more than six years at Sangiovese Ristorante and headlined at the erstwhile Russia House and Moscow Nights. Now, diners can hear Baranovsky playing everything from Broadway standards to folk songs at Gregory’s Russian Restaurant (6066 E. 82nd St., 317-693-9123), which he and his wife, Deanna, opened in September of last year. With a Russian cook in their kitchen, hearty appetizers such as draniki, delicate potato pancakes dressed with sautéed mushrooms and onions, are a must, as is a salad studded with finely chopped boiled potatoes, eggs, peas, chicken, and mayonnaise. A steaming bowl of Ukranian borsch with a rich pork broth, beets, beans, and cabbage could make a restorative meal on a snowy night. Classic chicken Kiev may be a tad rustic with starchy sides of cabbage, rice, and French fries, but you can’t miss with the rich, prune-and-spinach–stuffed Sturgeon pork boiled in a mushroom sauce, a one-of-a-kind sweet and savory dish you won’t find anywhere else.