In Brighton Beach, émigrés from Russia and other former Soviet-bloc countries have carved out an enclave known as Little Odessa, whose abundance of restaurants, stores and nightclubs cater to their tastes—and yours too. Here you’ll find specialties like honey-pepper vodka, rice pilaf and Georgian flatbread filled with cheese. The boardwalk offers the relaxing pastimes of strolling and people-watching, and you can swim or sunbathe on the beach—which is often less crowded than the one in neighboring Coney Island.
Also called Little Odessa, this Brooklyn neighborhood is known for its authentic Russian markets and exciting nightlife.
This massive Russian-owned supermarket offers a next-best-thing-to-Russia experience for shoppers (or at least, those who can read and speak enough Russian to navigate the store): in addition to its famously massive selection of hot and cold buffets, filled with delicacies like pickled watermelon, baked apples, pickled garlic, roast sturgeon and blintzes, the store also features a bakery, deli, meat counter, produce section, fish monger and packaged Russian specialties like caviar.