RUSSIA: Where to Dine

In Moscow nowadays, there is good eating for high Bolsheviks, bureaucrats and army & navy brass. Grandest restaurant is the Hotel Moskva's (see cut); it gets out-of-season cucumbers from Stalin's own hothouses. Not quite as good, but better-known to Americans, is the dining room of the Metropole. Then there are the smaller, more intimate restaurants, chic and very expensive, with cuisines deriving from Russia's exotic outlands.

Last week, a new luxury restaurant, the Ararat, opened. Like the Baku and the Uzbekistan, both fine eating & drinking places, it is an imitator of Communist Moscow's original luxury restaurant, the Aragvi.

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