This cozy Richmond District gem serves Russian food guaranteed to make former Muscovites smile. Small dishes of eggplant, caviar, marinated mushrooms, blini and smoked salmon, and meat- or vegetable-filled piroshki are delicious ways to start a meal. Follow up with hearty beef Stroganoff, delicate chicken cutlets, or homey pelmeni, meat-filled dumplings in broth. You can sip a Russian beer—the porter is good—or a cup of Russian tea (Assam and Keemun blend)
with milk or lemon. If you can put together a group, make a reservation for one of Katia's afternoon tea parties, complete with sweets and savories and tea dispensed from a handsome samovar.