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It’s colder than a Cossack’s hip flask out there, so why not learn from those who know how to do “Baltic” better than anyone by sampling the best Russian spots in New York City? Gather your comrades together for steaming bowls of borscht, some fortifying vodkas, and feel the warmth return to your heart.

1. Russian Tea Room 150 W57 St

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Founded by members of the Russian Imperial Ballet in 1927, The Russian Tea Room has always been an opulent backdrop to the high living of New York’s artistic and intellectual elite. Dustin Hoffman camped it up as Tootsie in its red leather banquettes, Woody Allen commented on the number of ‘beautiful women’ within its walls in Manhattan, and Madonna used to work as the coat-check girl. Mere mortals can enjoy its high tea, fine dining and excellent vodka selection.

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