Located in the midst of Russian neighborhood in Brooklyn, this is a favorite spot for the members of the community. The restaurant is very spacious, divided into two separate zones, one of them with the different seating levels. Several celebrations can go simultaneously, that’s why the National is frequently rented for banquettes. There are two kinds of menu — a la carte and banquet, and they both represent a classic selection of Russian comfort food with a portion of Mediterranean cuisine.
What’s really in the focus here is the entertainment program: the peculiar mixology of variety show, concert, and circus. The main hall is supplied with the big stage for that matter, as well as with the dance floor, which never stays empty when music turns up. Russian music stars perform from time to time, arising nostalgic feelings in the hearts of usual customers.
One may get so immersed in the vibrant performance, dancing, and the whole joyful atmosphere around, to not pay attention to the peculiar entourage of the place. Distasteful in its own charming way, the interior is inspired by a Soviet luxury buffet style, or at least, as immigrant owners imagined it to be.