Yesterday we went to the Volna Restaurant in Brighton Beach on the boardwalk.
Outside, the waiters and busboys accost the passers-by to persuade them to come in, carefully warning that they don't take credit cards.
Once inside, the service sucked. They really don't pay any attention to you beyond taking your order.
We ordered herring, dumplings, pancakes with caviar, flounder and chicken tabaka, Russian beers and vodka. In general the food was good (the fish, chicken and dumplings were very good).
The meal was marred but the lack of service and a fight that ensued later, right next to our table, when the owner/manager punched a customer in the face who only had a credit card and was on the phone trying to rustle up some cash. He was knocked to the ground when he mildly brushed away the man's hand.
To tell you the truth, the waiters pimping for the restaurant outside, the shabby service and the completely unprofessional behaviour on the part of the manager, only confirmed a stereotypical image I had of these types of boardwalk restaurants.
The food is fine because they serve a lot of locals who know how it should taste, but once they get you inside, if they know they won't be seeing you again they couldn't really care less.
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