Best Borscht (2008)
Robert Sietsema: It would be easy enough to send you to B&H for a bowl of excellent beet borscht, but why not make the trek to Pastorale in Brighton Beach for their superior version? Diced beets vie with other veggies in the purple broth, with the overweening sweetness cut by the cloud of rich sour cream that towers above the potage.
Sarah DiGregorio: If you want a fantastic green-sorrel borscht, go across the street to Caf Glechikbut its Caf Paris for the ultimate Ukrainian beet borscht. Rough-hewn and scented with dill, this concoction boasts an awesome, meaty broth that has enough oomph to balance the sweetness of the beets.