Best Russian - 2013
Brighton Beach, eat your heart out: Our favorite Russian food comes from a Staten Island strip mall. The hearty, soulful cooking coming out of Sorry Babushka's kitchens is as spirit-lifting as the bright orange walls that cover the dining room are disorienting. Still, it's hard not to fall for a place that cooks lamb and pork with such proficiency and for such reasonable prices. Boiled dough and sour cream is a delicious combination, but rarely is comfort food as bold as a bowl of solyanka, the spicy pickled cucumber soup boasting a barnyard full of meat chunks. The ferry rides only makes the adventure that much sweeter.