Healthy Russian Food in the Center of Manhattan

Healthy Russian Food in the Center of Manhattan by Smile Is It (

This post is sponsored by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water but all content is strictly my own.

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I was recently asked by S.Pellegrino to share my favorite local restaurant that serves healthy and tasty dishes. As somebody who grew up in another country – I was born and raised in Russia – I couldn’t miss this opportunity to share my new favorite spot in Manhattan that serves #RussianFood!

If you work or live in Midtown Manhattan, chances are you walked by a relatively small place on the busy 7th avenue called “Teremok“. In fact, there are two Teremok cafes in Manhattan, but I personally prefer the one on 7th Avenue. It’s more spacious, feels less crowded, and they have that lovely green wall in the back painted to resemble a birch forest (see below).

If you’ve never heard of Teremok or just planning to visit the city, here are the exact addresses, so you won’t get lost:

Teremok on 7th Avenue, 358 7th Avenue (@ 30th Street), New York, NY 10001
Teremok on 6th Avenue, 555 6th Avenue (@16th Street), New York, NY 10001

For those who are curious about the name of the place and when the chain started, there is a detailed explanation on the wall. I love little details like this.

It was a steamy hot summer day, and I asked my Haitian-born husband if he wants to grab some Russian food for lunch at Teremok. He said “yes”, and we were there. We got okroshka (cold soup), borsch (hot soup), some buckwheat with lox, and a crepe with caviar – all to share, plus some refreshing sparkly S.Pellegrino. I literally can’t drink anything sweet when it’s so hot outside, and I got tired of plain water, so slightly salty ice cold S.Pellegrino sounded perfect.

Even though we’ve been married for 7 years, my husband has never tried okroshka before. I know that a lot of people don’t like soups in general, but chilled soups can be so refreshing and filling at the same time during hot summer season. It’s also super easy to make one. Here is a simple recipe to make Russian Okroshka at home.


8 cups S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Mineral Water
1/3 cup sour cream
2 1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp dill, chopped
1/2 cup green onion, finely chopped
4 beef sausage, diced
3-4 medium cooked potatoes, peeled and diced
3 hard-boiled eggs, diced
3-4 cucumbers, diced

Place all hard ingredients in a large pot. Add S.Pellegrino, sour cream, and salt. Stir and serve chilled. That’s it!

Refreshing chilled okroshka is on the right.
You can see the birch forest wall I mentioned before here. I’m busy with my food though : )
My okroshka was really good!
Crepes with organic salmon caviar. It’s a must.
Ralph told me that okroshka is something really new for him, but he likes it.
Buckwheat (kasha) with lox. This one was finished in 2 seconds.
The perfect refreshing S.Pellegrino for a filling summer meal 🙂

What is your favorite local restaurant this summer?












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    1. Thank you! S.Pellegrino is definitely a great drink, especially if you are trying to cut soda or feel tired of plain water.

  1. I have a good friend who’s Russian and all of the dishes you mentioned, she’s talked about. Especially borsch and crepes with caviar. I’ve tried to make crepes like hers and they’re never quite as good! x

    1. I looove crepes, even though I don’t eat them often. Borsch is a different story – I can have gallons of this soup, lol. It’s always great to try some new cuisine. That’s why I love NYC. You can find anything here 🙂

  2. i’ve always wanted to try Russian food, but I am trying to stick to a diet. so this post was very helpful for me since I want to live healthily but still experience new foods and cultures! thank you!

    1. Thank you, Mimi! I would skip the crepe if on a diet but, definitely, keep some soup and buckwheat. These soups, especially okroshka, are light, and the buckwheat is a good type of carbs that can keep you full for almost all day.

  3. My heritage is almost entirely Russian, but I’ve never had Russian food. There is even a Russian restaurant one block from where I live. But I’m mostly vegetarian and I now have to eat gluten-free, so that limits me. I used to live in midtown Manhattan when I was in school, but I don’t think Teremok was there yet. Those sandwiches look really good.

  4. I think it’s kinda hard to find Russian food around here. Now that I think about it, I’m not even sure what Russian food is. I’ll have to find some around me now!

  5. That’s one of the awesome things about New York. You can experience so many different cultures without ever leaving the city. For me, I love a nice gelato restaurant during the summer. Less calories and more natural refreshment from the heat!

  6. That’s so cool that you found a good Russian Restaurant in Manhattan. That sounds amazing. I would have to try it out. I have some amazing local ones but my favorite is a little Italian place.

  7. This is really awesome. I have never had a Russian inspired meal before but all of this food looks amazing.

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