The Best Pastrami Restaurants in Moscow

Corned Beef and Pastrami Sandwich
Corned Beef and Pastrami Sandwich | © Brad Greenlee/Flickr
You’re finally in Russia for the World Cup, making your way through the streets of its huge capital, Moscow, and craving some juicy pastrami as you do it at home. We’ve got a solution for you. An inherent part of modern Moscow‘s culture is its devotion to pastrami in restaurants and cafés. Back in the 19th century, it was popular only among the Jewish population of the Russian Empire, but today it’s as popular as ever – from modern thick-cut pastrami, cheese, and eggs breakfast at Severyane restaurant to the classic pastrami on rye. Take a look at the best places for pastrami in Moscow’s city center.

Severyane / Северяне

Restaurant, Russian, European, $$$

Ever wanted to try an original take on pastrami? You’re in the right place! The pastrami at Severyane is definitely one of the most nourishing, yet very different from all the others in the city of Moscow. The cut is different, along the veins and not across as we are accustomed, with less fat that makes it more tender. We highly recommend booking in advance, because it is very popular among locals.

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Saxon + Parole

Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$

Saxon + Parole is the Russian brother of the American Saxon + Parole restaurant, located in New York and founded by the same owners. This place serves all the essential deli meats, and the kitchen is now run by the executive chef Brad Farmerie who moved to Moscow back in 2013 and serves up a unique and delicious pastrami and many other meat courses. The restaurant is open every day, and the pastrami has that signature mix of sweet and spice.

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Rybi Net

Restaurant, Russian, American, European, $$$

Located right on the ground floor of the St. Regis Hotel, close to Red Square, this meat restaurant by Novikov opens its doors daily from 12 pm onward for patrons. Despite the classic décor of the hotel and the experienced staff, this place has an authentic modern design and a younger clientele. And if you’re looking for a smoky, perfectly fatty pastrami served on rye after a busy day in Moscow, you’re in the right place.

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