Gourmet to Go

Gourmet to go A landmark of St. Basil’s stature, Elisyevsky, Moscow’s legendary food em­­porium, was built in the late 1700s and became the place to be seen among the Russian aris­toc­racy. By the end of the 19th century it had been, at turns, a school for children, a fashion store, and an expensive apartment complex. In 1898 St. Petersburg millionaire Grigory Eliseyev acquired and renovated the building. Moscow was stunned by what emerged: luxurious interiors that housed a never-before-seen abundance of sundries—tins of caviar, specialty chocolates, and rows of gleaming smoked fish. The gold-plated moldings on the walls and massive crystal chandeliers bring to mind Versailles more than they do a Russian gourmet store. At 14 Ulitsa Tverskaya.