The Scene

The most sought-after reservations in town and the people who are getting them


Who's there: A VIP room and a private parking lot make this spot popular among visiting stars and privacy-seeking dignitaries. Mood: Funky and decadent with large reproductions of classical sculptures. Cuisine: A limited but uniformly delicious Italian menu with homemade pasta and the best burrata in town. Details: Dinner, $120. At 1A Degtyar­naya Ulitsa; 7-812/717-1608.


Who's there: A very well turned out collection of the rich and powerful. Mood: Minimalist decor with plush couches are merely a backdrop for the see-and-be-seen crowd that displays its plumage for the neighbors. Cuisine: The huge menu of Japanese, Italian, and Uzbek fare has won back- to-back awards for best food in the city. Details: Dinner, $120. At 16 Apte­karsky Prospekt; 7-812/324-7094.


Who's there: High-flying playboys and the fashionistas who love them. Mood: Sleek and sexy with a nod toward traditional Asian. Week- end nights feature a deejay and exotic dancers. Cuisine: It's billed as Asian fusion, but the menu of seafood, meat, and poultry is primarily Thai. Details: Dinner, $100. At 64 Naber­-ezh­naya Reki Moiki; 7-812/448-6075.