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Yo+Shoku, a Yoshoku-Inspired Pop-Up in Manhattan

Tzarevna to reopen to the public with a brand-new concept, which will focus on innovative Yoshoku fare and extraordinary cocktails in connection with hidden speakeasy

All photo from: Yo+Shoku

Tzarevna, one of Manhattan’s institutions for authentic Russian and Eastern European cuisine, is rebranding and relaunching as Yo+Shoku, a brand-new dining experience that combines traditional Yoshoku cuisine with familiar Asian and Eastern European flavors from the owners’ childhoods.

Ricky and Mariia Dolinsky, the owners, chefs, and mixologists behind the Lower East Side’s beloved Tzarevna, have decided to transform their restaurant into into an entirely new concept following a significant loss of customers during the ongoing war overseas. Ricky, who is Ukrainian and Taiwanese, and Mariia, who is Russian, decided rebrand as Yo+Shoku, an inviting pop-up dining experience located in the same familiar space that, instead, will showcase elevated Yoshoku fare that’s influenced by Ricky’s memories of traditional Asian cuisines and his and Mariia’s love for traditional Eastern European flavors. Customers can expect a first-of-its-kind fusion food menu of Duck Confit and Smoked Trout Dip Onigiri, Wagyu Katsu Sando and Salmon Skin Salad Zensai (Small Plates), and main dishes of Borscht Curry Udon, Omurice with Mole Negro, Karaage Chicken & Mochi Waffles, Okonomiyaki “B.E.C.” (bacon, egg, and cheese), and more.

In addition to Yo+Shoku, the restaurant boasts Paper Planes, an inviting speakeasy located in the back of Yo+Shoku, which can be found by walking along a hallway adorned with handmade paper planes. Paper Planes opened in June of 2022 and features a rotating cocktail menu of playful takes on classics, signature creations, and seasonal offerings.

Yo+Shoku will open to the public on Thursday, October 20 with the same hours of operation as Tzarevna: 

Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday: 6pm – 10pm

Friday and Saturday: 6pm – 11pm.