4, parkova alley - wonderful national restaurant with very tasty dishes. dinner for five persons, including different appetizers, soups, main dishes and gorilka is around â¬135. it is situated on the bank of the dnepr river and in summer it is very nice to get dinner in the garden, while in winter inside the main building you can enjoy view through large windows and fire from the fire-place. all the major credit-cards are accepted.
Shevchenko park, 10 tereshchenkivska, 235-2132. open daily from 10pm till 1pm traditional wooden restaurant, popular to tourists. really good mlyntsi... try the mushroom ones. avg.$us20/person. if you just want to try the mlyntsi, you can walk-up to a stand on the side of the restaurant and get them to go.
Over the road from the entrance to the great patriotic war memorial. this soviet-theme restaurant has staff dressed in costume and dozens of traditional dishes listed on the english-language menu. try the uzvar traditional drink made from smoked fruit. expect to spend us$10 each for lunch; they also have a us$20 business lunch menu. it is possible to spend a lot more though. live traditional music and farm implements decorate the walls.
There is a good one near metro universitet. it's called "jiu long", which means "nine dragons" there is a fast food store upfront, but if you go through the arch, you will see an entire chinese-style building, that's where the real restaurant is; quality is good and prices are lower than some other similarly fancy restaurants. if you don't care about price, go to "lun van" near metro teatralna. other above-average venues but be warned, no one who's experienced anything like the real thing will find satisfactory chinese food in kiev are mandarin on a floating entertainment complex near the river port in podil, and vostok which is across the road from mandarin.
In general, it is very cheap to dine in Kiev by European or US standards. So long as you stay away from the places that totally pander to tourists or to the Porsche Cayenne-driving "elite", the food is great and cheap. Try the Borscht, chebureki ÑÐµÐ±ÑÑÐµÐºÐ¸, chicken Kiev ÐÐ¾ÑÐ»ÐµÑÐ° Ð¿Ð¾-ÐºÐ¸ÑÐ²ÑÑÐºÐ¸ and the Mlyntzi and then try absolutely everything else. Baked goods are cheap and great too. Even the ice-cream on the street is great. Try, for example, the one to the right from Khreshchatyk metro exit - blue kiosk with varying length of queues.
When you see vendors selling some liquid from big yellow/blue tanks on the street, you can be sure that it is "Kvas," which is a brewed bread drink. Some people like it and others hate it. It tastes a bit like malt, and the alcohol content is so low 0.05-1.44% that it is considered acceptable for consumption by children. Try "Odyn Malenkyi" one small drink.
You should not drink the tap water for reasons both chemical and microbial. It is advisable to buy bottles in the supermarkets; they usually have English section on the label for "ingredients". You can always order "Bonaqua" sparkling mineral water, but beer is just about as cheap.