Joey Kingerski
Joey Kingerski

Goodman Steakhouse


Written by Joey Kingerski, a Clemson University Sophomore

Even before coming to Moscow, I heard stories of the famous Goodman Steakhouse, and I was ensured that once Dr. Buffington arrived he would take us there.  Well, Dr. Buffington has arrived in Moscow, and this past week Isaac, Dr. Buffington, and I made our way over there.

Before we visited the restaurant, I took the liberty to do some research on this steakhouse.  Being from Texas, I take my meat very serious, and I wanted to see the credentials on Goodman.  After some research, I found out that Goodman is actually a Russian company, but they have opened locations in London, and that they named their restaurant after Jazz legend Benny Goodman.  In addition to giving their restaurant a Western-sounding name, something that is very common amongst companies in Russia, they have also come up with the catchy slogan, “Goodman hits exactly the right notes as the perfect place to enjoy the best steak in town”.  After my research was complete I was more than excited to visit what is widely considered one of the best steakhouses in Moscow.

Kurdinskaya Square Building
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Goodman is located next to the historic Kurdinskaya Square Building in downtown Moscow.

Isaac, Dr. Buffington, and I met around eleven thirty on a Thursday morning to make our way over to Goodman.   After a short metro ride and an even shorter walk, Dr. Buffington’s unfounded fears of not being able to remember where the restaurant was were cast aside as we saw a rather large sign for Goodman.  Many restaurants in Moscow are not housed in standalone building like in the United States, but, instead, are housed as part of a much larger building.  Goodman was not an exception to this and the restaurant was located in what appeared to be a very posh Moscow mall.  Aesthetically, the restaurant was very pleasing and very well lit.  The dining room was very spacious, the chairs very comfortable, and the ambiance was really quite nice.  The only real complaint we had was that there was no non-smoking section and we were forced to sit next to a group of smokers, but fortunately this was not a problem because the dining room was exceedingly well ventilated.

The food was absolutely superb.  Undoubtedly the best meal I have had the pleasure of eating in Moscow.  Isaac and I both opted for a chicken-Caesar salad to start out with, and this salad would have been considered a meal at many other restaurants.  The salad came in a very large bowl and there was an entire chicken breast on top, and after I ate my salad I had no doubt that the main course would be excellent.  I was not wrong.  On the advice of Dr. Buffington we all opted for the authentic Russian beef stroganoff.  The stroganoff was very high quality beef, perfectly cooked, and served in an extraordinary sauce.  We also had our choice of sides and I opted for the mashed potatoes which were also incredibly delicious.  Overall, Goodman was an awesome dining experience that I will remember for a very long time.  If you ever find yourself in Moscow with a hankering for some really good meat, I would definitely recommend that you check out Goodman Steakhouse. 

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Moscow Metro

Written by Isaac Bredeson, a Clemson University Junior

Isaac Bredeson
Isaac Bredeson

The metro is a part of life for many, if not most, Muscovites, us included.  It is by far the most convenient method of travel around Moscow.  With 180 stations and a daily ridership of almost 7 million it is the second busiest metro system on earth, second only to Tokyo.  It’s also surprisingly cheap for students to ride: 320 rubles (about $10.70) gets you an entire month of unlimited rides.  That unlimited metro card means we can be almost anywhere in Moscow in under an hour.

Maksim, Galya, and Evelina on the metro.
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The 45-degree descent into Petrovsko-Razumovskaya

Our metro stop is Petrovsko-Razumovskaya.  It’s only a five minute walk from the hostel.  Since metro stations are major hubs for foot traffic they tend to be surrounded by shops and businesses, and P-R is no exception.  Starting early in the morning the pathway between the hostel and P-R transforms into a gauntlet of peddlers and temporary shops.  There are few items that can’t be purchased on our way to and from the metro. 

You can even purchase items on the train itself if you happen to be visiting by a travelling metro salesmen.

The metro itself is almost always a joy to ride. Even at peak hours it’s not hard to use since the arrivals and departures are less than a minute apart. If you’re in a hurry and don’t feel like waiting the 2-3 minutes it takes to ride the escalator you can always choose to walk up or down, since it is a rule of the metro that standers stay to the right to let others move past. There are other rules to riding such as not standing by the wagon doors if you aren’t exiting on the next stop, and of course giving up a seat to anyone who needs it more than you.

Maksim, Galya, and Evelina on the metro.
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Maksim, Galya, and Evelina on the metro.

Despite being so busy and in a city with a 24-hour establishment on every block, it is still closed for five hours starting at 1AM. Losing track of time can result in a very long night. It is closed in part to allow the various freeloaders and other abusers of the system to be removed easily. Though not all freeloaders are bad; we were once joined on our wagon by a little black dog who first toured the cabin investigating the different passengers before settling down for a nap in the center of the wagon.

 



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