In the East Village, traditional Eastern European fare is taking a cue from resident hipsters and getting all tarted up. At the recently revamped Ukranian outpost Kiev [117 2nd Ave @ 6th St, 212-674-4040], "Pirogies now come fused with fish and shrimp, flavored with lemon zest and ginger spice, and filled with items like mushrooms and leeks. Blintzes come wrapped with beet ginger, while potato pancakes are made with trendy shredded vegetables like parsnips," reports the Times. Please, join us in a vodka shot to numb the pain of this exciting news.
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