It's hard to say what's better, the interior overall, or the shark hanging over the pool. In any case, this is a new Brighton Beach spot called Royal Palace that came to our attention via a blog called Flatbush Pigeon, which makes it even more perfect. It's the biggest Russian Banya in New York and possibly in the entire country. The venik/platza treatment wherin one is beaten with a bundle of birch leaves is said to be to die for.
· Now Don't Go telling Your Manhattan Friends! [Flatbush Pigeon]
· Royal Palace [royalpalacenyc.com]