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Remembering My Virtual Mother’s Day Dinner at Sveta Restaurant in NYC
A Virtual Review by Faith Rein

Time passes quickly yet days ran together at a turtle’s pace during this COVID quandary contradiction.

Last year, the city stood still as we watched St. Pats traditionally a citywide celebration with shuttered doors.

Birthdays passed by, Anniversaries, no celebration other than virtual.

Last year's Mother’s Day would be that day that we honored and cherished Mom’s more than ever.

Home is where we stay and appreciate the comfort and care of our Mom’s hugs she gave us all those years.

How we long for that embrace.

Last year, on Sunday, May 10th, I received a giant hug from the west village.

The owner of Sveta Restaurant is a Mom and soon-to-be Grandmother. She did what moms do and became resilient. Deciding to create a Virtual Mother’s Day Dinner.

Sveta’s Virtual Mother’s Day Dinner Credit: Courtesy of Sveta, West Village.

Owner of Sveta Restaurant in NYC, Svetlana Savchitz regarding the Mother’s Day offering: “Moving to West Village has not come without its challenges, especially in light of the current pandemic, but regardless of where we’re located, my staff has always managed to do what they do best: cook incredible food for their community. People can feel the love we put into our food at Sveta, and this Mother’s Day was no exception. I’m so happy we were able to provide the West Village community with a special treat this Mother’s Day to help people make the best of staying at home. We can’t wait to open our doors again soon.”

Head Chef, Francisco Rosa (originally from Portugal) created a beautiful Prix fix menu with a bottle of wine included for delivery. Credit: Faith Rein. The dinner delivery included a bottle of wine…

A Zoom Meeting was scheduled for 7:00 PM to feature live music.

As a mother and soon-to-be grandmother, owner and Restaurateur Svetlana wanted to create something special for the neighborhood while practicing safe social distancing.

I was fortunate to participate in this amazing event, and even had a delivery from Carmine Street to Astoria. My delivery came warm and with a smile.

Avocado Salad – Tomato, cucumber red onion, balsamic reduction. A beautiful plate of perfect summer vegetables. Refreshing and light. A great start to this much-anticipated dinner. Credit: Faith Rein. Avocado Salad: Refreshing and light. A great start to this much-anticipated dinner.

The main course was my choice: Sveta’s Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff with a creamy mustard sauce.

A generous portion of this comfort food. My choice was based on the Russian background of Sveta.

This came accompanied by Potatoes with mushrooms, garlic onion herb lemon butter.

Perfect potatoes and to me, this was the best part of the dinner.

Potatoes are underrated sides that should not be ignored.

My potato memories are strong. Best mashed potatoes memory was over 20 years ago in Vegas when my children were young. Creamy buttery and something we still talk about.

Sveta’s potatoes were that good that I couldn’t stop eating. Simple with deep flavors. The herb lemon butter was the perfect balance on every bite. This was one of those dishes I could eat every day. Credit: Faith Rein. Sveta’s potatoes were that good that I couldn’t stop eating.

The wine was a chardonnay and perfectly paired with this dinner.

The virtual Zoom dinner meeting was to start at 7:00. Earlier that day I received my login and password but had technical difficulties and missed the virtual party.

I ended theat lovely dinner with beautiful creamy blueberry cheesecake and homemade chocolate brownie. Credit: Faith Rein

Photo Credit: Faith Rein

Sveta Restaurant, We’ll be back For More…

Sveta Restaurant in the West Village, like so many of our favorite restaurants, was and still is being challenged. They have been closed for so many months, since that fateful day March 16th when all restaurants were ordered to close with the exception of taking out and deliveries. Some are now slowly trying to come back.

Beyond a beautiful meal, Sveta did a lot more. The sentiment of what they brought to Mother's Day during a time when we couldn't be with our family, was the feeling of family and love.

Thank you, Sveta for making our day a little special.

Sveta restaurant opened its doors in the West Village in November of 2019. Sveta was previously located in Queens as a neighborhood establishment for the Russian community, regularly hosting big parties and possessing a loyal group of clientele.

For the past 30 years, owner Svetlana Savchitz has been nourishing the New York community. She opened her own fish market in 1995, to creating a neighborhood mainstay in Queens, to opening her own joint in the heart of West Village. Throughout it all, Svetlana has lived by her favorite motto: “Family first, gratitude always”.

Sveta, 64 Carmine Street, New York, NY 10014, 347-681-9131


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