Teremok is a 300-strong fast food chain in Russia that just recently opened two locations in Manhattan. We visited their Chelsea location, which had just opened the week of our visit. True to its roots, Teremok offers Russian fast food: blinys (sweet or savory), kasha, soups (including borscht, of course), salads, and drinks. It’s a nicer fast food joint, not a cafe or restaurant, but we thought Teremok offered a nice change from burritos or burgers and the coffee was good (regular drip and iced coffee).
The physical space was fine. There were a couple of tables and a shelf with stools, but every surface was hard. There’s a lot of glass in the front and a big expanse of tile. Once again we were confronted with unnecessary music that was a bit too loud and better suited for a discotheque (why were they playing generic dance music?). But the space isn’t big enough to get horribly loud, though we have no doubt that it wouldn’t be pleasant if was crowded. Long and short, the Chelsea location of Teremok should be tolerable most of the time.
The staff was very attentive as the place had just opened and they were trying to doing their best. If you are in Chelsea and need to eat and run and want something different, you could do worse than Teremok.
11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. every day
555 6th Avenue (at 16th Street), New York, NY 10011