Where to eat Amer­i­can-style in Kyiv

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Pan­cakes, hot dogs, burg­ers, steaks, cof­fee in large “bot­tom­less” cups — you don’t have to cross the At­lantic to ex­pe­ri­ence all these U.S. foodie good­ies: Kyiv of­fers a plethora of op­tions for an Amer­i­can-style din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Zhel­tok

This is a place known for its all-Amer­i­can break­fast, in­clud­ing Eggs Bene­dict and pan­cakes with a va­ri­ety of fla­vored top­pings. Add some jelly or ba­nana slices to the peanut but­ter pan­cakes to re-cre­ate a peanut but­ter and jelly sand­wich ex­pe­ri­ence — an iconic Amer­i­can food com­bi­na­tion. For a sa­vory op­tion, it is worth or­der­ing the spinach and feta pan­cakes.

Break­fast start­ing at Hr 45; main dishes from Hr 95.

11/61 Lva Tol­stogo St.; 1/37 Bul­varno-Ku­dri­avska St.; 2/1 Kostyan­tinivska St.; 8 Ru­sanivska Em­bark­ment

Walker Street Food

Want to feel like a New Yorker? Get off the “sub­way” at Khreshchatyk Street and grab a hot dog from a ven­dor on the way to work. A thick, hot dog sausage, a va­ri­ety of top­pings and dress­ings, and just the right amount of grilled, soakproof bread — that’s what Walker Street Food hot dogs are all about. This venue of­fers a va­ri­ety of hot dog com­bos such as an Amer­i­can one with a milk sausage, a Ger­man one with a Bavar­ian sausage, and an In­dian one with a turkey and pork sausage mix, fresh and pick­led veg­gies, and gar­lic sauce. Com­bos in­clude a hot dog of choice, fries and a drink. For some­thing dif­fer­ent, one can grab a to-go con­tainer of fla­vor­ful Asian stir-fry or Ital­ian car­bonara noo­dles, cooked fresh on the spot.

Hot dogs from Hr 25; Com­bos and noo­dles from Hr 50.

21 Khreshchatyk St.

Ve­su­vio Pizza

De­spite this 25-year-old Kyiv fast food fa­vorite be­ing opened by a Cana­dian of Ukrainian de­scent, and serv­ing food that orig­i­nated in Italy, Ve­su­vio re­pro­duces an au­then­tic U.S. pizza place ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s fa­mous for its great cheese, large ter­race, and for play­ing pop­u­lar Amer­i­can movies on a big screen. A Brook­lyn style, thin-crust pizza, with burst­ing bub­bles of melted cheese and scorch­ing pep­per­o­nis, will have one reach­ing for a slice be­fore the server sets it down. A four-cheese pizza, a ham and pineap­ple Hawai­ian pizza, a Cal­i­for­nia pizza with chicken, onion and olives, and an Em­bassy with sausage and ham are also on the menu. Around Hr 225 for a medium pizza. 25 Reitarska St.; 2A Honoré de Balzac St.

Come and Stay

This open and cozy café of­fers a chance to un­wind in Amer­i­can-style com­fort. Vis­i­tors can lit­er­ally feel at home here, as the de­sign re­calls the in­te­rior of a house, with the seat­ing ar­eas re­sem­bling var­i­ous rooms. Have a cup of cof­fee or break­fast while snug­gling up against a win­dow, or rem­i­nisce about a child­hood home while grab­bing a snack at the kitchen ta­ble, with de­li­cious smells of home-cooked meals waft­ing around. And of course, dogs are wel­come. Cof­fee Hr 30–45. 23B Ve­lyka Va­sylkivska St.

Friends Café

This homely and non-pre­ten­tious cof­fee shop, of­fer­ing drinks and quick-bite choices, is mod­eled af­ter the Cen­tral Perk from the “Friends” TV se­ries. For meals, choices in­clude whole­some Amer­i­can din­ner op­tions, such as an Un­cle Sam burger or a Handy­man cheese­burger and fries combo, a mine­strone soup and salad, or pasta Trib­biani, which is named af­ter one of the se­ries’ char­ac­ters, Joey Trib­biani. The place is dec­o­rated with pho­tos and quotes from “Friends,” and the show plays non­stop on a big screen TV. Burg­ers around Hr 150. 11 Obolon­ska Naberezhna St.

Star Burger

This place is known for its no-fuss, sim­ply great burg­ers, steak-cut fries, and re­fill­able drinks. What could be more Amer­i­can than tak­ing a huge bite of an An­gus beef burger, and wash­ing it down with a large, 6 or an ex­tra-large thick and creamy milk­shake, a la Jug­head Jones from Archie Comics? Burg­ers start­ing from Hr 149. 7/11 Khreshchatyk St.; 37 Pe­tra Sa­haidachnoho St.; 1B Pavla Ty­chyny Ave.

Yak na Kry­lah

The venue, whose name means “as if on wings,” serves Buf­falo wings in a sauce that is both hot and smooth. The sauce is made from a com­bi­na­tion of vine­gar, cayenne pep­per and but­ter, re­sem­bling zesty sriracha and smoked bar­beque. Wash­ing them down with some Buds while cheer­ing on a fa­vorite sports team on the big screen makes up for a true Amer­i­can ex­pe­ri­ence. The menu in­cludes clas­sics, like rib-eye steak (Hr 95), strip loin (Hr 89), and An­gus beef burger topped with an egg.

Buf­falo wings Hr 99; Burg­ers Hr 139.

53A De­htiarivska St.

Shaleniy Pes

This chain serves deep-dish, Chicago-style pizza, hot dogs, and Amer­i­can pies. The Chicago-style piz­zas are made with de­li­cious dough and full of fla­vor­ful pizza sauce and cheese, with a choice of top­pings such as grilled chicken, ba­con, sal­mon, or clas­sic. The range of hot dogs in­cludes an El Paso hot dog with Mex­i­can salsa and corn top­pings, Conti Is­land with ched­dar and ba­con, San Fran­cisco with caramelized onions and pesto sauce, Florida with shrimp, av­o­cado and aioli sauce, and Chicago with pick­les. Pies in­clude Amer­i­can ap­ple and cherry pies, and key lime pie.

Hot dogs from Hr 77; Pizza from Hr 299; Pies from Hr 50.

19A In­sti­tut­ska St. Gov­ern­ment type: Fed­eral pres­i­den­tial repub­lic Michael R. Pence 9,833,520 square kilo­me­ters $19.4 tril­lion (2017) $59,500 (2017) S&P AA+ (strong credit qual­ity), Fitch and Moody’s AAA (sta­ble) real es­tate, fi­nance and in­sur­ance, health and so­cial care, man­u­fac­tur­ing, in­for­ma­tion in­dus­try, con­struc­tion

A fam­ily dines at the Friends Cafe mod­eled af­ter the Cen­tral Perk from the iconic U.S. "Friends" TV se­ries lo­cated on Obolon­ska Naberezhna Street in Kyiv on July 4. (Oleg Pe­tra­siuk)

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