- Cuisines: American
NileGuide Expert Says:
Starlite Diner is themed after a ‘50s diner, although many will wonder if sock-hop waitresses really wore skirts that short. Everyone speaks English. In fact, you’ll run into throngs of expats enjoying burgers and milkshakes absolutely non-ironically.
If you're desperate for a 4am burger, you'll be forgiven for heading to this silver trailer parked incongruously in a Moscow square. This all-night diner has become something of an institution in its decade on the Moscow dining scene, thanks largely to expats who flock here with their families on weekend mornings, or with their Russian clubbing partners after a night of partying. It inhabits a leafy square well-hidden from the Garden Ring Road, and offers one of the city's few summer terraces free of exhaust fumes. Check out the informal lending library in the back near the bathrooms. Burgers are generous and juicy, and fries are crisp. Most of the fare is authentic American, though the bagels are frozen. Prices are higher than at any diner you'll find back home, but they may be worth it to say you ate a banana split in Moscow.
- © Frommer's 2013