While Mitt Romney is busy mind-bogglingly castigating Obama as a foreign policy lapdog of Putin, real Americans (er, okay, fashionable New Yorkers) will be getting down to some groovy Russian karaoke. Not so much kitsch as brilliantly cheeky, Jelsomino, located in the uptown Dream Hotel is the latest from the Ginza Project, those fabulous Russians who gave Gotham its most glamorous Russian restaurant ever in the form of Mari Vanna.
There's a main stage, where tipsy exhibitionists will perform to an audience indulging in (what else?) champagne, caviar and oysters, a backstage room for those preferring a more predictable musical experience (a DJ will spin), and a VIP room styled as a recording studio, cleverly limiting one's possibility for embarrassment to one's inner circle. A fully postmodern meta experience, the staff are also likely to launch into performance. The interior, with its concrete floors and rough stone walls, is sort of sexy Warsaw-bomb-shelter-chic. Bond theme songs obligatory.