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Hangover Helper: Fried Cabbage Vareniky at Varenichnaya in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn

The Russians may be the most experienced drinkers-to-excess in all of Europe, so you'd imagine they have a hangover cure or two up their sleeves. My favorite is a hair of the dog drink, a variation on the Bloody Mary in which you swap out the tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, and ice for more vodka. Visit any Russian cafe on a weekend (or, frankly, a weekday) and you'll see a table halfway through a fresh bottle of BYO vodka as they eat their lunch. So that's one reason to make the trek to Brighton Beach the morning after some overindulgence. The other is the sweet, starchy comfort of Russian dumplings. More

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