There were some questions about paintings and art in Arbat street in Moscow. People ask whether it's worth going there. Although I am not a professional, I think that on average level I can tell the difference between interesting and boring using my intuition.
The impression I got from what I saw in Arbat a month ago is that most paintings were boring. Themes, techniques seem to be what it takes to make money quickly, without much thinking, feeling, working. That is my personal opinion. Moscow is a city of whirlwind money making so ALL people here target at making money, but NOT all of them at rendering services and producing products of excellent quality.
And on the contrary, some paintings I've seen in Vladimir's Oblast' Art Centre were interesting, emotionally involving. The centre is in Bolshaya Moskovskaya street, the door is quite usual, so don't miss it. All the pictures are being sold. Average prices range from 300 dollars to 2000 dollars.
Restaurants are really good in the city. I wouldn't recommend some on the outskirts, though. You'll eat cheaply at any on Bolshaya Moscovskaya street. What I especially like is that all waiters are Russian young boys and girls, quick on the uptake. NOT a Kazakh, Uzbek, or Tajik who would serve you in Moscow cafes (and even restaurants) who live in the same apartment in dozens without proper hygiene.
Our favourite is Double Coffee Cafe: clean, cheap, stylish. By the way, they offer
nice breakfasts at low prices. The dishes are simple and tasty.
Just opposite is Soho restaurants specialised in meat cooking: very stylish, and the food is very tasty and I may say, "Nor ordinary". Certainly, a more expensive place than Double Cafe.
The restaurant of the hotel The Golden Gate (Zolotyie Vorota) called in the same way Zolotyie Vorota served simple, good food, but nothing special with the prices above average in Vladimir. However, the design of Zolotyie Vorota is really good, similar to the style of 19th century.