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256 W 52nd St, New York City, NY 10019 (Manhattan)
(212) 757-0168
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Ranked #633 of 11,595 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $80
Sun - Mon 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat 1:00 pm - 1:00 am
Cuisines: Russian, Eastern European
Times Square/Theater District
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Broadwy & 8th
Transit: 50 St (A, C, E) 50 St (1, 2) 7 Av (B, D, E)
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Rochester, New York
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

Hostess graciously fit us in without reservation. Restaurant slow when we arrived, but quickly filled up with theater goers. The food was awesome and the ambiance lovely with background piano and singing and art work on the walls. Service was timely, professional and waiter helpful in selections. Traditional samover tea was delicious treat...chocolate rum bar dissapointing (gritty and a bit... More

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Blythewood, South Carolina
20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

We go every time we are in the city. They have a couple of dozen homemade flavored vodkas like you never had before - tarragon, dill, ginger, cranberry, etc. All are very good. Food is very authentic. Piano playing, singing, and dancing are fun to watch, sing along if you can (often it is all in Russian). We will be... More

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Tampa, Florida
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Small, "old world" feel. Tables were very close together but we used it to our advantage to talk with some of the "locals". Got noisy as there was a large table celebrating and they were enjoying the vodka. Beef stroganoff was excellent but they could have added a nicer bread with dinner rather than the burnt toast we received. All... More

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Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We went here for official lunch & i would say the experience was definitely different. We had the complete lunch meal & the food was different & tasty. I never had Russian food before so it was a good experience for me although I expected some heavy non veg dishes. The three course meal was good. The tea was really... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I chose the Russian Samovar for after theatre dining as a treat for my companion who has a Russian heritage. What a disappointment! With words such as "grandeur" in the restaurant's self description one would at least expect tablecloths rather than aged and seemingly filthy table mats on which utensils are placed without benefit of any napkin or other sanitary... More

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State College, Pennsylvania
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I stop in here everytime that I am in NYC. It has been over a year since my last NYC trip. I couldn't wait to stop in again. I love Russian culture. I have many Russian friends and have been attempting to learn the language. My most recent trip on 10/10/14 was awesome as usual. I am not Russian but... More

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Armonk, New York
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94 reviews 94 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Excellent soups good but different eggplant caviar and many infused vodkas. Mains looked good but better to stick to a variety of appetizers. Pretheater is not a particular bargain and prices are high but quiet and good service on a wkday. Service good w/ a Russian staff

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Packed with Russian speaking guest, great nibbles and vodkas (unusual flavors that pair well with the food like coriander, horseradish, ginger) at the bar. Dinner is the some of the best Russian we've had in NYC.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We had a great time! We were a group of 9, and Ivan recommended different traditional Russian dinner entrees for each of us and was spot on! The food was very good, all of it. From the appetizers to the main course, everything was well prepared and full of flavor. Service was continuous and friendly, and the vodka..so many flavors.... More

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Belleville, NJ
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We loved our waiter 'Moon'. Adorable, made great suggestions & was very concerned to know if we had theater tix for after the meal so he got us out on time. The décor was cute but not overwhelming & very comfortable We were a group of 4 on a girls' night out & quickly realized the only Americans in the... More

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