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Russian Samovar

#1,119 of 11,899 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighborhood:
Midtown
Russian, Eastern European
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256 W 52nd St, New York City, NY 10019 (Broadwy & 8th)
50 St (A, C, E) 50 St (1, 2) 7 Av (B, D, E)
+1 212-757-0168
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12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Dining
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 65
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great food, worth the $$

We paid a lot for this lunch, but the food was delicious, and we are until we burst (there was still some uneaten food on the table). We decided to order a whole lot of different starters as a bit of 'Russian tapas', so we had the chance to try a whole array of flavors, the pierogi with stroganoff... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2015
Pene M
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We paid a lot for this lunch, but the food was delicious, and we are until we burst (there was still some uneaten food on the table). We decided to order a whole lot of different starters as a bit of 'Russian tapas', so we had the chance to try a whole array of flavors, the pierogi with stroganoff was... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

I came to Russian Samovar with my girlfriend who is interested in its former owner, poet Joseph Brodsky. The place, however, was far from what we expected. It's overpriced, it lacks authentic Russian atmosphere and the service was simply terrible. The waitress was arrogant and ignored us for most of the time. Big disappointment!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Stopped in before and after seeing The Last Ship which is right next door......they have an amazing selection of infused vodkas made behind the bar using Russian Stardard Vodka as a base.....cranberry, honey spice, pear, pineapple, raspberry, cherry, and seasoned such as tarragon, pepper, and horseradish....tried several...all,were great....bartenders were awesome....food was good too

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Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

We were looking forward to dinner at the Russian Samovar. Our reservation was for 4:30 pm, we were the only customers there, yet were seated in the very back booth, next to the kitchen door. When we left, only two other couples had arrived - both couples seemed to be 'regulars' and were seated at the front. Lots of talking,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

Interesting offerings for lunch like Russian specialties Good value in prix fixe Near theater Good service Russian atmosphere with lots of Vodkas available Recommend

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Piermont, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We went before The Last Ship next door (great show!). Gracious service, great atmosphere, interesting pictures on the wall. The infused vodka lived up to the reviews. We loved the horse radish one. The food was not bad but not great either, which you would hope for at the price. First course traditional meat-stuffed pastries were good. The beef stroganoff... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Went to this restaurant before seeing the play The Last Ship, which was excellent!! Don't go by reviews it was a beautifully done love story. Anyway, restuarant had a pre fix dinner special for $45.00, which offered great choices & dessert. They also had a wonderful variety of infused vodka. I tried the Apple cinnamon vodka & the honey spice.... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I've been a few times in this restaurant, but tonight I had a very bad experience. I took two borscht soups to go, and they gave me both soups HALF empty, with overcooked taste and without any single piece of beef, neither sour cream, napkins, or spoon. The waitress didn't even ask. I paid $24 (!) for both soups and... More 

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Rochester, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

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
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 256 W 52nd St, New York City, NY 10019
    (Broadwy & 8th)
  • Public Transportation: 50 St (A, C, E) 50 St (1, 2) 7 Av (B, D, E)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-757-0168

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 53
  • Cuisine: Russian, Eastern European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?