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Russian Samovar

256 W 52nd St, New York City, NY 10019 (Manhattan)
(212) 757-0168
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Ranked #410 of 11,646 restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Cross street: Broadwy & 8th
Transit: 50 St (A, C, E) 50 St (1, 2) 7 Av (B, D, E)
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88% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
West Chester, Pennsylvania
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Located right in the heart of the theater district the Samovar is an excellent addition to pre or post theater dining options. The suggestions from from Ivan our waiter were excellent and the food quality and variety were great. The infused vodkas were a key feature of the meal and the ambiance is more informal than some other choices for... More

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Egham, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

My first ever visit to New York with my Russian better half, and we stumbled upon this gem. The food was wonderfully authentic and so tasty, the drinks were also excellent, proper well flavoured vodka. Delicious. And the staff? Well they were so friendly, welcoming, efficient and lovely that we went back for more and we will definitely be revisiting... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

If you want to try some authentic Russian- this is a good spot. Not super expensive- a good value for what you get. Good Herring appetizer. We had Borscht, beef strogonoff, duck, and even some horseradish vodka. There is a piano bar and some nice Russian tea servers and posters. This is a gathering spot for native Russian speakers. If... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This place has great Russian food! It was amazing experience and our server was just awesome! This restaurant is kind of small (by our standards LOL), but we had no problem getting a table for 8 people. If you are heading there during busy evening hours, call to check if they have available tables. I don't really know what to... More

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Orlando, Florida
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Iconing place among some Russian speaking people. Food is good, come on Friday or Saturday nights. All the famous Russian emigrants come there often. Even one of the episodes of Sex in the City was shot there.

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Tappan, New York
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

To experience something a bit different and at the same time enjoy a fun dining experience, this is the place to visit. Know for the different vodkas it serves, it also has a wide variety of food to taste and enjoy. From appetizer to entree, you can experience Russian food courses. Although a bit pricey, it can be a wonderful... More

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
3 reviews 3 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Having lived in Russia during the 90s, I have eaten a lot of Russian food, and when visiting NYC recently, I was excited to try this restaurant. It exceeded my expectation. Each dish was not only prepared authentically, it was simply delicious and beautifully presented. The waitstaff was friendly and attentive. The only disappointment came when I ordered the Russian... More

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New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

I came here with a Bloomspot deal my friend bought but couldn't use. I thought the decor and service were great! The deal entitled us to $100 worth of caviar and either champagne or a small pitcher (5 shots) of flavored vodka. Food: 4 pancakes, small seashell of black caviar, 2 small pieces of smoked salmon. Pancakes we super greasy... More

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Denver, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We did have a chance to eat here, just made a quick stop to have a drink before we saw our play! Cute place and great bartender! My mom said it was the best Vodka Tonic she ever had!

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Smithtown, New York
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

I eat it a lot. Especially NYC. I love to try different types of food... The food was outstanding. I recommend the Olivier salad and the Chicken Kiev. Live Piano and amazing desserts topped off the evening.

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