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Russian Samovar

#1,408 of 11,296 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: Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 71
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  • 49
    Very good
  • 10
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  • 8
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  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Worth trying

Liked the food and of course fantastic musician Elina, when visited on May 9, 2015! Show was fun as well....The only disappointing part was the waitress, was not skilled enough!

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 5, 2015
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New York City, New York
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  • Italian first
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English first
New York City, New York
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Liked the food and of course fantastic musician Elina, when visited on May 9, 2015! Show was fun as well....The only disappointing part was the waitress, was not skilled enough!

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CA
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

This place came recommended from my brother and I can't thank him enough. I was told to try the horseradish infused vodka - totally different than what I expected. It was good surprisingly!! My favorite was the pear overall. The vodkas are strong but delicious. Our server was hilarious and kept letting us sample other flavors on the house -... More 

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London
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92 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This is a real New York institution. If you want authentic Russian food in a restaurant where the majority of the guests will be russian listening to a variety of music then this is the place to go. I have been there many times but my group found this a real surprise. Everything is old school from the decor to... More 

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Atlanga
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Russian Samovar to me is an ultimate NYC classic experience. They somehow balance an outstanding, authentic Russian dining experience and a buzzing piano bar perfectly. The later you go, the livelier it gets so if you just want to experience just the exceptional food, go early...before 9:00. Otherwise, have a late lunch and arrive late to feast on delicious dumplings,... More 

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Moscow, Moscow City, Russia
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42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Nice Russian place, food is good, service is nice as well. Not a bad idea to come once or twice. Live music, some memories about soviet times, but not too much of this style (fortunately).

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

We read about this place online and decided to stop in during happy hour. It was empty. The decor is very dated and depressing looking. They make their own infused vodkas with many choices. We both ordered the bloody mary made with horseradish vodka. First of all there were chunks of horseradish that should have been strained out and pieces... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

One of my long-standing favorites in Manhattan. The performers are magnificent and the food is exceptional. There is simply no better place to be on a Saturday evening.

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Buffalo, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Russian Samovar serves very good Russian food. That's the only good thing I can say about our experience there. For most of the time, a pianist was playing, and it was VERY LOUD. I'm not talking about a tinkling piano playing "The Theme from Dr. Zhivago." I'm talking about blasting out "Bye, Bye, Blackbird" at 80 decibels ! We were... More 

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Unique experience. Although I am no stranger to infused vodka, this was a unique treat. A friend and I stopped in and shared 4 two-ounce "shots," which you actually sip to savor the flavor. Our favorite was horseradish, then peach, pepper, and ginger. It was all delicious and highly-flavorful. The bartender, Vladimir, was a wonderful conversationalist and we really enjoyed... More 

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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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Additional Information about Russian Samovar

Address: 256 W 52nd St, New York City, NY 10019
Phone Number: +1 212-757-0168
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 53
Cuisine: Russian, Eastern European

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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?

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