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Russian Samovar

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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: Lunch, Late Night, Drinks, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 90
    Excellent
  • 65
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
An excellent first time Russian experience.

This was the first time I had ever eaten Russian food or tried this place. We made reservations for 2 on a Saturday and got seated right away. The waiters were very attentive an No nice, but the tables were a little too close together so it was hard getting in and out. As far as the food goes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Mariel D
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Long Island, New York
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New York City, New York
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Ups and downs but more ups than down. I you enjoy Russia all from now to the Czars you will enjoy the Samovar - with music most nights.

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Thank psprague
Long Island, New York
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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the first time I had ever eaten Russian food or tried this place. We made reservations for 2 on a Saturday and got seated right away. The waiters were very attentive an No nice, but the tables were a little too close together so it was hard getting in and out. As far as the food goes everything... More 

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Thank Mariel D
Cornwall On Hudson, New York
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265 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We selected this restaurant not because it is Russian but because it is across the street from the theater where we had tickets for "Jersey Boys". BUT as it turned out the Russian cuisine was excellent! I did think the sauce on the duck was a tad heavy but the duck itself was cooked to perfection. Their real menu has... More 

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Thank UMichAlum
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome in every respect tonight. We were treated with great food and live music. Stroganoff, mushroom soup and mushroom pastry all huge hits

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Thank Jon E
Youngstown, Ohio
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a cocktail at another Russian restaurant, my man I hunted for a more casual, yet authentic restaurant. Truthfully, I don't know how authentic this meal was, but it was GREAT! The server was super helpful with determining what we'd like, and the caviar/blinis, dumplings, and pierogies (I know, not the correct Russian spelling, but I'm from Ohio) were amazing.... More 

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Thank catrvt922
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66 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If I were russian this is what I would like the food to always have tasted. Blinis, chicken Kiev, beef Stroganoff... All the big hits are there and played as well as I've ever had them. Beware of the drinks the cocktails are hyper potent, we always end up quite a bit more drunk than we expected originally... Festive and... More 

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Fairfield, United States
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This restaurant was recommended by someone we met on our trip. It was a chilly night and the braised short ribs and beef stroganoff were satisfying and filling. I must say the pomegranate infused vodka was a real treat. Not cheap and I wish we were there for the prix fixe meal, but well prepared and ample portions countered the... More 

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Thank Heidi D
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53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

Filled with locals and wonderful music, their margarita switches flavor and packs a punch. Later in the night they have love singers that are fun to watch.

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Thank Kevin R
Alabama
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99 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

First let me start with food which was all delicious and exactly like you can get in Russia or in Eastern Europe. Trust me, I'm from there. I would say the prices are rather on the higher side and in some cases a little over the top in my opinion. Now the location and the atmosphere which somewhat spoiled the... More 

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Thank Pablo_Hudini
Elkin, NC
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447 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

I had the Duck but also ate some of the chicken Kiev. Both were top quality and preparation. We love that this was a real Russian restaurant with Russian hostess and wait staff. The restaurant was a short walk from the Marriott marquis. In all, the was the best dining experience I have had in a long time. I recommend... More 

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Thank John L

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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
  • Good for: Bar scene
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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