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Russian Samovar

#1,392 of 12,009 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

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  • 68
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 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
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
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77379
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57 reviews 57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

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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57 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
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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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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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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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

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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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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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

Questions & Answers

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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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