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Russian Samovar

256 W 52nd St, New York City, NY 10019 (Manhattan)
(212) 757-0168
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Ranked #380 of 11,596 restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $80
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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94 reviews from our community

87% Recommend
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Baltimore, Maryland
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

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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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

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
7 helpful votes 7 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
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
14 helpful votes 14 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
10 helpful votes 10 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
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
156 helpful votes 156 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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Mexico City
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Originally, my wife and I wanted to go to another Russian restaurant after a Broadway show. The Russian Samovar was the only one of those we called that gave us a reservation for 10:15 PM. The food was great and the service was excellent. A very fine young Ukrainian lady was our server. She was tops! We particularly wanted to... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

But that's the reason to go to the Russian Samovar. It's Russian Cuisine the way it was under the Czars (not the sweetest guys, but they knew how to eat) with lots of atmosphere and piano music every night. The beef stroganoff is rich and creamy, the chicken Kiev great too. Had a salad of arugula, hot goat cheese and... More

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