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Russian Samovar

#1,404 of 11,445 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: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Drinks, Reservations

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  • 73
    Excellent
  • 50
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 8
    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
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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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I was going to write a good review about the Russian Samovar however the end of the evening when paying was a problem. The decor is nice and the food was great too, no complaints as I eat Russian all the time. The pianist was lovely however the music was a bit loud when trying to talk with our group.... More 

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Saline, Michigan
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134 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

From out of town, but I had wanted to go to the Russian Samovar for some time. It was worth the wait. It was after the Saturday musical and the somewhat weird at Times Square. I had three appetizers: borscht soup, herring, and potato pancakes. I started with an infused ginger martini but switched to vodka. My traveling companion stayed... More 

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Georgia
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33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Ate here for dinner. Was mid week so it was not busy at all. Walked right in for a table. The food was excellent and they had live music. The only negative was the waitress. Very slow and not attentive. Never refilled our drinks and never checked on us and had to flag her down to ask for the check.... More 

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Bangor, Maine
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156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We had just gotten out of a Broadway play, and it started to pour rain. We quickly ducked into this restaurant and decided to have dinner there. Wow! What an evening!! The young gentleman playing the Baby Grand Piano was the HIGHLIGHT of our evening. He was AMAZING!! Can he ever play beautifully!!! We loved it!! The food and service... More 

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New York City, New York
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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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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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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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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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 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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32 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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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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