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The Russian Tea Room

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150 West 57th Street, New York City, NY 10019 (Between 6th and 7th Avenues)
N, Q, R to 57th Street/7th Avenue F to 57th Street B, D, E to 7th Avenue/53rd Street 1, 2, A, B, C, D to Columbus Circle
+1 212-581-7100
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings
Description: Opulent and grand, The Russian Tea Room in New York offers elegant fine...
Opulent and grand, The Russian Tea Room in New York offers elegant fine dining in sophisticated surroundings. Superb continental cuisine with Russian fare is the key focus at the exquisite Russian Tea Room. The elegant interior features bold red leather banquettes and Art Deco design. Full of character, Russian Tea Room has been a cultural hub in New York for over 80 years, after the members of the Russian Imperial Ballet founded the restaurant in 1927. Full of delicious classics, the menu includes signature dishes like beef stroganoff, poached lobster salad or chicken kiev with caramelized wild rice. High Tea at The Russian Tea Room includes sandwiches and blinis along with cupcakes, seasonal scones and petits fours. A fine selection of loose leaf teas will complement the high tea, with the optional accompaniment of champagne. Close to New York's Carnegie Hall, the vibrant tradition of the Russian Tea Room legacy is still alive to this day.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Wonderful Experience

We had dinner and drinks at The Russian Tea Room last night (Sunday night) and enjoyed the experience tremendously. I had the Tea Room salad, followed by the rack of lamb with cherry tomatoes and potatoes-Au-gratin with a glass of Malbec. My wife had the borscht then, as her main she had the pork... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Steve M
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Atlanta
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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a real one off. The catering is superb and I very much enjoyed the entire experience-food, drink, service , ambience. The Russian flavour to everything is extremely well done and I would certainly return

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Thank Robert K
Atlanta
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had dinner and drinks at The Russian Tea Room last night (Sunday night) and enjoyed the experience tremendously. I had the Tea Room salad, followed by the rack of lamb with cherry tomatoes and potatoes-Au-gratin with a glass of Malbec. My wife had the borscht then, as her main she had the pork shank in a red wine sauce... More 

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Thank Steve M
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Three discerning New Yorkers out for a birthday - noted in the reservation and ignored by RTR. Not even a candle. But I'm getting ahead of myself. The only thing here worthy of this storied name is the decor, which is striking. All else, from start to finish, was a disappointment. Glum greeting from harried hostess - although it was... More 

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Valley Stream, New York
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I finally had a chance to try this unique, classic, old establishment for lunch during Restaurant Week. The décor and ambience is something to experience at least once, but the food is just okay. Maybe I am just not a fan of Russian cooking but not even the desserts could lure me back here again.

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Thank VSfromVS
Vermont
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a delightful meal here in June before a ballet at Lincoln Center. Founded by Russian émigrés in the 1920s, the Russian Tea House seemed like the perfect place for a pre-performance dinner. The decor is over-the-top with its Firebird motifs. I think the dinner and the service is not what it was in the restaurant's heyday, but is... More 

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Thank Thomas C
Centreville, VA
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were brusquely seated on the second floor near the entrance. It appeared that the real charm of the restaurant is on the first floor, or further into the second floor, where there was plenty of seating available. The wait staff appeared irritated when asked questions about the menu - this was our first experience with Russian fare. We were... More 

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Thank travelingk9
New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was ok. We found it heavy both main course and dessert. Teas were nice. Service was really good. The seating and ambiance was also great.

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Thank travelwise333
New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had brunch at the RTR on a Sunday. Food was very good: tea, biscuits and cherries were great as well as all of our courses. We got blinchik (really good!) and two Tuna Nicoise, each cooked exactly as requested. The room is beautiful, a bit touristic but rich in details that you can enjoy and with relaxing background music.... More 

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Thank marta82
Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I intended on coming here, because the ambience is so unique, and glad I did. The staff was very friendly (and yes, some Russians work there if you really care), and the food was very good. I had the Borscht followed by the Beef Stroganoff, which were both excellent. Yes, you'll pay, but by midtown Manhattan standards, it's actually reasonable.... More 

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Thank John H
East Setauket, New York
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a pre-theater dinner here, and were pleased with the service and the food. The decor is intended to invoke imperial Russia, and it generally succeeds. The service was prompt and reasonably attentive. The menu included many traditional Russian dishes, which were generally good. The wine list was average. The pre-theater (or post-theater) dinner menu is reasonably priced for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 150 West 57th Street, New York City, NY 10019
    (Between 6th and 7th Avenues)
  • Public Transportation: N, Q, R to 57th Street/7th Avenue F to 57th Street B, D, E to 7th Avenue/53rd Street 1, 2, A, B, C, D to Columbus Circle
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-581-7100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
  • Cuisine: Russian, International, Eastern European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Business meetings

Description

Opulent and grand, The Russian Tea Room in New York offers elegant fine dining in sophisticated surroundings. Superb continental cuisine with Russian fare is the key focus at the exquisite Russian Tea Room. The elegant interior features bold red leather banquettes and Art Deco design. Full of character, Russian Tea Room has been a cultural hub in New York for over 80 years, after the members of the Russian Imperial Ballet founded the restaurant in 1927. Full of delicious classics, the menu includes signature dishes like beef stroganoff, poached lobster salad or chicken kiev with caramelized wild rice. High Tea at The Russian Tea Room includes sandwiches and blinis along with cupcakes, seasonal scones and petits fours. A fine selection of loose leaf teas will complement the high tea, with the optional accompaniment of champagne. Close to New York's Carnegie Hall, the vibrant tradition of the Russian Tea Room legacy is still alive to this day.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm

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