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The Russian Tea Room

150 West 57th Street, New York City, NY 10019 (Manhattan)
(212) 581-7100
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Ranked #2,665 of 11,599 restaurants in New York City
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: Russian, Eastern European
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Good for: Romance, Doing business
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Cross street: Between 6th and 7th Avenues
Transit: 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
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.
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Bolton Landing, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

My wife and I took the opportunity to go for a date to the famous restaurant before a play. We loved the authentic Russian cuisine and enjoyed the leisurely time over dinner enjoying each others company.

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Boulder, Colorado
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71 reviews 71 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

Well, I don't want to rain on anyone's parade and maybe we just were unlucky with our visit; but I think we probably got a pretty good idea of what the restaurant is like and I won't be returning to check. I can imagine that the restaurant may be quite atmospheric and fun if filled before or after a concert... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Russian Tea Room had it's ups and downs. The wild mushroom appitizer was very undersized and lacked seasoning. The beef stroganoff was tender to the fork touch seasoned well and flavorful! Went well with a robust Pinot noir suggested by the waitress, was attentive but not invasive to our conversation. The desert was the downfall of my meal. The cheesecake... More

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Houston, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I enjoyed going to the iconic restaurant and had an enjoyable evening with dinner companions but the staff was not very attentive and the food was fine bu nothing special. The room still looks in impeccable condition but a reboot of the menu could help with filling the tables, We saw only two or three other tables while we were... More

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I've heard of the glam associated with the RTR and wanted to experience it on my first holiday to NYC. I had to experience afternoon tea with the bubbly! The decor was stunning but there were only three other customers in the restaurant. What a waste of ambience. It was somewhat good, but could have been great. Still, wishlist....check.

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Pasadena, Maryland
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We have a timeshare just down the street from the Russian Tea Room but have never eaten there. This trip we are in NYC for a week and decided to finally have a meal there. We can now say we have been there nd I doubt we will go back. The food was good but not fantastic, the drinks were... More

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Boy, things have changed in 30 plus years. It once WAS a bustling restaurant. Sadly, no more. We ate here for lunch and was shocked by the taste of the food (Beef stroganoff was fatty) let alone the price. Definitely not worth it...we would have been better off with a slice of pizza!

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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This was my first visit to this iconic restaurant in New York city and it was everything and more. First the place is very reagle, very over the the top, but what you would come to expect from old school glam. Definitely brings you back in time, I loved it! The wait staff was very professional, super courteous, helpful and... More

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Lafayette, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The Russian Tea Room has always been a landmark restaurant in NYC. It is a lovely spot, quiet and harkening to a bygone day. We had the $60 pre-theater menu. Restaurant was empty and waiters chatted at the bar. Everything screams desperation. Rolls were stale, food needed seasoning badly.

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Connecticut
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212 reviews 212 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

The Russian Tea Room is a fabled NYC venue. The interior is suitably extravagant and impressive. The service is superior. The food is beautifully arranged in tiers. There is a selection of small sandwiches and desserts. Quality is average. The prices are high even for the city. It is worth the experience to try it out at least once.

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