My grandparents spoke and ate Russian. Having grown up in NJ, I had heard about The Russian Tea Room my whole life. Yesterday was my fifty-something birthday, and my hubby took me there for dinner. We arrived at 6 pm on a Tuesday evening. The experience starts when a uniformed man opens the door for you. The red banquet seats, the green painted walls covered with oil paintings and samovars made the restaurant feel luxurious. How was the FOOD? Very very good. Hubby tried a vodka brand called Hammer & Sickle. He deemed it 10 X better than Grey Goose. I had a lovely glass of champagne after dinner, instead of coffee. We had the prix fixe dinner for $60. Appetizer, entree, and dessert. All 3 dessert choices had cream, which I can't have. Hubby asked if a sub would be ok, and yes! I had sorbet, made on premise, which was full of flavor and not too sweet. Special occasions would be well celebrated at the RTR, since it makes for a very memorable fine dining experience. BTW, anyone looking for "reasonable" prices can go to a diner. RTR gives a luxury dining experience. That costs more. Here, at RTR, it was worth every penny.
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