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Russian Samovar

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$$ - $$$
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256 W 52nd St, New York City, NY 10019-5821 (Broadwy & 8th)
+1 212-757-0618
12:00 pm - 4:00 am
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Mon 5:00 pm - 4:00 am
Tue - Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 am
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Natick, Massachusetts
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Walking into the Russian Samovar was like stepping into a Moscow stage set. Early evening, relatively uncrowded, grabbed two seats at the bar. Bartenders and workers were all speaking Russian, grainy B&W Russian movies playing on small TVs. A host of savory and fruit-infused vodkas. My companion had her first Moscow Mule ....which led to a second. The ginger-infused vodka... More 

Thank Mary P
Milford, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here last night before seeing Carmen at The Met and it was an enjoyable meal. The borscht was very good as was the cold chicken aspic [and I usually don't love aspic]. The chicken Kiev was tasty and was a generous portion although I'm not sure it should cost $29 [I blame the location in part]. The medovik... More 

Thank David T
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62 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we were a little bit concerned when we picked this restaurant, but just entering inside we changed our minds: live Russian music; pictures and furnitures as tradition and the food.... absolutely respectful of the original tasting... it seems to come back at the 50s... good prices... nothing to blame about!

Thank ScarlettOtto
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went for snacks and drinks after going to Colbert. Our charming waiter, Moon, guided us through the menu and made great suggestions. As some other reviewers noted, the appetizers were great....pelemeni (veal and chicken) and potato pancakes with sour cream. Also, borscht. A drink called Russian beauty was very good and quite alcoholic. The atmosphere is fascinating if you... More 

Thank kppchick
New Canaan, Connecticut
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173 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

The Russian Samovar looks like many of the tired restauarnts in the theater district. We were seated virtually on top of the piano and although the piano player was very good it was a bit overpowering. I love Russian food and we got off to a good start as the breads were fresh and delicious. However, from there everything went... More 

Thank Alan G
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284 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017

Good food, friendly service, lively bar scene (around 6:30pm in evening). Appetizers seem best -- we especially liked the veal pelemeni and the salmon kulebyaka. Kitchen is relatively efficient, otherwise it's Russian time!

Thank weyl-59
saratoga NY
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78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

Got there at 5 on a Saturday before going to a show right across the street, but were astounded that the Beef Stroganoff and Braised short ribs(the first two entrees listed) were both unavailable. This was inexplicable and both women were very disappointed. The breads and potato pancakes and all the rest were as great as ever, and it is... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

Always a favorite for any trip to NYC. Had the Pierogis, Grape Leaves and Borscht for appetizers. Short Ribs and Beef Stroganoff were excellent. Also noticed there were some upgrades to the restaurants decor since our last visit.

Thank Chris P
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016

After a cold, slopppy day, we warmed up at the Russian Samovar with a couple of martinis. Be careful, the glasses are large and they fill them right to brim! They were excellent with the chicken pelemeni and khachapuri. We also had the sevruga - delicious! This is a vibrant, busy bar with Russian staff - they even have a... More 

Thank Clare C
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2016 via mobile

I have been coming to this restaurant for 15 years and yesterday had the worst meal ever. Out of 3 items on the menu I wanted they were out of 2. After my second choice was served it was tasteless and cold. The waitress was constantly making excuses about a new menu being printed. I'm so terribly disappointed...maybe in a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$28 - $39
European, Russian, Eastern European
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Television, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 4:00 am
5:00 pm - 4:00 am
12:00 pm - 4:00 am
12:00 pm - 4:00 am
12:00 pm - 4:00 am
12:00 pm - 4:00 am
12:00 pm - 4:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 256 W 52nd St, New York City, NY 10019-5821
    (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: +1 212-757-0618
Russian Samovar, a landmark restaurant in New York City with rich history, started operations in 1986, and later partnered with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Nobel Prize winning poet Joseph Brodski. We are proud to have won numerous Best of New York awards for our food and flavored vodkas. We support the art community by hosting poetry readings, art shows, and now theater productions. The space has a unique layout with private event space upstairs, which consists of a lounge area and bar, and a private dining room with a balcony. Downstairs is an open dining area and bar with an atmosphere celebrating our Russian heritage. The white piano centerpiece donated by Mr. Baryshnikov ties together our bar with our dining room, and is one of our sources of nightly live music - everything from classic piano scores to Russian / gyspy music on a weekends, as well as jazz on Sundays.

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