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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)
+1 212-757-0168
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Barnegat, New Jersey, United States
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A late night dinner at the RUSSIAN SAMOVAR in NEW YORK was a pleasant surprise. After a show on Saturday night my wife and I on a whim decided to go Russian. We entered the restaurant and I was immediately taken by the atmosphere of the violin, the piano, the singing. I could tell this was going to be enjoyable... More 

Thank Rj S
Newton, Massachusetts
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84 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

We were looking for a place to eat near cats and found this just a few doors down. The restaurant offers a range of Russian fare (I particularly liked the Vinegret (beet salad). We got some "old favorite" appetizers (potato pancakes & blinis) and my husband had beef stroganoff. The atmosphere was warm and inviting and there was a piano... More 

Thank Claire W
Newport News, Virginia, United States
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

We visited Russian Samovar in August when on a visit to New York. The food was authentic and well prepared. The pirogue, ajapsandali, and blini were all delicious. My daughter's braised short ribs were well prepared. The service was slow throughout the meal and after, and they were out of two of the three desserts we requested. All of that... More 

Thank Lori U
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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

Beautiful place, very authentic including food and of course chai (tea). Beautiful arrange food, very fresh could feel each flavour. Tea authentic with some of the fruit confiture instead of sugar. My best dish was Honey cake, such a taste! that I highly recommend it to everyone. For sure place to visit again as wish to check all positions in... More 

Thank Yves R
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48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

Last night, my wife and I along with some friends went into Manhattan for the show CATS. Since we arrived early, we decided to go get something to drink. Right next to out theater we found this place. What nice bar and restaurant! Authentic Russian food and beer! Great setting and friendly staff! The entertainment was great with the piano... More 

Thank NateG100
Columbia, Maryland
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86 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

It offers many authentic russian dishes - vinegrete (spelling?), black Caviar, russian honey cake to die for, flavored vodka (I love the horseradish one), russian crepes and dumplings. There's live music while very enjoyable but one needs to yell or whisper into ears. Service really hurts the rating. We had to remind the staff more than one to get anything... More 

Thank Annie S
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2016

If you are looking for real authentic Russian food, this is definitely the place. It is a quaint little restaurant with great artwork and real Russian culture. The food was great. My kids had Lobster Bisque which has a lot of lobster in it. My wife and I had mushrooms julienne, pilmeni and blinichki. We loved the food. It was... More 

Thank Chris M
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334 reviews
252 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

Love the Samovar. The service is excellent and the food is like being at your grandmothers. If you are Russian, Polish, Czech etc. you must try this place. The infused and premium vodkas are also a must try.

Thank Thomas K
Hamilton, NJ
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504 reviews
302 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 541 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2016

The restaurant was a unique watering-hole for the ex-Soviet boheme for decades now. Enough is to say that Samovar was first launched with the participation of the Nobel Prize winner the poet Joseph Brodsky and the famous Russian ballet dancer Michael Baryshnikov. The walls are decorated with the photographs of the distinguished Russian writers, poets, and songwriters along with the... More 

Mahwah, New Jersey
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49 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2016

Wen there with a party of 6. Plenty of good choices, leaving the teenagers satisfied. Excellent Russian food. Atmosphere was very fun-- at one point the entire restaurant was clapping along with the musical duet (piano player and a bassist). It was my father's birthday-- they actually turned the light out in the restaurant to sing. I wasn't expecting that,... 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
$31 - $53
Russian, Eastern European
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 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: +1 212-757-0168

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