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Russian Samovar

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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
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Laguna Niguel, California
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83 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The bar is lively, the food good and the piano player is very entertaining. Standard Russian food such as clavier with blinis, chicken Kiev and beef stroganoff were well prepared and very tasty.

Thank l0nnieand
New York
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It’s incredible how the departure of a managing partner/owner can ruin a business. If the definition of Vibe is: a half-empty restaurant, boring entertainment, slow unfriendly service and tasteless food, then the VIBE IS DEFINITELY BACK.

Thank Russianfoodexpert
Ontario, Canada
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved it! Good food. Good music. Good atmosphere. Like family! The owners were enjoying the evening with the rest of us. Waiters are excellent. Great vodka. Very very good piroshki. But my borscht was lukewarm. ;( I'd try it again. Fyi we went midweek.

Thank Tinajoe53
Cincinnati, Ohio
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214 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Flavored Vodka at least 50 of them, my favorite Pepper, Garlic and Horseradish. Chicken Kiev is to die for.

Thank George S
Barnegat, New Jersey, United States
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

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 

1 Thank Rj S
Newton, Massachusetts
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92 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 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 

1 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 7 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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92 reviews
38 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 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
Romantic, Large groups, 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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