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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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New Canaan, Connecticut
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171 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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296 reviews
272 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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97 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

Thank epaul610
Laguna Niguel, California
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83 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

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 November 23, 2016

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 November 19, 2016 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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228 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

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

Thank George S

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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
Special occasions, Large groups, 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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