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“Superb service, live music, caviar @ vodka”
Review of Russian Samovar

Russian Samovar
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Ranked #1,253 of 14,473 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $28 - $39
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Midtown
Cross street: Broadwy & 8th
Transit: 50 St (A, C, E) 50 St (1, 2) 7 Av (B, D, E)
Description: 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.
Reviewed July 3, 2013 via mobile

Wonderful evening of vodka, caviar and blinis served by attentive and gracious waiters while being entertained by two talented singers whose repertoire ranged from Russian to Italian to English love songs. We will definitely make this a regular stop on future trips to NYC

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11  Thank Claudia Z
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

My business colleague and I spent a lovely couple of hours at Russian Samovar. We sampled nearly all of their vodka infusions and were impressed with most of them. They come in shot size, so it's easy to try them all and not get out of sorts! More importantly, we had a very entertaining conversation with our bartender, Chris, who is absolutely delightful! He even allowed us to try on the Russian military hats that adorn the vodka infusion jars. Excellent bar and staff! I will be back on my next visit!

11  Thank MSM93
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

We went here twice in three days to partake of the vodka fusions they make here.

At first glance the entry looks a bit sketchy, but when you go in the lights are low and the ambience is inviting. There's a bar and a surprising number of tables. We sat at the bar both nights, and since there wasn't a crowd, the bartenders were always available. Special thanks goes to the young blonde lady (I didn't get her name) who was our bartender both nights. She was prompt and always happy to answer any questions we had about the drinks.

Samovar has around 15 different infused vodkas, either infused with fruit or with some sort of spice. We tried the pepper, horseradish, mango, cherry, raspberry, and plum vodkas, and all were special in their own way. If you like spicy, go for the pepper. The hot pepper plus the alcohol provides a heck of a kick. Stay away from the horseradish. It's like a bad bloody mary. The fruit vodkas tended to be much sweeter for those who liked their drinks not to give them heartburn, but the raspberry was a bit Robitussin-y.

After our second trip there this trip, and the fourth or fifth over the past two years, we realized we've never tried the food, so I can't say anything about it, but if the bartenders, who are Russian, are to be believed, it's very good.

They also feature live music in the evenings, and the little bit we heard was excellent, sounding typically Russian.

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11  Thank SCTraveler2010
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Reviewed May 24, 2013 via mobile

Wonderful food, drinks and Russian music. Special mention to few dishes which I liked and recommended by my Russian so in law like dolma, potato pan cakes with sour cream, ajepsandal, chicken julienne. You can add for your sweet tooth khalva.

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13  Thank MumbaiExp
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Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

This is one of the rate place where you can find an authentic Russian ambiance. This place is authentic!
Expect only authentic not fancy!

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13  Thank MeetMeInNYC
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