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“Great room makes up for the average food”

The Russian Tea Room
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Ranked #859 of 13,743 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $41 - $80
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Midtown
Cross street: Between 6th and 7th Avenues
Transit: N, Q, R to 57th Street/7th Avenue F to 57th Street B, D, E to 7th Avenue/53rd Street 1, 2, A, B, C, D to Columbus Circle
Description: Opulent and grand, The Russian Tea Room in New York offers elegant fine dining in sophisticated surroundings. Superb continental cuisine with Russian fare is the key focus at the exquisite Russian Tea Room. The elegant interior features bold red leather banquettes and Art Deco design. Full of character, Russian Tea Room has been a cultural hub in New York for over 80 years, after the members of the Russian Imperial Ballet founded the restaurant in 1927. Full of delicious classics, the menu includes signature dishes like beef stroganoff, poached lobster salad or chicken kiev with caramelized wild rice. High Tea at The Russian Tea Room includes sandwiches and blinis along with cupcakes, seasonal scones and petits fours. A fine selection of loose leaf teas will complement the high tea, with the optional accompaniment of champagne. Close to New York's Carnegie Hall, the vibrant tradition of the Russian Tea Room legacy is still alive to this day.
Ottawa Canada
Level 5 Contributor
83 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Great room makes up for the average food”
Reviewed November 12, 2013

My sisters and I stopped there for a late lunch and loved the atmosphere. Can't say too much about the food as we all had soup which was fine but nothing special. The service was excellent.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank BreeOttawaCanada
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Old Forge, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great experience”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

I can not say enough about this place ! The food was amazing ! Staff was incredibly accommodating to us with our sons needs . Best glass of wine I have had in along time . We did a late lunch at 3 pm wasn't busy at all perfect time to enjoy the atmosphere . The "gift shop downstairs " was pricy . I would have loved to stay here and enjoyed more wine .

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank AnissaS
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
158 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Service great - food overpriced”
Reviewed November 7, 2013 via mobile

Firstly the positive is the service is fantastic. Drinks came quickly so did food and table cleared quickly.

The negative were that the place had a musty smell and although the food was nice you will pay top dollar.

For the 2 of us it was $170 for 1 starter, 2 mains, 2 cocktails and2 beers.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank Russell D
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Don't expect much at all”
Reviewed November 6, 2013

My boyfriend and I came to New York for a week and wanted somewhere special to go for afternoon tea. We thought that this looked like the perfect place. It really wasn't.
The sandwiches were so dry- the bread had been out for a long time. The scones were tiny and also very dry.
The staff we're pretty cold and not overly attentive.
We asked to see the main room upstairs (with the bear) but after some shufflings around and "asking the manager" we were told we weren't allowed and to come back another day... No thanks.
We were expecting decadence, great food and a wonderful experience, instead there was no atmosphere and just about edible food.
If you're on vacation in NY, don't waste your time or money.

  • Visited October 2013
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2 Thank Jennylou2013
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Langley, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
165 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“After the play on Broadway!”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

My wife's first visit to NYC so we went here after seeing Wicked!
Only 5 or 6 tables occupied, so we almost had our choice. Staff beyond friendly in spite of the late hour. The ambiance is a "must see". Simply a glass of wine and a fabulous dessert. What a perfect way to end the evening!

Visited October 2013
Thank MPAnderson001
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