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Russian Tea Room - NYC

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150 W 57th Street (at nr. Seventh Ave.)
New York, NY 10019
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(212) 581-7100
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i felt as if i was home in russia again food was great and i had a great time

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I went for a late New Year's Eve After Party this year and found that the only place to stand in the entire room was taken over by obnoxious drunk dancers. Two dancers were flaili...

Editorial review from Citysearch 2/15/2014

Absolutely, 100% without question, the worst meal I have ever had.\r \r From inflight meals, to remote villages in East Asia to 5 star restaurants to neighborhood delis and everywhere in between, this place embodied the worst of all sustenance I have consumed.\r \r My cocktail, a $25 creation, the Cavitini described as a dirty martini with olives and caviar, was a glass of vodka straight up served with a cucumber slice with a minuscule portion of caviar. No biggie, I had them dirty my vodka and moved on. My husband ordered the vodka flight. The four shots of vodka came out with no ice bath or anything to keep them cold and the portions were already at room temperature when served. \r \r Our amuse-bouche was tiny white chocolate drops with hardened congealed fishy caviar. We ignored it, hoping for the best when the food came. My Foie Gras arrived, two hunks of liver like cubes atop thin bread wafers drenched in oil and cherry preserves. The smell coming from the dish was exactly that of my dog’s ear infection, it was inedible. I am a huge fan of Foie Gras; I order it every chance I get this was not even remotely, what I was expecting. We asked for the plate to be removed and I did not complain thinking I perhaps was in the wrong, despite my husband’s pleading that I say something.\r \r Our meal came; my Chicken Kiev was a dry husk. A waiter came over with pomp and circumstance to make the first cut; when no butter or juices ran out he simply turned and walked away quickly. A huge dry chicken nugget atop cheap white rice rather than the traditional Plov that was described on the menu. The sad vegetables on the side were unseasoned and over cooked. My husband’s duck was fatty and cold with no flavor. Both plates looked like churned out airplane food. We barely made it through them and after waiting for desert for 20 minutes, we asked for the desserts ‘to go’ and the check. \r \r The desserts came plated shortly after. \r \r The blintzes were great. The cheesecake was missing the chocolate shavings and fruit advertised and tasted frozen or at least refrigerated for an extended time.\r \r My husband complained to the manager who had no knowledge of the menu or any Russian cuisine at all. They offered us no alternative, no discount, no nothing, hardly an apology just the empty promise of letting the chef know our concerns. We paid $400 for a meal that was largely inedible. This was a horrible waste of time and money. We have lived in the city for nearly a decade, anywhere else would have been a much better celebration of Valentine’s Day. We dine out all the time and while we are not foodies, we know what tastes good and are not afraid to spend money to have a memorable meal. This was not worth a dime of our hard-earned salaries.\r \r \r To add insult to injury, as we made our escape – our coats taken at the door were nowhere to be found, our coat check ticket never came to the table as we witnessed for a myriad of other diners. After being scolded by the woman at the coat check for losing our nonexistent ticket my husband had to go into the coatroom and find our coats. Once found we were treated like criminals trying to perform an outerwear heist. It was horribly insulting and ridiculous. Do NOT dine at the Russian Tea Room. It's terrible.\r more

Editorial review from Citysearch 8/7/2012

You have to try this when you are in NY! Go all out and enjoy. Food and service is outstanding! We went for lunch and it was perfect. more

Rude Managment and Low Class Customers 2/1/2012

I went for a late New Year's Eve After Party this year and found that the only place to stand in the entire room was taken over by obnoxious drunk dancers. Two dancers were flailing their arms around by the bar like they were at a greatful dead concert. So, I told the managment that I wanted a place to be safe and enjoy the evening. The management allowed this problem of dancers taking over the only standing area. There were seats for the people who had bought the full night ticket with dinner incuded, but no place to go for those who had bought only the after hours party ticket. I asked for a nice place to go to enjoy the evening and a rude manager just tired to get me to stand right by these inebreated dancers or sit in a pitch black corner in the back of the hall. I spoke to another manager and asked for a refund for my ticket. I was told that I could get a full refund in the form of a gift certificate but they are really rude to wait over a month to give it to me. more

beautifull!! 1/9/2011

i felt as if i was home in russia again food was great and i had a great time more

Its not Russian in any way 11/11/2010

Food was good, service was partially very good. The wine Master appeared little rude. But the rest of the team made up for him. Ambiance was perfect , choice of food wasn't as one would expect of a Russian restaurant. Overall experience was good. Worth trying once for those who are curious. Not worth half the money that you pay for the food. more

Russian Tea Room on Behind the Burner 6/1/2010

I was just reading about the Russian Tea Room on Behind the Burner's site. Interesting stuff! more

Nice decor, is the food really Russian? 2/27/2010

The decor is definitely over-the-top! You feel as if you've stepped inside a genie bottle. The Winter Restaurant Week menu options were quite good. Pros: Decor, boeuf a la Stroganoff, Chocolate pyramid Cons: Pricey, tourist trap more

The most horrible and unauthentic Russian food I've ever had 2/5/2010

My wife and I went to this restaurant last night. We were extremely disappointed in the place. The food may have Russian names, but I can tell for sure, it has nothing to do with Russian cuisine! We had borscht and beef stroganoff. Both dishes were disgusting. Borscht was very sweet, although it's supposed to be sour. And as for beef stroganoff, well, they broght us a small piece of steak with pasta. Anyone who had ever had real beef stroganoff knows that it's supposed to be comprised of small strips of beef sauteed in sauce. But I guess to this restaurant, calling a broiled steak beef stroganoff is an ok thing to do. Finally, they even cheated us on the check, charging us for two bottles of water, instead of one that we had. (I guess in this, these guys are providing a ""true"" Russian experience - you are charged too much for disgusting food and at the end, you're cheated on the check.) In short, do not go there: food is extremely overpriced and it has nothing to do with Russian cuisine. Pros: Decor Cons: Food more

Excellent special occasion spot 8/11/2009

Went to Russian Tea Room for my first wedding anniversary. Amazing food. The brunch menu is amazing. I highly recommend the salmon ""blinchiki"" and the Kobe Burger. The waiter was always at our service and got us whatever we wanted. The tea service is obviously the star of the show. The waiter explained all of the different teas and helped us make a selection. We were full so we didn't order a dessert. The tea comes with cookies which were very good. The waiter then brought over some special cookies as something from him for our anniversary. Afterwards the manager even took the time to show us the amazing second floor dining room. Which is like a scene out of old world Russia. Great service will definitely return for the caviar. Pros: Unique menu with amazing choices more

Expensive but good 4/19/2009

The Russian Tea Room is nice to the eye and comfortable for sitting. They make you feel like royalty. Tea menu and dinner menu are both impressive. more

For Special Evenings 5/25/2008

The Russian Tea Room with its lavish period decor, warm and attentive service and lovingly prepared food would make any evening special. The bar is a wonderful place to wait after arriving early for a concert; the drinks are imaginative and potent, and despite all the extra attention, not pricier than anywhere else in the neighborhood. In fact, dinner at the Russian Tea Room, although definitely not cheap, is not that much more expensive than the other neighborhood restaurants. I may never eat anywhere else. more

Absolutely Lives up to its' Reputation!!! 2/21/2008

My sister and I went to the Russian Tea Room last night to celebrate her birthday. We made reservations about a month ago and were eagerly anticipating the nights' arrival. We were not disappointed. From the moment we stepped through the door we were greeted by a lovely staff person eager to take our coats. We were then shown to our booth and provided with the drink and wine list. After ordering a bottle of wine, we began chatting and didn't even peruse the menu for about a half hour. The staff did not bother us at all and showed just the right amount of attention - assuring us that they would be able to answer any questions we may have regarding the signature dishes. When we were ready to order the maitre'd took the order and provided his thoughts on the menu as well...they were welcomed. The food was OUT OF THIS WORLD. We had the borscht and steamed clams to start...unreal...my sister's immediate response was ""i have never tasted so many wonderful flavors in one dish."" Then the Chicken Kiev and Beef Stroganoff - i have never tasted anything like it. We ended with chocolate souffle w pistachio ice cream, and the cheese & cherry blintzes. The blintzes were so fresh and steaming straight from the ove. The souffle was heavenly, as was the ice cream. Everyone should make it here at least once. We will be going back. Pros: Food, Service, Ambience, Wine List more

Re-visit the Russian Tea Room. An AMAZING Classic 11/16/2007

I went to the Russian Tea Room last night with my boyfriend. Having eaten there years ago it was a wonderful memory never I had forgotten, however I had read recent reviews that now things were not so wonderful. My boyfriend has always wanted to eat there and last night was a special occasion for him and I wanted to treat him to a great meal. I thought at least he will be able to experience the RTR even if it was not up to par and at laest he could say he'd been there. Well we had nothing to worry about. From the moment we arrived the wonderful experience began. It was Thursday and the RTR was already busy. We were greeted pleasantly at the door and taken promptly to our table. Our waiter was very pleasant, friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. We quickly received our drink orders and appetizer course of the Lobster Salad. It was marvelous, fresh and delicate, seasoned wonderfully. Next course was Kobe Beef Short Ribs with Truffle creamed spinach and potatoes. Each bite heavenly, portions were a good size, certainly not a large one but likewise not skimpy in any way either, We also had the traditional Stroganoff which was bite after bite delicious. Desserts were wonderful and we opted for the Cheese and Cherry Blintzes and the Chocolate Mi-Cuit both amazing although being a chocolate lover I preferred the Mi-Cuit To wrap it up this was a marvelous experience that we both thoroughly enjoyed plan to return to again and again. Pros: Excellent food, Very attentive service, Very fun dining room. Cons: A wee bit expensive. more

Good, solid choice 8/6/2007

We came here for lunch. The decor is fantastic and very Russian. In fact, the only thing that is not authentic about this restaurant is the lack of live music. The service is a touch off. The hostess is a little awkward and the waiters tend to be a bit obtrusive. That said the service is also friendly and effective. The food is very tasty and beautifully presented. The caviar is top notch, even when it comes to the less expensive varieties. The tea selection is excellent. I recommend the smoked salmon, caviar and quail egg appetizer. I am told the duck pirojki and veal pojarski are also good. Overall, there may be better values in the city, but the Russian Tea Room is certainly worth a visit. more

same name, but needs a lot of work 5/23/2007

The place does not flow. Earlier, the chef attempted to be more contempary and progressive with the cuisine, but it didn't match the traditional face of the restaurant along with the awful dated decor. Now the chef (Gary Robbins) is gone and it shows as the food is not nearly as good and a sloppy attempt to be creative and up market. For the prices this place charges, you should have a celebrity chef and quality food, but that's not what comes across. Hostess and wait staff seem incompetent and definitely not polished. You can spend less money and have a better meal at so many other places. Once again, marked up ridiculously for inadequate food, service, and decor. Spend your time and money at another place like Alain Ducasse, Babbo, Aquavit, Lever House, Daniel, L'Atelier, etc. where it will be worth the money you spend. Pros: attempt at food, quickly seated (lack of clientele) Cons: amateur staff, dated decor, outrageous prices for the food presented more

Classic Bar with Experienced and Genuine Bartender 2/22/2007

Stopped in for a Valentine's Day cocktail. Pros: Service and spotless bar more

Best Cappuccino all Manhattan Boss 1/14/2007

When I come it very busy. You want coffee? Best cappuccino in all Manhattan Pros: Syed Cons: how are you? more

Good Food, Dated Room 1/9/2007

My first impression when I walked through the doors was ""They haven't changed a thing"". The room looks like it's been trapped in an 80s time capsule, and it really lacked the excitement factor that makes dining out in NY so enjoyable. Although the food was good, the service left much to be desired. The staff was not very attentive, and seemed more interested in spending time in the kitchen, then out on the floor with customers. It took a long time for our entrees to get to the table, and when they did arrive one had to be sent back because it was not prepared to order. The food was not bad, but overall the experience was disappointing. I don't believe we will be back any time soon. Pros: Location Cons: Service, Ambience, Design more

The Food is Fantastic! 12/14/2006

Chef Gary Robbins is fantastic. The creations are certainly unique in an amazing way while still paying a great hommage to its roots. I had the Venison and it was the best meal I've had in the city in a long time. I loved it how they brought around the bread . . . in fact I probably asked them to stop a few too many times. more
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  • Reopened after a four-year closure, this New York landmark hasn't changed much. Its surreal mix of bohemian quirkiness and slightly garish extravagance remains intact, from Christmas-ornament...

  • 3/11/2008 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm, 4:45pm-11pm Sat 11am-3pm, 4:45pm-11pm Sun 11am-3pm, 4:45pm-10pm
  • Payments:

    Discover, Master Card, American Express, Visa, Diner's Club
  • Neighborhoods:

    Clinton, Midtown

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