Russian Tea Room - NYC
Russian Tea Room - NYC

Russian Tea Room - NYC

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.russiantearoomnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2125817100x
  • Hours of Operation:
    High Tea Service: Daily from 2-4:30pm
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:45pm
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:45pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday 4:45pm - 11:30pm
    Sunday Dinner - 4:45pm - 11:00pm
    Breakfast : Monday - Friday 7:00am - 10:00am

    Business Express Lunch Prix Fixe $40 pp: Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 4:45pm

    Pre/Post Prix Fixe $60pp: Daily - 4:45pm - 6:15pm and 10pm - 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Russian, Continental, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Marc Taxiera
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: We do private and special events of all kinds. Please contact us for information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 6th and 7th Avenues
  • Public 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
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: A parking garage is available on 56th street behind the restaurant between 6th and 7th Avenues.
A word from Russian Tea Room - NYC
For over eighty-five years, New York's defining cultural moments have taken place at Russian Tea Room. Ever since members of the Russian Imperial Ballet founded the restaurant in 1927, it has been a second home for boldface names and the intellectual elite-an exclusive enclave where actors, writers, politicians, and businessmen planned their next deals and feted their friends' latest Carnegie Hall performances.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerContinental
Russian Tea Room - NYC reviews from OpenTable diners
219 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (135)romantic (102)fit for foodies (69)great for lunch (50)great for brunch (40)neighborhood gem (39)good for groups (33)notable wine list (31)late-night find (16)kid-friendly (11)scenic view (7)hot spot (5)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Getitdone
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    the service was excellent. the waiter made sure you lacked for nothing, but we're not intrusive.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elegant Restaurant Lunch
    JannVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Goat Cheese & mushroom blinchik to start; Fillet of Beef-medium rare and vegetable ravioli for entrees; Chocolate Pyramid for dessert. Everything was flavorful, well prepared and presented. Service was attentive and professional. Everyone should come here at least once to experience the sumptuous décor.
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  • Far from being Russian
    Eder
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food is terrible,its far from being real Russian.90% of menu names has nothing to do with original.The prices too high for such quality.Go to any other restaurant OWNED by Russians.Even tea is from bags and it does not exist in any good house
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Need something new?
    Tiziana
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The Russian Tea Room is a historic landmark and I was looking forward to trying it out. I cannot say to have been disappointed by any particular aspect of the dinner - the place is clean, the service good and the food up to the standard. But there is nothing to surprise, nothing fancy or even attractive or sparkling.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DMInc
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The service was great- from bar to our table service. Our server was attentive and funny, which is always a plus. Atmosphere is romantic and sophisticated. It is perfect if you want to have that special moment which that certain someone.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Odile
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I like the old Russian style, very chic, you're not in New York anymore ! Great food and service is excellent. I'll come back for tea in the afternoon, so much choice.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kitsch decor, good food
    lbovVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    This restaurant, open for over 80 years, is an institution in NY and this is what you pay for. The decor is over-the-top kitsch but nonetheless interesting to go to once. Their lunch menu for restaurant week was a fantastic opportunity to try this restaurant. The food was decent, but there is significant room for improvement. However, the service was extremely attentive and waiters were lovely.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Landmark
    CdnNavyWife
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    It was wonderful to be able to dine at a famous NYC restaurant for a very reasonable rate, with the NYC Restaurant Week special.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had doubts,but pleasantly surprised
    wm1993
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Many mixed reviews for The Russian Tea room. We found the naysayers to be very wrong. We went for brunch and had a wonderful meal and impeccable service. Loved getting up just so they would move the table for me (Bank booths). The quiche and mushroom salad were both divine, and the assorted pastry basket was SINFUL! Loved all the tea choices. VERY expensive ($200 for 4 people) but we would do it again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time
    nycnovice
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I was looking for a fine dining experience to take my boyfriend out for dinner before a show. We had a really good time. The food and wine was great, and the service was okay. The room decor was gaudy but the ambience was still romantic due to the warm lighting and colours. There were a few loud mouths in the room who were also inappropriately dressed for a fine dinner, but they won't hinder us from visiting again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not cheap, but very good
    Boff
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We enjoyed the food and our waiter Vladimir was very cordial and helpful. My husband ordered an interesting array of sliders made with veal, salmon and Kobe beef, and I ordered the scrambled eggs and salmon. Everything tasted great. Although we did feel it a bit on the pricey side, the food and atmosphere made for a pleasant dining experience and ordering pots of tea after the meal seemed almost mandatory. Glad we did it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extended vodka list
    Minalwae
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The place is remarkable by the drinks it offers, from original cocktails to extended vodka offers. Decoration is fantastic ! Food was good but it lacked originality... maybe because of the restaurant week and constrains of fixed price menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Shouldn't have Participated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I don't think the Russian Tea Room should've participated in Restaurant Week. At least it should've worked on maintaining its luster during its participating. The Restaurant Week menu was quite generic, roast chicken, beef, and salmon for entree. I went with my Russian girlfriend, who was very disappointed. The wine list was very long, but contains a lot of wines that can be bought at regular supermarkets for half the price. Server did not seem to care; didn't ask how I wanted my beef to be cooked, or when to stop the ground pepper. Ground pepper, which he sent about a quarter of it on the table cloth, and did not clean it off. Chances are, I will not return for regular meals.
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  • Fantastic surroundings
    Yvonne
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We went there on Friday night for restaurant week. Except my appetizer tastes werid which called Borscht, I couldn't say it's bad or good, just I couldn't handle it. Especially desserts were good, chocolate pyramid and respberry cheescake. We did love them.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    Luvit
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    All these years I have heard of this restaurant. Now that I finally went there I am not impressed. The food was okay and service was not all that. The place looked old but maintained, the service was good but mediocre. And who give cold rolls best thing was the salad, cake and the beef my daughter had. But my salmon was dry,I know it was restaurant week but you need to impress people to come back not make them depressed.
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  • Very overrated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Not nearly the quality that we expected. It had been many years since we had dined there and we were eagerly looking forward to it. The portions were small and relatively flavorless. Even the signature dishes that we ate, were lacking in anything special.
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  • Would never come here again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I don't know if the menu is dummed down for restaurant week or if the chefs just don't care about the food they put out, but the caliber of food and the entire dining experience was a dud. I would not come here again even if someone paid me to.
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  • A little rushed
    Nscover
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food was delicious. But the service rushed us a little. I had a 6:30 reservation and the staff was clearly trying to turn the table around quickly to get another group in between 7:30 and 8. They were respectful in that they didn't bother us when food was in front of us. But as soon as we were both clearly done with our plates, they took them away and almost immediately after brought the next course. Other than that, the atmosphere was special and the food was delicious. Perhaps a later reservation would have proved to be a much better experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Experience
    canuckinbklynVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Everything was quite mediocre. None of the dishes were memorable or particularly Russian; my wife's main course was lukewarm.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wear Earplugs!
    HawaiiBiker
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We dined here previously but cannot recall whether it was this noisy before. The food was quite good, and since we went during Restaurant Week, it was a great value. However, the other diners were so loud in their conversation, the two of us could hardly hear each other. It ruined what would have otherwise been a very pleasant and maybe romantic dinner. Luckily, there was not background music - or if there was, we could not hear it. Service was perfunctory at best.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dineout
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Dining here is a memorable experience. the food, service, and ambiance are all wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was okay
    thw1
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    My friend and I both ordered the Russian tea room red borscht and filet of beef The server didn't even ask us how do we like for our steak ... so we called him back The soup (red borscht) was good but maybe doesn't fit our taste We both ordered medium rare steak but my friend got a probably medium well steak :( The dessert was great I must say the atmosphere was very nice But probably not good for restaurant week
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One-of-a-kind
    CTWP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The second we went inside, I can felt the very Russian like ambience filled with the whole restaurant. Red with green, Chinese phoenix patterns, old paintings and some Russian décor. It surely is one-of-a-kind experience. Not quite happy with the maitre-d though.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ambience, fair food
    kinkinVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Went there for lunch with my girlfriend; the NYC restaurant week menu was nothing fancy apart from the appetizer which was really tasty (Blinchik). My salmon filet entrée wasn't well cooked at all, and the cheesecake she had as dessert was really thick and heavy. The room we sat in in was very ornate, with gold trimmings, red decorations, green walls covered with paintings... Overall quite kitsch but a refreshing change of pace. Would seem like a good place for tea with a few friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Da!
    Rangla65
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I have always wanted to check out the Russian Tea Room and what better time than Restaurant Week? The iconic restaurant did not disappoint. The decor and ambiance are one-of-a-kind and I started with a cocktail called "From Russia with Love," which is champagne spiked with Godiva liqueur and Chambourd. Delicious! The entrees were also very good and we enjoyed our desserts as well. My only peeve was that the waiter was a bit on the cool side. I don't know if they mean to be that way (some kind of dignified Russian reserve?), but I prefer a little more warmth from the wait staff. Anyway, when we got back to Chicago, I had my daughter watch the movie "Tootsie" with me just so we could see the lunch scene at the Russian Tea Room. Fun!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Service made is all
    cestmoi26VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Restaurant week review: Always wanted to come and perfect time to try it out. Ambiance is nice, although I loath the Christmas bulbs on lights. We asked to see the other floors and the staff was lovely, the second floor is just stunning, these guys need to showcase that more to bring back the allure. Service was great, our waiter was guarded at first them warmed up and was lovely. Food:Okay, it is not traditional Russian, its Russian with a twist, and it was average at best. Had the crepe and tasted the goulash and both were okay, main course was decent, well cooked, but nothing mind-blowing. Dessert we had the Pyramid, which was only okay. We also had the tea which was well worth the $10 (don't listen to cheapos who complain about price)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • The Russian Tea Room
    JDorka
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The Russian Tea Room was amazing. Great food, great ambiance, great service, and most important thing. Amazing tea.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    ZeldaVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Lovely visit and delicious meal. Service was good and attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely lunch
    alibaby7
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Visited during restaurant week, and was thoroughly impressed with the food and service. A bit upset that the menu items they offered during RW did not appear on their regular menu though... Must go back and try out the standard options, I guess! Antique-y feel inside the restaurant with lots of colorful paintings and knick knacks throughout. A bit out dated, but it works.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Okay, but wouldn't come back
    swimmer1218VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I went to the Russian Tea Room with some friends to try it out during Restaurant week. The service was pretty good and efficient. The food was disappointing, though, because I was expecting the food to be more authentic, but that was not the case. It was Americanized Russian food. The restaurant was also quite loud, but you could still hear your friends from across the table. I would not come back to this restaurant for their normal menu because I was not impressed with the food (and I consider myself to be quite the foodie).
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant week
    Food
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Went here for restaurant week. The appetizer was ok, had the crepe. The czar chicken with pasta was terrible, dry with no flavor. The cheese cake and mouse were really good and the best part if the meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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  • Awesome Ambiance !
    AmyElizabeth9369
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This place was really great to take my relatives when they visited me in NYC simply based on ambiance alone. It is a really cool place with a lot of history - a bit kitchy , but fun to take out of town folks. The food was good, but if it wasn't restaurant week and we were paying full price, I would not be impressed. I looked on their regular menu and it was 22 dollars for regular french onion soup. I have no problem paying more for food if the menu is creative, but that was not the case with this menu. All in all it was a great experience!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth Visiting
    AMustVisit
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The Russian Tea Room was decorated vibrantly and the servers were attentive. The dishes were presentable and the food was a new experience for me. Definitely an interesting spot I have visited.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dress code?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My daughter and I ate lunch here during the week. Very carefully chose our attire and then were surprised to find shorts and tennis shoe wearing customers, UGH. very different from the 21 Club crowd we encountered on an earlier outing. People this is a special place don't bring it down. The food was exceptional!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The Russian Tea Room brings back memories of the "old New York" when every place had it's own distinct charm. And I found the restaurant to be quite charming, with a czarist Russia decor. The food and tea are both on the expensive side, so we took advantage of the Restaurant Week special. We were a party of 3, so we ended up having at least one of every selection on the table. Tasting each dish was fun, and the food was delicious. I wanted to take my daughter to an iconic New York restaurant, and am very glad we went.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Russian Tea Room NYC
    katayoun
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The food is great. The service is great. The servers are very professional and knowledgeable. They have a wide variety of drinks. The atmosphere is very cozy and warm. The design of the inside is very unique and nice. Overall we had a great time and enjoyed our dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Transported
    Appreciator
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    It has the rather remarkable capacity to take a diner back to a. more elegant time and to an illusion of royal opulence. The food is really very good, and distinctively simple, too. If the prices weren't nuts ($8 for coffee) we would be there more often than during Restaurant Week.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over rated :/
    AngelHa
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I was expecting better from what the weds it's said... It was good but I've been to better places in the city definately
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  • Nyciowafoodie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    So glad we came here...excellent service and good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classic
    heyyy
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    RTR was always one of those classic places I wanted to try. The food was good, the atmosphere and staff were a bit cold.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet