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256 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Theater District / Times Square
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Russian Samovar Details
Hours of Operation:
Monday 12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Tuesday 12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Thursday 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Friday 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
Russian Samovar will be happy to cater your next corporate or private event.
We feature live entertainment every night, starting at 8 p.m.
Please call us to find out who is playing on the night of your reservation
Special Events & Promotions:
Feel free to call and Inquire about our special events menu and booking of the second floor.
Broadway & 8th
50 St (A, C, E)
50 St (1, 2)
7 Av (B, D, E)
49 St (N, Q, R)
Street or Private Lot.
A word from Russian Samovar
This Theater District gem is decorated with a charming collection of eponymous samovars. The banquette-lined main room adds an air of grandeur while maintaining a comfortable and welcoming vibe. Known for its flavored vodkas—at least a dozen herb and/or fruit infused varieties are available. There
is also a full menu of Russian and Georgian classic comfort fare like borsht, pelmeni, and of course caviar. We are a pleasant place to visit while away for a few hours with friends or perhaps to romance a new interest, Russian style.
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This was first time at Russian
Samovar. The menu was extensive and they also had a great caviar list. The waiters were attentive and plates were removed quickly. I ordered short ribs and they were tender and the sauce was great. I would return to this restaurant in the future and I will recommended it to my friends."
Dined on 7/20/2014
My boyfriend and I had just
finished viewing the Wicked Musical at the Gershwin theater and I had been put in charge of finding a restaurant for dinner. The Russian Samavor was literally 2 minutes away walking distance. I was extremely excited for the piano music and singing as I had done my homework. We started off with Russian tea alongside candied dipped cherries, warm white & wheat bread with a side of butter, for dinner my boyfriend chose the Braised short ribs which, were amazingly tender. I chose the eggplant caviar which was very tasty. For dessert we had vodka of course. He chose pineapple and I had the horseradish to see what all the hype was about. It sure lived up to its expectation. We danced to Russian music until bedtime!"
Dined on 7/6/2014
I went here for my birthday and it
was excellent! The beef stroganoff and chicken kiev were incredible! The vodka is definitely a cut above the rest (with some interesting flavors too!) The service was very good and the ambience is great! We'll definitely be back!"
Dined on 6/28/2014
After visiting Russia last year,
my friend and I were craving authentic food in NYC. We were not disappointed! The food, especially the salmon pie and pelmeni, were fantastic. The live music only added to our incredible evening. We will definitely be back again!"
Dined on 6/26/2014
Service was reluctant and
unpleasant. Beef stroganoff meat dried out, no flavor. Dumpling sampler overcooked. Beet soup good."
Dined on 6/26/2014
The food was excellent, especially
the beef stroganof. Loved the atmosphere and the wait staff was friendly and very informative describing the menu. Great place to dine."
Dined on 5/24/2014
great spot for fun after the
theater, with very good Russian food and lots of vodka, with live Russian music. Have been here many times and it never disappoints."
Dined on 5/22/2014
Good food, excellent Borscht, but
not enough waiters. Our waiter was excellent but stressed because he was covering too many tables. "
Dined on 5/22/2014
Great for after theatre! Vodka by
the carafe, wonderful Russian specialties, and excellent service. The only drawback: noisy live entertainment that takes away from a genuine Russian atmosphere."
Dined on 5/20/2014
Great Vodka bar friendly service
and something different a real experience "
Dined on 4/22/2014
A very genuine Russian atmosphere.
The classics were perfectly made, and the piano player both sang and played what might be Sinatra favorites.Will go again. The honey cake was ridiculously good."
Dined on 4/20/2014
The different flavored vodkas
really made the meal. The pepper Vodka with the salmon kulebyaka was amazing. The energetic ambiance and the music really made the evening. The service staff was superb in helping us with our choices of flavored vodka and pairing with various foods. Even with 3 carafes of vodka, very reasonably priced."
Dined on 4/19/2014
We ate at Russian Samovar on
Saturday, April 19, before going to the theatre. Everything was great, from the delicious Bloody Mary made with horseradish vodka to our entrees to the wonderful Russian tea. This is a wonderful find. There was a piano player and attentive waiters. Next time we go to a play we are going back. DELICIOUS!"
Dined on 4/19/2014
Hit this place up after a show on
a Saturday night and it was a blast. Live music and singing, great drinks and food! We felt like we'd been transported to Russia. I would recommend this place to anyone wanting a fun dinner in the theater district."
Dined on 4/12/2014
Great food, great music. Love the
beef straug, potato varaneki, infused vodka, blinis, and more. Servers are always very warm and helpful. Piano, violin, singing. Some dancing, good times."
Dined on 3/15/2014
The food was horrible, even the
simple classics were not executed anywhere near average."
Dined on 3/14/2014
People everywhere dancing to tunes
that were offensive, something about s_it in your boots...not very appetizing. The hostess texting while leaning against the wall with one foot cocked up on the wall, head buried in the cell phone, oblivious to anyone coming through the door told us that we had no table. I asked why they bothered to take reservations. She then accused me of not having a reservation without even asking my last name to check the reservation list. I doubt there was a list. She said that she'd turned away all open table reservations that evening because they "had a long line" On the way out, one of their customers was kick dancing to the music right in front of the doorway and kicked me in the arm. She didn't even notice."
Dined on 3/8/2014
Service was excellent. Our
waitress was a young Ukrainian lady who helped us through the menu and made a successful effort at making my wife and I very happy. Caviar at a VERY reasonable price. Good atmosphere Somewhat noisy. We shall definitely return and recommend it."
Dined on 3/4/2014
We ate dinner at the Russian
Samovar after seeing a play at the Neil Simon theatre next door. We shared the excellent smoked fish platter to start, which was fresh and plentiful. They have many kinds of infused vodka, we tried some and found them superb. The decor is red padded banquettes with a sultry piano player adding to the romantic atmosphere. Many patrons were Russian and seemed to be regulars. Service was leisurely but attentive. Highly recommended, a real find in the theatre district."
Dined on 2/23/2014
We got there on time and our table
was waiting, even on a busy theater night. We went on a Saturday and the restaurant was pleasantly packed, though fairly loud making conversation a tad difficult across the table. We had to wait for a bit for a server to notice us in the throng but when she did she was wonderful -- attentive, helpful, and friendly. Each of us thought our food was wonderful and we shared a bunch of appetizers that were equally good. We enjoyed the live entertainment which added to the ambiance. Would definitely go back."
Dined on 2/22/2014
While the menu itself looks
promising, the waitstaff is slow and indifferent, and the live piano music is just plain annoying. And thinking back on the food itself, there's no reason to go back."
Dined on 2/17/2014
This restaurant has a very good
selection of Russian specialties. Food was very well prepared and tasty. The blitzes were outstanding. Very caring staff ensure you are happy with your meal and service."
Dined on 2/11/2014
Really enjoyed our visit here,
very fun and lively atmosphere, traditional Russian menu. FANTASTIC house infused vodkas - DO NOT MISS THOSE - lot's of terrific choices for experimentation on the menu. Pretty lively with a piano bar. Service was very personal and warm and gave great recommendations, but I think because it's a very traditional restaurant, it does take a while for your food. The good news is unlike many new York restaurants, that traditional and slightly slow service does mean you have your table as long as you want, they aren't rushing you out. Really enjoyed it. Will go back. The codfish was very good."
Dined on 2/8/2014
We planned lunch here before
attending a play at 2pm. When I went to make a reservation, the eariest time was 1. We took a chance of getting to samovar at 12:30 and was surprised to find the restaurat empty. We thought they were not open yet. The food was good, especially the beef stroganoff. I had the 3 course prix fixed lunch but never got my soup. Would I go again? With so many places to dine in NYC, I doubt it."
Dined on 2/8/2014
As always, an outstanding
evening...it all comes down to the atmosphere: a combination of the decor, the music, the service and - of course - the food."
Dined on 1/23/2014
Good food but service was sloppy &
disorganized. To be fair, there was an event downstairs the night we were there. They seemed confused when we arrived and did not have a table available despite us having made reservations. They seated us but neglected to provide menus. ~5 minutes later a waiter came by for our order and only them realized we did not have menus. We ordered drinks & food. Waited about 25 minutes and finally asked for bread. Our drinks, food, and requested bread (which was provided to other tables shortly after they were seated) finally all arrived about 45 mins after we sat. Our food did sit in a table w/in sight for about 5 mins while they sorted out whose food it was. Needless to say we skipped dessert."
Dined on 1/18/2014
The Russian Samovar probably has
the best and most authentic Russian cuisine in Manhattan. The range is broad, with many many hot and cold appetizers, you can certainly make a meal out of a selection of smoked fish, pickled vegetables (some quite spicy, yum!), pelmeni (siberian dumplings), khachapuri (a Georgian cheese pizza-like bread) and other delights. The flavored vodkas are delicious and vary from sweet, like cranberry or pear, to pretty powerful, ginger and horseradish (which will cure anything). But, the night we were there the band was so loud we could not hear ourselves think much less talk. Unbearable sound levels, not very good music, either. Try to go on a night with Alexander Izbitser is at the piano. He's amazing!"
Dined on 1/14/2014
Very interesting food options,
great entertainment at night combined with a fun & knowledgeable waiter made for a great experience."
Dined on 1/12/2014
Dinner at this restaurant was the
one of the best parts about my trip to NY. The menu, food, service and ambiance were incredible. The russian samovar is an experience that you shouldn't pass up while in NY. The beef stroganoff, red caviar, honey cake and infused vodkas were absolutely incredible. I highly recommend this place!"
Dined on 1/2/2014
For a Christmas/New Year's
celebration w out-of-town and in-town guests - Best time I have had in a restaurant in a ages! I can't wait to go back again."
Dined on 12/27/2013
I found this for a late night
dinner after a show in Times Square and it was perfect. Far enough away from Time Square to get away from the crazy tourists, but close enough for a nice walk. Easy to get a table, great piano player and great food. The Georgian dishes were very authentic for a former Peace Corps Volunteer there, especially the Chicken Satstivi. The other, more Russian or Ukranian meals, veal shank and lamb kebabs, were delicous and greatly enjoyed by my fellow dinners. My husband really enjoyed the horseradish vodka as well. I'll definately be making the trek up from DC to dine here again."
Dined on 12/23/2013
It was lunch with the girls, we
wanted caviar and vodka and we had a great time - there is no music during lunch and almost no one else was there- the cavair was very good and the flavored vodkas were yummy"
Dined on 12/13/2013
We've never been disappointed at
the Samovar: we were there on a Monday, when things tend to be a bit quiet. But the service was attentive, the food excellent (although I wish they'd bring the shashlik back to the menu), and the horseradish vodka just right. I get there every chance I can and will continue to do so."
Dined on 12/9/2013
Imaginative vodka infusions,
Russian speciality dishes, , live piano and a guest opera vocalist in a sweatshirt created a magical evening."
Dined on 11/23/2013
Very educational for those not
familiar with Ukrainian food. Restaurant decor is dated but staff is friendly. Beef stroganoff was wonderful."
Dined on 10/26/2013
Wonderful food and especially
loved the infused vodkas and live music!"
Dined on 10/19/2013
Good food, good service, excellent
Jazz, acommodating in every way...........but decor was a bit depressing and dark. Would have preferred a table cloth to the paper placemats on our dark table."
Dined on 10/13/2013
Food was fantastic. Best
stroganoff ever. The eggplant appetizer was richly flavored and a generous portion. Infused vodka selection great fun."
Dined on 10/12/2013
My husband grew up in Russia and
was savoring every morsel of the home-style food. A great place to go for a pre-theater bite."
Dined on 10/12/2013
Great food and service. I am
looking forward to my next visit."
Dined on 10/3/2013
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