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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:
Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 12:00am, Saturday: 1:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday - Monday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
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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 most evenings.
Broadwy & 8th
50 St (A, C, E) 50 St (1, 2) 7 Av (B, D, E)
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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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 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
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
Very interesting food options,
great entertainment at night combined with a fun & knowledgeable waiter made for a great experience."
Dined on 1/12/2014
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
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
Great food, but a little to noisy!
The food is always consistently good."
Dined on 9/2/2013
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
Loved the infused vodka. The food
was very good, but we had to ask 3-4 times for napkins. And at least that many times for water."
Dined on 9/28/2013
I was pleasantly surprised at ho
delicious the food was. The portions were very large, enough to share an appetize, main course and dessert. A definite find."
Dined on 9/24/2013
I really liked this place in the
past but very unhappy this time. The service was not good, the food was not very good. Not seasoned well. The restaurant appeared to have kitchen/food issues as the food arrived through the front door while we sat at the bar (the vodka was good!) And we waited for one of the main courses for a long time after other dishes were served. I will not be going back. Shame, I'd liked this restaurant."
Dined on 9/21/2013
The vodka infusions were superb!
The meal was good, smaller portions than expected but tasted delicious, cooked perfectly. I was going to the theater next door, so it was a great location for the 50's."
Dined on 9/5/2013
The restaurant was small with
attentive staff. The food was good and authentic (the chicken kiev tasted like the chicken kiev I got in Moscow). The pelemeni was wonderful. The dolma was good but, we did not care for grape leaves - the meat and rice in the middle was moist and tasty. My daughter got the duck and loved it (unfortunately, she will probably want me to cook duck)."
Dined on 8/17/2013
We have a favorite Russian
restaurant (no frills) in NE Philadelphia and wanted to try Samovar after reading reviews here and on Yelp. It was only 5:30 when we arrived, so that may explain the loose ambience. But the service was efficient if not overly friendly. The food was excellent - we had vareniki, borscht, chicken Kiev and beef stroganoff. All were tasty, although the chicken was served lukewarm. For dessert,the Napoleon, which was obviously homemade, delicious and huge. My wife had the rum balls (actually a log). which my wife also liked. The prices were over two times as expensive as our regular place, but that's NYC. Finally, a piano player started playing near the end of our dinner and he was very good, better than most."
Dined on 8/10/2013
Walking down from the street, you
enter a long, dark cavern of a space, with the bar, immediately on your right, lined with Russian-speaking patrons. Beyond the bar is a low, narrow room of tables and chairs, with the walls covered in a jumble of art of all types, styles, and qualities. There are also sketches and doodles scattered throughout the menu, which features many classic Russian dishes, as well as a large variety of vodkas, including their featured infusion of the day. Simply put, the food was great. We started with a charcuterie platter, which had a wonderful selection of meats. My wife had the beef stroganoff, which she enjoyed a lot, and I had the rabbit special -- it turned out to be the best rabbit I have ever had."
Dined on 7/20/2013
Not only was the food excellent
but they had a piano player with several different singers. Music included songs from the Beatles, Western, Russian, etc. What a great find very close to the Hilton mid-town. We held a business meeting and then sang along with the music. Would definately recommend it and look forward to going there again when next visiting NYC."
Dined on 5/29/2013
Finally found a Russian
restaurant, but had to to the NYC. I'm from CA and they are few and far between. The food was good. I was looking for a Stroganoff. I've been to the place it was created in St. Petersburg. (At least, that's what the tour guide said) My wife had Chicken Kiev. Both very good. Good food, fair service and good conversation with the waiter who is from Russia. Close to several theaters, which helped guide our choice. Bar was very busy. I would go again."
Dined on 5/18/2013
Traditional Russian fare, RS will
transport you to Russia with its great food and musical talent that plays nightly, Saturday is the night you want to take part in with live band and singers."
Dined on 5/12/2013
I come here often and being every
one ican I love this place"
Dined on 4/20/2013
Excellent traditional dishes
prepared very well. If looking for something different than your typical restaurant fare, try Russian Samovar and you will not be disappointed. We have visited for dinner after a matinee twice in the last few months and enjoyed it both times. Nice people and great atmosphere."
Dined on 4/20/2013
This is not a romantic hideaway.
Loud and boisterous, Russian music (live), a table of what looked liked Russian oligarchs with the most amazing women rubles could buy, and surprisingly good food. We'll go back."
Dined on 4/18/2013
We had a wonderful lunch in this
cozy restaurant. The service and the food were impeccable. Very cozy, with a strong Russian presence. The only thing that I noticed is the fact that they don't have a menu in Russian, which is a little unusual."
Dined on 3/29/2013
Warm and smart. The famous
historical place - the very important for Russian culture"
Dined on 3/26/2013
It is unfortunate what management
shakeup can do to a once-great restaurant. It saddens me to write such a bad review..."
Dined on 3/9/2013
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