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Russian Samovar
Russian Samovar
  • Address:
    256 West 52nd Street
    New York, NY 10019
    Neighborhood:
    Theater District / Times Square
  • Cuisine:
    Russian
    Price: $31 to $50

Russian Samovar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.russiansamovar.com
  • Email: info@russiansamovar.com
  • Phone: (212) 757-0168
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 12:00am, Saturday: 1:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday - Monday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Russian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Russian Samovar will be happy to cater your next corporate or private event.
  • Entertainment: We feature live entertainment most evenings.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broadwy & 8th
  • Public Transit: 50 St (A, C, E) 50 St (1, 2) 7 Av (B, D, E)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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