Russian Samovar
Russian Samovar

Russian Samovar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.russiansamovar.com/
  • Phone: (212) 757-0168
  • 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.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Russian, Continental
  • 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 every night, starting at 8 p.m.
    Please call us to find out who is playing on the night of your reservation
  • Special Events: Feel free to call and Inquire about our special events menu and booking of the second floor.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broadway & 8th
  • Public Transit: 50 St (A, C, E)

    50 St (1, 2)

    7 Av (B, D, E)

    49 St (N, Q, R)
  • 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.
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Russian Samovar reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (18)neighborhood gem (17)romantic (12)special occasion (10)good for groups (9)late-night find (7)great for lunch (4)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (4)notable wine list (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • an amazing experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The music is soothing, the vodka is strong and the food is amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Special Treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We stumbled across Russian Samovar over the summer, awaiting our show, and ordered an appetizer. We were so impressed with the quality of the food, the ambiance, and the friendly service, that we promised ourselves we'd go back. For a recent birthday celebration, we specifically made plans to have lunch at Russian Samovar, prior to seeing The Elephant Man. What a gastronomic delight! We had the traditional Russian dumplings and the stuffed grape leaves as appetizers, and the Tabaka and short ribs for lunch. Both were ridiculously delicious. It seems that the dishes, including the apple strudel for dessert, are made fresh. We will definitely go back to Russian Samovar, and highly recommend it to anyone interested in a Russian meal / experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Russian food
    CarrollVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Our fabulous waiter recommended the specials and we found them incredibly delicious. Great service. Not imposing but at the ready. Great atmosphere. Very intriguing and lots of fun for groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Arlene
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Really great the food is authentic and delicious Just like grandmas. Charming waiters pretty setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MandBVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Our second time here and equally as wonderful as the first time. Everything we ate was fresh and delicious. Couldn't resist having the herring again. Also shared appetizers that were very tasty. For our main course we had chicken Kiev (hadn't had that it quite a while) - great crust, juicy and delicious chicken, terrific sides. We will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • docjeffVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The music was so loud, my ears hurt. The manager refused to turn it down, even though it was 11:30 and the restaurant was nearly empty. When I asked the waitress to pack up our food, the manager turned down the music and moved us to a relatively quiet corner.
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  • Great food fantastic service
    zaph
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The food was outstanding Our waiter Sheffield was a gem. He was absolutely terrific priendly knowledgeable attentive and just perfect. With waitstaff like him any dining experience would be a pleasure were having dinner We should have listened to Sheffield who told us not to overerorder because the appetizer portions are large and we had to take half our dinner home. The Beef Strogonoff was one of the best as was my friend's Chicken Kiev A meal can be made of a selection of appetizers Do not miss the pelmeni appetizer and the Napoleon cake dessert. T
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT STROGANOFF
    EAT52
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Small restaurant but we loved the ambiance. Tables were a bit close together but as a tourist it gave you the opportunity to meet some "locals" It was a bit noisy as there was a large table celebrating and the vodka was flowing!! To us that just added to the atmosphere of the restaurant. The food was fantastic with the beef stroganoff being the absolute best...melt in your mouth!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The experience was outstanding!
    Higgins
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food was delicious, the music was fantastic, the service was second to none. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NOISE!
    OutofTownVisitorVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This was the loudest restaurant I have ever been to. My guests agreed. Food and service were great but we (a party of 8) could barely hear each other across the tables. Maybe that is "the Russian way" or just the NY City way, but I would not go back again.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I think it was good
    NYCfoodieloverVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Wee left 1 1/2 hours after we walked in.We came directly after a Broadway show at about 5:00. They were putting up paintings and picture with a drill next to our table while the patrons were coming in and beginning our meal. They took our drinks. After a while they brought the bread but no drinks. After I asked the server brought them. We waited about 30 minutes for the appetizers which were good but the main meal was not coming. At one point a man sat at the piano and tried to play but someone raised the volume of the recorded music to "drown" him out. Very weird. The point came when people who came in after us started getting their order and we were still sitting there. We were told it wasn't their fault. We had enough. Got up and left.
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  • Solid!
    JeffVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Russian Samovar proved to be a fine choice for good, solid Russian fare. Service was excellent, ambiance just fine (we were upstairs, a quieter area), and the food good, if not fancy. Dollar for dollar, way better than many other restaurants in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Theater District gem. Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We loved our waiter 'Moon'. Adorable, made great suggestions & was very concerned to know if we had theater tix for after the meal so he got us out on time. The décor was cute but not overwhelming & very comfortable We were a group of 4 on a girls' night out & quickly realized the only Americans in the place - THAT! is a sign of good authentic ethnic cuisine. The blini w/caviar & smoked fish platter were delicious starters. As mains we especially liked the beef stroganoff & the braised short ribs. Chicken tabak was a bit disappointing. The Russian dessert tea was the perfect ending. We left as live music was just starting to kick in & several large parties had just arrived. Would love to hang out next time & enjoy the entertainment :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Russian decor- very friendly staff and the food was delicious. Great for pre theather too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    All of the cooked food was wonderful. The only disappointment was the caviar - not fresh, mushy, not good quality. I would order everything I ordered again - except the caviar! The service was wonderful. Even the Russian tea for dessert was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Authentic Russian fare
    Rollo
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Our servers suggestions were excellent. The infused vodkas provide an excellent accompaniment to meals served with creativity and great taste. Ivan is an attentive waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 132 reviews are from the Russian Samovar reviews archive.
  • generalVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everything I expected and more
    AAAlderete89
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place!
    GKeys
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    Zodaviola
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only if no other options.
    catgirlflVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Service was reluctant and unpleasant. Beef stroganoff meat dried out, no flavor. Dumpling sampler overcooked. Beet soup good.
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  • Wonderful experience
    Janie
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • after theatre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food- not enough waiters
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MandBVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Big order celebration
    Saffafoody
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Great Vodka bar friendly service and something different a real experience
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Russian Samovar
    GPLuVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Russian Ethnic Food
    ethnicfoodluver
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is great
    tonicb
    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!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great stuff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it used to be
    CEHE4KA
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The food was horrible, even the simple classics were not executed anywhere near average.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never. Again.
    Mary
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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.
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  • Very Happy Experience at Samovar
    Octavio42
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Real Russia
    sashaVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, fun atmosphere
    ssbc
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average Food, Bad Service
    UnimpressedVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ethnic delight
    Koniko
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lively Russian/Great Vodka
    caroinny
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LUNCH BEFORE BROADWAY
    diningduo
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.