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
224 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (136)romantic (104)fit for foodies (69)great for lunch (50)great for brunch (41)neighborhood gem (39)good for groups (34)notable wine list (30)late-night find (15)kid-friendly (10)scenic view (7)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Feel bad, but... Meh.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    If you are of Russian, Polish, or any other Eastern Euro heritage, this is not the place for you. Me and my hubby actually cook better than this, so the high price tag for mediocre Russian food is not worth it. If you've ever had flavored vodka in Europe, this place just does not cut it. If you are not much of a cook or never tasted Russian food, then you might think that the food is decent. The dishes were very bland. The décor was slightly gaudy, but pretty. The staff was very nice and attentive, so I do feel a little bad about the review. I also loved the cookies with tea.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New York Landmark A Must
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    When you step into The Russian Tea Room you are stepping into New York's history. It started as a home away from home for Russian Ballet Dancers but also a fav hangout for stars and celebrities in later years. The decor is reflective of the culture and design of Russian so it feels you have stepped into a time machine where there is no place for cell phones but a time to share food and the company. It was a special occasion for my husband's art opening celebration. The waiter was generous with his time in explaining the menu. The food was well presented and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must visit!
    Annabelly
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I am so glad I was able to experience Russian Tea Room. I went there with my boyfriend during a trip to NYC. I had the scallops, which were delicious! If you're not very hungry, these are perfect because it's a very light dish. My boyfriend had the tuna which was amazing!! If I return, I'll definitely order the tuna because it's so worth it. I highly recommend the Russian Tea Room. Overall, it has a cool history, a nice atmosphere, great service, and amazing food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Fantastic
    HazaVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    As always the Russian Tea Room proved to be one of the countries finest restaurants, in all aspects.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Go have a shot of vodka and leave
    NinaVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    It's still beautiful, but the food is awful, totally not authentic, and terribly overpriced.
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  • A Gem
    FirstTimer
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We visit NY for a week every year. We always include the Russian Tea Room in our itinerary because it is a gastronomic and visual treat. You're in another world and you get a complete and delightful experience. I am already looking forward to next year's visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good...But
    Monte
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Ambience and food remain excellent. However, I do miss the tradition of a dress code. A number of patrons were dressed for Nathan's and not for such a famous address.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • romantic place
    goldfish
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    i took my mom for her birthday and it was lovely. people were nice and decoration was very unique.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome ambiance. Obscene price.
    NYCTourist
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I came for high tea with my son. Overall, it was a good cultural experience for him. He delighted in the presentation of a tower tray of tiny sandwiches followed by desserts. The dramatic Old World decor made it feel special. Problems: the tea experience is obscenely overpriced for very average food. The unique ambiance alone was not enough to justify the $150 bill (including tip). Also, I ordered a vegetarian tea tray off the menu. The waiter brought me a tower of meat sandwiches. When I sent it back, he returned with the "vegetarian" dish that included a ham sandwich. When I presented my gift certificate, the waiter seemed put off, and told me I could not use it for the tip. I will not return here, although I am glad I got to see it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Iconic New York Pre-Matinee Brunch!
    RightFoodFirst
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Do not hesitate to splurge in this iconic establishment, it will enrich your New York experience exponentially. Opulent decor with exquisite service, large booths brightly upholstered with red leather provide the ideal privacy and view on the overall action in the room. Caviar selection is excellent and the vodka selection goes beyond your wildest dreams. Worth every penny!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodieafficianado
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Very expensive but you are paying for the venue not the food. We had the High Tea ($50) and the Royal Tea ($85). The sandwiches seemed to have been refrigerated. The bread was a bit stale. The fillings, except for the strangely flavored dried tomato filling, were very good. The scones were fresh and tasty. There was plenty of food but for the price, there definitely should have been! The waiter started off with a bit of a snobby attitude. Although the waiter guaranteed that my husband's food would be completely nut-free (since he has an anaphylactic reaction to nuts), my husband encountered a nut, probably in the bread, but he was able to spit it out before it became fatal. This put a definite damper on the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch Prix meal deal
    JDNow
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I met my daughter in NYC for a shopping weekend and someone suggested the Tea Room. I booked an early reservation thinking we would have a late morning tea. Unfortunately a full tea service is not available until early afternoon but, there was a delightful lunch prix offering that was perfect. Everything that was served was delicious.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and ambience
    isba2007
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The Russian Tea room was a great place to start a date night with my wife. The food was great and the service was prompt. We did not have to wait long for anything we placed orders on. The atmosphere was nice and the different pieces of art and different designs was great as well. I would definitely recommend for a special event with a special someone or family.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Russian Tea Room
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    From the moment we enter the bar staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The vodka menu was extensive and excellent. Friends of ours were married here years ago but this was our first time. It was elegant yet quaint. We tried the Russian specialties in terms of the menu and found them delicious. The chicken Kiev have may have been a touch overdone but nonetheless we loved it. I will definitely be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdated restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The restaurant was literally empty... on a Friday night... Interesting landmark, but quite outdated.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was my first time to Russian Tea
    Sueane
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Went here with my friend for restaurant week since I've never been and wouldn't likely go at other times due to the crazy price range. I saw the mediocre reviews from fellow yelpers, but wanted to see for myself. The evening confirmed how overpriced and overrated this place was. For the price they were charging on the menu you would expect Michelin rated quality. I had the grilled salmon and my friend a steak entree and we were both very disappointed. The salmon was dry and lack any real flavor or freshness and the steak was nothing to write home about. I would not be giving this place another chance, especially not at the price point they are charging.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant week find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I had not been to the Russian Tea Room in years. The restaurant week menu was great, service excellent and the food delicious. I will definitely go back again. Don't miss seeing the 2nd floor with the crystal bear too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a wonderful time!
    TreB
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My wife and I went for lunch at the Russian Tea Room. It had been a while since I had been, but I am always facinated to see the decor. Services was excellent and the food was tasty. Would do it again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Very distinct decorations including dedicated sugar eggs, old world oil paintings, awesome Russian dolls and other arts. Food was perfectly prepared, service was great. I feel the cooking was heavier than what I used to, meaning more butter and cream. Best cappuccino ever!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Touristy - with a reputation
    SummerInCity
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I went during restaurant week, so our meal options were limited. The first course contained a standard salad (yawn), blini's (good). We didn't have the borshct. For the main course we had the salmon (nothing special), and the beef (seemed ok). There was a chicken option that we didn't have. Dessert was delicious: the chocolate pyramid. The other choice was cheesecake (didn't have). Other than the dessert, the food was pretty typical. The place was packed and service was terrific. However, it was very touristy. Even has its own extensive gift shop in the basement. Maybe eating off the ala carte menu would be better food but for much more money.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bentley 2014
    Bently2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    What a great place for lunch. The food and service was excellent and would highly recommend this restaurant to everyone. Going to go back again. Excellent place. When making reservations make sure to reserve a booth.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Atmosphere
    sa1m0ne11a
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    If I could afford it I would eat here twice a month!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious meal, pleasant experience
    richardny4me
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I have walked by the Russian Tea Room too many times to count, and on a whim I decided to try it for lunch. Well I missed out, since everything about the place exceeded my expectations. The food was prepared creatively - and more importantly tasted delicious. The ambience was lively and the service was friendly without being intrusive. I look forward to returning for breakfast and dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dining
    Valady
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great food. Great service. Great ambience. Well worth the visit
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Potential but needs a restart
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Have eaten here years ago and there is so much potential in the beauty of the restaurant but it wasn't showing the night we were there. We were rushed, my main meal was cold and the staff were non-committal. I had considered this place for my 50th birthday celebrations (we were coming from Australia) but had heard reviews it was off its game - glad we didn't try and do my party celebrations there. I will hold out hope for a revival by the time I'm holidaying again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lives Up to the Legend
    SnoozyQzee
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I grew up in NYC, passing by this legendary establishment for decades. Restaurant Week offered up a great opportunity to try it, at last, without severe sticker shock. A beautiful and elegant spot, excellent food, but the service was a bit gruff. I will certainly keep it in mind for my next special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, kinda touristy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The ambience at Russian Tea Room is definitely a bit gaudy and over-the-top, which, in my opinion, takes away from the experience of the food. Seems like a good spot for tourists or someone looking for a kitschy, out of the ordinary evening. Very active service at a place like this, but most of the waiters didn't seem all that happy or friendly. The food wasn't very inventive or creative, but it was very well executed. My steak was cooked beautifully.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bbord
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Haven't been there for at least 20 years. Same fabulous restaurant that I remember. The décor is outstanding and is a very lovely restaurant. An unique gem.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Virginia Girl
    duzer
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We absolutely loved our experience at the Russian Tea Room. We went during restaurant week and was so pleased that the menu was so diverse the staff were awesome, food 5 star taste and quality, and we were never rushed through the meal. We will place this one on a must go to every time we return to Manhattan
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We had the restaurant week deal and the food was decent. Nothing special, just average.
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  • Just OK, decent food
    jlib78
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I went here on Tuesday for restaurant week and was pleased with the beef entree but do not recommend the boursch soup. Nice service and atmosphere. Overall decent experience.
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  • Grand Continuum
    conversationalistVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    You go as a child and are struck by the colors, pomp and splendour. You return as an adult, bathed in memories. As you come back older yet with friends, gentled by mutual remembrances of lives past. The food is good, the service a bit faded (we did arrive after 10 pm), and the decor as hoped for. It is great to have a reliable, effective location for certain moods, when you need to be gentled after too much catching up and too many experiences in a day. I think that it would be nice if the clearers would not remove the plates of eaters at a table until everyone has finished - but maybe I have old fashioned manners; and if that is my major complaint - well, things are not so bad.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Czar would feel at home
    mikefromnycVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Appetizers of borscht or blinies are recommended. The mains were fine, but not haut cuisine. You go for the atmosphere and its proximity to Carnegie Hall. The Russian souvenir shop in the basement is interesting, but IMHO way over-priced, as is the food except on Restaurant Week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious borscht, steak, dessert
    GormA
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The service was impeccable, food delicious, and participation in restaurant week made it an excellent value!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    FoodLover
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I enjoyed the Russian tea room. The service was really good, the food tasted good, but the portions where very small.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty Restaurant
    Maur
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The Russian Tea Room has a romantic environment that is outstanding. However, the food is a bit ordinary. Service is very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch at the Russian Tea Room
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed my meal. The service was excellent and the waiter was very attentive. My appetizer was a true Russian Borcht. My steak entree was very good and prepared to my liking. The chocolate pyramid dessert was very rich and an enjoyable finale to my lunch. I would definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bad restaurant!
    terryzeng
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This place is horrible! Lights were too dim, waiters were not welcoming. Tablewares were too old fashion and low class. Food is bad! It was not tasty at all!!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Getitdone
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    the service was excellent. the waiter made sure you lacked for nothing, but we're not intrusive.
    Special Features:
    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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