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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Russian Tea Room - NYC reviews from OpenTable diners
218 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (132)romantic (103)fit for foodies (72)great for lunch (49)neighborhood gem (41)great for brunch (37)good for groups (37)notable wine list (32)late-night find (15)kid-friendly (9)scenic view (8)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • High tea
    GoodeatsVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Delicious savory sandwiches, expertly served. Pastries delightful and well done but one of cupcakes slightly dried out. Well worth the cost for high tea. Good food and lovely experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The waiter got several things about my order wrong and seemed to be annoyed about it, rather than apologetic. The omelette I ordered was incredibly bland., not worth the money. I will not be returning
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  • Publicola
    Publicola
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Gone are the shashik, the pirozhki, the waitstaff veterans of the defeated White Russian armies and the haunting murals of ballet scenes. All replaced by a limited menu, mediocre art on the walls bordering on the garish and vivid red banquettes presumably intended to lend the dining room an air of luxury and good taste. In fairness, the food is quite decent and not exorbitantly priced and the service is first rate even if this is not the Russian Tea Room of my youth and fond memory. It is an ideal spot to dine in before or after a concert in Carnegie Hall, especially in inclement weather.
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  • Classic
    AwinrmVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    A beautiful restaurant...a New York tradition. Food is average, at best. Hard rolls, dry chicken.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing!
    JanetG
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The last time that I visited the Russian Tea Room which was a few years ago, it was a very nice experience. Unfortunately things are different. I was informed ownership had changed and with that came a sharp decline in food quality and service. I will not go into great detail about the disappointing food and service with a huge price attached to it…..suffice it to say that N.Y.C. is filled with fabulous restaurants but the Russian Tea Room is certainly not one of them.
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  • A classic
    Ritza
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Our favorite dining experience! Can't wait to visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Dissapoints
    Rahnyc
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The RTR has it is known as never disappoints and consistently delivers top quality meals. The ambiance and room appearance, after its renovation, delivers as expected year over year. The service is second to none as wait staff is always nearby to attend to any request. Food as always maintains top quality as would be expected in this type of venue.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Russian tea room
    brenham
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    A dining experience not to be missed. The food and service were divine. Nice menu selection and obviously huge tea selection. Don't miss this one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Dissapointing
    fredaria
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The decor was very attractive and the service acceptable. However the food was not of the quality that we expected. My wife had chicken kiev and the crust was poor. I had stroganoff which was bland. Both meals were served cool. I don't think we will be returning.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Legend Is True
    goodgroceries
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    7:30 breakfast at Russian Tea Room means a dining room to your self! Too early for New Yorkers? That didn't stop the chef from preparing beautiful and delicious food. Czar's Eggs were beautifully served and perfectly cooked. Benedict with smoked salmon was outstanding with a luscious Hollandaise sauce. Servers attentive but not intrusive. Too bad more people don't start their days this way1
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Traditional and it's good
    Lionatsunset
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The food was great, the place silence is good for conversation, it has a great list of wines and vodkas and a fair price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breakfast meeting
    BobEVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    It was perfect spot my breakfast meeting. The eggs Benedict were perfectly cooked and loved the tea service
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ksanto
    ksanto
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Lovely dinner for our anniversary. Iconic restaurant that lives up to its reputation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not sure why is this a classic?!
    MMD718
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    the food is beyond mediocre, and very few to none vegetarian selections. the wine was okay and the service was great. the place feels old and stuffy....not coming back for sure.
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  • Iconic and superb service
    topratedVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The history of this restaurant made us want to go. The excellent service will make us return to the Russian Tea Room. We had breakfast there on our last day in the city and thoroughly enjoyed it. The Anastasia tea is notable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Russian tea room dinner.
    Sandy
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Service and atmosphere excellent. Chicken Kiev, not so much. Dover sole very good, as were appetizers.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just WONDERFUL!!!!!!!
    Rodster
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    It was our first time there and we could have NOT been MORE PLEASED!!! EVERYTHING was PERFECT, from the moment we got there until we left!!! The food was fabulous! The service was GREAT! The ambiance was SUPER!! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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  • Classydining
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Classy ;) even allowed us to spread joy by honoring a request. Thank you RTR!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Feel bad, but... Meh.
    AverageTreehugger
    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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  • New York Landmark A Must
    kitkat
    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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    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • 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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    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
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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.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • 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.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • 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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    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • 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.
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    special occasion
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  • 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
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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
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    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.
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    scenic view
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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.
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    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    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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    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
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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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  • 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