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Russian Samovar & Tolstoy's Lounge, New York, NY
Russian Samovar & Tolstoy's Lounge, New York, NY
Russian Samovar & Tolstoy's Lounge, New York, NY
Russian Samovar & Tolstoy's Lounge, New York, NY
Russian Samovar & Tolstoy's Lounge, New York, NY

Russian Samovar & Tolstoy's Lounge

4.6
4.6
727 Reviews
$30 and under
Russian
There is only one way to describe it: Classic Russia in the heart of New York.
The history of Russian Samovar starts well before the restaurant itself. Originally Jilly's Canteen, and owned by a friend of Frank Sinatra, Jilly Rizzo, Samovar was the go-to hot spot for Sinatra and The Rat Pack.
In 1986, Roman Kaplan, founder of Russian Samovar acquired the property and was joined in 1987 by friends and business partners: Legendary dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov and Nobel Award Winning poet Joseph Brodsky. Baryshnikov's baby grand piano is still used daily by our performers and guests can still request the Brodsky table, where the legends used to sit and drink away the hours. Guests of private events also enjoy our private dining room, where Baryshnikov filmed Sex in the City.
​Samovar has remained a celebrity hangout over the years. We've been lucky enough to feature impromptu shows by Liza Minelli and rumor has it that Mel Brooks adapted The Producers to film while sitting at our bar.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Russian, Continental, Eastern European
  • Hours of operation
    Mon 4:00 pm–11:45 pm Tue–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–11:45 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–12:45 am
  • Phone number
    (212) 757-0168
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Catering
    We provide catering to your home or office. No order is too small<br />Choose from platters or banquets menus. Or create your own. <br />We have staffing and entertainment for hire for all your event needs. <br /><br /><br />russiansamovar.com
  • Private party facilities
    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion. Choose from our banquette menus ($115, $150,$175) with alcohol or a la carte. Minimum spend applies based on the amount of guests. Staffing fee applies. If you can think of it, we can create it.
  • Private party contact
    Vlada Von Shats: (212) 757-0168
  • Neighborhood
    Theater District
  • Cross street
    52nd street , between Broadway and 8th Avenue
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Closest to<br /> <br />50th Street Station ( C or E train )<br /> <br /><br /> <br />7 Avenue / 53 Street ( B or D train )<br /> <br />
  • Entertainment
    Live Piano Music!
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wine
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What 727 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

727 Reviews
  1. Grady

    Austin

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Super fun experience, great decor, delicious food.

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  2. LianaH

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I want them to contact me. They charge more from my credit card. I can not contact them neither via e-mail nor via instagram. There Is probably a mistake. Could you please react to my instagram Message?thanks

    1 person found this helpful

  3. MBinNYC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Visited on a busy Wednesday night. Hostess and wait staff seemed flustered and didn't have our table ready until about 15 minutes after our reservation time. Food was okay, but it had clearly sat in the kitchen for a bit, probably because of how busy everyone was. Food was reasonably priced, which offset the wait a bit. We ordered one cocktail each and would have ordered more, but our waiter never came back except to drop off the bill. We used coat check but ended up having to get our own coats because the hostess was gone. Overall, not a terribly memorable meal and probably wouldn't return. Not sure what I expected, but this wasn't it.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a wonderful experience👍💪. The vodka and food excellent!

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  5. NicoleA

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate bortsch, golubtsy and cake « Medovik ». They were tasty!

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  6. luvtodineout

    West Palm Beach

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food — and large portions. The Siberian Pelmeni was great. The beef stroganoff was perfectly seasoned. We will be back the next time we visit NYC.

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  7. CTNYC1

    New York City

    148 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    148 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always excellent here. The atmosphere is great with nice vibes and cozy red lights and the live music is fun at this historic restaurant. Can’t wait to go again.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very pleasant experience , food was delicious, service was excellent

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  9. oberon616

    Philadelphia

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent - would definitely go back. Food was authentic and delish.

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  10. ShelleyH

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal - loved the Georgian items on the menus and the Georgian wine. Huge portions, so order accordingly.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    awesome Russian place. Great food. Big portions. Great location and ambiance

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  12. EdwardK

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful old school restaurant. Recommended dishes that we had were Beef Stroganoff and Short ribs. Borscht and Gribnoi (barley and mushroom) soups were hearty and delicious. Finished with Apple Streudel and Creme Brulee. Lovely dining experience.

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  13. AngelicaA

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mouthwatering. From the Deruny, to Golubtzi, Beef Stroganoff, and Duck A la Russe to Medovik dessert everything we had was absolutely phenomenal.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant does not have the menus that are advertised on their website. There was a happy hour menu that was advertised as starting at 10 pm. When we were seated, we were given menus. We asked for the happy hour menu and the server had to “see if we were allowed to sit at the bar” because the happy hour menu was only good there. When we sat at the bar, we were told that menu was no longer available.

    1 person found this helpful

  15. RonK

    Palm Springs

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure for food and ambience. Great martinis as well

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an amazing special experience!! Will definitely return and hopefully get to dance some more!

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  17. Predecon

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Es un lugar mágico, la comida y el ambiente es inigualable!!!

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  18. AaronO

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal in a really interesting atmosphere. Nice piano music the entire time. Good variety of food and all of our meals were delicious. Friendly and helpful service as well.

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  19. Opal

    New York City

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a good time at Russian Samovar. Lovely Christmas meal for eight.

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  20. Tony

    West Palm Beach

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Very different experience than two nights earlier. Arrived for our reservation, no tables available. After waiting awhile, opted to just eat at the bar. Placed our order, my food came in about 10 minutes, wife's food about 30-40 minutes later, only after querying about her order, and then she was brought the wrong food. Waitress told her she didn't know how long she would have to wait for the right food so my wife graciously just ate what the server brought. Was a sad experience this time.

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  21. NickK

    New York City

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Dated - no changes since the Berlin Wall fell - should I let them know about this

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  22. Tony

    West Palm Beach

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience all the way around! The food was fantastic! Nice portion size and great price. Nice atmosphere inside with piano music playing live during dinner. Really enjoyed the whole experience. Will definitely visit again.

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  23. SelmaM

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This place is utterly charming. It's not fancy, but has a lot of character. The food is incredible. They serve hot tea with sour cherry preserves and it is the best. It is also very affordable for that part of town.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the food and especially Nini, the piano player! She played by ear and was phenomenal! We had never tasted Russian food before and everyone’s meal was delicious. We’ll definitely go again.

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  25. KathyG

    Kansas City

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a fun place to go. This was our first time at a Russian restaurant and we loved it. The caviar and vodka were fantastic and our server, Maria, was lovely and attentive. Will definitely come back with friends.

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  26. Opal

    New York City

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food here is my favorite. Period. The chicken Kiev and Duck Ala Russe were the best I’ve had in NYC. Also had a lovely cranberry ginger drink and the infused vodka is also a treat. Be sure to try the medovik with Russian tea served with cherries for dessert. The atmosphere is comfortable and cozy. The servers are attentive, kind and helpful. This was our second time there and we had a great time.

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  27. MariaB

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience. Brilliant authentic food. And fantastic atmosphere. The service was very personal and very quick, which was perfect as we were attending pre theatre. Pianist playing all through the evening a mixture of Russian and Christmas music which mad the atmosphere very warm and inviting. Would definitely recommend, and no doubt will be back again when we return to New York

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  28. Andy

    Fort Lauderdale

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Spent a great night. Caught a gypsy couple performance of various Russian romances.

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  29. Foodie

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed the time for my parents’ wedding anniversary!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great place. We had the lamb dish, the short rib, duck, and stroganoff. We each tried each others dish, and all of us picked different top twos. Great drinks, and beautiful piano playing.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a fun day place to go after the theater! Authentic Russian food and vibes. Be ready for some loud Russian music and dancing.

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  32. ROBERTB

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have been there several times and never disappointed. The food, service and live piano in the background make for a wonderful dining experience. This Russian establishment is actively pro-Ukraine so there is no geopolitical reason to deny yourself some of the best Eastern European cuisine you will ever have.

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  33. TatyanaN

    New York City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Still nice place with historical background, authentic cuisine, well prepared food, music. Visiting this restaurant for more than 20 yrs. Not often, but by occasion. I wish they will keep same level of service and ambiance.

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  34. ChristopherM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I, and two teenagers had seen MJ and this place is immediately next door. Perfect, romantically dim ambiance, friendly staff, excellent service. The pace of the meal was relatively quick - not rushed though. Piano player very good. Food was excellent. I'd never been to a Russian restaurant so a lot of the dishes were new to us bit we are adventurous and had fun looking through menu and trying different things. Wife had country style lamb, son had Cornish hen, daughter had short ribs, and I had beef stroganoff. Appetizers were "salo" (black bread with fatback), a sampler with different meats including beef tongue. Everything was excellent.

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  35. SayaR

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    the waitress started cleaning the windows with a strong cleaner near my table and I had to breathe it in, I'm pregnant and then I was sick all day

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very fun experience and good food! Would recommend and go again.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    always a treat to be here, and a special experience

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  38. misstheclassics

    New York City

    150 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    150 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Was a regular maybe a decade ago. Stopped when menu changed, and prices increased. Recently noted some of former menu items and tried again. Olivier salad good but seemed not same as in old days. Duck was good but would have liked more plum sauce. Seemed a bit understaffed. One server did just about all - took order, served, bused, etc. Meal was drawn out, but we appreciated same - was having a reunion with out-of-town family member. One of party ordered entree late (after eating appetizer) and got it as others finished - not a criticism, but partial explanation of delay. Considerable delay in taking desert order, but we appreciated the time. This is part of my "classics" handle - a slow leisurely meal. A bit noisier than I recalled. Plan to give it another try. Also missed the prior breadbasket that was complimentary.

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  39. DebbieG

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always a great night, fabulous music and dancers. Great food, stroganoff is delicious. Real evening of entertainment and the infused vodkas are a must!

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  40. Chuck

    New York City

    112 reviews

    5.0

    112 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    People at the next table were very loud. Nevertheless, we enjoyed ourselves and had a terrific waiter (from the Ukraine) and really liked the food. Five stars all the way except for the noise issue which was outside anyones control. They were just emjoying themselves.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Russian Samovar & Tolstoy's Lounge using the Order Online button. Russian Samovar & Tolstoy's Lounge also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 757-0168.

Russian Samovar & Tolstoy's Lounge is rated 4.6 stars by 727 OpenTable diners.

Russian Samovar & Tolstoy's Lounge does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Russian Samovar & Tolstoy's Lounge

256 W 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

Additional information

  • Cross street
    52nd street , between Broadway and 8th Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    Theater District
  • Hours of operation
    Mon 4:00 pm–11:45 pm Tue–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–11:45 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–12:45 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Russian, Continental, Eastern European
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Closest to 50th Street Station ( C or E train ) 7 Avenue / 53 Street ( B or D train )
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Entertainment
    Live Piano Music!
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wine
  • Phone number
    (212) 757-0168
  • Catering
    We provide catering to your home or office. No order is too small<br />Choose from platters or banquets menus. Or create your own. <br />We have staffing and entertainment for hire for all your event needs. <br /><br /><br />russiansamovar.com
  • Private party facilities
    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion. Choose from our banquette menus ($115, $150,$175) with alcohol or a la carte. Minimum spend applies based on the amount of guests. Staffing fee applies. If you can think of it, we can create it.
  • Private party contact
    Vlada Von Shats: (212) 757-0168
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