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Russian Samovar & Tolstoy's Lounge

4.6
4.6
592 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 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Russian, Continental, Eastern European

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat, Sun 2:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (212) 757-0168

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Patrick Allouache

  • Catering

    We provide catering to your home or office. No order is too small We also provide Kosher catering with certification. russiansamovar.com

  • Neighborhood

    Theater District / Times Square

  • Cross street

    between Broadway and 8th Avenue

  • Parking details

    We have a deal with ARO garage across the street from Russian Samovar. $18 for 6 hours with validation

  • Public transit

    Closest to<br> 50th Street Station ( C or E train )<br> <br> 7 Avenue / 53 Street ( B or D train )<br>

  • Entertainment

    Live Piano Music!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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What 592 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

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  1. A

    Annie

    New York Area

    105 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our go to restaurant when we visit Broadway as the food and ambience is amazing. Drinks are good also.
  2. RI

    RIZZO

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Very poor service! I ordered a second drink and never received. Place felt understaffed and confused. Very crowded no room to walk. You are ontop of the table next to you. The manager guy was overwhelmed but very nice. For such a historic place I was very disappointed with everything in the place. Sadly I would not recommend
  3. AL

    AdamL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The perfect intimate dining experience! A bit of respite from the hustle and bustle of Times Square. Service was good & food was excellent! A little live piano music towards the end of our visit was the cherry on top.
  4. PL

    PeterL

    Central Coast

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    Cold reception. Diet Coke flat costs $4.50 each. Not consumed. Was charged. Of two chicken Kiev - one did not have butter inside. Staff not welcoming. Would never go back or suggest to anyone. Dined Monday at 930pm. Only two other tables occupied.
  5. BC

    BarbaraC

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friends and I were looking for a festive restaurant to have dinner. The Russian Samovar fits the bill perfectly. the food is wonderful and the specialty drinks sublime.
  6. SB

    ShawnB

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Had drinks and apps. Server was rude, non attentive and annoyed that we weren’t spending enough. Our bill was $125-150 for 4 and we were there for 1:45 minutes. There were 11 empty tables when we left so we were not taking up space. Piano was out of tune. Just in overall bad experience. The hostess was very nice and the drinks were excellent
  7. L

    Leo63

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Avoid the Beef Stroganoff. To label it Average is being polite. Why this is among their most popular dishes defies explanation. You can do much better at home. P.S., tricolor rotini is not egg noodles.
  8. LC

    LeonidC

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing, wonderful, delicious food, beautiful presentation. Horseradish vodka and holodets and duck and herring under shuba are among highlights. Will come again.
  9. MM

    MeganM

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious food, but expensive. Nice ambience, friendly and attentive staff, and good location. I would recommend this restaurant to others. :)
  10. w

    wayne

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place to eat when seeing a play at Neil Simon Theater. The food was delicious and the ambiance was very nice with the piano playing.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Four ladies from out of town to celebrate a daughter’s running in the marathon chose the Samovar for dinner one evening while we were there. Very good service and even better food. The piano player and bassist created a wonderful atmosphere and we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Solid go-to in this part of town
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The portions were generous and the food was amazing and reminded me of the Polish Ukrainian Russian dishes my father made when I was a child.
  14. DR

    DanR

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food
  15. c

    cjr2

    New York Area

    195 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    195 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very convenient to Broadway theaters. Authentic Russian cuisine, good service, interesting vodka immersions, bonus a pianist after 6pm. A hidden gem.
  16. TM

    TeresaM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Food was disgusting, undercooked, stale, reheated many times. Worst restaurant ever and very, very overpriced. In all honesty, I am not sure where these positive reviews come from.. I am a foodie, have been to many wonderful restaurants, this was by far the worst experience ever ! Don’t waste your time or money. Giving them one star is very generous, they don’t even deserve it.
  17. D

    Donna

    Fort Lauderdale

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    Food was good though not served at the pace we requested. Server was not attentive and had to be asked for repeatedly. Items had to be asked for more than once before being brought to the table. Would not dine here again and would not recommend this restaurant.
  18. S

    Sharon

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a special experience. The ambiance is one of a kind, the food is authentic,delicious and hearty; and every one made us feel welcome.
  19. J

    James

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place, absolutely love it there. Very friendly staff, and amazing ambiance.
  20. D

    Daisy

    New England

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    The noise level during our dinner was horrible! We could not hear each other talking as the music and the musicians felt that the louder they were, the better! Not true. I did not enjoy my meal because of that. The beef ribs lacked deep flavor; the mashed potatoes were good; the potato pancakes were good. I asked for a Vodka gimlet and all I got was vodka on the rocks with a lemon slice, even though I asked for lime juice in the drink! Value was ok--the server was very good and helpful.
  21. WO

    WestOG

    Washington DC

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting new York and my daughter just moved there. Moon, our server was wonderful and the food was fantastic. The music and dancing was wonderful as well. Thank you for a fun evening!!!
  22. HD

    HappyDiningOut

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a lovely surprise! We so enjoyed everything about this restaurant. Our host, Moon, was so welcoming and helpful. He made the evening for us with his wonderful attitude and menu suggestions. The chicken kiev was so incredible. Any dessert is going to be a winner. The live music was so fun and entertaining. The location is right in the theater district, a very short walk to the theater. Enjoy!!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it here!
  24. H

    Henri

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent, as usual. The service was very attentive. My only complaint is that the music is a bit too loud.
  25. MK

    MarieK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a memorable experience and I will be returning for future dining! There was live music and a lot of energy, we ended up dancing after dinner with the rest of the guests as the pianist and violinist played.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderfully authentic menu, excellently prepared. We ate a lot, exploring the caviar, cold salads with beet and herring, borscht, duck and chicken Kiev. It was perfect. Duck preparation was spot on, fully rendered. The assortment of infused vodka was also impressive. Definitely worth a visit, hope to be back.
  27. JC

    JanC

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I wish we lived closer to Manhattan (we're two hours away), because I would like to make Russian Samovar a weekly experience. It was ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL all the way around!!! From the delightful waitress to the delicious food to the very talented pianist. LOVED IT, LOVED IT, LOVED IT!!!
  28. JN

    JamesN

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food, definitely recommend the vodka cocktails. If you're going Friday/Saturday night expect live music and dancing!
  29. J

    James

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They were amazing, so glad we finally went. I can’t recommend them enough. We went on a Saturday night and they had a pair of Moldovan dance show off with accompaniment by more than just the piano. The infused vodka was delicious. The host was gracious and chatted with us as if we were old friends. We immediately felt at home. The Soviet Standard was such a well made cocktail. The duck salad blew us away and the beef stroganoff couldn’t have been better. If you’re heading to the area I highly recommend making a night out of it and coming here first for the pre theater menu.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Experience was above and beyond! Excellent service
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent. Recommend to book and come on a Friday for gypsy performance
  32. n

    natalies

    Columbus

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m Russian so I was thrilled to eat some of the foods my mom used to make. Everything was delicious.
  33. j

    jergas

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Really the worst I have been, I have been in many places for 40 for several years at different level of prices
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Just an absolutely enjoyable experience! The vodka flight was fun-the cosmo was truly one of the best i have ever had-beef stroganoff and county lamb were good portion size and packed full of flavor. Skip all the other desserts and just go for the Napoleon. Light layers packed full of Bavarian cream!
  35. AM

    AmberM

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I came here on the recommendation of a friend and they were right. Samovar is cozy and inviting, from the hosts and servers to the piano being played in the center of the room. Service moves at a leisurely pace so you can sit back and enjoy your stay. We weren't hungry enough for a full meal so instead with did starters and desserts, but that doesn't mean we weren't super full and satisfied by the end. Get the vareniki. Just do it, I don't care if you don't like mushrooms, get them anyways. And finish with the honey cake (medovik) and Samovar tea. Try some vodka along the way if that's your thing (the plum is very very nice). We'll be back to try the cherry vareniki and the horseradish vodka (amongst many other options) another time.
  36. AD

    AhiraD

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely time with great food, music and friendly staff. It was a great place to celebrate our anniversary. My husband enjoyed the surprise as it reminded him of the childhood dishes he grew up with back in Russia.
  37. g

    gemini

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was one of the best dining experiences I've had in my decades of living in the NYC area! First, the special request for a "corner table if possible" was honored beautifully. And the service was that perfect combination of invisibility and attention when needed. The staff anticipated every need from appetizers with our first cocktails to finding a particular item by its description alone. The pianist was excellent. The music was classical; but I'm sure, if requested, he could have performed in other genres. We had a lot of time before our show; and that time went by so quickly because of the excellence of the food, entertainment, and attentive ...caring service. The blinis with smoked salmon are addictive, btw. :-)
  38. RM

    RogerM

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food and drink at reasonable price. Probably because of the Russian invasion the restaurant wasn't very busy on Wednesday night. (The Russian Samovar is owned by Ukrainians, not Russians). This is a great place to have a great meal. I had borscht, beef stroganoff, and creme brulee (which I split with my wife) and was full and satisfied. The martinis are also very good.
  39. I

    Internationalfoodie

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great birthday spot! LOVED our waiter, the piano, the vodka flights and wonderful. Not too loud and crowded. Wonderful evening!
  40. S

    Sloane

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a hidden gem in the middle of time square and broadway district. The staff are all so sweet. The food is delicious and unpretentious. All in a cozy old New York atmosphere with a live pianist. Russian Samovar is one of my favorite Manhattan restaurants. They never disappoint. If you’re looking for an authentic New York experience in an otherwise touristy neighborhood, this is the spot.

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

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Russian Samovar & Tolstoy's Lounge 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 592 OpenTable diners.

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 14 times today
Google Map for Russian Samovar & Tolstoy's Lounge

256 W 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

Additional information

  • Cross street

    between Broadway and 8th Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Theater District / Times Square

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat, Sun 2:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Russian, Continental, Eastern European

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    We have a deal with ARO garage across the street from Russian Samovar. $18 for 6 hours with validation

  • 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

  • Executive chef

    Patrick Allouache

  • Entertainment

    Live Piano Music!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 757-0168

  • Catering

    We provide catering to your home or office. No order is too small We also provide Kosher catering with certification. russiansamovar.com

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