Russian Tea Room - NYC

4.6
3349 Reviews
$50 and over
Continental

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Afternoon Tea
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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Special menus

  • Afternoon Tea

    Starting Sep 30, 2020
    conditional afternoon tea served daily.
  • 2-Course Dinner Special

    Starting Oct 22, 2020
    $45 per person Join us for our 2-Course Dinner Special and enjoy a choice from our signature entrees and dessert. This special is available every evening from 4:45pm-10:30pm
  • 3-Course Dinner Special

    Starting Oct 22, 2020
    $70 per person Join us for our 3-course dinner experience highlighting many of our signature dishes. This special is available every evening from 4:45pm-10:30pm
  • Business Express Lunch

    Starting Oct 22, 2020
    Join us for our Business Express Lunch! For $55 per person enjoy 3-courses featuring our Signature Borscht, Bouef a la Stroganoff and Chicken Kiev. This special is available Monday-Friday, from 11:30am-4:30pm

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 3349 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delish and beautiful! The food is made to perfection, the service is on point, and the decor is gorgeous

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JimM
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was very festively decorated and the music reflected the holiday season quite well. The service was elegant and paced well. The food was interesting and great tasting. I had not eaten there in over 4 decades but will make sure to be a regular patron as of rediscovering this gem again.

JN
JNicola
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to the RTR to celebrate my 59th birthday. For decades, I've walked past your iconic restaurant without ever setting foot inside.
My family and I totally loved our experience there.
The food was excellent and the service was Great!
I can't wait to return.
AWESOME!
Thank you.
JAN

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it, great service, fantastic food and stunning decor

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lesliep
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Beautiful iconic NYC restaurant. High tea for my daughters birthday was very special. The service and care were lovely. It was a nice experience in a very crazy year.

HP
vipHommePac
Atlanta
37 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful dining room, great staff, treated myself to caviar, did not disappoint. Maî·tre d' was very friendly, great personality. Would return.

M
Mayley
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

When I lived in NYC this was a favorite of mine. I even got married in one of their private rooms. This was the first time I had been back since it reopened and I was not disappointed. It was just as I remembered it but newer and brighter, same beautiful samovars and red banguete seats. I took a friend there for lunch and we both enjoyed the crepe appetizer and beef stroganoff immensely. The tiramisu was not my favorite. It was served as a small piece of layer cake. I prefer it layered in a bowl like an old fashioned strawberry shortcake. The restaurant infused cucumber and dill vodka was good but I wish they had a honey vodka. The banguetes are huge and they only seated every other one, the staff wore masks as did the patrons when not in their seats, We felt perfectly safe from the pandemic. This was a first visit for my friend and she loved it as much as I do. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

The place looks very fancy and elegant. Food was very good. But was disappointed for a place this fancy and expensive they couldn’t accommodate us for the afternoon tea just 1 hour earlier to make us happy. We got there at 11 and they said it starts strictly at 12pm. The entire restaurant was empty when we were there and we travelled far to get there just for the afternoon tea. We even asked twice.

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vipAnafiaschi
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The place is pretty and famous for it’s afternoon tea.
However we were really disappointed. The tea was weak and badly brewed, the sandwiches were ok but the pastries were far from what’s expected in a high tea.
Service was gentle and kind but there were some issues between the staff.

FD
FloriD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I was pleasantly surprised. This restaurant is fantastic.

DH
vipDHRockville
Detroit
30 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Not worth it. Food just OK, but for the price, one can do much much better elsewhere. Not recommend.

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QueensFoodie
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for my birthday. A really lovely experience. The food was delicious, although perhaps a bit overpriced. I guess one pays for the ambiance as well as the food itself.

LS
vipLaurenS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for being open for Afternoon Tea! Loved it!!!!

SO
SOPHIEP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVEd this place! I went there for the first time to celebrate my birthday, invited by my best friend... And it was one of my most magical birthdays ever!!! Everything was perfect, from the delicious food to the enchanting decor to the perfect service... i felt like I took a trip in time & space to a dreamy parallel dimension... SO fun!! I CANNOT recommend this fabulous place enough!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience5

Food was terrible. Ambiance was tacky but that was expected. Has a weird smell, like mold and cleaning products.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Our visit started out fine. The reception was gracious and warm and the protocols were taken care of easily. The place looks great.

But the service was indifferent from the start. Quite clear that our waiter felt the job is beneath him and wanted us to know that. Worse - the food was really sub-par. Tea from tea bag? Sandwiches old and cold. Dessert straight out of a box bought at the bodega around the corner. Caviar served out by the egg on day old blinis.

But for the ambiance and the fact that it was a day out of the house would have been a complete bust. Still - disappointing.

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Anonymous
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The food was mediocre at best. No typical Russian desserts

AB
vipAndyB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pass the word: Russian Tea Room is back with it’s wonderful over the top opulence from the past combined with great service, ,food and Covid protection of 2020! The only thing lacking: people who will welcome the staff back, respect their courage and commitment to the survival of our City and at the same time, have a delicious, “only in New York” dinner.!

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viplivddream
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Arrived and the place saw locked up! That's no way to treat your clientele

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PatriciaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the best time, Albie & my waiter Vladimir made me feel comfortable dining alone I had wonderful tea set up and the price fix —the chicken Kiev was delicious. The atmosphere is museum like beautiful rich red with lots of gold and beautiful paintings and artwork

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Good reopening and anti covid measures are good

GW
GaryW
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place for drinks, first time I ate there. I stopped in for brunch since they have reopened and it was well worth it! The caviar omelet was superb.

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EvaT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my daughter with her doll for afternoon tea and we had a really lovely time! The staff was so nice and they were on top of making everything safe and following requirements for reopening. It was quiet and very nice for a special outing.

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AlyssaT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Following Covid guidelines, great service/food, and afternoon tea on a weekday was the best time to go!

LB
vipLoveBirds
Portland
39 reviews
Reviewed on July 2, 2018
Overall3foodserviceambience

Lovely room, very historic and delicious food but inattentive and grudging service spoils the experience. This is right near the Downton Abbey exhibit and is a nice experience - maybe other waiters are better. We were there at lunch time. We enjoyed our food.

SF
vipSarahF
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall2food3service3ambience2

I’ve heard about the Russian tea room my entire life. However, I wish I hadn’t booked this reservation. The interior has not been changed in at least 50 years and looks like a gaudy Chinese restaurant. The servers seemed arrogant which was confusing as the restaurant was empty. The wine by the glass list is weak...I understand it’s a vodka place (there were probably 20 vodkas) but I would expect better wine options. We all four ordered the beef stroganoff, the house specialty, which was pretty great. However afterwards to venture to the bathroom in the damp, dark basement was uncomfortable to say the least. Our waiter disappeared in the middle of the meal and never returned. So sorry but really not the experience I wanted.

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SheilaK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Went before Billy Joel Concert. Interior nice except a couple of strange touches that looked cheap including lighting fixtures with red Christmas ornaments around them in June. A clear "miss" in a high end establishment. meals were hit and miss. Lobster salad at $38.00 was REALLY tiny. Lobster was way overcooked and chewy. They served us a glass of wine that turned out to be water and then acted like somehow did something to wine, like downed it an complained. LOL! We spent $500.00 on dinner and wouldn't try to get a free glass of wine. Over all our server was very sweet but we were a little under whelmed. If you want to see this historic spot stop in for a cocktail and head to another spot for your meal.

CK
vipCarolynK
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was excellent. Had lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had brunch here before we saw Anastasia on broadway. We wanted to make it a theme day, so we decided the Russian Tea Room would be perfect, and it was. Food was great, service was great. It was just the perfect place and it had a great ambiance.

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vipLuis
New York Area
212 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Certainly disappointing... While the food was superb, I will say that the caviar appetizer felt like a "tourist trap." The blintz was too heavy, the "caviar" was mostly roe. I joined my party last, and waited 10 minutes before a server greeted me or inquired about my need for a drink. The ambiance seemed tired, as did the staff. Our server was nicer as the evening progressed, but never friendly. It was my sister's 75th Birthday. Bottom line - we did not feel welcome.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate the prefix meal before a show was the only table for almost entire time we ate.... should we go back really want to see it busy and alive but food decor and service awesome!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was in celebration of our granddaughter’s first NYC visit.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely great restaurant! Nice foods and atmosphere.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the service was impeccable. I look forward to more dinners at the Russian Tea Room.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The food here is good enough. It's a long time New York restaurant but some of their prices are just robbery. I had an iced tea and it was $10!! No refills or anything. What a rip off. The service is also very rushed and they try to push you out very quickly.

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Donna
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We were warmly greeted when we arrived. The room was quiet and beautifully decorated. We sat in a roomy booth. The pace was leisurely and I felt as comfortable as if I were at home. One person had the salad which was large for an appetizer and had blue cheese and walnuts. Looked great and she said it was. We had the crepe with a mild goat cheese which was delicious. I had the baked salmon with fresh carrots, brocolini and rice and they had beef stroganoff. We all loved our main courses. We all had cheesecake for dessert which was good. This was the restaurant week menu and a good value. Tea was $10 and was a teabag in a pot served with cherries. Seems to me that is way overpriced. Coffee is $8. They did have inexpensive wine for $9 a glass. Service was pleasant and professional. Will definitely go back.

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AmyX
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience2

second time there. For restaurant week. Food is quite disappointing given their long-time reputation as one of the legendary classic places. Services is worse. When i asked for hot tea and stopped him from pouring my ice water (cramps issue), he ROLLED HIS EYE on me and said "huh". tables are at a reasonable distance from each other. But somehow did not help reduce the noise level in the dining area. Very noisy. Would not recommend this place to any one.

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vipOptions
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was very accommodating. Often not the case during restaurant week.

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DorisS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our winter restaurant week $29.00 lunch. Waiter was really pleasant and accommodating. Food was very good. We would have preferred a booth instead of a table,
since there were other parties of two that had booths. Don't know if that was because we
were there for restaurant week or not. We did ask hostess as she was seating us if we could have a booth (there were booths empty and one right near us was filled after that with a couple). We did order wine and pots of tea so our bill was closer to $50.00 pp, which was fine with us.

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Russian Tea Room - NYC is rated 4.6 stars by 3349 OpenTable diners.

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