Russian Tea Room - NYC

4.2
3693 Reviews
$50 and over
Continental
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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Experiences

  • Valentine's Day

    $175.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2022 only

    A 4 course dinner with a glass of champagne, $175.00 per person plus tax and gratuity. This will be the only menu offered Valentine's Day dinner.

Offers

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    Sun 7:45 PM - 8:45 PM, Mon - Sat 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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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 3693 people are saying
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vipStevenM
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Always wanted to try this old NY classic, so I went during restaurant week. One can forgive the kitsch, to me that was part of the charm. Nothing charming about the rest of the experience. The drinks were outrageously overpriced and the waiter knew nothing about the wine list and then advised me that no one in the establishment knew anything about the wine list. So, after Googling my wine selection we chose from the restaurant week selections. Perhaps that was the reason the food tasted like it came from a low budget catering hall in New Jersey. I’d certainly never go back to order from the full menu.

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vipTScottJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was truly a fantastic experience! The service was spot on. Unique & tasteful ambience. Afternoon tea trays were delicious & the caviar service was exquisite!

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KatieS
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful place, rich history, very cool art, and excellent food presentation. And perfect martini!

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Celt
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The ambience and the service is excellent. The food is quite humble and not particularly outstanding for a fine dining establishment.

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1685penn
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still outstanding — maybe even better — after all these years. Food, service, and atmosphere can’t be beat. The lamb dumplings!! Absolutely delicious!! Everything from salad to dessert and tea is a treat. I love coming to the Russian Tea Room!

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RoslynC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was good service was good but it was a quiet place and

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vipchip
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We went during Restaurant Week. Service was prompt, waiters attentive, food tasty. Borscht full of flavor, and the beef stroganoff was a good sized potion with tender beef and a yummy helping of noodles. The cheesecake offered as part of the meal was traditional in taste - a classic. One blip - we got a serving of the Georgian dumplings (bland, tough, and lacking in both sauce and spice). Was nice to revisit a classic!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, food was great, service was on point!

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Emmanuel
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the lighting, the art displayed around the restaurant was great. Food was perfect, the dessert was delicious.

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mmmfood
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lifetime dream to enjoy afternoon tea at The Russian Tea Room which exceeded expectations! Ambiance, presentation, service and quality all top tier! Looking forward to my next visit!

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LilianeS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

It’s not the Russian Tea Room I knew, now food is terrible, service bad only one person for the entire restaurant but the price increases a lot.

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vipAftinC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Waiter was absolutely terrible. Never came around, didn’t know how to open wine bottle, and was rude. Would never go back.

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RaeMaeFoodie
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very unique and luxurious experience. A great place to take a sophisticated friend or family member.

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KennethM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group of 6 was very happy with the dining experience. The staff was very attentive. The decor is priceless. Our meal was tasty and well presented. We would definitely return.

JM
vipJM813
Miami
37 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We were so excited to be able to get reservations for this NYC icon restaurant. I must say, while everything was "good" we were not blown away. My son wanted to try 2 different tea choices and we were told we were only allowed 1 which was a little disappointing. He did enjoy many of the sandwiches and caviar on his first tower. I had the vegetarian choices. They were fine. I am glad we got to go, but for the "price of tea" I feel you get more at other places.

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ManishaB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Sunday is not a good day to go to Russian tea room for lunch. There is no lunch only expensive brunch with mediocre choices

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SusanC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect ambiance, flawless service, perfect meal!

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taniaewing
Tasmania
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Shouldnt have to ask for menu twice
Which we had to do twice!
Food ok v pricey worth the visit but just have something cheap and font expect great service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was excellent as expected. The service was average, not what I would expect for a landmark restaurant

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PatC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The menu was very limited, food was good but, portions have decreased in size and increased by a lot cost wise. The staff was great, just not the place it used to be.

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OLGAS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We were very disappointed with the food. Nothing special, mediocre portions . Service was excellent and it has a nice ambiance . I also thought that they would have loose teas but the tea is bagged tea.

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RichardR
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great experience. Looking forward to returning:)

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Lily
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Can't beat the ambiance. But I so looked forward to having the Chicken Kiev and it was a major disappointment. The crust so extremely difficult to cut through and the meat was dry. Moreover, I seem to remember that the server usually cut open the chicken at the table and some wonderful butter spilled out.

Also, below the only options for 'would you recommend" are Yes and No. I'll press Yes but I need a Maybe.

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DanielF
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, we ordered the afternoon tea which comes with your selection of tea and a variety of sandwiches, mini cupcakes and scones. Friendly staff and very well decorated room.

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KatherineF
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Such a nice restaurant. My entree (duck) was a bit underwhelming. The rest- the appetizer, cocktail, dessert- were all excellent.

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Sheil
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decadent! It definitely lived up to the hype. We had amazing service, delicious drinks and food and a beautiful ambience. Pricey but still spectacular.

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GeryG
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Business express Lunch was quick but not rushed. Excellent staff. Superb food.

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NathanA
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for high tea to celebrate my 33rd birthday and all I can say is I am so honored to have been able to experience all the comforts this establishment and exceptional staff provide. From the moment we walked in we were greeted with genuine hospitality from all the staff members. Our server was an absolute delight, extremely helpful and very informative. The food was beyond compare and the selection of teas to choose from were fantastic. No matter if you’re a native New Yorker or a tourist make this a must see destination! 500,000 stars!

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michaelm
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at the Famous Russian Tea Room was everything we expected, outstanding. The food, the ambiance, the service, the stunning decor, were all amazing, incredible, and iconic! The staff was professional, friendly, and amazing! We cannot wait to come back! You all made my little girl’s birthday am amazing experience! Thank you all! God Bless you! We hopefully will see you soon! Happy, healthy, safe, and prosperous New Year! Salute! Bravo!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute amazing experience. Very old New York

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vipEllenT
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had tea but I saw some amazing brunch being served. Will definitely return for that next time!

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Cdj67
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening and service was super . The wait service was beyond top notch made for a memorable evening

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Server was never seen but food and atmosphere were great.

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vdine
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Lousy service small portions and poorly presented. Very over priced we were ignored , getting butter took close to 10 minutes to get a waiter to come to the table servicing utensils were dented

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CliffJ
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The afternoon tea was excellent. Loved all the sandwiches. Some of the deserts were a bit weird but great overall. Perhaps a tad bit overrated as I’ve had better afternoon tea in London and Taipei but those are obviously a high mark to beat and this was a great location and ambiance and service.

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AyeshaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Moderate service. Sandwiches and deserts not fresh. Overall very average experience!

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vipJames
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a beautiful restaurant that provides a beautiful experience. Everything about it is noteworthy. The decor, the location, the staff, the flow, the service, the food, the drinks. How fortunate that this establishment is still open and survived covid as well.

This is a great experience. Thank you !