Russian Tea Room - NYC

4.4
3530 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

  • Christmas at Russian Tea Room

    Multiple dates available

    $145.00 per person ($95 for Children). Join us at Russian Tea Room for a special 4-course Christmas meal. Please see our website for our menu. We look forward to celebrating with you!

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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 3530 people are saying
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PhilippeB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food2service3ambience5

Went for afternoon tea. The sandwiches were great, pastries very sad and tea selection vert limited. The service was pretty decent. Recommendation: skip and go somewhere else.

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DavidG
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Seemed like a self-service restaurant - I actually had to get up and go to the white stand to ask for salt and pepper

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RicMac
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience5

staff were very stressed, overwhelmed, and a bit rude. food was ok.

DG
DavidG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service1ambience5

So sad that a place like this has employees that care so little - we had a wonderful time, however at one point I had to get up and go to the servers' station to ask for something basic - maybe, the employer/manager does not motivate or incentivize their employees enough - something as simple as making them aware to give the kind of service which they would want for their family & friends.

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SharonW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

So expensive for the quality . The servers were also not helpful. I realize it’s still Covid but the price should reflect the service and did not..

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JulieB
Orlando
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant establishment. Attentive service, good food.

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Panpan
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience5

The service was absolutely horrible, our glasses were not re-filled eventhough we had a bottle of champagne next to us. We had to ask the waiter for champagne, water and salt multiple times.
The food was ok, nothing special.
i think the chef is not a friend of salt.
(I am not a salty person at all, but even for me it was not salty/tasty without the salt)
The ambience is beautiful though.
Nice music played and the decor, styling etc makes the place look unique and glamorous!

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Anastasia
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We went for tea time. It certainly was not worth $80 pp, The tea sandwiches were sloppily displayed on a 3 tiered serving tray. And although there were not many tea sandwiches served, they were filling. They were tasty, but not outstanding. Dessert was several small cupcakes, a cookie and rolls with jam - nothing outstanding.
Our server was friendly and helpful but other diners who were having meals vs tea seemed to get more attention.
The place is beautiful and definitely worth a trip to see. But decide if you want to spend all that money for less than outstanding food. You'll be better off sitting at the bar for a drink to enjoy the ambiance.

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Persnickety
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Very disappointing Afternoon Tea ($80/person) on Sunday afternoon. Sandwiches were generally OK-but-uninspired, however pastries were dry and downright boring. Service was spotty -- very hard to get the check, then had to walk my credit card up to waiters' station to get them to actually check us out -- despite multiple warnings when we arrived that tables were only good for 90 minutes. I had really looked forward to going there with my son and his cousins, but ended up embarrassed to have insisted on the place. It may have been iconic 50 years ago ... no longer.

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danag
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food3service3ambience5

This is an absolute must, the decor is over the top my 8 and 4 year old girls loved it

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food1service3ambience5

Wait staff did the bare minimum and food service was incredibly slow especially considering that most items on the tea menu were clearly prepared FAR in advance.

Tea was lovely and the ambience was nice as well but for the love of your wallet (and palette) do not waste money on the HORRIBLE sandwiches and stale cupcakes ( scones seemed fresh) they even dared to served caviar on a CRUNCHY “blini”, such a disappointment.
If i ever return here i will order something that needs to be cooked and give the kitchen a second chance.
Overall I’d rate 5/10 basically a really expensive tourist cafeteria ☹️

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vipMarcW
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We have never been to the Russian Tea Room and had on our restaurant list for years. Took my wife there for Sunday brunch. We were seated a little too close to the front, by the bar, and with tons of people coming in and out, it was cold. Also the decor was more impressive as you move fully inside. They refused to move us. Little things like no skim milk for Cappuccinos and somewhat abrasive wait staff shows that they are resting on the laurels and getting too comfortable with their reputation. Felt a little "touristy" and not as "exclusive" as we expected. Still, food was good and my wife and I had a nice brunch at total cost under $100 which, for the location, is probably relatively good value.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience5

I have never written a review, but RTR has such great memories for me - golden, glamorous warmth, delicious food, Mike
Nichols and Diane Sawyer in one booth, Woody Allen over there. Today it is so atrocious. Cold stale croissants, tasteless airport sandwiches, confused service. At insane prices. The one authentic point is that it reminds me of “luxury” restaurants in the 1990 Soviet Union. Perhaps it should rename Soviet Tea Room and embrace the awfulness as a kitsch novelty!

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KevinW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite! I lived many years in NY and came here almost every Sunday for the blinis and caviar. Nothing has changed. It is still an isle of eloquence in the hectic of the city.

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nicpet
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience5

They need to do something with their bathrooms. Disgusting. Like a public toilet at penn station.

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Pland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Booked a reservation for our 10 year anniversary. We live in the city and it’s where my parents had their first date. I had requested a special champagne and caviar service when I booked which was an option. We weren’t even greeted after we were sat for 25 minutes and finally had to ask for water. The server was rude when we mentioned we had booked the special service before hand. Ruined the night.

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iwupro
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The restaurant was overbooked, but even as the crowd thinned I felt like we were an inconvenience. We never were offered bread. I had to track down our waiter to order wine, which arrived near the end of our entrees. Everything was okay, but not great.

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MatthewD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience4

We were very excited to finally dine a The Russian Tea Room.. The service and management were absolutely terrible. The food was just average, the best part was the tea. Everything else was overpriced and not up to par… Very disappointed..

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JenniferJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service but despite having a reservation, we weren’t seated for almost 30 min which made us rush through dinner to get to a show. Hostess told us the restaurant was overbooked.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was sublime. Staff were professional but seemed overstretched. More chaotic than I expected. Nonetheless, an enjoyable dinner.

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vipHHayes
New York Area
117 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Always can be relied upon as a really fabulous special room with very ordinary food. I consider it a tradition to enjoy at least one holiday season meal with friends here before the theater.

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Clarinet
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Not nearly as good as it once was. Menu items are lacking. More of a tourist spot but not worthy of the glamour it once had.

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PandoraK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Way overpriced for what it was . Purely a tourist trap

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aminaa
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Food was mediocre. Tea was terrible. Service was even worse.

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AngelaL
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent!

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vipFoodielover
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was lovely with all the Xmas decorations

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OLLINGERHOUSE1805
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience5

We arrived at 5:15, the time of our reservation and were promptly seated. Our waiter promptly came to the table to greet us. From that point forward everything went downhill. We had a party of seven on three different checks. The waiter stated that was no problem. He asked and we advised him that we had an 8 o’clock show and he advised us that would be no problem as well. The food was good at best. Service was extremely slow. Our waiter essentially was nowhere to be found after our food arrived at our table. We actually had to hunt him down at 7:40 to get our tickets brought to our table. Even though he had agreed and told us there was no problem with split checks he gave us one check for the seven of us totaling $777. Since we were already stressed having 8 o’clock show tickets, and the theatre was blocks away, from the Russian tea room, we just paid it as it was presented … one check.

We had really looked forward to this dinner and I must say the dining rooms are fabulous! Other than that I would not recommend this restaurant. Nothing more than a tourist trap.

KT
KTHearne
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant is so beautiful. Interesting art on the walls and such nice ambiance. Service was fantastic and the food was delicious. We went for tea and the sandwiches and pastries were so lovely! Delicious tea as well. Pricey, but worth the experience.

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BobK
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and an efficient, attentive staff-a great place to celebrate a special occasion. Tony-Ann in the front was a great help to us!

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RitaE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Although the food was good, our waiter was deplorable and totally tainted our experience. Bad manners, not attentive. It was difficult to even leave a 15% tip.
Unfortunately we won’t go back. The Palm is a much much better choice.

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MichelleN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience5

The quality of the food did not match up to the cost of the experience. Expected more out of an iconic restaurant like the Russian Tea Room.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The salads were very good. My duck main course was bad. Tough and fatty. My Boyer Imperial drink tasted just like Robbitussin. Staff was very good. Place bery pretty inside.

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cliffy
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you like caviar, this is the place.
Good classic Russian, Good wine list

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Flychick
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience!

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vipBrunoP84
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food3service4ambience5

Great décor and good service but the prices are ridiculous, even for midtown Manhattan (particularly the drinks). The food is pricey but that's to be expected. The only surprise was just how few Russian dishes are actually on the menu. Most of the options are American or British and the only Russian dishes are the easily recognizable ones like Beef Stroganoff and Chicken Kiev.

The drink prices though...straight up robbery. I expect to overpay at a nice midtown restaurant but $14 for a Bud-Light is insulting. Even more insulting is the $24 they charge for any of their Baltika beers (the cheapest, mass-produced Russian beer on the market; cost literally $1.99 for a pint at a beer store). Are they just taking advantage of Americans who they think don't know any better? The vodka is also priced insane: $23 for Absolut? $24 for Ciroc or flavored Stoli?

The food tastes good, the service was positive, but the place just feels like a tourist trap to rip-off Americans who aren't that familiar with Russian dining.

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AThanhOfFun
New Orleans
1 review