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About Russian Tea Room - NYC
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.
New York, NY 10019
Continental, Russian, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
High Tea Service: Daily from 2-4:30pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:45pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:45pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday 4:45pm - 11:30pm
Sunday Dinner - 4:45pm - 11:00pm
Business Express Lunch Prix Fixe $40 pp: Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 4:45pm
Pre/Post Prix Fixe $60pp: Daily - 4:45pm - 6:15pm and 10pm - 11pm
Between 6th and 7th Avenues
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
A parking garage is available on 56th street behind the restaurant between 6th and 7th Avenues.
N, Q, R to 57th Street/7th Avenue
F to 57th Street
B, D, E to 7th Avenue/53rd Street
1, 2, A, B, C, D to Columbus Circle
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We do private and special events of all kinds. Please contact us for information.
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Whether you are celebrating a birthday, wedding, special occasion or hosting a corporate function, The Russian Tea Room can accommodate parties ranging from 10 to 800 guests for cocktails or full meals. With 3 completely unique and creative floors available, your guests will never forget your event.
Russian Tea Room - NYC Ratings and Reviews
Food is really good again. There was a period where it was just okay, but NOW we are back to GREAT!
The borscht was outstanding. I opted for seafood vareneki. Light and luscious. My husband had the blini with caviar-a nice portion and the kulebiaka - enough deliciousness for two! We both had the chocolate hazelnut mousse cake- very rich and tasty.
Service is spot on but never obtrusive. The atmosphere is charming. We had a great time!
We went there after a Saturday Matinee. First time in a long time. The atmosphere is truly a New York Icon. Food and Service is fantastic. Price fix selections are perfect. From appetizers to Desert were perfect match for a cold afternoon. Thank you to all of the staff for a dinner I won't soon forget. As a New Yorker, you need to go at least once.
I booked the Russian Tea Rooms for afternoon tea for 4 there is no doubt the ambiance is second to non. And its list of famous customers past and present is very impressive
Service was excellent the only negative issue we had was when we asked for a extra tea bag after the tea pot was topped with more hot water. We were told there would be an extra charge for the bag, this did raise a smile.
We English are world experts on tea drinking for the record its one tea bag for the pot & one per person.
Sandwiches were excellent, cake and scones could do with a little extra refinement.
Overpriced ($300 including tip for 2 people with 2 appetizers, 2 main dishes and 2 teas “and cookies” for dessert) and delivered with poor attention to details. I ordered several dishes to be shared with my daughter and had to ask several times for extra plates. The waiters were professional but with no apparent desire to enhance any aspect of my dining experience.
The dining room was exquisitely adorned with fantastic paintings. None of the waiters knew anything about the works of art on the walls. Very disappointing experience overall.
The Borscht was excellent however.
This is supposed to be a tea house as pointed out in the name of this restaurant but tea came in the form of tea bags !!
Costing $10 each! And not tasting any better than generic tea !
The tea menu mentioned that tea would be served with goodies which never arrived!
Disappointing experience to say the least !
This is an annual favorite of ours, or whenever we are in New York City. Enjoy the service, the many teas, the wonderful entrees and dessert. Of course, the caviar and vodka selections are fabulous. The staff is always attentive and makes our entire experie ce memorable. This year we brought some more friends and the raves haven't stopped yet. We recommend the RTR to ALL our friends, relatives and fellow travelers we meet. It's a convenient location to the New York Athletic Club, where we usually stay. Excellent!
So my family has been coming for more than 50 years and the RTR is probably my all-time favorite restaurant. But it has changed hands over time, and sadly, this fantastic piece of old NYC gastronomy is basically a fanny-packed, American -Doll- shopping-bag-toting tourist stop on the Big Red Bus. No famous people-watching here anymore. No fantastic food here anymore. Where is the dill in the borscht? Where is the meat in the pierogi? Where is the creme fraiche, melted butter, and oh yeah, caviar, for the blinis and caviar? Actually, the dish is no longer called “blinis and caviar”. It’s now a “caviar tasting” where a pound of sour cream (yes sour cream!) is slathered over three pre-portioned buckwheat blinis (yay) with roughly a 1/4 tsp of American “caviar” (no comment). The stroganoff is not luscious . On the plus side, the champagne is well-priced at 100 for a bottle of Veuve; our request for booth 2 was accommodated; our waiter was on the ball and hilarious with jokes of Mother Russia (the heat was not working): and the hostess tried to make it right when she heard we were not happy. That said — I can’t ignore having grown up here. It’s still beautiful and cozy. I’ll be back.
We had Christmas Day dinner at the Russian Tea Room. A native New Yorker, I have dined only occasionally here over the years and was expecting a commercial variant of the original. I was pleasantly surprised. The food, notably the caviar with blinis, the borscht and the beef stroganoff were all exceptional, as was the service. Our waiter Jetmir was superb. We shall come again soon.
Disappointing when a classic loses its luster. I loved this restaurant years ago. While some of the iconic trappings like the Polar Bear sculpture and the egg tree are still there, the food was very disappointing. When you cut into chicken Kiev it should spurt butter, not be dry. The four of us ordered the Kiev and all had the same disappointing experience. Our waiter was disinterested. Overall, I love this restaurant and hope it makes a comeback for real this time.
Disappointing. Christmas Price fixe at $125 per person I expected more. Three courses, portions were small, food only average and service terrible. We arrived for an early dinner because we had theatre tickets for 7 PM. The restaurant was not that busy when we arrived and dinner still took an hour and 20 minutes to be served. Waiter acted like he was doing us a favor. The highlight was the show we went to see was so fabulous it made us forget our mediocre dinner.
I went Christmas day with my wife and mother. They could not get the next course out fast enough - it seemed like seconds between courses. No bread served until halfway through the meal. No coffee/tea served until desert was almost completed. The appetizer and main course were good, the first course they gave was not (tiny and very forgettable). Drinks were good, waiter was very nice and attentive but a total of $625 for 3 people (including the tip - we had 3 total drinks and 4 total glasses of wine) after all was said and done I expected so much more. It was as though they were rushing to get us out of there because they needed the table. I get that if we were at a TGIF's but not a nice place like this.
The restaurant disappointed on a couple of fronts. Most important was that I had called ahead and specified dietary restrictions for a guest and discussed acceptable options with the person concerned. And yet, they did not take care of it. Said guest had a salad and dessert for $125! Second, the restaurant needs to refresh its interiors. Looked neglected.
Went to Russian Team room for family dinner on Christmas eve. We liked the ambiance and the quality of food was great. Service was good just that few of the items that we wanted to order were not present, In restaurant of such quality we would have expected heads up of what was missing from the menu in advance.
This place used to be nice. Now it’s outdated and full of old people. It’s what people used to think was nice and fancy. But this is no longer the case. The host staff were calling people at the wrong time. And we had reservations yet 2 groups of people who arrived later and had reservations as well got tables immediately. Seems suspicious. If it weren’t for my dinner guest I would have left immediately. When they finally called us we closed the bar bill and was directed to a table and then they ask if we were so and so and we were not so our table was not ready. This is not acceptable. And then they got us a table finally upstairs. The food was entirely bland and just a bunch of brown muck. I had the duck and my guest had the Kiev. The caviar tasting was just cheap orange caviar. Salmon roe etc for 3 little blini for $40. This place is so overpriced for the food they serve. Risotto is a joke. There are so many nicer places to eat for the same or less cost. Do yourself a favor and eat somewhere else because this place is closing soon.
An old favorite didn’t disappoint. Hadn’t been for a while since Carnegie Hall was under renovation, and only remembered downstairs DR. Upstairs dining room was a surprise. Mirrored walls, a rotating glass bear with goldfish inside, glass faberge eggs hanging from a huge tree, quiet tables in booths — wonderful ambience. Beef stroganoff cooked for 18 hours is so tender, it melts in your mouth. Tangy borscht with full bodied broth. Even the rolls are great! Nice chat the waiter recounting RTR lore. Greeter respectful while waiting to be seated. Had a really nice time before our concert.
Horrible food which is overpriced. My wife is Russian from Moscow and I wanted to treat her at a Russian restaurant hoping she will enjoy some russian food with our friends who are also Russian. I must say we were throughly disappointed with the lack of variety and quality of food. It is an over priced restaurant with below average food.
On the Saturday before Christmas with millions of tourists in town, the restaurant was more than half empty. In spite of this, service was slow. The food was only fair. Sad to see what used to be an iconic spot deteriorate like this. Would not recommend, would not go there again.
I had been to the Russian Tea Room many years ago and had enjoyed everything about it. I live in Texas so not a regular but do come to NYC an average of twice yearly with some years three times. I think the Russian Tea Room quality and being unique has truly been kept and I consider it among my favorite places while visiting here. Fred E. Turner
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