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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.

150 W 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Between 6th and 7th Avenues

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 581-7100

Website:
http://www.russiantearoomnyc.com/

Parking Details:
A parking garage is available on 56th street behind the restaurant between 6th and 7th Avenues.

Public Transit:
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

Executive Chef:
Marc Taxiera

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

3.7

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91% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (47)
Special Occasion (44)
Good for a Date (41)
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Pre/post Theatre (38)
Quiet Conversation (33)
Good for Anniversaries (33)
Authentic (32)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Afternoon Tea (23)
Cozy (22)
Great for Lunch (19)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Business Meals (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Great for Brunch (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
People Watching (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Fun (8)
Seasonal (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Scenic View (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Casual (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

Nice lunch on a Sunday afternoon before a performance at Radio City Music Hall.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined 2 days ago

We were seated on the second floor at around 5:30PM on a Saturday night. The room had enough space for 4 parties to be spread apart comfortably yet still enjoying the beautiful decor from the tree to the fish tank of a bear.
Because we had tickets to the opera later that evening, we decided to order off of the pre-post theatre dinner menu and we were not disappointed!
Highly recommend the beet borscht as a starter and the salmon wrapped in a pastry as an entree. Do keep in mind the portions are generous so do make sure to show up with an empty stomach. I suggest ordering the cheesecake and the chocolate mousse to top off the meal -they surprisingly complement one another.
I do hope to come back to the Russian Tea Room soon. It's definitely in my top 10 of dining experiences.

(P.S. the restroom was not impressive. The only restroom is in the basement and one of the two stalls in the ladies' room didn't lock. Still not enough to ruin an experience, but hopefully noted and improved upon.)

Tags: Cozy, Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for Groups, Afternoon Tea, Tasting Menu, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Healthy, Authentic, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 2 days ago

Borscht is wonderful! Food was outstanding, especially the caviar blinis!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 3 days ago

They sat us early since we got there early and that was nice. I bet the food on the menu is good but we had the $60 tea and it was not worth it. Service was exceptionally slow.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

The borscht was cold. Server brought new soup, but we had to ask for the sour cream. The potatoes served with the omelet were also cold. My wife's stroganoff was fatty and lacking enough sour cream. Server was responsive with more sour cream. He also kept my coffee filled. We have eaten at the RTR many times over the years. This time, it was a disappointment especially given the tab.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Very touristy but good for an occasional tea and crumpets. Always beautiful!

Tags: Seasonal
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

We had a celebratory lunch after touring the Downton Abbey exhibit. We chose the pre-fixe menu and were more than satisfied. Every bite was exceptional. Treat yourself next time you want a special meal in an opulent setting.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

On the main, this was an OK experience -- historic venue, good wine list, the beef stroganoff was every bit as good as advertised, and the pricing was quite reasonable. Those were the saving grace upsides. The downer was the Chicken Kiev was overcooked, dry and barely resembled any expectation of this well known dish. But at least we had plenty of time to anticipate the cuisine -- the order took 45 minutes to produce -- more than enough to dry out the Chicken Kiev -- and the waiter spent much of his time ambling up and down the half filled restaurant faithfully avoiding eye contact. Perhaps we'll go back, but glad we at least made it to the fabled Russian Tea Room.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We were 20 years ago, it lived up to our memories!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I was really excited to get to come here, our waiter was great as were our drinks. I came with 2 friends, both of which had their meal and dessert before the soup I had ordered even made it to the table. The waiter apologized, it wasn’t his fault but waiting to get my food that we had all ordered together after they finished their meal and dessert was not great.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We went to the Russian Tea Room for a late lunch before seeing the Nutcracker. The ambiance is so beautiful and the wait staff was amazing. We had a wonderful chicken Kiev with delicious mashed potatoes and veggies. I really enjoyed a peach Bellini and the chocolate molten cake/mousse was exquisite. Wonderful time!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Our party of one mother, two grandmother's and two girls. ages 7 and 10 were immediately greeted by a very friendly woman who escorted us to the elevator and upstairs to our table under the tree with the huge colorful bulb decorations. She showed the girls the fish swimming in the very large bear shaped aquarium and seated us. The food and wine were very good and there was something for everyone. It was exciting for us to be there as tourists from Minnesota. The only thing that was somewhat dampening was that our waiter was not warm and friendly at all, not rude, but made no effort to enhance the experience. Maybe he was not happy about having to serve a table of women and children. However, an Asian man stopped by the table and was very friendly and volunteered to take our picture, making us feel welcome.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Tea, Romantic, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was good and the service was good and not so good. Our waiter had an attitude most of the time, even scoffing when we had the audacity to ask for a glass of ice! I can say I was there, but I wouldn't make a special effort to return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This is a New York original - a place everyone should know about. Food is excellent, the setting is ultra romantic and over the top Russian elegance. Great ethnic specialties. Good value for such an upscale place

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We were looking forward to lunching at the iconic Russian Tea Room . While we arrived on time and had specified beforehand that we wanted privacy, we were given a noisy table in the middle of the room. The service was terrible and they screwed up the order. Very disappointed.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Worst food I ever had in NYC, no tasty, zero idea about fine food, this historical location has lost his renowned and famous history

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Beautiful evening. I just wish that it were more decorated for Christmas, as I've seen it in the past. It was really gorgeous, as I remember it.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Wonderful experience. Did the business lunch. Some of the best beef short rib ever. Outstanding service.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 27, 2017

We had a delicious dinner and the service was excellent. However, the dining room was
not what we expected after reviewing their website and also photos from YELP. I was looking
forward to seeing the "bear" and found out most of the photos were of the dining room on
the second level. All in all, we had a lovely time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Our meal and service were both very good. My only critique would be my filet was more medium than medium rare but everything else was lovely. The staff was extremely friendly and down to earth. We had a great evening

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Staff was friendly. Atmosphere and food were great! Will eat here again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Romantic, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Have gone to RTR over the years when visiting NYC. Disappointed. Stuck us upstairs. Made reservation well in advance. Tiny bilinis. Overpriced. Food okay—but not special. Daughter-in-law, grand kids first visit. Redeeming factor—nice waiter. Unfortunate decline of a great spot. Won’t return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

It was a huge treat to sit in the lovely red plush glitter of this ageless New York spot and we had superb wait staff to guide us through the selection of vodka and caviar. The entrees were good but not exceptional. Prices are extremely high -- well above the normal mark-up -- hence my lower rating on value. The restrooms looked like the end of an overbooked evening although we were there early and the dining room was not yet full. I enjoyed the birthday treat and hope the RTR continues to rise back to its former glory.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Loved the ambiance and service! Food was delicious as well.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Seasonal
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 21, 2017

It’s an old NY tradition that’s pretty much turned into a tourist trap. Extremely overpriced to high-tea and the liquor, wine and Champaign pricing is off the charts.

Go there for the soup and get out and see a show but that’s it.

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Timeless decor. A place with many memories. I always go here when visiting New York City.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Food was not as expected. I have been to other Russian tea restaurant much more tasty as Russian food should be.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Daughter’s 21st bday and it was not even mentioned. We are from Kansas. Guess I thought it would be more memorable for the $$$.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The history and ambiance of the Russian Tea Room cannot be matched. The presentation and service of the food and drinks is entertainment in itself. My husband treated me to caviar and champagne before dinner for my birthday. It was a special evening. We will look forward to returning!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We enjoyed the pre fixe menu once again. Borscht, stroganoff and cheesecake. Enough food for four people, even though we were only two! Just delicious, as always. Very dry martinis.
A lovely dinner.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 17, 2017

FIrst time at this iconic restaurant. While the food was good and authentic, borsch and beef stroganoff it wasnt Great. But the service was great and the waiter very friendly and helpful. The ambiance was fantastic, beautiful dining room with gorgeous paintings. Well worth the visit.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We enjoyed the meal. Well cooked, well served. that's it I have nothing more to say.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Groups, Authentic, People Watching, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The service is excellent! My friend and I felt welcomed and warm in this restaurant. And the Russian Country Tea is great, I love how they introduced the tea culture in Russia.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Love this iconic NYC restaurant! - my meal was wonderful and the familiar red and green room made me feel at home again. Haven't been there in many years, but I was very happy to return.
Next time I will have the caviar and some vodka!

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Very good food in a convenient setting for a show at Carnegie Hall.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great setting but the ornate room should be equalled by sparking service. In other words make us feel special that we are dining in a 90 year old landmark

Service was attentive but lacked pizzazz

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The borscht was exceptional. The Stroganoff was good too. The service was attentive, however the main course was brought out immediately after the starter which was too soon.
There was also a very loud opinionated man who's monologue dominated the whole room and spoilt the experience. I understand that staff would not feel able to ask him to speak in a quieter tone but it's a shame he has no self awareness.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Romantic
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

We visited the RTR for a special occasion on last Tuesday at noon, and the staff could not have been more obliging, attentive, and well...spectacular! We all tried a different dish, and shared the savory flavors of onion soup, beef Stroganoff, chicken Kiev, and kulebiaka. Afterward, we indulged in the cheesecake, a blintz, and a tiramisu. The bar makes a great Old Fashioned and Cosmo, too. Come for the food, come for the art, or come for the experience -- just come!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was wonderful, better than it has been in years.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Been coming here since 1959. Still very good!

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