I was in town for a 2 week business trip and wanted to take advantage of Restaurant Week. Although it took 30 minutes past our reservation time to get seated, it all worked out and the food was very good. The vodka sampler was good, but a bit expensive.
Overall, a beautiful restaurant with great ambience. The food is delicious although not large portions. Great for a special occasion.
Food was good. Service was not warm, accommodating, nor friendly. The alcohol prices are insane ($20 for a mixed drink and $25 for all vodka drinks). I only recommend it because of its rich heritage and history. While it closed and has re-opened, I still think everyone should eat there at least once, but you may want to nurse your drinks or bring a big credit card. Super expense food prices as well. How they can charge $22 for French Onion soup is beyond me, but they do.
Lovely no need to dress up
We weren't advised in advance that our lunch would be served 2.5 flights up with no elevator rather than in the well-known first floor area which we had expected. The staff were inconsistent about where the restrooms were and how to get to them. The host and his assistant argued about whether we were a party of 2 or 3 (had been reduced to 2 that morning due to illness of 1 person), and there was no coat check. Service was very disorganized, with 4 different waiters approaching us, first to solicit drink orders and then to request our food orders. Initial food items delivered were not those ordered. The food was most definitely not Russian, and the best thing served was the chocolate dessert. We were not offered a second roll, and an empty drink glass was removed without asking if another drink would be desired. One of us ordered Sprite and the other a glass of red wine, for which we were each charged $9.00, as we discovered after repeated requests for our check. Wouldn't recommend this restaurant for any of the reasons above or any others based on this experience!
We visited during Restaurant Week which may not be the ideal time to visit. The service was not what you would expect from such a high end restaurant. We paid $22 for a Martini and $10 for a teabag served in hot water. Not the freshly brewed tea leaves you would expect. We had 8 pm reservations, arrived at 7:40 and were seated at 8:25 at the middle table in a row of 3 tables. We decided to wait for a more private booth. However, we were warned that it could take anywhere to a half hour or longer. We waited 5 minutes.
After we were seated we were promptly served our dinner. There was little interaction with the waiter and our water glasses were never refilled.
Nice decor but poker service and mediocre food.
Even with a reservation, this restaurant overbooks and we waited an hour for a table. Service was poor, food was cold, and they have the nerve to serve stale sliced Wonder Bread with the entree as a bread basked. Huge disappointment for a NY Landmark Restaurant...GO ELSEWHERE!!! Overpriced and living off an old reputation when this place was actually good many years ago...
I only can give 3 stars only for the service, because even though we have reservation and we checked in 5 minutes earlier, we still had to wait for a good 30 minutes until we get our table. They did not seem to be apologetic enough for our valuable 30 minutes that were wasted for waiting while standing (no chair to sit while waiting) and it was cramped b/c too many ppl were waiting).
However, once we got our table, I will give 5 starts for the service. The food came fast. The appetizer, main course and dessert were all great and outstanding and our server was great.
Making a reservation a month in advance was pointless as we were not seated until 15 minutes after our requested time. Our server seemed burnt out and umwanting to do the job he signed up for. The most we got out of him was he brought our drinks to our table although someone else had taken the order. Lastly, the cost was extrodinarly high. $9 for a fountain drink.....really!?
Great restaurant week menu and value
We had a fantastic time! We particularly enjoyed the Beef Stroganoff. Be sure to check out the trinkets in the basement on your way to the bathroom.
i was there during restaurant week for dinner. There was a price fixe menu for $42. It including 4 appetizers, 4 menu dishes, and 2 desserts. The portions were reasonable size. Both the chicken and beef dishes were very good as were the appetizers. The dessert - cheese cake was good too. Even the cappuccino was very good
The atmosphere was interesting with great painting decorating the dining room.
The waiter was attentive until we received our main course after that we weren’t offered another roll or asked if we wanted coffee or tea. My rice was cold. If this were first visit would not come back but we will give it another try
We had the restaurant week lunch menu, the place itself looks really nice, however we felt quite disappointed (but not surprised) that we were not allowed to see the bear ball room.
also, food was very good, service was fast, but the waiters were just not very nice. we couldnt tell if that was because we were having the reasturant week special, or they were just tired, but all together they were just not as nice as you would expect in a restaurant in nyc.
all together i would recommend to visit this restaurant but i might not be back again, as i prefer better customer care.
The Borscht and Stroganoff was delicious with extremely tender beef. The room was uncomfortably warm.
Had guests in from out of town. We took advantage of NY restaurant week and did a splurge. We all had a great time. Nice decor, old school charm, very good drinks and with a special menu we went for a Jordan Cab, another splurge. service was very good as was the food. Definitely do it again.
We went to celebrate a birthday and were not disappointed. They even put a candle on the dessert dish of the birthday person. The food was outstanding and the service was exceptional.
Would recommend for a special occasion and note that they do do restaurant week in New York which is a great deal.
Restaurant - Exceptional experience - food was wonderful, service was friendly and professional, and seating is so that you are in a booth facing out to the dining room - we will definitely return!
We had good time. Food was excellent ( not salty ) and atmosphere
was very good.
Especially this gathering was special for friend's birthday celebration,
The dessert dish with a cute birthday candle helped us to celebrate as well.
We went for Resturant Week Winter 2018. The appetizers were small and bland and didn't look appetizing at all. The Entrees were much better with larger portions and more flavors. Great sauce on the Salmon, and amazing sauce for the beef stroganoff. However, the desserts were definitely purchased elsewhere because they looked and tasted very cheap. Good atmosphere and great decor which I guess makes it great for larger parties, but I would not recommend for a date.
The Russian Tea Room is such a classic that it is always a treat. But at a recent lunch, not only have the prices become astronomical but the quality of the food was mediocre to poor in some cases. My guests liked their pelmeni and one of them liked his steak. And the cheese and cherry blintzes for dessert were fine, though not outstanding. But there were a number of blackened "off" greens in their classic salad -- what one would expect of a diner, but not the RTR. The grilled tofu with Israeli couscous was entirely unimaginative -- a grudging bow to vegetarians. I have had some lovely meals in the last 30 years at RTR. We had a lovely time being together, but a good deal of the food would have been substandard at an affordable restaurant.
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!
Very overpriced, food average. Nothing special here.
Very pricey for mediocre food. Service was attentive on a Sunday evening. It was a bit of a “bucket list” item for us, with mixed feelings. If you have any other restaurants in NYC on your “list”, check them off first.
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.
Great, polished service in splendid atmosphere & over-the-top expensive menu! Yes, it’s Midtown but $10 for a glass of still water, $10 for tea?
The food was good & well presented w great choices!
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 up 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.
Overrated. Food nice but not really anything special. Decor was beautiful, but no ambience. Waiters were not engaging or interested. Hovered around table waiting to clear our plates, felt rushed so did not bother with dessert.
My husband and I had afternoon tea while in the city for NYE weekend and so glad we went. Atmosphere were perfect. Service was great. The food and the displays were perfect. Highly recommended
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!
The most wonderful meal! Started off with the beef and lamb dumplings and went into the stroganoff. Beautiful flavors. Ended with the cherry and cheese blintzes and tea sweetened with cherries.
The dishes were expensive but worth the price. Every dish was flavorful and unique. Additionally, the portion size is quite large. It's enough for dinner and lunch the next day!
Returning to NYC after many years and returning to The Russian Tea Room and so pleased to find all just perfect! Food and service wonderful!
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.
Beautiful restaurant from an earlier time. The walls are filled with art work from Russin-born artists such as Marc Chagall. Service is great, but not over bearing. Caviar service and borscht are two items not to miss.
Beautiful setting, but did not live up to the hype. I was truly expecting the afternoon tea to be more elaborate than it was considering the cost. The staff was on point and professional. I won’t be back for tea.
Unforgettable experience and food! The entire staff was extremely accommodating
throughout our visit at The Russian Tea Room.
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.