Russian Vodka Room
Russian Vodka Room invites guests to spend time with friends while savoring quality vodka and Russian delicacies. Decorated with wooden furniture, artwork and chandeliers, the restaurant creates an ambience of a traditional Russian home.
Its menu features caviar, borscht, duck liver pate, meat dumplings and other appetizers, as well as herring under a fur coat, a typical layered salad. Russian Vodka Room’s patrons can dine on main entrées such as beef stroganoff with kasha, a type of porridge, roast duck with apples, prunes and apricots or breaded and pan-seared sea bass. Farmer’s cheese pancakes with chocolate and other desserts are on the menu, as well. As its name implies, Russian Vodka Room serves a wide selection of vodkas and infusions that range from raspberry and cranberry to ginger and garlic pepper and dill vodka. Visitors can also enjoy live piano and jazz concerts.
I liked the place because it used to be good food. This time however, the beef tongue was absolutely horrible. I don’t know whether they switched the chef, but it was much worse than in previous years. Good place if you want some quiet, you’ll be able to talk and hear each other.
The waitress was new and inexperienced. Bunch of dishes weren’t available and as I said, my beloved beef tongue was horrendous. Honestly, we should have sent it back. The chef and the stuff should try to chew it themselves. I had to spit mine out into a napkin.
A note on noise level: I went late on a Tuesday night, there were only about a dozen or so people in and out, so your mileage may vary. I had the tomato/feta salad, it was huge and delicious, they were not bothered at all that I was ordering after 11:30(I think?).
I was a little disappointed he didn’t have the Genmorangie that was on the online drinks menu, but there were plenty of other comparable Scotches available so it was really no big deal at all.
The band was awesome. They played A-Ha in a polka style, which was initially disturbing as that is one of my top five and I strongly dislike covers that are altered. But it turned out that I loved it so much I low key recorded it and sent it to my fellow A-Ha super fans, who also were skeptical but then really got into it. After the band left they played more 80s alternative, which was the greatest.
I don’t know how much the bar back is being paid, but it’s definitely not enough, that was some great conversation. I haven’t been out to a bar in a decade, and probably won’t again for a long time, but you can bet I’ll be found at this one EVERY time I’m in NYC. I’ve passed it along to all my friends, and they’re pumped to go when they’re in the area. Thanks for the great night guys, it was definitely memorable.
I have dined at the Russian Vodka Room many times, and the food and service have always been excellent. Usually my dining companions and I order several different appetizers, and of course, vodka. They have a very large selection of vodkas, and quite a few infused vodkas that in made in-house.
My only complaint is that the noise level, especially during our last visit, was truly deafening. It was a Friday evening, so maybe that is why it was so noisy, but another issue is that they tend to crowd diners in very close to one another, to the point where one's elbow is almost touching the chair of another person's. So that also accounts for the noise. Bottom line: If you want authentic and delicious Russian food, this is a go-to place, but don't count on it being a quiet, intimate dinner. It's not that kind of place. But if you don't mind a highly energetic crowd, then you can't go wrong here.
A perfect place for a quiet drink, snack and conversation after a theater performance next door at the August Wilson Theater.
If you're looking for something a little different in New York City, try the Russian Vodka Room. The food was delicious and the atmosphere made me feel like I was on the set of an old movie.
Cool piano bar vibe with great Russian food and vodkas. Will definitely return!!
The interior is a little run down, but clean. The service was very slow even though the place was not busy when we first got there, but we weren’t in a hurry so it was no problem. The food was legit. The real deal. Prepared fresh and very delicious. We had all kinds of apps including soup, dumplings and pâté and it was all great, as were the entrees. We especially loved the chicken Kiev and braised lamb shank. I’m sorry to say that the desserts were a disappointment. The apple crepes were filled with applesauce. Nothing special. I would definitely go back and save the dessert calories for someplace else.
A great go to place for after a Broadway play. Open late
Very interesting infused vodkas... loved the horseradish one...server was very knowledgeable and very attentive.. glad we tried Russian fare
This was our second visit to the RVR... the caviar is amazing. We got the caviar trio. Ask for extra crepes. We went on a very busy Friday night, so the pace was crowded. we got there before our reservation, but the hostess was able to seat us in the front area right away. But this was very crowded and we got seated next to a pretentious loud talker. I'm not sure if it would have been quieter in the back, but next time I will ask for a table back there. And we will be back next time we are in NY!
We love this place. Very festive. Fun and delicious.
Unique, fun place...had an underground feel, serving shots of infused vodkas and tasty, bountiful vodka drinks...could be dangerous...dark Christmasy/Valentiney motif, food was tasty...a little crowded but would go back , mostly to try different vodka shots, there were dozens of choices...
Loved the Russian Vodka Room. Fun atmosphere great infused vodkas. Get the cranberry infused vodka it’s outstanding. It’s a bit small and can be crowded but that adds to the fun. Go enjoy before or after a play.
It was truly horrid. It was a birthday celebration. They sat us after waiting a good ten minutes to be seated at a very small table in the bar area and that was with a reservation. When we asked to be relocated they said that they had two large parties and could not do so. We almost left but didn't. The noise level from the bar area, they were practically right on top of us, in addition to the loud music and the inebriated extremely loud patrons at the bar caused us nothing but grief during dinner. The food was all right mind you but the service was deplorable. I do not blame the server. She did the best that she could but they were greatly understaffed. I would nor recommend this restaurant to anyone.
Great place - authentic...lots of Russians - vodka selection is excellent - food is heavy but well prepared, especially smoked fish and chicken...reasonably priced
The food was all very tasty. We had gravlox with potato pancakes, duck live pater, chicken schnitzel, beef stroganoff, and apple blintzes with vanilla ice cream. We tried a vodka cocktail. Vodka Lemonade with a Thyme Sprig. It was very good.
The food was delicious, vodka drinks different and very good, atmosphere very "Russian", service very good. We will definitely go back!
More bar scene with tables around the bar. The spatchcock style garlic chicken and the beef stroganoff with barley were tasty. Try a shot of their infused vodka.
Its amaZing! And highly recommended. I would suggest the beef stragnoff
I have been coming to RVR for almost 15 years now and they have never disappointed. Accessible to both native Russian speakers and their American friends, the place has the perfect vibe for a pre or post Broadway dinner and drinks, or a raucous vodka tasting party. Try the Tulka Sandwich Odessa Style for a taste of my childhood, or go for Chicken Schnitzel with Truffle for a classy modern fair. I've been hearing great tales of music Sunday brunches at the venue so definitely expect to be back sometime soon!
Food came out really fast and delicious. Service was impeccable. Really cozy and small place with delicious infused vodka. Highly recommend.
We went there after a show. It was a fun atmosphere with great food and service.
The waitress that called us 3 times to confirm if we’re still coming was rude and very fresh quick to reply to all. Ruined my mood right off the bet. Otherwise the place itself is very nice and cozy close to theaters and another restaurant samovar which I will try next time.
The stroganoff was the best I ever had in my entire life but It would have been so much better if it were
served with NOODLES....buttery noodles, instead of buckwheat rice which I HATED....
but It was delish otherwise...
Fun experience. The vodka is strong and the Russian appetizers are tasty. Happy hour from 4 to 7 pm each day is s great deal. Live piano music and singer started at 7 pm and added to the overall experience of being in a very different kind of place. Staff is Russian and they play along as patrons try to say “cheers” in Russian. Glad we chose to check this place out. Definitely worth experiencing.
They got our drink orders wrong, then charged for 4 drinks when we only got two. Then I ordered beef stroganoff but they gave me beef tongue instead. But anyways the food the food was good tho in the end
A great hole in the wall nestled among the Broadway houses, but not overun (or seemingly patronized by) tourists. Traditional Russian menu is very good, but as the name suggests, vodka is clearly the star, as cocktails as well as exotic shots. Great service as well. Will return next time in NYC for some theater!
We come here often when we find ourselves on 52nd St. I love the gravlax and potato pancakes and the blini with salmon caviar. The flavored vodkas are fun too, but try the chocolate martini! Apple blintzes are great for dessert. We have only ordered appetizers here, because that is my preference but I’m sure the main courses are authentic as well.
Loved the food prices were good service slow
First time trying Russian good. Food was excellent ..
Cozy festive atmosphere with live music. Delicious food!!
We will be back!
Bar area was noisy and crowded but the service and food was excellent
As a VIP member of Open Tabel, I usually look for the reviews of VIPs....One VIP gave this place 1 star! Absurd, along with his comments, none of which were even close to being true...Our experience was fantastic! Great food, great service (Thank you Bo!) wonderful atmosphere and delicious drinks! I wasn't sure what to order and we were steered in the perfect direction! The Shrimp salad was amazing, the dumplings are an absolute MUST!! Beef carpaccio was yummy too although, I'm italian, I prefer it sliced thinly, it was still very good!...We will definitely return when in the area....try it, if you're a true foodie, it won't disappoint!
This place was severely understaffed and it was the first time I actually went there. I had tried to go a few nights before, but was summarily ignored, so I left, and took my entire party of seven people with me to Valhalla in Hell's Kitchen, where even though it was equally busy we were able to order and were seated in no time. So this time, I came back with fewer people, and decided to make a reservation.
I showed up a little early, hoping to catch the end of happy hour and be able to order a single drink from the bartender while waiting for my friends, but apparently, such a thing is too much to expect for a Sunday night. After being ignored for fifteen minutes, the host finally talked to me and asked if I needed something, to which I responded that I had a reservation.
Now, I understand that they were busy with a Christmas party, and that the holidays are a difficult time of year, having worked in restaurants for seven years. A simple acknowledgment of my presence by ANYBODY within two minutes of walking in would have gone a long, long way.
Instead, we were eventually seated and then ignored for another twenty minutes, after which my other friend chased down the bartender to get her to take our order, which was AFTER most of the bar had been cleared of guests. We ended up moving to the bar and she was receptive and attentive once we were right in front of her, and again, I understand that places get busy, but waiting 45 minutes from when I first walked in the door just to be able to ORDER is unbelievable.
The food itself was very good, and I loved my crabcake as well as the apple dessert my friend got, which was perfection. The infused vodkas are not to be missed. However, I've learned that the only way I'll be returning is to come early during happy hour during the dead season, and avoid this place like the plague throughout the entire holiday period.
I would suggest anyone wanting to have a pleasant experience do the same.
Happy hour Sunday 4-7 has Live music and interesting vodka infusions, ask before ordering because not all flavors are the "happy hour" price. The jalepeno infusion was my fave, and that isnt on HH. The live music was very different, performer was in an evening gown and was v. Good. Make a table ressie and take a friend for an interesting Sunday night out!
Good service. Bad drinks and food. Not much else today but stay away.
Great ambiance, cozy, live piano and singing. Great food.
Vodka lovers delight, hard to find Russian vodkas, house flavored specialties, happy hour, pianist/vocals, great ethnic dishes
Friends and I go here every few years. On one hand it is essentially a Russian themed bar with good food. On the other hand it is a Russian Vodka bar. Pricey but the vodka flows well, food is very good- especially the cheese plate, meat plate, fruit plate (all good for snacks with shots) and the kielbasa with potatoes and the duck. Te waitress are very attentive and most of them are very friendly. On several occasions on Saturday and Friday nights there is someone playing the piano - good old school familiar Russian songs. The place is not large 5-6 tables in the back and a decent sized front bar. We always make reservations for the back - typically a week out with no problems. We have been coming here for the last 6-7 years and will be back next year.
Have been planning to go there and finally went. Super. Nice music, nice food and drinks and service is very professional and friendly. Started recommending my friends already.