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Russian Samovar & Tolstoy's Lounge

4.7
4.7
544 Reviews
$30 and under
Russian
There is only one way to describe it: Classic Russia in the heart of New York.
The history of Russian Samovar starts well before the restaurant itself. Originally Jilly's Canteen, and owned by a friend of Frank Sinatra, Jilly Rizzo, Samovar was the go-to hot spot for Sinatra and The Rat Pack.
In 1986, Roman Kaplan, founder of Russian Samovar acquired the property and was joined in 1987 by friends and business partners: Legendary dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov and Nobel Award Winning poet Joseph Brodsky. Baryshnikov's baby grand piano is still used daily by our performers and guests can still request the Brodsky table, where the legends used to sit and drink away the hours. Guests of private events also enjoy our private dining room, where Baryshnikov filmed Sex in the City.
​Samovar has remained a celebrity hangout over the years. We've been lucky enough to feature impromptu shows by Liza Minelli and rumor has it that Mel Brooks adapted The Producers to film while sitting at our bar.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Russian, Continental, Eastern European

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat, Sun 2:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (212) 757-0168

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Patrick Allouache

  • Catering

    We provide catering to your home or office. No order is too small We also provide Kosher catering with certification. russiansamovar.com

  • Neighborhood

    Theater District / Times Square

  • Cross street

    between Broadway and 8th Avenue

  • Parking details

    We have a deal with ARO garage across the street from Russian Samovar. $18 for 6 hours with validation

  • Public transit

    Closest to<br> 50th Street Station ( C or E train )<br> <br> 7 Avenue / 53 Street ( B or D train )<br>

  • Entertainment

    Live Piano Music!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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What 544 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. MW

    MichaelW

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great night! Our waiter, Moon, was terrific and hilarious. Everything from cocktails to salad to main course to dessert was delicious. And we loved the old-school ambiance and piano player.
  2. FO

    FromOrlando59

    Andorra

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I came pretty early on a weeknight, but the service was prompt, the food was very Slavic and the vodka plenty. I especially recommend starting with the borscht and herring as appetizers.
  3. RE

    RoniE

    Los Angeles

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great find in the Theatre District. The food far surpasses other “famous Russian” restaurants further uptown. Our dinners were fresh, delicious and not mass-produced. Best of all, our charming waitperson shared with us the history of the restaurant, down to the booth we were sitting in. Everyone here was happy to see us, as opposed to the rude uniformed ones uptown.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    Our host brought us a bottle of vodka which he was special for our group. We thought it was comped or at least a reasonable price. It was $350.00 and they didn’t tell us. The final bill was outrageous. I’ve eaten there before and the prices were reasonable. They price gouged us on “Special drinks” and service. There shouldn’t be hidden cost in the bill.
  5. JW

    JosephW

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Big fan of the Pelmeni and the Kulibyaka here. Was hoping for more flavor from the Stronganoff - more mushrooms - and from the Pozharski cutlet - more dill and onions. The Piroshki, both meat and veggie, were great.
  6. JM

    JasonM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Service was a little slow but on point The food was absolutely amazing
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    We had a lovely evening enjoying a cuisine and culture we don’t usually have access to. The restaurant feels warm, inviting, lively, friendly and a bit upscale. The table next to us was enjoying caviar, an assortment of appetizers and flights of flavored vodka. There was live music most of the night. We tried the borscht which was delicious, mushroom barley soup, chicken Kiev and beef stroganoff. The chicken Kiev was delicious and a nice sized portion. The beef stroganoff was tasty, but had a small amount of beef in it. For dessert we each had the Russian samovar tea and shared the honey cake-we loved it all. We would have given 4 stars but the service was really slow. Apparently Sunday night is usually not too busy, but they were packed and not enough staff to serve the crowd. That being said, the staff did the best they could and we enjoyed the live music and atmosphere, we chatted with neighboring tables and really enjoyed ourselves. We would definitely go again!
  8. CJ

    ChrisJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is amazing. We used to come here when we lived in NYC a decade ago, and it was top of our list when visiting this year. Pineapple vodka and braised short ribs are a necessity
  9. H

    Hawkeye

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We enjoyed the music and the enthusiasm of the dancers-great to see a place with regulars who put on a show! Food was fine and there was plenty of it!
  10. S

    Shelley

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed fun cocktails, good food, and friendly service.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! We enjoyed pre-theatre dinner here and everything we ordered was delicious! Babushka salad, cold borscht, potato and onion pirozhki, chicken kiev, and beef stroganoff - all were wonderful. If I lived in NYC, I would be dining here a lot! Our server, Julia, was also lovely.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. Love the food, entertainment and our waiter (blanking on his name) was a gem. He and I danced between the tables before we left. I must also add that the kids loved it too.
  13. t

    theatregoer

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. The chicken Kiev and duck were outstanding.
  14. TE

    TxExMonty

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, service and music!
  15. KT

    KtoTheB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good value, friendly service, excellent location.
  16. T

    Thebeekeeper

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very enjoyable
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    150 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    150 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Russian restaurant but supporting the Ukrainian cause, inspired us to visit this theater district staple. The interior motif could use an upgrade and the kitchen was uneven but anything supporting the Ukraine should be supported.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Samovar was perfect! Our server Julia is a true gem, a New York institution!
  19. AV

    AnastasiaV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best place in NY for commemorating Brodsky's poetry.
  20. JW

    JackW

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Enormous portions.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating my daughter’s birthday with dinner and a show. She loves the piano bar experience. Russian Samovar was perfect from White Russians through to samovar tea!
  22. j

    jincy1

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a wonderful time. the food was delicious, and the piano player made the evening quite wonderful.
  23. A

    Annie

    New York Area

    105 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant was absolutely amazing. The food was outstanding, service excellent and portions big. There is a piano player who is also excellent. We’re very critical diners & you won’t be disappointed
  24. L

    Leila

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience3
    Good service, food is barely average, great location
  25. PT

    PaigeT

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved this place and we had a tremendous amount of fun! The live music was fantastic!
  26. MV

    MegV

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    A one of a kind experience - terrific food, craft vodkas, music and a good time.
  27. NR

    NRDC

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excellent food and drinks! Great service from knowledgeable and attentive staff. The live music and dancing is very entertaining but can get a bit loud. I have enjoyed coming to this restaurant several times and will definitely be back!
  28. R

    Running

    Las Vegas

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chicken Kiev is great. Infused vodka is incredible. Live music nightly. Lots of fun
  29. AK

    AmyK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Charcuterie board was incredible. The duck and lamb were out of this world. Had fun with the infused vodka sampler. My son had the crème brûlée, which he said was delicious. Lovely live piano music.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing warm atmosphere filled with great food and live music performance.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    The food was very good. The bus boy was excellent. He took very good care of the table. Wish the waitress was as attentive. Would recommend a trip here for something different when in the theater district. There was a piano player who did a very nice job with keeping the music at a good level that it was enjoyable-not too loud and not too soft. Convenient parking right across the street.
  32. A

    Annie

    New York Area

    105 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We booked this at the last minute after seeing our show and it was excellent. Best Branzino I ever had & we’ve been to many fish restaurants including Blue Fin. We also had an avocado & prawn salad that was enough as a main course. The service was very good and what added to the lovely atmosphere was the outstanding piano player. Loved it so much we’re going back when we go into see our next show in 2 weeks. A nice surprise. We also must remember that the Russians living in the US are not Putin’s Russians & they feel for Ukrainian citizens. Excellent food!
  33. T

    Theaterdiner

    New York Area

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Love this place, it’s unique , authentic and delicious
  34. k

    krisku

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Authentic Russian food in a fantastic atmosphere with live music.
  35. DT

    DavidT

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first time there. Good is wonderful and people are very nice. Looking forward to next time.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    EExcellent food and atmosphere, great service!!
  37. N

    Nina

    New York Area

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is marvelous, the flavored vodkas inspiring, and the service charming. There is live music, which adds fun to the colorful decor. Moon is the best host and server in NYC. When Baryshnikov was on Sex and the City, he brought Carrie on a date here. Wonderful place.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Anniversary
  39. KT

    KellyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent! Drinks were also great! Clean, friendly staff and great ambiance!
  40. DT

    DowntownTim

    Miami

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is fantastic. I mean really fantastic. I’ve eaten at dozens of Russian restaurants over the years. This would be in the top 2. Very festive environment. Very loud Russian music/ piano player & singer. Lots of celebrating and people, festive dancing. Our waiter was charming and fun. I can’t wait to go back

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

FAQs

Russian Samovar & Tolstoy's Lounge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 757-0168.

Russian Samovar & Tolstoy's Lounge is rated 4.7 stars by 544 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for Russian Samovar & Tolstoy's Lounge

256 W 52nd Street New York, NY 10019

Additional information

  • Cross street

    between Broadway and 8th Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Theater District / Times Square

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat, Sun 2:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Russian, Continental, Eastern European

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    We have a deal with ARO garage across the street from Russian Samovar. $18 for 6 hours with validation

  • Public transit

    Closest to 50th Street Station ( C or E train ) 7 Avenue / 53 Street ( B or D train )

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Patrick Allouache

  • Entertainment

    Live Piano Music!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 757-0168

  • Catering

    We provide catering to your home or office. No order is too small We also provide Kosher catering with certification. russiansamovar.com

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