256 W 52nd St, New York, NY | Directions 1001940.763183 -73.984668
Mon-Thu 11am-12pm; Fri-Sat 11am-3am
Neighborhoods: Theater District - Times Square, Midtown
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Great Food. Russian Samovar is a favorite place to eat every time I take in a show. I took my lady there after a show and we had a blast. The service was great and the food was very good as well as filling. With live music playing great songs the mood was awesome, especially when everyone sang along. I really enjoy the scene at Russian Samovar, it is now one of my regular spots when I catch a Broadway show. Highly recommend Russian Samovar in Midtown!
Russian Samovar is Manhattan's premier Russian restaurant, as the # 1 place to enjoy a romantic evening, meet friends for a drink, have a private party, or come for a pre/post show dinner and drink. From the wide selection of vodkas skillfully scented in house, to the welcoming and experienced staff, to the cozy and friendly decor and atmosphere, with beautiful Russian music played by professional musicians, to mouthwatering food - Russian Samovar is always a solid and fun choice for a Russian restaurant in NYC. The menu is not overwhelming - just the right selection of the most popular Russian and Georgian dishes - cooked to perfection, and well deserving either Russian vodka or french champagne. Try the horseradish vodka with your starters and order a selection to share (this is why it is worth coming with friends), Russian Samovar is a well rounded and worthy experience.
Russian Samovar is the greatest Russian Restaurant in Manhattan that I have ever been to. Great food, amazing decor, and located right in the Theater District for for a pre-theater meal or a post-theater meal, plus Russian Samovar has an excellent Vodka selection, with a cool bar scene for good late night fun in midtown NYC.
Good Russian grub – I very much enjoyed my dinner here recently (because I'm Russian and love Russian food). Started out with a salad and some prosecco for the evening. My date sampled one of the flavored vodkas. There really are So many to choose from, he stuck to the pear vodka and it was heavenly. Then shared a borscht with my date and we each ordered the sturgeon, which came with mashed potatoes or kasha. It was my first time trying sturgeon and it was savory. The decor is something to admire, with samovars around the room. The waiters were polite and made us feel welcome. The dinner was really superb. I only want to add that this place IS expensive, so be prepared to shell out for a meal here.
Terrible place if you want to be treated with respect – I called to make a reservation for my birthday. The lady that answered the phone was really rude and unprofessional. If you like good service, I suggest that you pick a different restaurant. I will never visit this place. And none of my family and friend will ever go either. I would advise an attitude adjustment, if you'd like to see new clients.
charming russian experience – I didn't know I was leaving NY and stepping into a little Russian realm complete with the art and music. The cranberry vodka was too good! (I guess they infuse them there) Live music on the grand piano was a nice touch -a young russian couple spontaneously got up and danced, even. (I also sneaked a peak upstairs where the S-- and the City scene with Carrie and Mikail Barisnikov was filmed- lovely!) Really a refreshingly different dining experience in this day of over-fancy food and super loud restaurants!
Overall, the best Russian restaurant in NYC, and one of the best places to enjoy a romantic evening, or to meet friends. – From the wide selection of vodkas skillfully scented in house, to the welcoming and experienced staff to the cozy and friendly decor and atmosphere, beautiful Russian music played by professional musicians, to mouthwatering food - what else can I say? The menu is not overwhelming - just the right selection of the most popular Russian and Georgian dishes - cooked to perfection, and well deserving either Russian vodka or french champagne. Try the horseradish vodka with your starters and order a selection to share (this is why it is worth coming with friends). The Karski lamb is marinated in a special Georgian sauce which makes it so tender that it actually melts on your tongue... The pelmeni is a lighter dish, looks like ravioli, but tastes like nothing else and goes equally well with vodka or beer. The traditional tea with cherry preserve and one fo the several dessert dishes will definitely make this a well rounded and worthy experience.
below expectations – Food is quite bland, the decor is mediocre, prices pretty high...and this is coming from a Russian. wouldn't come back again. the bill came out to $200 for 3 people, all 3 of us left feeling hungry (we didn't order any drinks!). Their $30 something dollar entrees don't come with a side. That, you must order separately. The food isnt memorable and makes you want to go to McDonald's after to indulge in a dollar menu.
Amazing Restaurant!!! – This restaurant is great overall experience. From the minute you walk in you know you are in for something different. The atmosphere in this place is extremely easy going and welcoming. The decor reminds me of a Russian dinning room from the beginning of last century. The food is very good, and the pre-theater dinner is an amazing full portion dinner for an unbeatable price. I highly recommend this restaurant.
incredible experience – I spent an unconventional and terrific evening dining at the Russian Samovar Friday evening with some New York Friends. The food, the hospitality of the waiters, and the unique live music made for a most special experience.
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