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The Russian Tea Room

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150 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019 40.764889 -73.978654
nr. Seventh Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-581-7100 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Russian
  • Price Range: $$$$

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    Key to Prices and ratings

    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
  • Reader Rating:

    6 out of 10

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Official Website

russiantearoomnyc.com

Hours

Mon-Fri, 7am-11:30pm; Sat, 11am-11:30pm; Sun, 11am-11:30pm

Nearby Subway Stops

B, D, E at Seventh Ave.; N, Q, R at 57th St.-Seventh Ave.

Prices

$24-$48

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Classic NY
  • Lunch
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Special Occasion

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

A serious chef reigns in the kitchen of the optimistically resurrected Russian Tea Room, dispatching fragrant borscht in a covered dish and luscious beef stroganoff. The power regulars who lost their lunchtime booths in the late Warner LeRoy’s 1999 $30 million rehab may never be happy here, but I love the vibrant red-and-green room with its samovars, its Christmas-all-year excess, and the fake Russian art LeRoy commissioned, saved from auction for a golf museum that was never to be. It’s no surprise that consistently lauded whisk Gary Robins can channel Russian. He wowed us at Aja with Asian fusion before morphing into a new American mode at the Biltmore Room. Still, die-hard fans of the Tea Room’s Wednesday-lunch-only pelmeni—little dumplings in chicken broth, smothered in sour cream, feathered with dill—will find his foie gras pelmeni a poor replacement, never mind how smartly flavored. Most of what we’re tasting—goat-cheese-and-wild-mushroom blinchiki, marjoram-scented quail, cocoa-dusted venison—is full of pizzazz and delicious, though expensive and meager. I feel the ghosts: Nureyev, Dalí, LeRoy himself, full of endearing exuberance, and the Russian and Polish immigrants who came in the twenties for tea with jam and cookies because that’s all they could afford.

Weddings

Founded by members of the Russian Imperial Ballet in 1927, the Tea Room has three private rooms to choose from. Each holds 20–300 people and is exquisitely decked out in colored glass or intricate woodwork. Catering director Wendy Gordon oversees all the arrangements at this renovated historic midtown venue. Kitschy touches, like a bear-shaped aquarium and other ornate decorative elements, abound. Prices upon request.

Ideal Meal

Goat-cheese-and-mushroom blinchiki, beef stroganoff or pork tenderloin, cherry and cheese blintzes.

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