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The Russian Tea Room

150 W. 57th St., New York, NY, 10019
nr. Seventh Ave.
212-581-7100

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6
Food: 6
Service: 5
Décor: 8
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THE MOST HORRIBLE PLACE OF ALL TIME.

By emks26 on 1/28/2013

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

I read the other reviews and I wonder...if we even went to same restaurant. My experience with RTR is the most horrific restaurant experience I had EVER! I absolutely regret of wasting my previous meal time in NYC by eating here. I ordered Caviar omelette and SERIOUSLY the size of the meal was 10cm long (4inch). Did they ran out of eggs that they had to make my omelette with one egg only? How can they even dare to name it "Caviar Omelette?" GUESS HOW MUCH THAT COST? 28 dollars. 28 dollars! you get a full steak with that money! Oh and guess what? They somehow thought we won't either check the bill OR we can't read or something? So they charged another USD$30 for desserts when we declined to even see the dessert menu to same waiter that gave us the bill. When we asked the same waiter that cheque is wrong, the waiter was giving us a sleazy smile. HOW DARE THEM! I can't possibly describe how upset I am with this place, and they should stop advertise it. And whole day, my boyfriend had severe stomach aches from his "two eggs and bacon" which is the SIMPLEST form of breakfast and they manage to make my boyfriend sick for the whole day trip in NY. All, please don't go and waste your previous time in NY. I didn't come all the way here so that I can spend USD$28 in 10cm (4inch) egg omelette. You have no idea how my weekend trip to NYC got ruined because of this restaurant. I detest them from the bottom of my heart. Period.

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27 out of 55 people found this review helpful.

great restaurants great food

By ericmyyyyr on 2/8/2012

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

great restaurants great food..cant wait to go back!!

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38 out of 78 people found this review helpful.

A Bit of History

By NY13 on 4/26/2011

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Though I didn't have a chance to sample as much as I'd have liked my vodkas, blinis and caviar were very traditional and tasty. This place has a circus like atmosphere to me and is famous in Russia and among "ballet folks" if only in name. Though not a vodka bar (the rage in Russia and other places now) it definitely has a big bar. The tea looks very classic and adds a nice element. Give it a try if you'd like a colorful night out (or Mother's Day Tea) though the Russian Vodka Room has home made vodkas and more common traditional fare. The RTR has a nice gilded look but is not that "typical" Manhattan to some. The chocolate cake is lush too.

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42 out of 78 people found this review helpful.

Perfect for High Tea

By LoveNYC123 on 4/6/2010

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I went for High Tea (2-4:30pm) with my my mother, sister and a baby in a stroller. RTR was very accomodating with the stroller. The food was fantastic. Tea/finger sandwiches were all fresh and made with great bread. The sweets were divine and the tea was excellent. All beautifully served on tiered trays. Sterling samovars sit below some fabulous artwork. Not a bad seat in the place. The service was very attentive and professional. Beautiful room. Everyone who appreciates a proper High Tea should expereince this gem.

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78 out of 152 people found this review helpful.

Service Went from Slow to Not

By ChuckPMi on 12/7/2008

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 10
  • No, I would not go back!

I visited here with a tour group. The decor and food were excellent. Portion sizes were just right, large enough to satisfy, but not so large that you couldn't finish them or you were stuffed at the end of the third course. The menu was poorly written. "Salmon wrapped pastry" was what most of us would call "pastry wrapped salmon". Service was a little slow for the first two courses and then it stopped. We waited more that 30 minutes for desert and were there more than two hours total, at a busy time of the day. We did not get to see the glass bear because of another group on that floor.

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91 out of 175 people found this review helpful.

RT Feeds on Tourists...AVOID this Tourist Trap!!!

By HaLa on 8/28/2008

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 10
  • No, I would not go back!

My sister wanted to see the glass bear at this NYC "institution," so her concierge made a reservation for us on the second floor with the glass bear. However, when we arrived we were told that there was a private party on the second floor. Later (as in one hour later at 9:00 p.m.), we were the ONLY people left in the entire restaurant. It was obvious that there was NO party on the second floor, so I asked if they would show us the glass bear. This time they said that the second floor was locked and that no one had the key and that we must have misunderstood earlier. No, actually they lied earlier and were now switching to another lie. Classy. As for the meal...mediocre at best, especially for a NYC "institution" with "institution" prices. From what I can tell, they are now solely reliant on tourists. The RT is taking reservations under false pretenses, lying to customers and serving mediocre meals. If you want a great night out at a NYC institutionÂ…look elsewhere and definitely do not expect to see the bear no matter what the reservationist promises.

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95 out of 183 people found this review helpful.

2 star tourist trap posing as a 4 star restaurant

By show_me_the_food on 8/28/2008

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

The Russian Tea Room loses a star every time it reopens. Great decor! bad service, bad food. We were welcomed by the creepy guys at the door who were staring my date up and down (aren't they supposed to provide information and just open the doors? instead of drooling at all the women in the street?) My dessert tasted like Sysco! The borscht was watered down and the sour cream was piled on too high. Limp spinach lobster salad with rancid dressing. My date went for the traditional chicken Kiev dry and burnt (tv dinner?) The tea is in a bag! and cost $10 if you want tea try The Roebling Tea Room. The maitre'd was very rude. The server never asked us about the food. I had to call off work the next day because I was sick from the lobster salad (bad dressing and maybe dirty lobster)

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99 out of 223 people found this review helpful.

We weren't wowed.

By jenny88 on 7/10/2008

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

It was a place I had wanted to go to for a long time. I loved the fact that it was a restaurant that had an interesting history. My husband and I went to NYC for my birthday, so we decided to try the RTR, but it didn't exactly completely fulfill our expectations. The decor was what was supposed to be the best part- but somehow it seemed fake, the red leather booths looked too plastic and the russian artwork on the walls seemed forced. Although, I have to say it was still unique. As for the food, it was adequate. For my main dish, I had the Chateaubriand--it just wasn't the best thing I had ever tasted. Though the caviar is something different--the good ones are not cheap. I am still glad that we went there, just to say that we did, but I'm not sure that we are ready to go back.

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101 out of 183 people found this review helpful.

GREAT EXPERIENCE for anyone !!!! Highly Recomend

By NadiaNastaskin on 3/20/2008

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

For some people, whose reviews I read this is horrible and very unpleasant experience. They criticize “The Russian Tea Room”, as it is the last restaurant on Earth they would consider going to again! I live in Manhattan for over 20 years and go out to eat to different restaurants all the time, including the other "famous" restaurants - Noby, Chipriani, Per Se, Babbo and so on, and everywhere, if you go often, you would find faults with service and food, but people go there for ambiance and other things they like about those places. In the city restaurants open and close every day, but the Russian Tea Room’s history goes back 80 years! I love Russian Tea Room and go there at least 1 or 2 times a month to try different items on the menu, introduced constantly by the Chef. The decor is terrific, like no other anywhere in the world and if you ask Metr-De to show you 3 floors above in most cases they would take you on the tour (unless there is a private event). You would never in you live see other place like it! Go and judge by yourself!!!

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86 out of 178 people found this review helpful.

Russian Tea Room Tragedy

By chaber on 2/4/2008

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

The Russian Tea Room is a tragedy. It is beautiful but the service is nonexistant and the food is horrible. In our case, the waiter "forgot" to tell us there was a "special" for the evening. I had to overhear it being told to other patrons after we had received our food. The staff was unapologetic. The food, meanwhile, was horrible, salmon in a tasteless wet pastry. The beet "reduction" offered three bits of beet in a half teaspoon of tasteless reddish liquid. No other vegetables. When I called to compain that we weren't told about the sea bass special I was told it was my responsibility to ask what the "market fish" was for the day. Meanwhile, they have a nonsensical menu setup in which they list a "market fish" on the "pretheater" menu but not one on the "dinner" menu. We were given a dinner menu without the "market fish" entry., so how could we ask even if it was our "responsibility"? The restaurant was mostly empty at 6 p.m. on a Sunday night. This is a horrible, expensive, "trap."

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