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The Russian Tea Room

150 W. 57th St., New York, NY, 10019
nr. Seventh Ave.

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Food: 6
Service: 5
Décor: 8
"Mixed Reviews"

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Good food but ...

By sbwpchen on 12/28/2007

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

We went in the afternoon, took the bar menu and ordered a sandwich and a burger. Both of those were quite nicely cooked but the portion size did not justify the price tag ($25 each). The biggest disappointment was the service and the speed that the food was brought to the table ... Both are slow at best. It took a long time for the waiter to ask us what to order after we sat down and equally long after we asked for the check.

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160 out of 315 people found this review helpful.

Everyone Should Re-Experience the Russian Tea Room

By jliscorpio on 11/16/2007

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

I went to the Russian Tea Room last night with my boyfriend. Having eaten there years ago it was wonderful memory never forgotten however I had read recent reviews that now things were not so wonderful. He always wanted to eat here and last night a special occasion. I thought at least he will be able to experience the RTR even if not up to par. From the moment we arrived the wonderful experience began. It was Thursday the RTR already busy. We were greeted pleasantly at the door and taken promptly to our table. Our waiter pleasant, knowledgeable and attentive. We quickly received our drink orders and appetizer course of the Lobster Salad. It was marvelous, fresh and delicate, seasoned wonderfully. Next course was Kobe Beef Short Ribs with Truffle creamed spinach and potatoes. Each bite heavenly, portions were good size, certainly not a large one but likewise not small either, We also had the traditional Stroganoff which was bite after bite delicious. Desserts were wonderful and we opted for the Cheese Blintzes and the Chocolate Mi-Cuit both amazing. To wrap it up this was a marvelous experience that I would return to again and again.

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161 out of 307 people found this review helpful.

Good marketing Dept. Bad final Product

By avnegra on 10/10/2007

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

It looks like a very good restaurant, the pics shown here at NYMAG, and the suntuous entrance make us suppose so. But the real experience was less than poor. The salmon was 80% butter and the dessert (Chocolate souffle) except for a small ice cream ball, was over cooked and dry. Kitchen seems to be commanded by amateurs, service and decoration the only high(?) points and of course its location. But a total deception to what i have always heard about the famous Russian Tea Room.

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162 out of 321 people found this review helpful.

Different, but Equal to Original RTR

By martin_chamois on 3/22/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Most New Yorkers and most out-of-towners know of the iconic Russian Tea Room by its reputation. The dispute is what is the reputation that brings the memories. Fine continental food? A sumptuous dinning event? A boite squeezed next to Carnegie Hall? Russian cuisine? The new Russian Tea Room has tried to establish its own traditions. Yes the chef has left and yes some of the traditional favorites are missing. But the food is very good to great. The prices are not outrageous. The service is slowly improving. The environment remains fantasy Russian czarist décor. Enjoy and develop your own tradition and a new reputation.

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303 out of 680 people found this review helpful.

Dinner: December 8, 2006

By jgio on 1/10/2007

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

I had eaten at the original restaurant several times. Raved to my friend how great the food was. The decor is awful - the green has to go. The creeps at the door should be replaced. The caviar & blinis were a terrible presentation & tasted off. The chicken Kiev was dry & burnt (Firbird's Chicken Kiev is fabulous). friend & I had this Ginger, Vodka drink that made us so high (and we are drinkers) we barely could walk back to The St. Regis where we were staying. I have told everyone I know how awful the place is.

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