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150 W. 57th St., New York, NY, 10019
nr. Seventh Ave.
Russian Tea Room Tragedy
By chaber on 2/4/2008
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."
Good food but ...
By sbwpchen on 12/28/2007
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.
Everyone Should Re-Experience the Russian Tea Room
By jliscorpio on 11/16/2007
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.
Good marketing Dept. Bad final Product
By avnegra on 10/10/2007
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.
Different, but Equal to Original RTR
By martin_chamois on 3/22/2007
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 dÃ©cor. Enjoy and develop your own tradition and a new reputation.
Dinner: December 8, 2006
By jgio on 1/10/2007
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). Plus...my 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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