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31

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General Info:
This Friendly Bar features authentic Russian Vodkas. 14 seasonal flavors. Cranberry and Horseradish are absolute favorites. Live Music is playing every night. Music usually starts at 8 p.m. it caries daily from Traditional Russian Soul Music to Classic to Sunday Jazz Nights.
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Phone: (212) 765-2133

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Neighborhoods:
Theater District, Midtown Manhattan
AKA:

Samovar Inc

Russian Samovar Restaurant

Russia Samovar Inc

Russian Samovar Piano Bar

Categories:
Russian Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information:

Parking: Garage, Street

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Cuisines: Russian, Eastern European, European, Continental

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

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05/16/2012

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
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.

09/25/2009

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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.

07/01/2009

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
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!

12/23/2008

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Overall, the best Russian restaurant in NYC, and one of the best places to enjoy a romantic evening,

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.

10/24/2008

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Overall
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.

10/28/2007

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Overall
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.

08/06/2007

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
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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07/26/2007

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Great Food and Atmosphere

The Russian Samovar is an amazing place to eat. I took my family there after a show and i definitly did not regret it. The service was great and the food was very hearty. The musician played great songs and the mood was awesome when everyone sang along. I really enjoyed it and will definitly stop by next time in the neighborhood.

11/01/2005

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Great Food, Great People

Having time to spare before going to the Neil Simon Theatre, we found the Russian Samovar close by. What good luck! Small enough to feel intimate, large enough for variety, but heavily patronized by Russians - the language was predominant. Wonderful, real food - lots of protein, seriously delicious. Watch out for the flavored vodkas - you'll want to try them all. . . and they have quite a few. Thing I learned: singers will expect $20 bill per song to the jar on the piano, - ask for the singer you want. Spend a while watching and listening and you'll get the idea. Despite being in tourist mecca of theatres it draws a large contingent of Russians of all generations and so feels like a local 'pub' - for Russians. Just let them do their thing - and don't try to be Russian if you aren't. Great, great fun!!

06/15/2005

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Excellent Russian food.

I had dinner at the Samovar the other night. The experience could not have been better. The place is beautiful, the service is courteous and effective, and the food is outstanding. I had the rabbit and my companion had the lamb for entrees. We were both very happy with them. My companion had the cold borsch for an appetizer and was very satisfied. I had the vinegret, and thought it was pretty good but not as nice as everything else at the restaurant. Overall, the night was a success and the bill was $100 for two (appetizers, entrees, glass of wine each, tea/coffee).

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256 W 52nd StNew YorkNY 10019

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