256 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 765-2133
Fax: (212) 765-2133
Russian Samovar Restaurant
Russian Samovar Restaurant and Piano Bar
Parking: Garage, Street
Bike Parking: No
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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05/16/2012Provided by Citysearch -
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.
09/25/2009Provided by Citysearch -
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.
07/01/2009Provided by Citysearch -
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!
12/23/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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.
10/24/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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.
10/28/2007Provided by Citysearch -
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.
07/26/2007Provided by Citysearch -
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.
11/01/2005Provided by Citysearch -
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!!
06/15/2005Provided by Citysearch -
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).
05/18/2004Provided by Citysearch -
Good russian food outside the home is hard to come by. RUssian restuarants are more about getting big groups together, getting drunk, and having a blast. I had a good time and the vibe was very jovial, but the food was pricey and less than fresh. downstairs was lively, upstairs was overly extravagant, big and empty. go with good people, and not to be blown away by cuisine.