The Russian Tea Room

150 West 57th Street, 10019, New York

(4.1)
International
Average
Main Course $35
Food Spend $75
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday: 07:00 - 22:30
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 - 23:30

Wonderful atmosphere, but the afternoon tea food was dry and definitely not worth the cost. Not fresh or savory at all.

Solveig Olsen 9 January 2017
From New York

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More about The Russian Tea Room

Opulent and grand, The Russian Tea Room in New York offers elegant fine dining in sophisticated surroundings. Superb continental cuisine with Russian fare is the key focus at the exquisite Russian Tea Room.

The elegant interior features bold red leather banquettes and Art Deco design. Full of character, Russian Tea Room has been a cultural hub in New York for over 80 years, after the members of the Russian Imperial Ballet founded the restaurant in 1927.

Full of delicious classics, the menu includes signature dishes like beef stroganoff,
poached lobster salad or chicken kiev with caramelized wild rice. High Tea at The Russian Tea Room includes sandwiches and blinis along with cupcakes, seasonal scones and petits fours. A fine selection of loose leaf teas will complement the high tea, with the optional accompaniment of champagne.

Close to New York's Carnegie Hall, the vibrant tradition of the Russian Tea Room legacy is still alive to this day.

Customer Reviews for The Russian Tea Room

4.1

(based on 405 reviews)

83% of diners at this restaurant would recommend it to another person.
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  • romantic (189)
  • dinner (188)
  • afternoon tea (177)
  • luxury (173)
  • lunch (109)
  • private dining (96)
  • business (60)
  • large parties (49)
  • entertainment (36)
  • value (27)
  • trendy (26)
  • child friendly (23)
  • breakfast (21)
  • views (13)
  • al fresco (7)
(5)
18 January 2017 by MP from New York
Fantastic borscht..... delightful setting, great service.
(4)
16 January 2017 by Raema Jenkins from Sydney
The venue of course was absolutely delightful, the service was excellent, and the atmosphere really good. However, my friend and I were a bit disappointed in the Christmas set menu. I had the pork and she had the strogonoff. Maybe we should have tried the a la carte menu, if that was actually available on Christmas Day. But afterwards we went to the King Cole Bar at the St Regis and that was brilliant!
(3)
16 January 2017 by William Ivins from New York
Since we were staying at the nearby 57th Street Hilton Club, the location was perfect. And, since we were heading to see the Broadway musical "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812" — which is based on Tolstoy's War & Peace, and about Russian Oligarchs, the setting was perfect. The food was very good, but our service was only OK. I did like that a waiter gave my Chicken Kiev it's first cut (for safety reasons). But, for the prices, I expected better. Not sure I'd go back — unless someone else way paying! BTW — I had asked the hostess about seeing the glass bear fish tank (which is upstairs), and she said she'd see what she could do — and I never heard back from her.
(4)
13 January 2017 by Brett Compton-brown from Merrickville, Ontario
We love going to this restaurant every time we come to New York City. Food and service is very good. Loved the French onion soup and Salmon pie. Normally the restaurant is very busy but yesterday it was almost empty.
(4)
11 January 2017 by Jeffrey Schworm from Duanesburg
Nicer and brighter than we expected...my daughters ( ~25 and 35 years) were thrilled.
(5)
9 January 2017 by Solveig Olsen from New York
Wonderful atmosphere, but the afternoon tea food was dry and definitely not worth the cost. Not fresh or savory at all.
(4)
7 January 2017 by Tracy Robin-levine from South Orange
Food was good and nice size portions
(5)
7 January 2017 by David Olsen from Warwick
The dinner and ambience was wonderful and the service was excellent! We will definitely be back!
(2)
5 January 2017 by Donald Bellamy from Philadelphia
The price was excessive for afternoon tea with a tea bag. Setting was very nice.
(1)
5 January 2017 by Joe Martella from Kirkland
I visited The Russian Tea Room with my wife and sister during a 2 day visit to NYC last week. My wife and I have had afternoon tea a few times (never at The Russian Tea Room) and thought having it at such an iconic location would be a great experience. However, from start to finish our experience was pretty poor.

As soon we were sat, we could tell there was confusion on which waiter's section we were even in, as it took someone about 5 minutes to acknowledge we were there (and I'll add here that we were the third table sat, so it wasn't just that they were busy). We finally got menus and each chose tea from the limited selection they had. The next weird thing was that we received our first course about 10 minutes before we actually got our tea. Additionally, the waiter simply dropped off our food with no information about what each sandwich (about 7 or 8 of them) even was!

After the first course, we waited about 45 minutes for the next course, with the waiter coming to check on exactly 0 times until I called him over. Meanwhile, we had no water or tea left. During this time, 3 other tables around us received their second courses.

After our second course towers were cleared, we sat for another 45 minutes until we got our bill (again with no one checking on us). I got the bill, tipped like I felt, and left to never return again.

Overall, I'm extremely disappointed with the service that was provided. You don't pay $60 a head for tea and finger sandwiches, you pay that for the experience. Clearly, this place is operating off of reputation instead of good service and we'll be sticking to the hotels for future afternoon teas.

The Russian Tea Room

150 West 57th Street, 10019, New York

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