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Russian Samovar

256 W 52nd St, New York City, NY 10019-5821
+1 212-757-0168
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“beef stroganoff” (25 reviews)
“borscht” (16 reviews)
“honey cake” (7 reviews)
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European, Russian, Eastern European, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
256 W 52nd St, New York City, NY 10019-5821
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I will be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect from Russian restaurant. But there were numerous choices, and the food was delicious. My husband had the chicken Kiev, which was lightly breaded, and very good. My daughter had the beef stroganoff. I avoided that,...More

Thank Julie C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cool atmosphere and bar with knowledgeable bartenders who can make interesting vodka based cocktails, live music, did not try the food. Maybe next time.

Thank Bren T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

All food was disgusting, cold, stale, reheated many times. The waitress brought a bread (stale) only after reminders. Chicken Tabaka was composed of four pieces of different chicks who are undoubtedly left after other customers. Worst restaurant ever and very, very overpriced.

Thank Maya M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to go here for a few drinks after dinner. The band was enjoyable and one older man was dancing very well. Needless to say we had a wonderful time. Highly recommend if you are in the area. The Moscow mule and Mojitos were...More

Thank colleenva
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped in for a happy hour visit and a Bloody Dasha. I think they grate the horseradish on site. Great friendly bartender on this Saturday, shared appetizers, love the music. Every visit is always a special occasion.

Thank zerman17604
Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

I really didn’t not expect much about Russian food because of my lack of knowledge about it; but I love it!!!! Very good food and very good service! For sure I will come back there. The environment looks like to be very authentic Russian style....More

Thank Marcos C
Reviewed 22 April 2018

The theatre pre-fixe was the perfect meal in-between both parts of Angels in America, next door at the Neil Simon Theatre. I started with a chilled shot of cranberry vodka, nice but maybe some of the other infused flavors would be more exciting, so the...More

Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

We didn’t have plans after dinner which was a good thing. The food was very good. The pelmeni were very good. My husband had the Chicken Kiev and I had the Stroganoff. Just easy comfort, classic food and it was perfect. The service however needs...More

Thank Sherri P
Reviewed 15 April 2018

We waited over an hour for our entrees, and the waiter was less than gracious. Never said I'm sorry.....wasn't attentive...didn't offer to somehow make up for it. They had booked (on the main floor) two large parties of tables put together, making the restaurant feel...More

1  Thank rgnewman
Reviewed 3 April 2018

Just a few blocks from Times Square we discovered the Russian Samovar. A small menu, but good choices, coupled with a good range of drinks - vodka is a must! Service was quick, food was excellent. We look forward to coming back

Thank Graham B
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Katelin H
31 March 2016|
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Response from 426philliph | Reviewed this property |
It certqainly has steps, but not many. A couple up from the sidewalk, if I remember correctly. But the way to the toilets has a lift.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$28 - US$39
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Television, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 4:00 AM
5:00 PM - 4:00 AM
12:00 PM - 4:00 AM
12:00 PM - 4:00 AM
12:00 PM - 4:00 AM
12:00 PM - 4:00 AM
12:00 PM - 4:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 256 W 52nd St, New York City, NY 10019-5821
    (Broadwy & 8th)
  • Public Transportation: 50 St (A, C, E) 50 St (1, 2) 7 Av (B, D, E)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-757-0168
  • E-mail
Russian Samovar, a landmark restaurant in New York City with rich history, started operations in 1986, and later partnered with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Nobel Prize winning poet Joseph Brodski. We are proud to have won numerous Best of New York awards for our food and flavored vodkas. We support the art community by hosting poetry readings, art shows, and now theater productions. The space has a unique layout with private event space upstairs, which consists of a lounge area and bar, and a private dining room with a balcony. Downstairs is an open dining area and bar with an atmosphere celebrating our Russian heritage. The white piano centerpiece donated by Mr. Baryshnikov ties together our bar with our dining room, and is one of our sources of nightly live music - everything from classic piano scores to Russian / gyspy music on a weekends, as well as jazz on Sundays.
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