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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 good36%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“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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1 - 10 of 203 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food here is delicious! I started by making a reservation for lunch through the TripAdvisor link. Not sure that it was necessary since we were only the fourth table there upon arrival. Service is brusk and if you don’t speak an Eastern European or...More

Thank SharonLiz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Before coming here my only exposure to Russian cuisine came in the from of beef stroganoff by hamburger helper, there is no comparison. I went with large group for a holiday party and was able to sample many items i wouldn't have ordered or expected...More

Thank marion f
Reviewed 25 November 2017

A first visit several years ago was such a pleasure that we returned a second time on that same trip and looked forward to a repeat this time. But alas, the life seems to have gone out of the place. Service was lackadaisical, several dishes...More

Thank Joe M
Reviewed 12 November 2017

My wife and I loved this place very much. We spent three nights in a row there. All the food we took was fresh and cooked specially for us. We took "varenichki", "pelmeni", "draniki" aka potato pancake, "smetanik" aka sour cream and "medovik" aka honey...More

Thank Boris S
Reviewed 10 November 2017

The headwaiter, Moon, is nothing short of amazing! So many great things on the menu, and there is a Russian literary feel! The place makes you feel at home, and the food is excellent!

Thank Bruce1795
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

That was the opening line from one of the best venue mangers around, and as my first experience at a Russian venue, the straight up suggestion of a Vodka was not only different but made me think where the heck this night would end up....More

1  Thank Nick C
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

My daughter and I decided to splurge on our last night in New York. We made reservations but really didn’t need them as the restaurant was quite empty. We never seemed to have the same server, more like a team approach. We ordered the potato...More

1  Thank Susan K
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

Great food, music and environment. Beef Stroganoff was excellent, cherry dumplings were very tasty as well. Service very attentive and excellent.

Thank Joergalgan
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Love the food but cigarette smoke gets into the dining area. We have been to Russian Samovar several times and during the last two visits, which were months apart, we smelled cigarette smoke in the dining area. During both visits we informed the waitress of...More

Thank Ginkleberry
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

We stopped by for a quick drink after a show. We were greeted by Vladimir, the darling bartender. He educated us on what was available and walked us through at least 15 amazing infused vodkas that were in vats behind the bar. Cucumber, garlic, pineapple,...More

Thank mmrjgolden
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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, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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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