This was My Lady and my first visit to a Russian restaurant. Russian Samovar was conveniently close to the Gershwin Theater across the street for which we had tickets to see Jersey Boys.
We were seated at a table too small for us to comfortably eat so we relocated ourselves to a table more in the center of the restaurant that gave us the needed comfort.
We each ordered from the Pre Theater menu and opted to start with the country borscht which was excellent. We also ordered the beef stroganoff which was very good. While the taste was excellent, the beef was slightly tough. The pirozhki that was served with the beef was excellent. For dessert we ordered the napoleon, which was about average.
The wait staff seemed somewhat confused and uncoordinated. We had to repeat ourselves several times when ordering and then someone else’s order was delivered to our table.
The piano music added an enjoyable touch to the evening’s dining experience. While we enjoyed our first Russian restaurant as a very good experience, next time we’ll eat Russian at a different venue.