Great beef stroganoff and salmon. Excellent service. Nice tea and coffee service. Expensive, even at lunch.
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Five os us decided to try the Russian Tea Room for brunch. Basically, we go to the same restaurants when we visit NYC three to five times a year. I'm always pushing them to try new things. Needless to say, I lost some of my foodie street cred during our RTR visit. The setting was beautiful, but the service was lackluster and the food was disappointing. We could have gotten better bacon and eggs at a fast food establishment. The waiter had no personality and seemed impatient. Needless to say, once was enough and we will not be returning. Sad, because I wanted to enjoy the experience.
Let's start by saying it is a historic landmark of sorts and I wanted to go. It is beautiful inside and seating is comfortable. Servers also pleasant. However the china is plain white like you would find at a diner and the pastries are blah. The caviar was a small dot on a cracker with some sort of white cream next to it. You could not taste the caviar. I liked the tea we selected, St. Petersburg, but was surprised it came in a bag and not served loose. Also it made for 1 1/2 cups, which I find to be over priced for $10! even in Manhattan.
We arrived at the Russian Tea Room with plenty of time before our concert at Carnegie Hall so wanted to experience the vintage flavor we had heard about. The vodka list is extensive./ The food offerings interesting and the service was good.
I do not know how the Russian Tea Room was in the past. What I experienced was a feeble attempt to present English Hight Tea experience as Russian. However, even in that they failed. The tea sandwiches were mostly bland and not tasty. The so called American caviar and blini was simply awful. The tea was served in a tea bag, not loose leaf. The desserts were a little better, but uneven. The waiting staff and the hostess were indifferent, at best. A typical, tired tourist trap.