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Russian Tea Room - NYC

4.5
3336 reviews
$50 and over
Continental
For over eighty-five years, New York's defining cultural moments have taken place at Russian Tea Room. Ever since members of the Russian Imperial Ballet founded the restaurant in 1927, it has been a second home for boldface names and the intellectual elite-an exclusive enclave where actors, writers, politicians, and businessmen planned their next deals and feted their friends' latest Carnegie Hall performances.

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Special menus

  • Afternoon Tea

    Starting Sep 30, 2020
    conditional afternoon tea served daily.
  • 2-Course Dinner Special

    Starting Oct 22, 2020
    $45 per person Join us for our 2-Course Dinner Special and enjoy a choice from our signature entrees and dessert. This special is available every evening from 4:45pm-10:30pm
  • 3-Course Dinner Special

    Starting Oct 22, 2020
    $70 per person Join us for our 3-course dinner experience highlighting many of our signature dishes. This special is available every evening from 4:45pm-10:30pm
  • Business Express Lunch

    Starting Oct 22, 2020
    Join us for our Business Express Lunch! For $55 per person enjoy 3-courses featuring our Signature Borscht, Bouef a la Stroganoff and Chicken Kiev. This special is available Monday-Friday, from 11:30am-4:30pm

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 3336 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.1
Value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

Our visit started out fine. The reception was gracious and warm and the protocols were taken care of easily. The place looks great.

But the service was indifferent from the start. Quite clear that our waiter felt the job is beneath him and wanted us to know that. Worse - the food was really sub-par. Tea from tea bag? Sandwiches old and cold. Dessert straight out of a box bought at the bodega around the corner. Caviar served out by the egg on day old blinis.

But for the ambiance and the fact that it was a day out of the house would have been a complete bust. Still - disappointing.

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Anonymous
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

The food was mediocre at best. No typical Russian desserts

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vipAndyB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday celebration

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pass the word: Russian Tea Room is back with it’s wonderful over the top opulence from the past combined with great service, ,food and Covid protection of 2020! The only thing lacking: people who will welcome the staff back, respect their courage and commitment to the survival of our City and at the same time, have a delicious, “only in New York” dinner.!

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viplivddream
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Arrived and the place saw locked up! That's no way to treat your clientele

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PatriciaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had the best time, Albie & my waiter Vladimir made me feel comfortable dining alone I had wonderful tea set up and the price fix —the chicken Kiev was delicious. The atmosphere is museum like beautiful rich red with lots of gold and beautiful paintings and artwork

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Good reopening and anti covid measures are good

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GaryW
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place for drinks, first time I ate there. I stopped in for brunch since they have reopened and it was well worth it! The caviar omelet was superb.

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EvaT
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I took my daughter with her doll for afternoon tea and we had a really lovely time! The staff was so nice and they were on top of making everything safe and following requirements for reopening. It was quiet and very nice for a special outing.

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AlyssaT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it! Following Covid guidelines, great service/food, and afternoon tea on a weekday was the best time to go!

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Mark
Portland
15 reviews
Reviewed on 30 March 2019
Overall1FoodServiceAmbience

Made a reservation with OpenTable (which now shows "no-show")… but we were turned away due to a special party! They acted like they didn't know what happened and blamed it on OpenTable.

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vipLoveBirds
Portland
39 reviews
Reviewed on 2 July 2018
Overall3FoodServiceAmbience

Lovely room, very historic and delicious food but inattentive and grudging service spoils the experience. This is right near the Downton Abbey exhibit and is a nice experience - maybe other waiters are better. We were there at lunch time. We enjoyed our food.

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vipSarahF
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2018
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience2

I’ve heard about the Russian tea room my entire life. However, I wish I hadn’t booked this reservation. The interior has not been changed in at least 50 years and looks like a gaudy Chinese restaurant. The servers seemed arrogant which was confusing as the restaurant was empty. The wine by the glass list is weak...I understand it’s a vodka place (there were probably 20 vodkas) but I would expect better wine options. We all four ordered the beef stroganoff, the house specialty, which was pretty great. However afterwards to venture to the bathroom in the damp, dark basement was uncomfortable to say the least. Our waiter disappeared in the middle of the meal and never returned. So sorry but really not the experience I wanted.

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SheilaK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Went before Billy Joel Concert. Interior nice except a couple of strange touches that looked cheap including lighting fixtures with red Christmas ornaments around them in June. A clear "miss" in a high end establishment. meals were hit and miss. Lobster salad at $38.00 was REALLY tiny. Lobster was way overcooked and chewy. They served us a glass of wine that turned out to be water and then acted like somehow did something to wine, like downed it an complained. LOL! We spent $500.00 on dinner and wouldn't try to get a free glass of wine. Over all our server was very sweet but we were a little under whelmed. If you want to see this historic spot stop in for a cocktail and head to another spot for your meal.

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vipCarolynK
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food and service was excellent. Had lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had brunch here before we saw Anastasia on broadway. We wanted to make it a theme day, so we decided the Russian Tea Room would be perfect, and it was. Food was great, service was great. It was just the perfect place and it had a great ambiance.

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vipLuis
New York Area
211 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2018
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience3

Certainly disappointing... While the food was superb, I will say that the caviar appetizer felt like a "tourist trap." The blintz was too heavy, the "caviar" was mostly roe. I joined my party last, and waited 10 minutes before a server greeted me or inquired about my need for a drink. The ambiance seemed tired, as did the staff. Our server was nicer as the evening progressed, but never friendly. It was my sister's 75th Birthday. Bottom line - we did not feel welcome.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ate the prefix meal before a show was the only table for almost entire time we ate.... should we go back really want to see it busy and alive but food decor and service awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was in celebration of our granddaughter’s first NYC visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2018
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Absolutely great restaurant! Nice foods and atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great and the service was impeccable. I look forward to more dinners at the Russian Tea Room.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2018
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

The food here is good enough. It's a long time New York restaurant but some of their prices are just robbery. I had an iced tea and it was $10!! No refills or anything. What a rip off. The service is also very rushed and they try to push you out very quickly.

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Donna
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2018
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

We were warmly greeted when we arrived. The room was quiet and beautifully decorated. We sat in a roomy booth. The pace was leisurely and I felt as comfortable as if I were at home. One person had the salad which was large for an appetizer and had blue cheese and walnuts. Looked great and she said it was. We had the crepe with a mild goat cheese which was delicious. I had the baked salmon with fresh carrots, brocolini and rice and they had beef stroganoff. We all loved our main courses. We all had cheesecake for dessert which was good. This was the restaurant week menu and a good value. Tea was $10 and was a teabag in a pot served with cherries. Seems to me that is way overpriced. Coffee is $8. They did have inexpensive wine for $9 a glass. Service was pleasant and professional. Will definitely go back.

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AmyX
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2018
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

second time there. For restaurant week. Food is quite disappointing given their long-time reputation as one of the legendary classic places. Services is worse. When i asked for hot tea and stopped him from pouring my ice water (cramps issue), he ROLLED HIS EYE on me and said "huh". tables are at a reasonable distance from each other. But somehow did not help reduce the noise level in the dining area. Very noisy. Would not recommend this place to any one.

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vipOptions
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Service was very accommodating. Often not the case during restaurant week.

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DorisS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed our winter restaurant week $29.00 lunch. Waiter was really pleasant and accommodating. Food was very good. We would have preferred a booth instead of a table,
since there were other parties of two that had booths. Don't know if that was because we
were there for restaurant week or not. We did ask hostess as she was seating us if we could have a booth (there were booths empty and one right near us was filled after that with a couple). We did order wine and pots of tea so our bill was closer to $50.00 pp, which was fine with us.

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RolandB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2018
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

One of the best experiences i’ve had in a restaurant. Definitely one of the places to go in nyc

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CSWB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2018
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Dry finger sandwiches. Minimal amount of caviar. Our waiter disappeared at the end of the meal. Way overpriced. Will not go back.

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vipmoodyfoody
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We dined at the Russian Tea Room for Restaurant Week (winter 2018) and had a great experience. The RW menu was excellent and, unlike many restaurants that offer burgers or uninspired pasta on their RW menus, quite representative of the restaurant's classic fare. There was even a wine and vodka menu at reduced cost for RW diners. Most of us had the borscht, which was fantastic, and the beef stroganoff, which was very rich but delicious. The ambiance is quite different on the different floors of the restaurant -- with each floor nothing short of breathtaking. The Russian Tea Room is definitely one of the better options for RW dining.

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VICTORIA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2018
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

I called the reservation to put Happy birthday on the cake but they don't do it, the server
was not pleasant, the lady in front who took the name of us when we came, we were like
standing in front of her and she told us to move, while this american ladies stand in front
of her she didn't say anything, my first and last will not go back there anymore.

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GiaB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My colleagues and I went here for a restaurant week lunch outing and had an amazing experience. The 2nd floor was by far the best room in the house that featured,a giant statue of a polar bear filled with koi fish, ornate ceiling decorated with beautiful art work and stained glass! The service was phenomenal and the chocolate mousse is to die for!

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AnnaC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2018
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

I had been here a couple of years ago and thought it was phenomenal. This time though the beef was dry and chewy, my boyfriend's chicken tasted like it had no seasoning on it, not even salt. While I wouldn't call it a "bad" experience, I feel like I don't want to go here again.

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JulieD
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was lovely. The service was outstanding and food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2018
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

La comida no fue gran cosa

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my birthday!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2018
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience4

I went during restaurant week, and felt that waiters not all, but some, are super rude , maybe because of the special week, but I asked the waiter to recommend one of the desserts from the menu, and he said, and I quote.. what Ever he thinks its not important..... That said! Place is beautiful, food was good & it represented the normal menu , but the waiter being rude, takes away a lot of the experience..

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vipBKCress
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2018
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience5

I hate to even have to say this - but the prime booths were only offered to heterosexual couples. When I was seated at a table with my female companion, I inquired about a booth. The hostess rudely snapped that they were for larger parties. I told her there were several couples seated (5 couples to be exact). She said they had been there since lunch and walked away quickly to end our conversation. It was 6:15pm.

I noticed that the other people seated at tables around us were also parties of the same sex or bigger parties (5 people).

It was really a shame to have experienced that at such a beautiful landmark restaurant. This was my first visit and I was thrilled in the weeks leading up to it - but it will likely be my last visit.

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EvelynS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was Restaurant Week. We were very glad to have chosen Russian Tea Room for lunch.

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vipEvent4u
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2018
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience4

A nice tea but not worth the price Tiffany or st Regis or plaza are better value

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vivienc
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2018
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Food is pretty ok

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Russian Tea Room - NYC does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Russian Tea Room - NYC is rated 4.5 stars by 3336 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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