150 W 57th St, New York, NY | Directions 1001940.764815 -73.979469
Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm, 4:45pm-11pm
Sat 11am-3pm, 4:45pm-11pm
Sun 11am-3pm, 4:45pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Clinton
Absolutely, 100% without question, the worst meal I have ever had.
From inflight meals, to remote villages in East Asia to 5 star restaurants to neighborhood delis and everywhere in between, this place embodied the worst of all sustenance I have consumed.
My cocktail, a $25 creation, the Cavitini described as a dirty martini with olives and caviar, was a glass of vodka straight up served with a cucumber slice with a minuscule portion of caviar. No biggie, I had them dirty my vodka and moved on. My husband ordered the vodka flight. The four shots of vodka came out with no ice bath or anything to keep them cold and the portions were already at room temperature when served.
Our amuse-bouche was tiny white chocolate drops with hardened congealed fishy caviar. We ignored it, hoping for the best when the food came. My Foie Gras arrived, two hunks of liver like cubes atop thin bread wafers drenched in oil and cherry preserves. The smell coming from the dish was exactly that of my dog’s ear infection, it was inedible. I am a huge fan of Foie Gras; I order it every chance I get this was not even remotely, what I was expecting. We asked for the plate to be removed and I did not complain thinking I perhaps was in the wrong, despite my husband’s pleading that I say something.
Our meal came; my Chicken Kiev was a dry husk. A waiter came over with pomp and circumstance to make the first cut; when no butter or juices ran out he simply turned and walked away quickly. A huge dry chicken nugget atop cheap white rice rather than the traditional Plov that was described on the menu. The sad vegetables on the side were unseasoned and over cooked. My husband’s duck was fatty and cold with no flavor. Both plates looked like churned out airplane food. We barely made it through them and after waiting for desert for 20 minutes, we asked for the desserts ‘to go’ and the check.
The desserts came plated shortly after.
The blintzes were great. The cheesecake was missing the chocolate shavings and fruit advertised and tasted frozen or at least refrigerated for an extended time.
My husband complained to the manager who had no knowledge of the menu or any Russian cuisine at all. They offered us no alternative, no discount, no nothing, hardly an apology just the empty promise of letting the chef know our concerns. We paid $400 for a meal that was largely inedible. This was a horrible waste of time and money. We have lived in the city for nearly a decade, anywhere else would have been a much better celebration of Valentine’s Day. We dine out all the time and while we are not foodies, we know what tastes good and are not afraid to spend money to have a memorable meal. This was not worth a dime of our hard-earned salaries.
To add insult to injury, as we made our escape – our coats taken at the door were nowhere to be found, our coat check ticket never came to the table as we witnessed for a myriad of other diners. After being scolded by the woman at the coat check for losing our nonexistent ticket my husband had to go into the coatroom and find our coats. Once found we were treated like criminals trying to perform an outerwear heist. It was horribly insulting and ridiculous. Do NOT dine at the Russian Tea Room. It's terrible.
You have to try this when you are in NY! Go all out and enjoy. Food and service is outstanding! We went for lunch and it was perfect.
Rude Managment and Low Class Customers – I went for a late New Year's Eve After Party this year and found that the only place to stand in the entire room was taken over by obnoxious drunk dancers. Two dancers were flailing their arms around by the bar like they were at a greatful dead concert. So, I told the managment that I wanted a place to be safe and enjoy the evening. The management allowed this problem of dancers taking over the only standing area. There were seats for the people who had bought the full night ticket with dinner incuded, but no place to go for those who had bought only the after hours party ticket. I asked for a nice place to go to enjoy the evening and a rude manager just tired to get me to stand right by these inebreated dancers or sit in a pitch black corner in the back of the hall. I spoke to another manager and asked for a refund for my ticket. I was told that I could get a full refund in the form of a gift certificate but they are really rude to wait over a month to give it to me.
I left to enjoy my night. What a waist to go there and have planned to spend New Year's Eve in this place! It was so low class to let waisted tourists dance around that place like it was such a cheep hotel bar. It was not the fine club atmosphere that was advertised. I could have been safer and had a better time in any bar in New York City! I'm making sure that the management gives me the full refund. I know I deserve it. I would never want to go there again!
beautifull!! – i felt as if i was home in russia again
food was great and i had a great time
Its not Russian in any way – Food was good, service was partially very good. The wine Master appeared little rude. But the rest of the team made up for him. Ambiance was perfect , choice of food wasn't as one would expect of a Russian restaurant. Overall experience was good. Worth trying once for those who are curious. Not worth half the money that you pay for the food.
I was just reading about the Russian Tea Room on Behind the Burner's site. Interesting stuff!
Nice decor, is the food really Russian? – The decor is definitely over-the-top! You feel as if you've stepped inside a genie bottle. The Winter Restaurant Week menu options were quite good.
I started with the Tea Room Red Borscht (too sweet), which came with tiny fish/meat empanadas (?!). The waiter didn't ask how we liked our meat for the Boeuf a la Stroganoff. Mine came out to be medium well and my friend's portion was medium rare. The sauce was quite good. The best, I have to say, was the Chocolate pyramid.
Prices, along with the decor, is too rich for everyday dining. A Bud was $10!!
The most horrible and unauthentic Russian food I've ever had – My wife and I went to this restaurant last night. We were extremely disappointed in the place. The food may have Russian names, but I can tell for sure, it has nothing to do with Russian cuisine! We had borscht and beef stroganoff. Both dishes were disgusting. Borscht was very sweet, although it's supposed to be sour. And as for beef stroganoff, well, they broght us a small piece of steak with pasta. Anyone who had ever had real beef stroganoff knows that it's supposed to be comprised of small strips of beef sauteed in sauce. But I guess to this restaurant, calling a broiled steak beef stroganoff is an ok thing to do. Finally, they even cheated us on the check, charging us for two bottles of water, instead of one that we had. (I guess in this, these guys are providing a "true" Russian experience - you are charged too much for disgusting food and at the end, you're cheated on the check.) In short, do not go there: food is extremely overpriced and it has nothing to do with Russian cuisine.
Excellent special occasion spot – Went to Russian Tea Room for my first wedding anniversary. Amazing food. The brunch menu is amazing. I highly recommend the salmon "blinchiki" and the Kobe Burger. The waiter was always at our service and got us whatever we wanted. The tea service is obviously the star of the show. The waiter explained all of the different teas and helped us make a selection. We were full so we didn't order a dessert. The tea comes with cookies which were very good. The waiter then brought over some special cookies as something from him for our anniversary. Afterwards the manager even took the time to show us the amazing second floor dining room. Which is like a scene out of old world Russia. Great service will definitely return for the caviar.
Expensive but good – The Russian Tea Room is nice to the eye and comfortable for sitting. They make you feel like royalty. Tea menu and dinner menu are both impressive.
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