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Russian Tea Room - NYC

4.1
4.1
4553 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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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 24 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Continental, Russian, Contemporary American

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:30 pm High Tea Service Daily 11:30 am–4:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:30 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:45 pm–10:30 pm Sun 4:45 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 581-7100

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Whether you are celebrating a birthday, wedding, special occasion or hosting a corporate function, The Russian Tea Room can accommodate parties ranging from 10 to 50 guests for cocktails or full meals. With 3 completely unique and creative floors available, your guests will never forget your event.

  • Private party contact

    Michelle Wood: (212) 333-2970

  • Neighbourhood

    Midtown West

  • Cross Street

    Between 6th and 7th Avenues

  • Parking Details

    A parking garage is available on 56th street behind the restaurant between 6th and 7th Avenues.

  • Public Transit

    N, Q, R to 57th Street/7th Avenue<br><br />F to 57th Street<br><br />B, D, E to 7th Avenue/53rd Street<br><br />1, 2, A, B, C, D to Columbus Circle

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 4,553 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.5Value

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  1. ElizabethR

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always my first choice when we come to NY. This time we were celebrating 🍾 a birthday. The staff brought dessert with a candle and the hostess took us upstairs to see the bear and faerie tree. Absolutely beautiful.
  2. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This was a great high tea experience in New York City. The ambiance was amazing and the food was really good too. I think I liked the sandwiches more than the sweets though. I definitely want to come back and try more of the food.
  3. AllieP

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing. You absolutely must eat here!!!
  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambiance! Loved the decor! The servers were very attentive to all customers and were very fast!
  5. Jojo

    Austin

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    We went for afternoon tea. The sandwiches were stale and the baked goods were mediocre. Super dry scones, seemed like the food had been sitting out all day. No one even asked if we wanted more tea. Big disappointment.
  6. SarahE

    Poconos

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and experience. Will definitely visit again!
  7. RoderickR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    An iconic stop in NYC. Pricey but a wonderful experience.
  8. DaytonGal

    Munich

    190 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    190 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The room is as lovely as ever. The service was perfect. And the food- delicious. This was our first time back to RTR since the pandemic. We were so pleased to be there and enjoy our meal just as before.
  9. MatthiasS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding place, very good food and kind service.
  10. MarioV

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Me and my wife enjoyed it very much We were celebrating 22 years together.
  11. Judith

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Over priced, some of the baked goods were stale. No clotted cream with high tea. Very ordinary
  12. Kristian

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From being greeted, our servers, the drinks and food...everything was impeccable. It was all you would expect from a restaurant of this caliber.
  13. EricDelmore

    London

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Glamorous, opulent restaurant with great food and service. Great for making an impression
  14. DeniseR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful old world feeling! The sandwiches were a little dry on the edges and they should have been fresh.
  15. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service. Celebrated granddaughter ‘s birthday
  16. CathyW

    Houston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite places in NYC. The chicken Kiev and borscht were excellent.
  17. VirginiaL

    West Palm Beach

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    We loved that RTR looked original. We liked our meal. The servers seemed indifferent and aloof, which we find in many places today. Not sure why. Beautiful restaurant, good food. A facelift, especially downstairs, would be necessary to bring this restaurant to a 4 or higher. And staff that truly cares about RTR would make a world of difference. Thank you for the gift of revisiting an icon that brings decades of memories.
  18. Ronajack

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We got to the RTR 1/2 hour early and were seated right away, but the waiter did not take our order for 1/2 hour after we got there and they did not bring us any rolls and butter until after that. The food was excellent and the only other problem was them not bringing me my tea at the end of the meal and I had to ask for it. When it came it was just average. All in all, it was a lovely experience.
  19. StephanieL

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    We were really looking forward to High Tea at the Russian tea room for Mother’s Day. Our reservation was for 2:30 PM. They were crowded so they took us to an upstairs room which we should’ve known was a mistake to begin with. We would have much preferred the old world ambience of the original restaurant instead of the dining hall overflow feel of upstairs. From when we sat down it took 45 minutes to bring a tray of sandwiches, the trays were incomplete and missing different sandwiches on different trays, which they had to rectify by bringing them on a separate plate. It took another 45 minutes and at least half a dozen requests to bring our tea. We are now an hour and a half into sitting down have just received our beverage. It took over half an hour again to receive our scones and sweets tray again, incomplete. They had to go back down to the kitchen to get the missing pieces. The scones were over cooked and the sweets were sparse and ordinary, heaped with sickly sweet frosting. overall, to be clear again, we finally received our last food item. 2+ hours after sitting down. I would say this is the largest dining disappointment I’ve ever had made all the worse by the circumstances. One thing you can’t get back in life is time and this was supposed to be a special time on Mother’s Day for myself and my daughters. Please do not waste your time to go there.
  20. FunTimes

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food3service3ambience5
    We went as a group for Mother’s Day, and had an amazing time. Highly recommend for a true Afternoon High Tea experience. 
  21. Dolly

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my mother to Russian Tea first time loved it! Food was really good and service was excellent! Afternoon tea a must!
  22. AlisonH

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s just as I remember it from my days in NYC in the 70’s! Delicious Russian and Ukrainian food, excellent wait staff, and an overall happy ambience.
  23. PennyG

    Naples

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    I was totally disappointed with the food n service not just because their prices are very high for what you order. First, the rolls were days old n you could not even cut them with a knife. We told our waitress n she didn’t even offer to replace. The onion soup was disappointing- very runny n nothing special for $28.00. My Beef Wellington was small n very little pastry n fall off immediately and nothing surrounding the beef inside the pastry n just an average beef. Didn’t melt in your mouth for $65.00. My daughter’s steak was just ok and again nothing special. Our Cosmopolitan’s for $30 each was the only thing good thing about the evening. I took my daughter there to celebrate Mother’s Day because we were there 21 years ago. It was an excellent restaurant back then. I do not recommend the Russian Tea Room to anyone !!!!
  24. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    Sorry Russian Tea Room, but I compared you to the Drake Tea Room and it has you beat by far. Particularly, you use tea bags, they have loose tea. You had no creme fraise, they make it every day, you use good ole packaged sliced bread, they do not. Lemon curd-missing, sugar cubes, missing. Harpsichord player taking requests, missing. Just saying. If I am going to pay a lot of money, I want a great experience.
  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2023

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    Waitress was rude and condescending. The food was mediocre. Ambiance was nice though!
  26. AshleyA

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2023

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Beautiful experience. Lovely staff and environment. The food was good (not great but I didn't expect it to blow my mind).
  27. GregP

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great service, very cool restaurant.
  28. SheilaM

    Tucson

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I wanted to go to the Russian Tear Room because of the history, but the setting exceeded my expectations. It was a wonderful experience!
  29. AmandaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was fabulous. Has reservations for 11:30 am. My friend and I felt rushed even though the place was pretty empty. Also had 5 different people coming by every couple of minutes asking how everything was.
  30. JohnT

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We have dined here for the past six decades and it is just as great now as ever.
  31. SharmainB

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    I have never experienced such a poor showing for afternoon tea. Wow, using Stash Tea bags and not loose leaf tea for $99 per person is in Very Poor taste. The scones were firm like over done biscuits and I had to ask for clotted cream which was hard like butter. This is a sentimental establishment which is taking for granted the love of formal afternoon tea.
  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was an experience we wanted to do in New York City with an iconic restaurant. It was very good.  we are glad we experienced it 
  33. CharlesD

    Alabama

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We have been coming to the Russian Tea Room for many years as part of our Annual Broadway trip. Since Covid the food quality has slipped a bit. I don’t know if this is due to a staff change or some other reason. While the borscht was excellent, the Côtelette à la Kiev was dry and a bit overcooked. The Boeuf à la Stroganoff was similarly overcooked and had little sauce. We noticed a similar problem last year and hoped it was just a bad night.
  34. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the afternoon tea menu which is on the site I was told. I choose the Indian black tea which was really good and pastries which was literally amazing.
  35. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I highly recommend the Vodka and Caviar tasting.
  36. jamesb

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The ambiance is really incredible, well worth a visit just for that. Overall the food was good, not great. The drinks while good were ridiculously overpriced even by premium NYC standards, a regular well cocktail was $30! The service was good, nothing to really complain about but not overly friendly or warm either. The food came out way to quickly and did not really give you time between cockatails and courses, that should not be acomplaint in an establishment of this caliber. It is a little past its prime, but still an impressive spot and worth going to for a special occasion just on its look and ambiance alone.
  37. Sarah

    London

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Lovely interesting food in a really fun surroundings. Staff were very polite and helpful.
  38. Trillian

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Take my review with a grain of salt as this was the first tea I’ve experienced. The tea room was amazing and beautifully decorated. The service was impeccable. The food was delicious although I thought the quality/quantity for the price was a bit off. Spending time chatting among such grand artwork and ambience with friends made up any shortcomings I perceived in the value. Overall, the place is absolutely charming. There were 4 of us and we did the high tea. I would 100% recommend the Russian Tea Room but next time I think I will go for a meal instead.
  39. LadyJeanneHeydecker

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It’s like coming back to an old friend. Everything was seamlessly managed for a large table of 12. Service was a little late to get started, but quickly got into a groove. The food, as always, was legendary. Highly recommend for a special occasion, regular lunches with friends, or a romantic dinner with your significant other.
  40. Koala32

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    It was almost empty when we arrived which meant it had no atmosphere, and it got even more so by the time we left. The decor is a cheap reproduction of how it might have looked in its heyday. The sandwiches were quite dry and clearly not freshly made. The cakes are a little better but again quite dry. While our waitress was friendly and informative the other waiting staff seemed to be going through the motions, one slopping water into our glasses. All in all I felt I had been over-charged for an underwhelming experience and a venue relying so much on its history it doesn’t feel it has to bother. Very disappointing!!!!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Russian Tea Room - NYC is rated 4.1 stars by 4553 OpenTable diners.

Russian Tea Room - NYC does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 24 times today
Google Map for Russian Tea Room - NYC

150 W 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Between 6th and 7th Avenues

  • Neighbourhood

    Midtown West

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:30 pm High Tea Service Daily 11:30 am–4:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:30 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:45 pm–10:30 pm Sun 4:45 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Continental, Russian, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    A parking garage is available on 56th street behind the restaurant between 6th and 7th Avenues.

  • Public Transit

    N, Q, R to 57th Street/7th AvenueF to 57th StreetB, D, E to 7th Avenue/53rd Street1, 2, A, B, C, D to Columbus Circle

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 581-7100

  • Private party facilities

    Whether you are celebrating a birthday, wedding, special occasion or hosting a corporate function, The Russian Tea Room can accommodate parties ranging from 10 to 50 guests for cocktails or full meals. With 3 completely unique and creative floors available, your guests will never forget your event.

  • Private party contact

    Michelle Wood: (212) 333-2970

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