This reborn socialite center has never looked—or tasted—better. Nostalgia buffs will be happy to hear that nothing’s happened to the gilded-bird friezes or the famously tacky crystal-bear aquarium. The food, thankfully, has not been frozen in time. Chef Marc Taxiera modernizes the menu, looking to former Soviet republics for inspiration. He makes the best borscht in the city, and goes more exotic with entrées like cocoa-dusted seared venison with truffle-scented tvorog (cheese) dumplings. But the pleasure doesn’t come cheap. Main courses run toward $40, and the portions are dainty. For die-hard fans: Chicken Kiev and beef Stroganoff can be prepared on request.
The Russian Tea Room
|Venue name:||The Russian Tea Room||Contact:|
150 W 57th St
|Cross street:||between Sixth and Seventh Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 11:30am–3pm, 4:45–11pm; Sat 11am–3pm, 4:45–11pm; Sun 11am–3pm; 4:45–10pm|
|Transport:||Subway: F, N, Q, R to 57th St|
|Price:||Average main course: $40. AmEx, MC, V|