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. Thankfully the menu has been modernized, looking to former Soviet republics for inspiration, including one of the best borscht in the city and more exotic entrées like cocoa-dusted seared venison with truffle-scented tvorog (cheese) dumplings. But the pleasure doesn’t come cheap, and the portions are dainty. For die-hard fans, chicken kiev and beef stroganoff can be prepared on request.
Since being founded by members of the Russian Imperial Ballet in 1927, The Russian Tea Room has been a second home for boldface names and the intellectual elite - an exclusive enclave where actors, writers, politicians, and executives plan their next deals and celebrate their friends’ latest Carnegie Hall performances.
Countless guests visiting from around the globe walk through the antique revolving doors to catch a glimpse of the booth Dustin Hoffman sat in when filming Tootsie; to see the inspiration that Woody Allen found for the movie Manhattan; to walk past the coat check where Madonna worked before she found fame; or to try martinis like the cast of Gossip Girl recently did.
Today, The Russian Tea Room still captures modernist Russian-style décor, hosting New York’s elite as a restaurant for continental fine dining, elegant high tea, the finest vodka selection and a stylish party venue.
|Venue name:||The Russian Tea Room|
150 W 57th St
|Cross street:||between Sixth and Seventh Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 11:30am–4:30pm, 5–11pm; Sat, Sun 11:30am–4:30pm, 5–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: F, N, Q, R to 57th St|
|Price:||Average main course: $45. AmEx, MC, V|
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