The Russian Tea Room

Restaurants, Brunch Midtown West
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The Russian Tea Room
Russian Tea Room
Russian Tea Room

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.


Venue name: The Russian Tea Room
Address: 150 W 57th St
New York
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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4.5 / 5

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Was surprised at how much I loved my experience here! I went for weekend brunch and it was surprisingly empty - I was able to see the fish tank, globes, and other adornments without having to ask people to move out of the way. I LOVED the tea we ordered (I'll definitely be putting cherries in my tea the next time I have the option!), my omelet was cooked perfectly, and the service was impeccable. I can't wait to bring another person here - it's one of the best dining experiences I've ever had in Midtown.


Where else can you see a giant crystal-like sculpture of a bear... filled with water... and fish? And one mustn't forget about the swirly, shimmery rainbow ceiling upstairs. The decor is certainly unique and unlike the rest of NYC. The service was excellent and the food was quite good. Worth checking off your bucket list.