Every New Yorker should visit The Russian Tea Room once. It’s always a memorable experience at this landmark restaurant and bar founded by members of the Russian Imperial Ballet in 1927.
This midtown Manhattan restaurant's opulent ambiance evokes Imperial Russia’s heyday with rich colors (red is pervasive), chandeliers, and impressive art. If you are lucky, you can dine upstairs in the glass bear lounge. Although a full menu of traditional Russian meals are offered, like borscht, beef stroganoff, and chicken Kiev, diners find the food to be hit or miss. Opt for afternoon tea, a light snack, or drinks.
The bar stocks 40 vodkas, including Beluga made with artesian water from Siberia. Cocktails have distinctively Russian names like Rasputin and Ivan The Terrible.
The Russian Tea Room
150 W. 57th Street
New York, NY 10019