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Posted by Adam R. on 07/11/2014
Every year we go out to a different restaurant after a Broadway show somewhere in NYC. This year we went to this "hidden gem" with 9 of my family members after a 2 pm show. Knew nothing about the restaurant or Russian food. Started out a little slow, but after we set the tone with our waiter, he figured out quickly that he was going to have his hands full for a good 2+ hours. We had 5 different appetizers: the assorted fish platter, Foie gras, Deruny, Vareniki and chicken liver pate. All outstanding, oh and the special "Russian cheese bread" 2 orders that they made for us upon request. Granted that there were 9 of us and we are a LOUD bunch, everything went smoothly. The 2 Beef Stroganaoffs, Braised Short Ribs, 2 Braised Lamb Chops, Chicken Kiev, Duck and Sterlet a la Russe were all fabulous. We all had a taste of each others and everyone was raving about each dish. Usually, when we go to a restaurant with this many people, 2-3 things go wrong, NOT THIS NIGHT! Big props to the entire staff, Ivan, Andrew, Stefan and "Victor" I mean Artem. Thanks for all your hard work. I would strongly recommended this establishment to everyone. We also had a strong bar bill and every martini and shot we order was great and adventurous. The warm apple strudel and creme brule was also great. Fyi, I am a picky eater and never order chicken out, because anyone can make chicken at home, but the Chicken Kiev was delicious. My experience with 9 people at this establishment was 5 stars all the way. Thanks Ivan. Don't be afraid to talk to the staff either they are all nice with a great, interesting back grounds.
Posted by Laura A. on 07/07/2014
After seeing Cabaret we wanted something to eat. We checked yelp! and found this gem because of the vodka. They have several flavors of infused vodka. We were quickly seated in the dining room. Our young waitress was very nice and helpful. We ordered the charcuterie plate and the smoked salmon. Both were served quickly and good size portions. The people at the next table asked many questions and she was very patient and helpful with them. The food was great. The entertainment was fabulous! An Asian guy singing Russian songs, the tall blonde, and others made for an eclectic evening. Another reviewer said there were offensive songs when they were there--not our experience at all. Another guy sang Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Lots of people dancing, all age groups. There were several nicely dressed older couples having a great time. Two drag queens came in I am assuming after their show. They were more than willing to pose with patrons for pics. The bill came and it was $65 which is so inexpensive for NYC. I am so glad we found this place!! The vodka, I got the lemon and my husband got the peach. Both were delicious and smooth. The bartender was quite generous with the pour.
Posted by Laura S. on 07/06/2014
I've been frequenting this spot for years because my father is a regular. At first I wasn't a fan, but I have to say, their food has become excellent. My last visit was for a dinner and everything from the beet herring egg salad to the juicy, soft lamb shank was impressive. The live music, well, that's always been a highlight. Sometimes there's traditional Russian music with an lively and talented violinist and pianist. This past Sunday was jazz that can't really get much better. Upright bassist played a classical interlude - "The Swan" - at some point. Um, yeah, cool. The pianist played piano AND harmonica at the same time. But the other highlight was the side of dill marinated smoked salmon with the Salmon Caviar appetizer. It came with freshly made blinis, then the server added the creme fraiche, onions, eggs, capers, caviar, and the smoked salmon as per my request, rolled it up and ... um ... yum. Perhaps I will start becoming a regular even if my father ceases to go....
Posted by Willard K. on 06/24/2014
I had Herring with a Fur Coat as salad, which was a tasty mix of items, served as a layered cylinder. You could taste herring, but there were a lot of other flavors, too, so it didn't overpower, if you are worried it might be fishy. I also had the beef stroganoff, which had a really nice sour-cream dill taste to it. There was a lot of it, and I could have easily split it with someone and gone away perfectly contented. As it was, I had no room for dessert. I did have the tea, which is served with a lemon slice and a small bowl of cherry preserves for sweetener. That was good, too, and I'll try it at home. They had live music, a singer and a pianist. The pianist did indeed sometimes play the piano with his left hand while playing a harmonica held in his right hand. They were a pleasant accompaniment to dinner. There were well-known tunes, and Russian tunes.
Posted by George T. on 12/07/2013
I visited Russian Samovar with my friends and had a great time. This restaurant is not just a place to eat, it's a cultural experience. This place is authentic and frequently visited by Russians (old and young) who are greeted with kisses and hugs. The food we ordered was well prepared and authentic. We had: Borscht Soup - Great Olivier Salad - Great Salo - You must try it Chicken Kiev - Excellent Beef Stroganoff - The Best Napoleon Cake - Perfect Russian Tea with cherry preserves and lemon slices - Very Good I recommend this place to any and all. Go to Russian Samovar and enjoy live music, enjoy the food, enjoy the people and don't forget to try their great assortment of infused vodkas.
Posted by Inna on 12/14/2012
This is not a typical restaurant. It's an experience. The food and service are excellent. As an added bonus you get to hear live music performed by russian musicians right in front of you. The music adds a really nice touch to the whole evening making you come back over and over wanting for more. My favorite place for sure.
Posted by Horsham Girls on 05/12/2012
We had the best time sitting at the bar. The bartender was wonderful. He humored us. He allowed us to wear the Russian hat and he joked with us while we tested all the vodka's. Can't wait to go back.