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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.
Posted by Lee Jacobs on 04/24/2012
We visited on a tues. pre show. The restaurant was almost empty except for a table full of Russian speaking gentlemen who suggested an item on the menu which we did try.I wish I could remember what it was called, but I do know it was delicious! It was the first item on the pasta selection. It was delicate little dumplings in a dill broth served with sour cream. We also had potatoes with mushrooms as an appetizer.They were both tender and packed with flavor.For our entree we chose beef stroganoff and chicken kieve both were excellent, moist and juicy.The food and the people and the atmosphere were just a perfect slice of manhattan,not to mention the vodka shot infusions! Oh my God! We started with horseradish,then ginger then pomegranate we ended with peach,We had such a fun and unique experience!I plan on making this my special place. p.s.I do wish they would get rid of the duct tape in the bathroom!
Posted by Alena Kastsuik on 01/20/2012
I was in town for a business trip and visited Russian samovar for a a dinner. I think that there are no other place in the world that can be compared to this place, :Excellent food, warm atmosphere, and especially I would like to point out phenomenal music by trio of musicians:piano, guitar and violin. Strongly recommend to everyone! And definitely try of the Cranberry infused vodka - just the best.
Posted by misha on 11/23/2010
the place looks cheap, the bartender's are rude and service bad. The food is not fresh and looks russian only on the menu.(the salmon shashlik had no test, olivier salad were maybe made last year, blini were burned....) in just one word save your money this place is not nothing except waste of money!
Posted by NickNYC on 07/14/2010
The only authentic Russian dining experience in NYC. Like eating at home in Moscow, but better. Colorful crowd, Coulibiac a favorite, the blini not to be missed. Also, fun to sit at the bar and order traditional zakouski.
Posted by r friedman on 03/28/2010
I never do this ,if i not happy i dont go back,but i am very upset.was never given the champagne menu until a second bottle was about tto be served.$1200.00 for the first bottle that is outrageous for a bottle of dom ..even in new york.main course lamb chops were soaked in garlic to overcome the fatty quality.beef appetizer was old looking.near the end of the dinner 150 people walked in and made the experience uncomfortable.server new she did not offer menu and only said i am sorry.i will never reccommend this place to anyone unless they want tobe ripped off.