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The Russian Tea Room
Posted by Displaced New Yorker on 04/24/2014
I had always wanted to try this restaurant and had very high expectations especially since prices are so high....I was there with my sister, daughter and niece this past Easter. The menu sounded amazing but when we got our food, especially the potato pancakes and herb marinated lamb, it was under-seasoned and not very good...I could've cooked it better myself...and with a price of $48 for the lamb dinner, I was not impressed at all. This place is very, very overpriced for their food quality--luckily the waitstaff was very nice and the ambience..if you go for nothing else is amazing--other than that, I probably won't go again and won't recommend it.
Posted by The Best on 04/08/2014
The best : Great meal, very nice setting impeccable service. And the owner Hasan Byberaj is an outstanding gentleman.
Posted by FrenchSoiree on 12/25/2013
It's a restaurant which is resting on its past laurels. Far, far, from it with this current management. Disgraceful service; mediocre at best food; non-responsive management; BUT very high prices. Take a chance if you want but we wouldn't even recommend that. Let's say when a restaurant of this supposed calibre resorts to GroupOn (and no disrespect to that organization) it is really quite revealing.
Posted by Kriket on 09/26/2013
The ambiance was good but the food was very disappointing. I can get a much larger and better tasting chicken Kiev at a fraction of the prize with butter spritzing and oozing downtown local restaurant. I understand the locale is expensive but it has nothing to do with the quality & taste. The portions from appitizer to the dessert was so small! Tea for $10 is outrageous. The place is good for tourist or one time only "just to see" or just to try" customers but no coming back unless one wants to see those wall hanging paintings and nesting dolls. My first visit was in the early 80's and wanted to try and see the new RTR. Well, I don't think I will be visiting any time soon unless I have the urge to see all those nesting dolls again.
Posted by marilyn on 09/04/2013
Recently celebrated an anniversary and thought the famed Russian Tea Room would be a good venue. However, the service was long and unattentive. That didn't make the evening special but the food was also forgettable. A few of the dishes were lukewarm when a seared halibut is supposed to be sizzling hot. Overall, the food and service made it a huge disappointment. And to add insult to injury was the high tab.
Posted by Amy on 05/15/2013
One of the most enjoyable meals we have had in a while. The food was delicious and the staff was corteous. We would recommend this place to others.
Posted by alan on 02/26/2013
The restaurant was a little touristy, but that did not detract from our enjoying good food, good service and a beautiful (if a bit overdone) room. I would highly recommend it.