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Posted by Natalia on 08/06/2010
Too expensive, fancy place, but very cheesy. Food is not tasty, almost like it's Russian "stolovka," which means cheap food for students.
Posted by Murry Hill Foodie on 04/02/2010
6 of us went to eat dinner on 3/27/10 and we had a great time. The Borscht and Gravlax were great. The Caviar Tasting was a little low on the caviar but over all really good. Then came the main course. The Beef Stroganoff was unreal! I have never had anything like it. Everyone at the table tasted it and we all agreed that it is definately worth going back for. The Chicken Kiev was very good and also did not dissapoint. The crust was crunchy and the butter and fruit chutney made the dish. One of us had a piece with a lot less butter so be careful. I am sure if we said something they would have replaced it. I recoment the vodka flight it is worth it. Just make sure they give you what you ask for. The Imperial Russian Vodka 100 proof is fun! So is the Pear Vodka. I am suprised they do not infuse their own vodka maybe they will if enough people ask for it. It is a real experience but a little on the pricy side. Just know it will cost you and go and enjoy it. There are now so few of these places left in New York and this is one NOT TO MISS!
Posted by A FORMER RTR CUSTOMER on 03/19/2010
My last visit to RTR was in 1981. I had truly great memories and wanted to return even in the face of the critics. The place itself is still beautiful i it is this that you are paying. Downstairs the sinks were not cleaned and the passageway with cabinets of wine and little items to buy had worn carpeting and missing light bulbs. The food reminds one of the o;d Graucho Marx joke: Such average food...and such small portions! The appetizers are small to tiny. The soups are pleasant at best. The borscht is just not the same. The chestnut soup should could come from a can. The "Gravlaax" is so small (and meaningless in taste) that it couldn't cover half a bagel. The shastlick, skewers of meat and chicken did not equal street shish kabob. The Veal Orloff was good. The coulibiac was embarassing. The chicken kiev may have been frozen. The chocolate mousse pyramide was so small it equaled the size of a large ring - at $18. Coffee at $8 a cup; sodas at $5. Total for 4 with a very pleasant Mercurey at a pleasant $60; tax and tip included $570 - outrageous. I've heard that the place is now owned by a real estate guy from the Bronx. He is doing to his customers what he has done to his tenants.
Posted by Marco on 03/15/2010
I had dinner with a good friend there recently. Everything was outstanding: the decor, the service, the presentation, and the quality of the food. I will definitely be going back in the future.
Posted by marzi on 02/18/2010
A month ago we stopped after Carnegie Hall to have Borscht and Perogek. It was sensational but not traditional, more nouvelle. I'm a third generation RTR diner and I've seen many different chefs come and go. The soup price was silly - $19. each just for soup. The prix fixe menus look more worthwhile. The Post critic just panned the restaurant, but we feel it's better than that - only the prices need to be more realistic.
Posted by NY Foodie on 01/28/2010
I dined here for Restaurant weekand everything was top notch. The borscht, chicken kiev and chocolate pyramid were exceptional and the service was even better, attentive to every detail, even bringing me extra cookies when she overheard it was my birthday. I'd definitely go back, restaurnt week or not.
Posted by Marlene Jackson on 01/04/2010
After 2 or 3 inquiries about hosting a holiday luncheon at the RTR, my boss decided that it was time to give RTR a try. In the past we had parties at Daniel, Le Bernardin, the 21 Club, etc. On December 18, 2009, we had approximately 120 people for lunch. I must say this was the best holiday luncheon ever. The restaurant is beautiful. The food and drinks were great and the staff did a great job in making everyone feel so welcome. I highly recommend this restaurant to any large or small corporation who may be looking to host a great holiday party or luncheon. Also, I must say the banquet manager was very easy to get along with and did an outstanding job. I am making plans for a holiday luncheon in December 2010.