Russian Samovar

Russian Restaurant and Piano Bar$$$$
Theater District, New York
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  • Korgel B.
    "Eat delicious pelmeni and try the dozen infused vodka."(7 Tips)
    kevin k.
    "And the flavored vodkas are a must."(3 Tips)
    Simon K.
    "Loved the blintzes, borscht and infused vodkas."(4 Tips)
    Vlada L.
    "... food, borscht, pelmeni, lamb....and the flavored vodkas are..."(4 Tips)
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  • Eater
    Eater2 weeks ago
    A boozy Russian spot with a piano player tapping out old Soviet tunes. The draw here is the house-infused vodka. It pairs well with a platter of tangy pickled vegetables for a post-theater snack. Read more
  • peter d.
    peter dunnAugust 13, 2016
    Lenin might be sitting at the next table or so it would seem. Authentic Russian. Vodka, salmon, herring. Post theater, pre theater or preparing a coup this is your place .
  • Zina Я.
    Zina ЯkovlevaSeptember 20, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Best place for a get together or after work party. Live music sets the right mood, staff is amazing especially the bartender Pavel who is the core of a guaranteed fun night!
  • kevin k.
    kevin kiernanDecember 20, 2016
    Great Russian food: pelemeni, vareniki, pirozhki, fish, Chicken Kiev. And the flavored vodkas are a must.
  • Anastasia B.
    Anastasia BezverkhaOctober 12, 2013
    Very good Russian home food, & live Music! I feel at home. Pickled platter==== must order two plates next time!
  • Anna S.
    Anna SotnikovaOctober 16, 2016
    I have only two critical remarks: 1) a cup of tea is $7, too cheap to enjoy it, especially given that an infused vodka shot is $5. 2) I waited 2 hours to see bears on the scene, and got nothing.
  • Simon K.
    Simon KuoAugust 25, 2014
    Loved the blintzes, borscht and infused vodkas. The closest thing to being in a club in Russia.
  • Cat C.
    Cat CatOctober 9, 2011
    If you like tea- you must order the tea and stir in the cherry preserves it's AMAZING- especially paired with some of the cranberry infused vodka (my fav).
  • Shermans Travel
    Shermans TravelAugust 15, 2012
    Down shots of homemade infused vodka (there are over a dozen varieties, like cranberry, tarragon, and garlic) and authentic borsht at this personality-packed joint. Read more
  • Nastia .
    Authentic place and cuisine ! Come here if you really want to taste good Russian food
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BrooksDecember 26, 2011
    Just go for it. Order an ounce of caviar and a very cold shot of vodka for each person...comes with the most amazing blinis
  • Carlos M.
    Carlos MeliaSeptember 15, 2012
    My experience and review on the Russian Samovar by Carlos Melia Recommends @ http://carlosmeliablog.com/2012/09/15/vodka-shots-at-russian-samovar-in-new-york/
  • Pablo D.
    Pablo DoddaMay 7, 2016
    Best place ever! Excellent food, wonderful service and great music. More lively on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Mike D.
    Mike DApril 9, 2013
    I'm not familiar enough with Russian food to be much of a judge, but I love the vibe and live music (piano and Russian ballads)
  • Anton I.
    Anton IstigechevMay 28, 2013
    You must try Beef stroganoff and, of course, Borsht - the best in NYC! Trust me - I'm Russian:)
  • Vlada V.
    Vlada Von ShatsAugust 18, 2011
    Sex in the City episode shot upstairs, Manchurian candidate with Frank Sinatra shot at the bar, used to be Jilly's of the Rat Pack fame..a true landmark of NYC
  • Korgel B.
    Korgel BorbelschnitzMarch 21, 2015
    Eat delicious pelmeni and try the dozen infused vodka. Mmmm
  • Anna L.
    Anna LittleOctober 24, 2013
    Trio of salads, Veal Pelmeni, Lamb Shank, and Pomegranate Infused Vodka. Exquisite.
  • Joel B.
    Joel BinnMarch 16, 2013
    Good music - good food - good bar crowd - comfortable place to hand out
  • My Perestroika
    My PerestroikaAugust 17, 2010
    Had a blast here Fri.! Still a chance to catch MY PERESTROIKA at the IFC Center until Aug 19th. Screenings continue to sell out, so book ahead! "One of the year's best films" -The Huffington Post Read more
  • Daria K.
    Daria KulakovaFebruary 12, 2013
    Great and strong cocktails, try KGB Martini or Bloody Dasha
  • Medina G.
    Medina GasimovaSeptember 14, 2014
    Amazing food, russian music, and raspberry martini! The best👏
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonOctober 19, 2013
    Try the Beluga Gold Vodka Martini - A very reasonable martini before going to see "Big Fish" on broadway at the Neil Simon Theater.
  • Actpohabt M.
    Actpohabt MaximusDecember 25, 2014
    Great food! Classical Russian style atmosphere! Long live Roman Kaplan!
  • janelle g.
    janelle guntherApril 3, 2011
    the savory vodkas - dill, horseradish, garlic, coriander - are the way to go.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HNovember 1, 2015
    Horseradish infused vodka is awesome.
  • Masha B.
    Masha BakumaFebruary 2, 2015
    Russian style:) delicious Russian food and live music. Nice waiters. I
  • Charlie S.
    Charlie SneathNovember 6, 2012
    Don't fool around with single shots; just go for a carafe of one of the vodkas.
  • Michael H.
    Relaxing atmosphere; very comfortable.
  • Christina A.
    Christina AnFebruary 21, 2013
    Amazing place, lunch meals are delicious
  • Chris S.
    Chris SullivanApril 3, 2011
    Friends don't let friends order too many fruity vodkas or friends help friends puke in taxis.
  • Aghasi
    AghasiApril 19, 2013
    Best Russian place in NY
  • Melody M.
    Melody MillerMarch 22, 2015
    Horseradish infused vodka. It makes a fabulous dirty martini.
  • Vlada L.
    Vlada Lounge NYCJuly 26, 2010
    Delicious food, borscht, pelmeni, lamb....and the flavored vodkas are AMAZING
  • Egor H.
    Egor HomakovFebruary 8
    Surprised by high quality. Must try
  • Michael F.
    Been long time since here last, still decent but pales compared to rvr or Marivanna
  • Sofia U.
    Sofia UMay 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is amazing dont let anyone fool yoy!
  • Dazhi C.
    Dazhi ChenJune 21, 2011
    Infused vodka. And get 20% off here on weekdays with the DailyGobble app.
  • Marcus C.
    Marcus CalderonJuly 3, 2013
    Horseradish martini. Do it.
  • Korgel B.
    Korgel BorbelschnitzMarch 21, 2015
    Good beef stroganoff.
  • Irae C.
    Irae CarvalhoSeptember 13, 2011
    Chicken Kavka (or something) is amazing!
  • Nancy T.
    Nancy TranMarch 24, 2012
    Malatov is a killer! Follow with a water or 2.
  • Vlada V.
    Vlada Von ShatsAugust 18, 2011
    Amazing atmosphere, perfect evening of FUN !!!
  • Mari A.
    Mari AnnaApril 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Lobster salad the best!!!)
  • Olga E.
    Olga EremeevaFebruary 5, 2013
    Horseradish vodka is the best ;)
  • Jasper S.
    Jasper SeldinMay 29, 2011
    What is problem? You have drinks, you have pills, is fun!
  • Jay S.
    Jay SollyOctober 17, 2010
    Infused vodkas remind me of Moscow house parties, so do try.
  • Amanda
    AmandaMarch 3, 2012
    Not only do they have flavored vodka, they also serve "Ting"...
  • Heather
    HeatherAugust 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Horseradish vodka is amazing.
  • Michael K.
    Michael KauffmanMay 24, 2013
    The spot where Jilly's once stood.
  • Joel B.
    Joel BinnMarch 16, 2013
    Nice music
  • Kristin S.
    Kristin SolomonAugust 11, 2013
    Great fun place
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff RNovember 29, 2012
    Just ask for a beer
  • Courtney
    Courtney3 weeks ago
    Vodka infusions
  • Joel B.
    Joel BinnMarch 16, 2013
    Changed owners around end of 2011 - ignore older tips
  • meghan k.
    meghan keaneMarch 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't worry. If you can't pay your bill, they'll just arrange you into a marriage.
  • Rian
    RianJanuary 16, 2013
    Get the vodka!
  • Nitish G.
    Nitish GargAugust 18, 2014
    Radish Vodka
  • Jon H.
    Jon HackettOctober 2, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    the peach vodka is a must
  • doug j.
    doug jaegerApril 18, 2009
    fuzzy math warning. ordered 3 shots. charged for 5. waitress says "come-on it's only $13". we decided not to tip.
  • Griffin C.
    Griffin ChaseJuly 31, 2010
    Be ready for shots
  • noel h.
    noel hidalgoJune 30, 2009
    order the pickled vegies.
  • Kseniya I.
    Kseniya IvanovaNovember 6, 2012
    Идеально подходит для тех, кто хочет отведать русской кухни и окунуться в домашнюю атмосферу в NY) Русская музыка, огромное кол-во наших соотечественников делают это место центром русской культуры:)
  • Tina G.
    Tina GromovaJune 21, 2014
    Великолепнейшее место. Прекрасный персонал, очень душевные бармены и официанты, вкусные коктейли и совершенно не московские цены. Всем быть здесь и не раз, это даже лучше, чем Empire State!
  • Alek
    AlekSeptember 21, 2015
    Прекрасный ресторан, все здесь хорошо и русского брата встретить можно😉 Голодным и трезвым точно не останитесь. Вкусно готовят...уходишь "как от бабули"😂
  • Roman T.
    Roman TKVJune 15, 2013
    Великолепная, доброжелательная атмосфера! Лучший в НЙ
  • Olga G.
    Olga GalloSeptember 24, 2016
    Это было тусовое место русской интеллигенции в 70х годах. Борщ, водка, чай. Классика!
  • Verafleur
    VerafleurDecember 31, 2013
    Пароль к вай фай 883579b0
  • Joshua
    JoshuaOctober 26, 2013
    Хорошое место
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