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Best New York Russian Restaurants

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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
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Published May 27th 2011
The Russian immigrants brought their love for good wholesome food and delicacies, along with their love for America when they came over. Today, New York residents and visitors can enjoy the same dishes enjoyed by Eastern Europeans for generations, by visiting any of the authentic Russian restaurants found in New York City.

Firebird Restaurant

When you enter this very authentic Russian restaurant, are seated, and handed the menus, the first thing you'll notice is the number of choices you have. The first thing you have to choose is the type of vodka you wish to enjoy with your dinner; there's a separate menu for that. After you've made your selection, then you move on to the dinner menu, which includes the classic Russian dish borscht.

If you're not sure what to order, make your selection from the dinner tasting menu. If you're in a hurry to catch a Broadway show, order from the prie fixe menu. No matter which one you order form, though, you won't be disappointed.

Russian Samovar

This Russian restaurant not only provides Russian food cooked as close as possible to "Old Country" recipes, it also offers live entertainment every night except Monday.

Depending on the night you eat at Russian Samovar, you'll hear from different Russian artists. One artist appears for three nights, but each night he is joined by two other Russian performers. So, if you go to Russian Samovar before the theatre, you will have dinner and two shows.

The Russian Tea Room

This famous New York restaurant has been a staple of the New York scene since 1927, when it was founded by members of the Russian Imperial Ballet. Today it is still a favorite meeting spot of celebrities and other famous people.

If you go this iconic New York eatery, you'll enjoy some of the best food in New York. Although it is called a "tea room", it serves full meals. Take your time to savor the atmosphere and do a little "celebrity watching" if any are in there, but please respect their privacy

Don't worry about being late for a performance at either the Lincoln Center or Carnegie Hall. You're just six minutes and 23 seconds from the Lincoln Center and slightly to the left of Carnegie Hall.


This is a very exclusive restaurant. In fact, it is so exclusive that key card entry required each Monday after 9:00, there is a special price prie-fixe menu available only to those patrons who are dining in and that is available only on certain days. Sunday brunch is offered, but it is only at certain times, also.

You might want to call ahead before you go to see if brunch is being served on a particular Sunday or if the prie fixe menu is being served on your special "dinner and a show" night. If you can get in, it's worth it, so don't let the slight difficulty deter you.
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Why? Because Russian Food in New York is delicious
When: Whenever you want
Where: All over New York
Cost: Depends on restaurant
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