Since being founded by members of the Russian Imperial Ballet in 1927, The Russian Tea Room has been known for both celebrities, fine dining, and its classic Russian decor. Walk through the antique revolving doors to catch a glimpse of the booth Dustin Hoffman sat in when filming Tootsie; to see the inspiration that Woody Allen found for the movie Manhattan; to walk past the coat check where Madonna worked before she found fame; or to try martinis like the cast of Gossip Girl did.
My first time at The Russian Tea Room, I came by myself to visit the infamous restaurant. Happily sitting all alone at my table I took in the ambiance not sure if it was tacky or grand, when my waitress excitedly told me that I was one lucky lady because Johnny Depp had booked the table right in front of me. So for the next hour and a half, I must have set a record for the longest time it could possibly take to eat a sandwich and drink one cocktail. And that bastard Johnny Depp never showed.
Fast forward 10 years later, and after a closure for a little while, the Russian Team Room is still as impressive. This is another restaurant where the food will probably disappoint (portions are small and it’s a bit pricey) but with such grandeur, how can you not love it? Just order yourself a ‘Russia with love’ (champagne, Godiva chocolate liquor and chambord) and drink in the atmosphere.
Russian Team Room, 150 W 57th St (between Avenue Of The Americas & 7th Ave) , 10019 (Midtown West)