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Samovar, Russian Restaurant & Piano Bar, for Musical Entertainment and the Finest Russian Cuisine!

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www.russiansamovar.com

Restaurant & Piano Bar
256 W. 52nd Street
NY, New York 10019
212.757.0168

Near All Broadway Shows!
Live Musical Entertainment!
Elegant, Vibrant Ambiance!
Theater Pre-Fixe & Banquets!
Black Caviar & Borscht!
Kulybiaka & Vareniki!
Sturgeon & Chicken Kiev!
Porterhouse & Stroganoff!

Samovar, Russian Restaurant & Piano Bar
For Live Evening Entertainment and Fine Russian Cuisine
www.russiansamovar.com
256 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
212.757.0168

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
September 14, 2017


Read an Article on Samovar Monday Night Music and Dinner.

Samovar, the most elegant and storied Russian restaurant in town, is located in the center of the Broadway theater district, on West 52nd Street, between Eighth Avenue and Broadway. There are many samovars adorning the shelves and tables surrounding the cushioned, red dining banquettes near the bar and main dining room, as well as the upstairs party spaces, in a tribute to Russian tea culture. Fine classical and contemporary Russian art, custom-painted works, historical photos and sketches, signed celebrity photographs, a Russian balalaika, tambourines and lyres, golden-framed mirrors, silk-fringed lighting, a white baby grand, once owned by Baryshnikov, porcelain pots, and a carved wooden bar all immediately greet you, on entering Samovar. Vlada, Samovar’s Proprietor and Host, graciously oversees the nightly dining and musical entertainment. A review of a vocalist, who sings on Mondays, and a classical and pop pianist and vocalist, both of whom sing in several languages, is linked above. Samovar’s kitchen is open until 12 AM, Sunday through Thursday, and until 1 AM, Friday and Saturday. And, the lively bar is open until 2 AM, Monday through Thursday, and until 4 AM, Friday through Sunday! Vodka shots all around!

Samovar was created in 1986, on the birthday of the Nobel winning poet, Joseph Brodsky, the restaurant’s original owner. Portraits of Brodsky can be seen below as décor in intimate seating spaces. Brodsky’s restaurant partners were Roman Kaplan, an entrepreneur, and Mikhail Baryshnikov, famed ballet dancer, director, and choreographer. In prior years, the restaurant was owned by Frank Sinatra, who performed in this same space and partied there with the Rat Pack. In later years, continuing to present, Russian poets and writers have been drawn to Samovar, and poetry readings and private theatrical events are frequently occurring, as the upstairs private party spaces lend themselves fashionably to such cultural events. See a photo below of a rehearsal of a Russian theater troupe of Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment. Russian musicians, singers, writers, and transplanted and visiting Russians in New York, love to gather and dine at Samovar, as the dining and bar menus are so authentic and superb.

Exploring Samovar’s generous menu, their Premium Caviar, always served with sour cream, chopped red onion, egg, and capers with blini, includes Russian Osetra, Sevruga, and Atlantic Salmon. Soups include Gribnoi, of mushroom and barley, and The Right Borscht, a beet and cabbage soup with potatoes and vegetables, served with sour cream and a meat pirozhok. There are intriguing Salads to choose from, like Olivier, inspired by the salad created by Lucien Olivier in 1860 in Moscow, and Vinegret, with beets, carrots, pickles, onions, and beans with sunflower oil and potatoes. Cold Appetizers include Charcuterie Platter, with Jamon Serrano, smoked chicken, sudjuk, gipsy bacon, movskovskaya, meat roulette, basturma, and smoked chicken, and Seledka, fillet of cured Atlantic herring, served with olives, red onions, and buttered boiled potatoes. Samovar also has Hot Appetizers, like Kulybiaka, traditional pâte gonflée pastry with salmon, fresh herbs, and garden vegetables stuffing, and Vareniki, traditional Russian Pierogies, with potatoes, mushrooms, or sour cherries, served with sour cream or cherry sauce on the side.

For authentic Russian Entrées, Samovar’s Fish menu includes Grilled Sturgeon, prepared in white wine butter sauce, olives, tomatoes, red onions, capers, dill, preserved lemon, served with grilled vegetables. The Poultry menu includes Chicken Tabaka, roasted Cornish hen, topped with garlic butter and house mix of spices. And, the Meat menu includes Beef Stroganoff, beef tenderloin, sautéed mushroom and spring onions with a cream sauce, served with egg noodle, mashed potatoes, or buckwheat. Samovar’s tempting Dessert menu includes Medovik, a layered honey cake, and Le Smetannik, a sour cream cake. There’s also a Pre-Theater Prix-Fixe menu, as Samovar is on a block with two Broadway theaters, and a Banquet Menu, for your personal celebrations or corporate events. The dynamic and lively bar, where you can join in until the wee hours for a vodka or cocktail, wine or cognac, whisky or martini, is stocked full, with premium liquor and international wines. Stop by Samovar, Russian Restaurant & Piano Bar, where every night is a musical party, and you’re always invited! And, be sure to tell them you saw them on RobertaOnTheArts.com!



Samovar Piano and Instruments
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Samovar Main Dining Room and Art Decor
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Samovar Iconic Art Work
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Samovar Bar Dining and Art Decor
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A Russian Theatrical Troupe Rehearses
for an Event Upstairs at Samovar
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A Balalaika Closeup at Samovar
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Samovars and Art Works at Samovar
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A Samovar and Photograph at Samovar
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Brodsky Photograph and Intimate Dining at Samovar
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Intimate Dining at Samovar
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Historical, Iconic Photographs at Samovar
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Pozharsky Cutlet of Chicken and Veal
Mashed Potato and Mushroom Sauce
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Pirozhok Selection
Meat, Potato, Spinach, and Mushroom
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Atlantic Grilled Salmon, Horseradish Sauce
and Grilled Vegetables
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Alexander Izbitser at the Piano
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Cucumber Vodka Gimlet at the Bar
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Flavored Vodka Shots at the Bar
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Russian Hats and Bar Items
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Expansive Samovar Bar
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Upstairs Private Event Room at Samovar
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Upstairs Private Event Room at Samovar
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Upstairs Private Event Bar at Samovar
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Upstairs Private Event Room at Samovar
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower


For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net