This elegant eatery is the perfect spot to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Owned by Roman Kaplan and managed by his daughter Vlada Von Shats and her two sons Michael and Nicholas, this up-scale establishment offers some of the finest Russian cuisine in New York. Located in the Thea-ter District, Russian Samovar boasts a 19th-century feel, complete with picturesque green and red shades and Russian folk prints.
Aside from its authentic Russian dishes, it is known for its 26 flavored vodkas prepared in-house, including ginger, horseradish, lemon and cranberry. Delectable appetizers include Belu-ga and Osetra caviar, Blinis filled with salmon or caviar, the Assorted Fish Platter (in-house cured Salmon Gravlax with dill, Smoked Atlantic Salmon and Smoked Butterfish), Vol-au-Vent (a wild mushroom puff pastry), traditional Borscht, a Pate Russe laced with brandy, and Pelmeni Stroganoff, veal or chicken with sirloin tips in a creamy mushroom sauce. It is its signature en-trees, however, that have put Russian Samovar on the culinary map. House specialties include Shashlik Karski (rack of lamb marinated in Georgian spices), Beef Stroganoff, Veal Pojarksi (ground veal and breast of chicken cutlets), Chicken Kiev and Pelmeni (veal, beef and chicken dumplings).