While we were visiting NYC, my mom and I decided to go to see Wicked, while Cary and my dad went to a Yankees game. I was looking for somewhere nice to eat before the show and stumbled upon the Russian Tea Room. They have a nice pre and post theater pre fixe menu with a choice of appetizer, main dish and dessert. Since we wanted to eat in a timely fashion, this seemed like a good choice.
For an appetizer, I ordered the goat cheese and wild mushroom Blinchik. The goat cheese and mushroom filling was surprisingly light and was complemented nicely by the fruit compote. It was accompanied by a tomato salad with a horseradish vinaigrette.
The bilini with red caviar featured salmon roe, red onion, chopped egg and sour cream atop a thin cracker. It tasted like an upscale version of a smoked salmon bagel with cream cheese (which I love).
The Boeuf a la Stroganoff featured a medium beef fillet over wheat egg noodles topped with a horseradish butter and a slightly sweet, tangy sauce. It was a delicious combination of flavors!
The cherry Blintz was filled with a slightly sweet mixture of fresh cherries and accompanied by vanilla bean ice cream. It was very good.
The chocolate pyramid featured a chocolate mousse shaped like…. you guessed it… a pyramid! The mouse was light with a cherry in the center, but the star of the dessert was the oranges. The mandarin oranges in a reduced sauce were covered with chocolate crunch orbs that were a nice textural contrast to the softness of the oranges.
The pre and post theater menu is served from 4:45 pm to 6:15 pm and 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm. An extensive a la carte menu is also available.
Russian Tea Room
150 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019