Monday, April 21, 2014

"R" You Ready...

...for Elegant Dining a la Russe, in the Russian style?

Then step through these doors...

With one push of the revolving doors we're going to enjoy an elegant tea or dinner at the Russian Tea Room.

During the same spring vacation I discovered Greek food I also discovered Russian food at this restaurant. It was our splurge for the trip and it was lovely. My father, who grew up in Brooklyn, had memories of eating here decades before and I wanted to try a "grown up" and elegant restaurant. I ordered the blini -- tiny buckwheat pancakes -- and caviar, and somewhat to my amazement loved them. It's not a food I eat often -- just way too pricey -- but on those occasions it's a treat and an entry to many memories, all good. 
   
I haven't been here in a long time, but I think a return visit needs to be scheduled. I noticed a lovely tea menu that would make a great celebration for a special birthday or retirement. 

Just a block away there is another restaurant featuring caviar and smoked fish, Petrossian. I have never eaten in the restaurant, but I have treated myself to coffee in the cafe, and what a treat! 

I liked the decorations for Easter in the cafe window. They have the best cappuccino and croissants. 

I love the architectural detail of the building that houses Petrossian. I have passed here many times and every time it catches my eye, no matter how much I may be rushing.  

I liked seeing the reflection of the new high-rise building in the window of the restaurant. 

I hope you've enjoyed our day of elegant dining in the center of Manhattan. We're two blocks from Central Park and only a block from Carnegie Hall. Please stop by tomorrow when we salute "S" with a much more casual tribute to Spring dining. 

It was definitely spring today. I had an excursion planned downtown, but a major delay on the subway highly discouraged me. Instead I enjoyed the neighborhood, took lots of pictures for "Z," and had a big iced coffee. 

As always thanks for visiting. So enjoy your visits and comments, and take good care!   

19 comments:

Maggid said...

Super Classy. i would enjoy coffee and a treat . . lovely!

Pondside said...

I remember being taken there in the mid 70's - I guess a good place endures! Enjoy your treats!

TARYTERRE said...

What lovely restaurants. It would be a special treat to eat in either. My mouth is watering at the very thought.

Mevely317 said...

Wow. I'd totally forgotten about the Russian Tea Room ... one of the NYC legends I've toyed with adding to my bucket list.

I was moved by your recollection of time spent there with your parents. Love that your dad wanted to share his own memories with his daughter.

Mary said...

How beautiful! I've never been to the Russian Tea Room, and have heard a lot about it and always wanted to go. Maybe someday! :)

The Petrossian indeed looks very elegant. Another place i should add to my 'want to go someday' list!

Oh and iced coffee! Yummy, yummy, yummy!

Sola Scriptura said...

Very elegant and how special that you have such a sweet memory of going to the Russian Tea Room with your father.

Lynn said...

This is fun, the Russian Tea Room is in so many novels and movies, super cool that you've been here with your Dad-

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I have always wanted to visit The Russian Tea Room and taste a little piece of elegance.

Theresa said...

Elegant dining, I should have dressed up:) I loved the reflection of the high rise in the window! Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

Denise D Hammond, CGFM-Retired said...

I enjoyed the Russian Tea Room on my one visit there. Best reason for me to visit NYC is for the food. So many good places to eat.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

You really do have a wide variety there to choose from when it comes to food. I've never had caviar but know it is expensive. That would be a place for special occasions only. Hope you have a terrific Tuesday!

Grammy Staffy said...

How nice... Yummy

Pam said...

That's another thing on my bucket list, it sounds great!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

That's a great photo you took of the reflection in the window.

Seeing The Russian Tea Room photo made me wonder if they serve Russian tea cakes and how yummily buttery they might be.
The View from the Top of the Ladder

Melinda said...

Super cool. I have never
eaten Russian food.
Sounds quite interesting.

We have almost made it to the end
of the challenge!

M :)

Kerin said...

Oh thanks for this post! It was so fun to see those places that I've heard about and seen on t.v.
You really helped capture the special atmosphere and I loved your take on it all.

Have a wonderful rest of your week.

Smiles :)
K.

Susie said...

Buttercup, The Russian place serves cappuccinos and croissants. :):) Now we are talking...I would love to have that in any restaurant . I think about eating other foods...but not a risk taker much with food. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Nellie said...

Such elegant spots for dining! There seems to be no shortage of places for your journey through the alphabet.

Ida said...

This would be so cool to visit and eat at. - That last shot with the high rise reflection was fabulous.