There are certain quintessential New York experiences that make all the others almost bearable. Fine dining, musicals, and performances are at the top of my list. So restaurant week in NYC has been going on this week. Tonight was dinner at the Russian Tea Room. This is by far one of my favorite old school New York restaurants. So many memories for me too. I had my first big New York dinner here at 12 with my best friend’s family. Then at 22 I brought him here with my parents for Thanksgiving. At 30 I brought grandma here for Easter.
Tonight, my Austrian ally got to experience the Russian Tea Room. I started with a chocotini. Delicious. Then I had the borscht (sour and savory at the same time) and the beef stroganoff (a symphony for the palate). He had the salad and the salmon. I finished with black tea with cherry preserves and a chocolate mousse pyramid filled with raspberry yumminess. It was delicious squared. The waiter was fabulous–attentive and friendly. Our water glasses never went below 1/4 full the entire night. We had a leisurely dinner from 7-8:45.
There’s something wonderful about being in a booth and having space to sit apart or as close as you want to. We really enjoyed dressing up and going out. Even if it was a sauna outside. The only minor glitch was when I forgot the N ran express after Canal and we went out to Brooklyn. Oopsy. But great view of the city.