the cultural history of the russian tea room is just one of the reasons our #missadventure heroine counts it as her go-to spot. having opened in 1927 on west 57th street by former members of the russian imperial ballet, it was originally a gathering place for russian expats but soon grew into an unofficial club for a wide range of interesting characters, from hollywood heavy-hitters to politicians to royalty.
perhaps it was because the layout of the restaurant’s dining room was designed with “seeing and being seen” in mind. or because word of the tasty borscht and chicken kiev got out.
either way, here are a few of our favorite memorable moments that have happened over the years in and amongst the iconic red booths: