There was a time in NYC when virtually everything written or celebrated about NYC contained reference to the Russian Tea Room because it was so central part of the life of the city.
Established in 1927 by former members of the Russian Imperial Ballet for expatriates it became famous as a centre for the entertainment industry.
This continued well into the late 90′s when as a result of various real estate deals it was closed down in 2002. Subsequently it re-opened in 2006 with it’s interior untouched.
As you will see from the video its decor is flamboyant and a touch bizarre. It’s well worth a visit to 145 W 57th St just so you can say you’ve been there.
That it exists at all is tribute to a great love story between Sidney Kaye and Faith Stewart-Gordon. Kaye purchased it in 1955 and when he died left it to Faith, his widow.
At the time numerous proposals for the redevelopment and/or demolition of the site were made. She steadfastly refused to sell at any price. The Russian Tea room is one of several buildings in NYC that have held a central role in the cultural history of the city and it is impossible to sit in it without feeling a shiver at the number of famous people who sat here before you. LIKE famous places in NYC.