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Best caviar service in NYC

MetroDad Mar 8, 2012 03:50 PM

My girlfriend and I are looking for a great post-theater caviar service in Manhattan to celebrate her birthday. We're just planning on having caviar and vodka (or maybe champagne.) Caviar Russe seems to get the best reviews. However, we were thinking about going old-school.

Anyone have a preference between Petrossian or the Russian Tea Room? Which one is better these days? Or is there any other place I should check out?


  1. kosmose7 Mar 9, 2012 10:23 AM

    Calvisius Caviar @ Four Seasons Hotel New York: Very casual, cafe-ish ambiance.
    One of the reasons why I like this place is that they sell Krug Grande Cuvee 'by the galss'! ($35)

    Russian Tea Room: Interiors are nice.

    Petrossian: IMO, better than Russian Tea Room.

    Caviar Russe: This place is less known and it's my most favorite. Its chef de cuisine, Delaware-born Chris Agnew used to be a sous chef at Adour and he joined Caviar Russe last summer. He is very creative. So I suggest you try his wonderful dishes besides caviar here. They also have golden-colored caviar called Alma. And don't miss the complimentary caviar butter.

    Caviar Russe
    538 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10020

    Russian Tea Room
    150 W 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

    182 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

    Calvisius Caviar Lounge
    58 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022

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    1. re: kosmose7
      michelleats Mar 9, 2012 01:09 PM

      Great pictures, kosmose. Even if the OP doesn't end up there, I'm completely convinced I have to try Caviar Russe.

      Has anyone here been to Onegin?

      391 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014

      1. re: michelleats
        kosmose7 Mar 9, 2012 01:46 PM

        Thanks michelleats! :)
        I have been to Caviar Russe three times so far and I always ordered chef's tasting menu (currently $125 for a six to seven course dinner) rather than just caviar. And I was overwhelmed every time. Their a la carte sounded interesting too.

        I didn't try caviar at Onegin, but the dishes I ordered (salmon roe with Russian blini and beef stroganoff) were not very much impressive.

        1. re: kosmose7
          foodwhisperer Mar 9, 2012 02:39 PM

          Caviar Russe sounds perfect for me. I wish they had Taittinger comte de champagne.That is my favorite. I'll be very happy with the Krug though. Great pics

          1. re: foodwhisperer
            kosmose7 Mar 9, 2012 06:42 PM

            Thanks, foodwhisperer! I love Tattinger Comtes de Champagne too!

            Since I am not a good drinker, one full bottle (or even half bottle if I share with my dinner companion) is a bit too much for me, and in most cases, the only premium champagne sold by the glass seems to be Dom Perignon, and I am glad to see Calvisius selling Krug by the glass! :)

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      sushiman Mar 9, 2012 10:16 AM

      THere is a great caviar bar in the FOur Seasons Hotel. They are the only NYC outlet for an Italian caviar producer. It is farmed sturgeon and REALLY good. The best farmed caviar that I have ever had.

      Calvisius Caviar Lounge
      58 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022

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        bronwen Mar 9, 2012 10:14 AM

        Petrossian really is wonderful

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          foodwhisperer Mar 8, 2012 08:42 PM

          Petrossian is better than Russian Tea Room. The caviar service is good at petrossian

          Russian Tea Room
          150 W 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

          182 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

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            Simon Mar 8, 2012 04:25 PM

            Cafe Pushkin opens in a few days. That might be the place.

            Brasserie Pushkin
            41 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

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