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Uncle Vanya Cafe

315 W 54th St, New York City, NY 10019-5137
+1 212-262-0542
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good25%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible13%
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“borscht” (9 reviews)
“cakes” (3 reviews)
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Russian, Eastern European
££ - £££
315 W 54th St, New York City, NY 10019-5137
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Reviewed 17 November 2017

After hearing great things about this place, I was finally able to make a visit. I was very disappointed. I had the place to myself, so the service was great, but the borshch and the goluptsy were both flavorless and very bland. I was very...More

Thank RPH80
Reviewed 9 November 2017

I have frequented this gem since 1993. Really nice Russian atmosphere. Owner Marina imbues class! This is a small bistro with Russian theatrical decor. (Marina is an actress!). The food is varied and very good! My only complaint is they do not take AMEX. So...More

Thank Bruce1795
Reviewed 30 May 2017

On 54th Strret between 8th and 9th Ave, we stumbled upon an authentic Russian restaurant owned for the last 25 years by Marina. We were looking for something different and we are so glad we chose this place. The food is authentic Russian home cooking....More

2  Thank rlparsley
Reviewed 17 May 2017

The borscht was good but the rest of the menu was rather mediocre. There was a private birthday party for shortly before we were to leave and we were unable to get coffee

Thank 69nomir
Reviewed 21 April 2017

The space is great, the bread is great. But then it all falls apart. They had run out of many items, including butter for the bread. Service was poor at best, with two out of 4 items ordered being wrong, and slow and inattentive. The...More

Thank Daemonaquila
Reviewed 21 March 2017

We really enjoyed our meal here, For appetizers, we had the blini and smoked salmon, and also the pickled plate. Both were absolutely up to our expectations of what we had had in Russia. For dinner, my husband had the Chicken Vanya (which is actually...More

Thank KLGri
Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Great food. Love the ambiance. Food is authentic delicious assortment of ethnic delights. Włodek, our host, was very friendly and explained the dishes for us.

Thank A S
Reviewed 3 June 2016

We wanted to find relatively inexpensive Russian food in Manhattan, and this seemed the only place. Well, we got get what you pay for. About third of the items on the menu were not available, including Russian beer. They don't have liquor license, thus no...More

2  Thank comfytravel
Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

Our experience at this cafe was excellent. I wouldn't expect more. Therefore I give them 5 stars. We had delicious vegetarian borsch (I don't really know if it was made with chicken or beef broth though, but it didn't have any meat in it which...More

Thank Anna B
Reviewed 9 May 2016

Stumbled across this restaurant while wandering the area. It was an odd tine of day, so they were empty, but that made it even nicer. Staff was pleasant and efficient, food very good, and the surroundings were warm. Only problem was waiter did not understand...More

Thank W J B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
14:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 315 W 54th St, New York City, NY 10019-5137
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-262-0542
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