the see-and-be-seen scene of the russian tea room

the who, what, where and when of this opulent new york institution—and setting for anna kendrick’s latest #missadventure in episode 3, "the best company"
September 14, 2015  |   column: DELIBERATE POLISH

the cultural history of the russian tea roomĀ is just one of the reasons our #missadventure heroine counts it as her go-to spot. havingĀ 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 Ā 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:

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