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Russian Tea Time at 30

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WGN9 Chicago
Celebrating The 30th Anniversary 

WGN9 30th Anniversary morning show

Celebrating The 30th Anniversary Of Iconic Restaurant In Chicago. The restaurant “Russian Tea Time” is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary – and it’s still one of the most iconic restaurants in Chicago. Chef  Anna Garcia joined us in our Studio 41 kitchen with more on the most popular menu items and to prepare Russian crepes. ...

TimeOut Magazine
The 8 best places to drink tea in Chicago

TimeOut Magazine

Enjoy an upscale afternoon tea service at Russian Tea Time, a Loop institution that’s been brewing pots for more than 25 years. Each tea service includes a pot of fine loose-leaf black, green or herbal tea and plenty of sweet and savory snacks (mini toasts, sandwiches and pastries) that make you feel like royalty. ...

A Russian restaurant in Chicago founded by...

Chicago Insider

Russian Tea Time was founded in Chicago in 1993 by Klara Muchnik, who was born in Ukraine. Her son, Vadim Muchnik, remains a minority stakeholder in the business, which was sold in 2018, according to the Chicago Tribune. Tea Time is one of many nominally Russian establishments owned by people...

Eater Chicago 
Chicago’s Ukranian-Founded Restaurant...

Eater Chicago

As Russia’s war in Ukraine stretches into its third week with a devastating escalation on the ground, a troubling trend of public ire and backlash against Russian restaurants in the U.S. has reached Chicago. Russian Tea Time, the 29-year-old Eastern European landmark in the Loop, ...

Eater Chicago 

Downtown Chicago Icon 

RTT House Tea for Eater Chicago

One of Downtown Chicago’s top food and drink attractions will close for much of the summer and fall to implement cosmetic changes. Russian Tea Time, the popular 25-year-old white-tablecloth spot at 77 E. Adams Street in the Loop for afternoon tea, sweet and savory Eastern European foods...

Chicago Tribune 

Vegetarian Surprises

Chicago Tribune

The menu offers a surprising assortment of vegetarian — even vegan — options with delicately spiced and cooked vegetables creating colorful sides and entrees. Dishes originated in different countries with different flavors that once comprised the former Soviet Union. 

ABC7 Chicago
Russian Tea Time celebrates 30 years

ABC7 Chicago morning show

Russian Tea Time has been at Michigan and Adams for 30 years and has been called a must-visit for residents and tourists alike in Chicago. Russian Tea Time's menu is ethnic and unique, featuring caviar, Ukrainian soup, meat dumplings and of course, great cups of tea. They also offer a selection of alcoholic beverages. ...

Windy City Times
RTT is marking its 30th anniversary

Windy City 30th Anniversary

Russian Tea Time's beginnings were rooted in a lifelong dream borne by Klara Muchnik and her family as they immigrated to Chicago following the fall of the Soviet Union from Uzbekistan. The place has a menu that transports diners to another era, featuring tea service (of course), caviar and tasting platters as well as authentic post-Soviet delicacies ...


Chicago SunTimes
Some Chicago-area Russian-influenced...

Chicago SunTimes

The restaurant has placed a “We stand with Ukraine” sign in its window, and servers wear heart-shaped pins in blue and yellow, the colors of the Ukrainian flag, to show solidarity with the country. It also has posted a letter on its website and social media accounts, saying, in part: “We are heartbroken by the recent news; ...

Chicago Tribune
Going strong after 27 years

Chicago Tribune

The iconic downtown restaurant Russian Tea Time is facing backlash from callers and social media reviewers mistakenly linking the venue’s name to Moscow’s brutal war against Ukraine, as anti-Russian sentiment rises across the globe. Yet the Chicago restaurant’s owners say the fallout has been...

WGN9 Chicago 

Going strong after 27 years

WGN9 Chicago

Looking for an experience that reinterprets the tea-drinking experience from generations of the past? Learn the traditional way of serving tea while experiencing the nostalgic cuisine of the former Soviet Union. Russian Tea Time has that one of a kind experience and has been a Chicago institution...

The New York Times 

36 Hours in Chicago

The NYT 36 hours in Chicago

Russian Tea Time is the kind of classic, white-tablecloth restaurant that helps old cities age gracefully. The tea service includes over 30 teas and a spread of sweets and savories such as Pozharski croquettes and rugelach, while the vodka flight...

The Chicagolite 

Afternoon Tea in Chicago

The Chicagolite post

Afternoon Tea is a popular custom around the world, so see how Russia has their tea at the popular downtown tea house Russian Tea Time. The complete service is another affordable afternoon tea experience for those of you who want the luxury but at an accessible price.

Check Please! 

Russian Tea Time Review

Check Please!

Started by a Russian immigrant who found barely any familiar cuisine in a new country, Russian Tea Time westernises Russian dishes to offer authentic courses that extended to all the meals of the day – not just tea time.


Russian Tea Time Review

Gayot Chicago

This is about the only Russian game in town, so if you have a taste for borscht, caviar and blinis, dumplings, stroganoff and stuffed cabbage, this is your place. Looking for a back-in-the-day dining experience? You’ll find that here, too. The dining rooms are old-world comfortable. As for the menu, the platters...

Chicago Business

A Festive Loop Oasis

Chicago Business

Russian tea — a blend of Darjeeling, Ceylon and black currant, served with cubes of white or brown sugar and thick slices of lemon — is only one of the many pleasures during a meal at this Loop jewel. Don’t worry: Dishes are carefully described and live up...

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