As if New York City Restaurant Week Winter 2010‘s terrific prices aren’t incentive enough to dine out at many of Manhattan’s classic restaurants, the fabled Russian Tea Room is offering up guided tours of the restaurant’s restored-yet-infrequently-viewed upper floors. Normally open only for private events, the 30-minute tour will highlight the lavish (and oftentimes unusual) décor, which includes a bear fish tank, bear chandeliers (Are you sensing a theme here?), and an automated diorama of the Kremlin. All things you don’t see every day. Or most days, really.
Take advantage of your opportunity to see these unique fruits of restaurateur Warner LeRoy’s labors before his death in 2001. New York City Restaurant Week Winter 2010 runs through February 7, 2010. The Russian Tea Room does not offer its Restaurant Week menus or tours on Saturdays and Sundays.