“The Insider's Guide” Of Where To Go And What To Do In Chicago
Just a seven-minute walk from Millennium Station is Russian Tea Time, a small, intimate-set restaurant that applies the proper amount of aesthetic needed to help make someone feel warm and welcome. In other words, Russian Tea Time lives to make guests feel right at home, whether they are five minutes, an hour, or more than a hundred miles from home. With much history embodied in a small setting, there is more than what is on the menu at Russian Tea Time. With that being said, the history is just as inspiring as the teas and food that is offered.
Klara Muchnik and her son, Vadim, opened Russian Tea Time's doors in 1993 with the hopes of giving more flavor to the Chicago area around Millennium Park. Chef Klara, who grew up in Ukraine, started collecting old family recipes as a child and during the former Soviet Union, she began catering in Uzbekistan. In 1990, Klara and her family immigrated to the United States and settled in Chicago. Their restaurant has since become one of Chicago’s culinary “landmarks” and an experience to add to your Chicago bucket list.
The Muschnik duo strives to not only bring flavor but also tradition, values, and especially culture to the table. Their menus range from common appetizers, such as latke's and dumplings, to more traditional main dishes, but with a contemporary twist, like a salmon crepe with caviar and stuffed cabbage. They also have many vegetarian dishes to choose from such as Eggplant Orientale and Beet Caviar.
If you do not have the time to dine at this extravagant restaurant, Russian Tea Time also offers carry-out and delivery. They are open every day of the week starting at 11 AM and Russian tea time is from 2:00–4:30 PM.