The Russian Tea Room in New York Metropolis suffers as Ukraine invasion escalates

The Russian Tea Room in New York City suffers as Ukraine invasion escalates

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed which movies include scenes filmed at the Russian Tea Room. “Tootsie” and “Manhattan” were filmed there, but “When Harry Met Sally” was not.

New York

The Russian Tea Room is a 100-year-old New York City icon that has long drawn in locals and tourists alike. In its heyday, the restaurant hosted such luminaries as choreographer George Balanchine, artist Salvador Dali and composer Leonard Bernstein, and it was featured in the movies “Tootsie” and “Manhattan.”

It drew crowds who attended concerts at nearby Carnegie Hall, only steps away, or dined there after a Broadway show. But at lunchtime Thursday, the eatery was almost vacant, with a handful of customers sitting at only two of its 30 or so red leather banquettes.

Despite its name, the Russian Tea room isn’t Russian at all. It’s…