Sammy's Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 157 Chrystie St

    New York, NY 10002

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  • 212-673-0330

About Sammy's Restaurant

Hours
Mon. - Thu. 4am - 9pm;Fri. - Sat. 4am - 11pm;Sun. 3:30am - 9pm

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From the First time i was introduced to Sammy's, I thought by the look of the place that my friend was out of her mind. The place looked like an outdated basement. She told me to trust her and to give it a chance. As the night began, we

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★★★★★

From the First time i was introduced to Sammy's, I thought by the look of the place that my friend was out of her mind. The place looked like an outdated basement. She told me to trust her and to give it a chance. As the night began, we

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It would have been easier if Sammy himself came to my house and kicked me in the face ten times while I wiped my you know what and then flushed a fist full of 20 dollar bills. To be fair however, the place was packed.

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★★★★★

It would have been easier if Sammy himself came to my house and kicked me in the face ten times while I wiped my you know what and then flushed a fist full of 20 dollar bills. To be fair however, the place was packed.

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Dined at Sammy's last night. Food is great, the entertainment was hilarious. Don't remember the last time I enjoyed food so much and I would definitely go back again.\r
If you are more into dcor and high end service then food then this

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★★★★★

Dined at Sammy's last night. Food is great, the entertainment was hilarious. Don't remember the last time I enjoyed food so much and I would definitely go back again.\r
If you are more into dcor and high end service then food then this

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Great food just like my Jewish mother used to make. Everything I have tried here and I just checked the menu and have sampled everything over the years is great!! The bad reviews cannot be from Jews from an Eastern European origin. Israeli or Sephardic Jews may not appreciate the food. This is Jewish Ashkenazi cooking from Poland, Roumania, Russia, Ukraine, etc. It is not very spicy except for lots of garlic. I try to visit Sammy's every time I am in Manhattan.

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★★★★★

Great food just like my Jewish mother used to make. Everything I have tried here and I just checked the menu and have sampled everything over the years is great!! The bad reviews cannot be from Jews from an Eastern European origin. Israeli or Sephardic Jews may not appreciate the food. This is Jewish Ashkenazi cooking from Poland, Roumania, Russia, Ukraine, etc. It is not very spicy except for lots of garlic. I try to visit Sammy's every time I am in Manhattan.

Pros: Roumanian Tenderloin Steak

Cons: Music is too loud

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By all that is good and holy, this is without question AWFUL. Maybe it's because I'm not Jewish and I don't "get it", but bad food is bad food. A group of eight of us spent $165 PER PERSON for family style crap (chicken fat in chopped liver after the waiter duped the women into putting it on their bread). The highlights: the bread was edible and the Kettle One helped me not throw up from the smells. The waiter wasn't a complete tool. The homeless guy outside who loiters by the ATM (smooth move, Sammy's, you keep an ATM nearby for those of us not expecting to be prison-raped by the over-inflated prices) asking for money was entertaining. A once in a lifetime experience....hopefully I don't get re-incarnated and forced to return there. Isn't there a half-star option? No? F you too, Citysearch!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

By all that is good and holy, this is without question AWFUL. Maybe it's because I'm not Jewish and I don't "get it", but bad food is bad food. A group of eight of us spent $165 PER PERSON for family style crap (chicken fat in chopped liver after the waiter duped the women into putting it on their bread). The highlights: the bread was edible and the Kettle One helped me not throw up from the smells. The waiter wasn't a complete tool. The homeless guy outside who loiters by the ATM (smooth move, Sammy's, you keep an ATM nearby for those of us not expecting to be prison-raped by the over-inflated prices) asking for money was entertaining. A once in a lifetime experience....hopefully I don't get re-incarnated and forced to return there. Isn't there a half-star option? No? F you too, Citysearch!!!

Pros: Good bread

Cons: gang raped by the bill, food quality horrific

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It was my brothers birthday. There were about 20 of us. We all had a blast. The people, the music, the energy... superb. I haven't had this much fun in a long time. If you're looking for a place where you can be yourself then this is the place for you. Great food, great service, great everything.

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★★★★★

It was my brothers birthday. There were about 20 of us. We all had a blast. The people, the music, the energy... superb. I haven't had this much fun in a long time. If you're looking for a place where you can be yourself then this is the place for you. Great food, great service, great everything.

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Anything but trendy or stylish, the atmosphere is created by the clients themselves, with, of course, the aid of the mucsic/musician(s). It's all schmaltz! You don't have to be
Jewish to enjoy...just alive and not a vegan/vegetarian, and even then it could be fun...they serve vegetables (pickled); if they drink...that's from plants, too. And for all those tossing about the word cholesterol like it's sin and evil incarnate, try catching up with contemporary science...it'd sure be great if the AMA did. Excess of anything is another story...and there is the air of excess here, but it's because it's a party, silly. Enjoy it!

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★★★★★

Anything but trendy or stylish, the atmosphere is created by the clients themselves, with, of course, the aid of the mucsic/musician(s). It's all schmaltz! You don't have to be
Jewish to enjoy...just alive and not a vegan/vegetarian, and even then it could be fun...they serve vegetables (pickled); if they drink...that's from plants, too. And for all those tossing about the word cholesterol like it's sin and evil incarnate, try catching up with contemporary science...it'd sure be great if the AMA did. Excess of anything is another story...and there is the air of excess here, but it's because it's a party, silly. Enjoy it!

Pros: Great Romanian-Jewish food, vibrant atmosphere and music

Cons: a mean tab is hustled up here...bring some money

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I went to Sammy's Restaurant a few weeks ago for dinner with a group of 10 people. It was the worst restaurant I have ever been to. I'd rather eat at Taco Bell with dead animals in my food. The service was awful, the food was awful and the entertainment was the worst of all. It's better watching a Hobo crossing the street. The atmosphere was terrible, for a second when I walked in I thought it was a subway, but then I saw them serving food. It was an embarrassment taking group of friends there. Then when I looked at the Bill, I almost died. Over 750 dollars for eating nonsense. They should be paying me. What is this? If you dare to take someone to this Restaurant I recommend bringing a throwup bag and extra food because you'll get hungry after not eating the atrocious food. Also they have Alka Seltzer waiting on the Table for you there so they pretty much expected you to have a stomach ache. Don?t get me started with the Bathrooms; I'd rather make a dudi in my pants; its worse then a gas station or a train. Sammy's Restaurant was an awful experience and good luck if you plan on dining there. I thought I was being Punk'd by MTV.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to Sammy's Restaurant a few weeks ago for dinner with a group of 10 people. It was the worst restaurant I have ever been to. I'd rather eat at Taco Bell with dead animals in my food. The service was awful, the food was awful and the entertainment was the worst of all. It's better watching a Hobo crossing the street. The atmosphere was terrible, for a second when I walked in I thought it was a subway, but then I saw them serving food. It was an embarrassment taking group of friends there. Then when I looked at the Bill, I almost died. Over 750 dollars for eating nonsense. They should be paying me. What is this? If you dare to take someone to this Restaurant I recommend bringing a throwup bag and extra food because you'll get hungry after not eating the atrocious food. Also they have Alka Seltzer waiting on the Table for you there so they pretty much expected you to have a stomach ache. Don?t get me started with the Bathrooms; I'd rather make a dudi in my pants; its worse then a gas station or a train. Sammy's Restaurant was an awful experience and good luck if you plan on dining there. I thought I was being Punk'd by MTV.

Pros: Their are non.

Cons: Everything.

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I have been to Sammy's last Saturday with 5 friends and among them a Romania friend.
What a disappointment. The food was just not good at all. I promise. I don't even know how the chief could have dared serving this. Run from the veal cutlet. It is overpriced and uneatable. The only thing you may try is the steak. That is it.
We were all so disappointed. The food was a kind of joke.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been to Sammy's last Saturday with 5 friends and among them a Romania friend.
What a disappointment. The food was just not good at all. I promise. I don't even know how the chief could have dared serving this. Run from the veal cutlet. It is overpriced and uneatable. The only thing you may try is the steak. That is it.
We were all so disappointed. The food was a kind of joke.

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Last Saturday, went to Sammy's with 30 close friends for a fantastic birthday party. The aftermath: this was one of the best nights many people ever had going out in NY (and a very rough Sunday). The secret: great atmosphere, a dozen bottles of vodka, dancing and non-uptight friends. I'm sure there are nights that the crowd doesn't vibe this place but we were into it full-force like the year was 5999. If you have ever had eastern european food, you will get the cuisine. Form that perspective, the food was terrific. Everyone loved it and and lots of folks even sampled the more exotic stuff. The steak was spectacular. On the other hand, if you're from fly-over country, and Outback is the fanciest restaurant in your town, this steak is not for you. I was p*ssed they took some of the steak away while we were dancing around the place to Fiddler on the Roof or something like that. The prices: we got the prefix menu which came out to around $60. This is fantastic for the amount and variety of food they kept bringing us, especially by NY standards. The alchohol probably came out to about $40 per person. Considering what drinks cost in NY and how much we drank, we were thrilled with this as well. Add tax and a very well deserved tip and the bill came to around $130 per person. We'll worth a night of eating, drinking, and dancing. Bottom Line: Come with a big group, relax, get drunk, get up and dance.

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★★★★★

Last Saturday, went to Sammy's with 30 close friends for a fantastic birthday party. The aftermath: this was one of the best nights many people ever had going out in NY (and a very rough Sunday). The secret: great atmosphere, a dozen bottles of vodka, dancing and non-uptight friends. I'm sure there are nights that the crowd doesn't vibe this place but we were into it full-force like the year was 5999. If you have ever had eastern european food, you will get the cuisine. Form that perspective, the food was terrific. Everyone loved it and and lots of folks even sampled the more exotic stuff. The steak was spectacular. On the other hand, if you're from fly-over country, and Outback is the fanciest restaurant in your town, this steak is not for you. I was p*ssed they took some of the steak away while we were dancing around the place to Fiddler on the Roof or something like that. The prices: we got the prefix menu which came out to around $60. This is fantastic for the amount and variety of food they kept bringing us, especially by NY standards. The alchohol probably came out to about $40 per person. Considering what drinks cost in NY and how much we drank, we were thrilled with this as well. Add tax and a very well deserved tip and the bill came to around $130 per person. We'll worth a night of eating, drinking, and dancing. Bottom Line: Come with a big group, relax, get drunk, get up and dance.

Pros: Food, Music, Service

Cons: Just because I'm drunk, don't mean I don't want a doggie bag

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I came here with a large group (about 15 people). The food was OK, but certainly not extraordinary. The waitstaff was fantastic, however. And the entertainment superb. I am still not convinced that it was worth all the money we paid ($30 plus for a bowl of soup and potato latkes--this included a $4 service charge and automatic 20% gratuity). We could have gone to chinatown and had REALLY good food for a fraction of the cost. In any case, certainly a tourist spot, if you like to hang out in rooms that remind you of Grandma's basement.

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★★☆☆☆

I came here with a large group (about 15 people). The food was OK, but certainly not extraordinary. The waitstaff was fantastic, however. And the entertainment superb. I am still not convinced that it was worth all the money we paid ($30 plus for a bowl of soup and potato latkes--this included a $4 service charge and automatic 20% gratuity). We could have gone to chinatown and had REALLY good food for a fraction of the cost. In any case, certainly a tourist spot, if you like to hang out in rooms that remind you of Grandma's basement.

Pros: Wonderful, singing waitresses and great singer

Cons: very expensive, not extraordinary

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Was at Sammy's last night for a friends birthday & I don't know what he was thinking when he chose this place. When I arrived & saw the outside I wanted to turn around and go home. The waiter was an annoying, condescending man, only three different brands of beer (WTF!?) and the food was embarassingly average at best. The steak, which is what I was looking forward too, was flank & will not give your average Mexican restaurant owner any sleepness nights. Bland & rubbery, sorry to say. The other food, from the chicken to the stuffed cabbage was forgettable as well. What was not forgettable, however, was the price- we went family style, and it ended up being 130$ per person, and there were ten of us!! CHUTZPAH!!! Take it from me, if you want a REAL steak joint, Peter Luger's, Old Homestead, and Keen's are the way to go here. They are pricey, but you do get what you pay for, unlike Sammy's.

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★☆☆☆☆

Was at Sammy's last night for a friends birthday & I don't know what he was thinking when he chose this place. When I arrived & saw the outside I wanted to turn around and go home. The waiter was an annoying, condescending man, only three different brands of beer (WTF!?) and the food was embarassingly average at best. The steak, which is what I was looking forward too, was flank & will not give your average Mexican restaurant owner any sleepness nights. Bland & rubbery, sorry to say. The other food, from the chicken to the stuffed cabbage was forgettable as well. What was not forgettable, however, was the price- we went family style, and it ended up being 130$ per person, and there were ten of us!! CHUTZPAH!!! Take it from me, if you want a REAL steak joint, Peter Luger's, Old Homestead, and Keen's are the way to go here. They are pricey, but you do get what you pay for, unlike Sammy's.

Pros: none

Cons: food, service, price

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We've been to Sammy's before with large groups because of the highly entertaining atmosphere; it certainly is not the food that has kept us coming back. I made a reservation earlier in the week, and when half of the large party canceled the day of, I tried to call numerous times in the morning and early afternoon and was unsuccessful, as they do not have a voice mail system. Upon finally getting a hold of someone at 5pm, I was berated for canceling last minute and then hung up on. Not exactly incentive to try to reschedule. We will find a place with better food, better value and better trained hosting staff.

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★★☆☆☆

We've been to Sammy's before with large groups because of the highly entertaining atmosphere; it certainly is not the food that has kept us coming back. I made a reservation earlier in the week, and when half of the large party canceled the day of, I tried to call numerous times in the morning and early afternoon and was unsuccessful, as they do not have a voice mail system. Upon finally getting a hold of someone at 5pm, I was berated for canceling last minute and then hung up on. Not exactly incentive to try to reschedule. We will find a place with better food, better value and better trained hosting staff.

Pros: Fun atmosphere

Cons: rude host, expensive, food not great

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I went here for a Bachelor Party, and not being from New York I wasn't really sure what to expect. I have to say when I walked in the door I was really put off. The place is fairly messy and really cramped, plus they have alka seltzer to give out instead of mints which is a kind of creepy statement to see before you eat. I endep up loving the place because Don Love, Brother and Sister Love were great entertainers. They kept the night fun, the food was very heavily seasoned but overall really good. The steak was tender and smothered in Garlic, the potato pancakes were crispy, the pickled vegetable were excellent. The stuffed cabbage was outstanding, plus the family style meal is all you can eat for $60 which is not bad in NYC.
I think you have to keep a few things in mind with this place, it is more dinner theatre than anything else. You are paying for the whole experience, plus you have to be ok with strongly flavored food and lots of vodka. I would not eat here on a date or with a small group, but they accomodated a large party with ease and provided great entertainment! As there are only two seatings they also let us take our time and did not rush us at all, which is rare. It is one of the best restaurants I have ever seen to host a party.

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★★★★☆

I went here for a Bachelor Party, and not being from New York I wasn't really sure what to expect. I have to say when I walked in the door I was really put off. The place is fairly messy and really cramped, plus they have alka seltzer to give out instead of mints which is a kind of creepy statement to see before you eat. I endep up loving the place because Don Love, Brother and Sister Love were great entertainers. They kept the night fun, the food was very heavily seasoned but overall really good. The steak was tender and smothered in Garlic, the potato pancakes were crispy, the pickled vegetable were excellent. The stuffed cabbage was outstanding, plus the family style meal is all you can eat for $60 which is not bad in NYC.
I think you have to keep a few things in mind with this place, it is more dinner theatre than anything else. You are paying for the whole experience, plus you have to be ok with strongly flavored food and lots of vodka. I would not eat here on a date or with a small group, but they accomodated a large party with ease and provided great entertainment! As there are only two seatings they also let us take our time and did not rush us at all, which is rare. It is one of the best restaurants I have ever seen to host a party.

Pros: DON LOVE!

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Celebrated a friend's birthday there. The music is super fun, the guy on the microphone really keeps the mood upbeat and everyone ends up dancing around the restaurant after a couple of bottles of vodka. However the food was inedible. We had chopped liver (wouldn't give it to my dog). It smelled gross and tasted even worse. The veal dumplings which are fried breaded pieces of minced veal were ok. The salad was just iceberg lettuce a few cucumbers and i found one tiny piece of red pepper. Very low budget and swimming in dressing. Make sure you get the dressing on the side. For the main course I had the small steak which tasted so awful I couldn't even swallow one piece of it. It is difficult to describe how you can make a steak taste so bad. I think they marinate it or put some sauce on it that is just FOUL. I did not get the garlic on top so they must use so much of it so it masks the awful taste of the meat. I offered it to a few other people at our table and they all agreed it was terrible. Let's not forget that the bottles of seltzer on the tables are dirty on the inside and outside.
The only thing on the menu which was good was the salmon. Watch out for all of the bones though. Also it will come out about 10-15 mins after everyone else gets their meals.
Finally the bill arrived and it came out to $120 a person. Great price for a couple of pieces of bread, a vodka with dirty seltzer and a veal dumpling.
This place needs to clean up their act.

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★☆☆☆☆

Celebrated a friend's birthday there. The music is super fun, the guy on the microphone really keeps the mood upbeat and everyone ends up dancing around the restaurant after a couple of bottles of vodka. However the food was inedible. We had chopped liver (wouldn't give it to my dog). It smelled gross and tasted even worse. The veal dumplings which are fried breaded pieces of minced veal were ok. The salad was just iceberg lettuce a few cucumbers and i found one tiny piece of red pepper. Very low budget and swimming in dressing. Make sure you get the dressing on the side. For the main course I had the small steak which tasted so awful I couldn't even swallow one piece of it. It is difficult to describe how you can make a steak taste so bad. I think they marinate it or put some sauce on it that is just FOUL. I did not get the garlic on top so they must use so much of it so it masks the awful taste of the meat. I offered it to a few other people at our table and they all agreed it was terrible. Let's not forget that the bottles of seltzer on the tables are dirty on the inside and outside.
The only thing on the menu which was good was the salmon. Watch out for all of the bones though. Also it will come out about 10-15 mins after everyone else gets their meals.
Finally the bill arrived and it came out to $120 a person. Great price for a couple of pieces of bread, a vodka with dirty seltzer and a veal dumpling.
This place needs to clean up their act.

Pros: The music is fun

Cons: the food is terrible

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Great chopped liver. Pitcher of schmaltz and pitcher of seltzer on every table. All of the steaks are big skirt steaks with plenty of garlic. All cuts can easily be shared between 2 or three people. A side of grilled onions and potato pancakes would be good. Stick with beer, the wine is marginal and overpriced. The vodka was just OK. If you insist on buying a bottle of vodka insist that the bottle is opened at the table.

The entertainment was classic lower east side.

You might want to go once, but expect to pay too much.

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★★★☆☆

Great chopped liver. Pitcher of schmaltz and pitcher of seltzer on every table. All of the steaks are big skirt steaks with plenty of garlic. All cuts can easily be shared between 2 or three people. A side of grilled onions and potato pancakes would be good. Stick with beer, the wine is marginal and overpriced. The vodka was just OK. If you insist on buying a bottle of vodka insist that the bottle is opened at the table.

The entertainment was classic lower east side.

You might want to go once, but expect to pay too much.

Pros: Great chopped liver

Cons: Could be cleaner.

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This place is prob. the most unique restaurant in NYC. The food is delicious. A large steak is roughly the size of lawn chair .. and the whole act is great (depending on you taste/sense of humor). The keyboard singer can be a little loud, and I think they water down their vodka (we drank 2 bottles b/t 5 people and were still able to walk away from the table). But all in all, I HAVE to go here at least once a year no matter what. Really unique dining experience

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★★★☆☆

This place is prob. the most unique restaurant in NYC. The food is delicious. A large steak is roughly the size of lawn chair .. and the whole act is great (depending on you taste/sense of humor). The keyboard singer can be a little loud, and I think they water down their vodka (we drank 2 bottles b/t 5 people and were still able to walk away from the table). But all in all, I HAVE to go here at least once a year no matter what. Really unique dining experience

Pros: the food, the act

Cons: little loud, watered down vodka

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Schmaltz on the table, rib steaks so big the bones poke the folks at the next table, and your Uncle Sol's basement rec room for decor. What's not to love? This Southwesterner is addicted.

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★★★★☆

Schmaltz on the table, rib steaks so big the bones poke the folks at the next table, and your Uncle Sol's basement rec room for decor. What's not to love? This Southwesterner is addicted.

Pros: food, prices

Cons: health

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I visited a good friend in NYC at the start of November and besides enjoying the company of my buddies, I came to NYC to eat. I work in the food industry and for my money there is nothing greater than a great meal at a great spot. Sammys looked nothing like the high end eatery my friends and I spent a small fortune at the night before (WD 50 on Clinton) but I felt its worth before I had a chance to sit down. On first look, the place was warm, it was loud in the best way and the smell was intoxicating. We were greeted with open arms sat at a very simple table, everyone around us looked like they were having th etime of their lives. Our server got right to business by asking if we were Jewish, being 4 Gentiles we told our server to "do his worst" and we put our appetites in his hands. First came the chop liver, then the cabbage rolls, then the veal sausage, then we each order the largest steaks i have ever seen. These steaks were unreal, cut with a spoon, slathered in garlic, the best piece of meat I have ever had, and I have eated a supposed "best steak in the world" for twice its price. The atmosphere was amazing, a cheesey Yiddish piano bar singer kept us well entertained, it only got better after 2 bottles of red. I suggest you try buying the 115 dollar bottle of iced vodka, its just as costly as wine and seems to be twice the fun. Sammys was indeed, the best eating experience I have ever had, and I have had a few that will stay in my mind. It was not the most glamourous, but I left full, with a smile on my face and it was a great way to spend 3.5 hours in the best city in the world.

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★★★★★

I visited a good friend in NYC at the start of November and besides enjoying the company of my buddies, I came to NYC to eat. I work in the food industry and for my money there is nothing greater than a great meal at a great spot. Sammys looked nothing like the high end eatery my friends and I spent a small fortune at the night before (WD 50 on Clinton) but I felt its worth before I had a chance to sit down. On first look, the place was warm, it was loud in the best way and the smell was intoxicating. We were greeted with open arms sat at a very simple table, everyone around us looked like they were having th etime of their lives. Our server got right to business by asking if we were Jewish, being 4 Gentiles we told our server to "do his worst" and we put our appetites in his hands. First came the chop liver, then the cabbage rolls, then the veal sausage, then we each order the largest steaks i have ever seen. These steaks were unreal, cut with a spoon, slathered in garlic, the best piece of meat I have ever had, and I have eated a supposed "best steak in the world" for twice its price. The atmosphere was amazing, a cheesey Yiddish piano bar singer kept us well entertained, it only got better after 2 bottles of red. I suggest you try buying the 115 dollar bottle of iced vodka, its just as costly as wine and seems to be twice the fun. Sammys was indeed, the best eating experience I have ever had, and I have had a few that will stay in my mind. It was not the most glamourous, but I left full, with a smile on my face and it was a great way to spend 3.5 hours in the best city in the world.

Pros: Everything, just go

Cons: If you dont like laughter, if your snooby, hate artery clogging food and have zero taste for a good time, then sammys is not for you

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Knowing what you are getting into helps add to the curiosity....but overall I was happy with the steak, potatoe pancakes and frozen vodka! Our server was amazing. It reminds be of a Jewish Mangia e Bevi.. Overall I thought it was fun! The vodka however adds up so lay low on the frozen bottle. Go with an open mind, although I could not eat the liver with fat oil! Yuck

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★★★★☆

Knowing what you are getting into helps add to the curiosity....but overall I was happy with the steak, potatoe pancakes and frozen vodka! Our server was amazing. It reminds be of a Jewish Mangia e Bevi.. Overall I thought it was fun! The vodka however adds up so lay low on the frozen bottle. Go with an open mind, although I could not eat the liver with fat oil! Yuck

Pros: Great Steak

Cons: , Location

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Fun for a celebration. This is also a great place to take your Jewish grandmother. Listen to schmaltzy songs, eat loads of good, artery clogging, Ashkenazi food, and be prepared to drink vodka like a Russian at a wedding. A NYC classic! Like Asti, this is a place that should not be missed (Asti has closed).

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★★★★★

Fun for a celebration. This is also a great place to take your Jewish grandmother. Listen to schmaltzy songs, eat loads of good, artery clogging, Ashkenazi food, and be prepared to drink vodka like a Russian at a wedding. A NYC classic! Like Asti, this is a place that should not be missed (Asti has closed).

Pros: "Only in NY", Fun Night Out, Vegan Hell

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This is one of the worst restaurants in New York. It's dirty, unappetizing and unbelievably overpriced. The service is obnoxious (an imitation of the brusque waiters at Luger's - the major difference being that this place doesn't serve edible food), the cuts of meat are as bad as they get, and the atmosphere (which is this restaurant's only redeeming quality) doesn't begin to make up for it.

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★☆☆☆☆

This is one of the worst restaurants in New York. It's dirty, unappetizing and unbelievably overpriced. The service is obnoxious (an imitation of the brusque waiters at Luger's - the major difference being that this place doesn't serve edible food), the cuts of meat are as bad as they get, and the atmosphere (which is this restaurant's only redeeming quality) doesn't begin to make up for it.

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OK I understand its a novelty restaurant and for uptowners it must be "cute" to come to the LES and slum it for the night. But I say why bother? It has all the ambiance of an unrenovated 20 y/o cheap diner (it scares me to think what the kitchen must look like) and a grouchy staff to match. The menu's are barely readable from what must be one of the oldest copying machines in existance stapled to a manila folder. And thats about as fancy as it gets. The food was good - but who wants to pay $30 for a veal chop with no sides? They claim to have entertainment 7 nights a week but we had none. I give this an overwhelming 2 thumbs way the down.

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★☆☆☆☆

OK I understand its a novelty restaurant and for uptowners it must be "cute" to come to the LES and slum it for the night. But I say why bother? It has all the ambiance of an unrenovated 20 y/o cheap diner (it scares me to think what the kitchen must look like) and a grouchy staff to match. The menu's are barely readable from what must be one of the oldest copying machines in existance stapled to a manila folder. And thats about as fancy as it gets. The food was good - but who wants to pay $30 for a veal chop with no sides? They claim to have entertainment 7 nights a week but we had none. I give this an overwhelming 2 thumbs way the down.

Pros: food

Cons: cost, ambiance (um, none), selection

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We go here once a year - as a tradition for 8 years now, and have brought a lot of people for whom this place also became as a "second home", because that's how you feel when you're there!

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★★★★★

We go here once a year - as a tradition for 8 years now, and have brought a lot of people for whom this place also became as a "second home", because that's how you feel when you're there!

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I have eaten here several times and it is very consistent. A very enjoyable and nostalgic place. You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy the food, but it sure helps to understand what Sammy's is all about. I have found that the non-jews just don't "get it". Are there better steak places? Absolutely, but this place is not just about the steaks. You have to consider the whole package. Overall, Sammy's food is definitely well above average. The chopped liver is to die for. But the best part is arguing about whose Bubbi did it better :-) BTW, make sure you ask for Perry!!!

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★★★★★

I have eaten here several times and it is very consistent. A very enjoyable and nostalgic place. You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy the food, but it sure helps to understand what Sammy's is all about. I have found that the non-jews just don't "get it". Are there better steak places? Absolutely, but this place is not just about the steaks. You have to consider the whole package. Overall, Sammy's food is definitely well above average. The chopped liver is to die for. But the best part is arguing about whose Bubbi did it better :-) BTW, make sure you ask for Perry!!!

Pros: chopped liver, service, parking

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We were at sammy's roumanian november 2002. It was a great experience. I sked for the wine list and was told they only had two wines, one white and one red. My wife ordered the red and thought it was pretty good. From there on we just went with the flow. We shared the rib steak, huge but done to perfection with garlic. The chopped liver is the best. We were sat a little close to the keyboard player but the place was noisy anyways. You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy the experience but it probably helps.

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★★★★★

We were at sammy's roumanian november 2002. It was a great experience. I sked for the wine list and was told they only had two wines, one white and one red. My wife ordered the red and thought it was pretty good. From there on we just went with the flow. We shared the rib steak, huge but done to perfection with garlic. The chopped liver is the best. We were sat a little close to the keyboard player but the place was noisy anyways. You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy the experience but it probably helps.

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I just don't think it's my type of restaurant. The place is a throwback to an earlier age when we didn't know about things like cholesterol. The food was good -- juicy steaks, flavorful if fattening appetizers and side dishes. post meal TUMS/Pepcid required. The live music was great and the atmosphere was unique... but for me not worth the eventual tab and heartburn. A once in a lifetime experience.

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★★★☆☆

I just don't think it's my type of restaurant. The place is a throwback to an earlier age when we didn't know about things like cholesterol. The food was good -- juicy steaks, flavorful if fattening appetizers and side dishes. post meal TUMS/Pepcid required. The live music was great and the atmosphere was unique... but for me not worth the eventual tab and heartburn. A once in a lifetime experience.

Pros: massive tasty steaks, quaint homey environs, live music

Cons: expensive, heartburn

 

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