“The atmosphere was terrible, for a second when I walked in I thought it was a subway, but then I saw them serving food.”
“The atmosphere was amazing, a cheesey Yiddish piano bar singer kept us well entertained, it only got better after 2 bottles of red.”
“You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy the food, but it sure helps to understand what Sammy's is all about.”
“Everything I have tried here and I just checked the menu and have sampled everything over the years is great!”
“This is also a great place to take your Jewish grandmother.”
“The aftermath: this was one of the best nights many people ever had going out in NY (and a very rough Sunday).”
“work in the food industry and for my money there is nothing greater than a great meal at a great spot.”
Best Louis Armstrong Impression Ever!!!. 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 The place looked like an outdated basement.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 were served with amazing food and vodka which eased my mood. I started feeling a bit more relaxed and enjoying myself once the musician started playing and entertaining us. He was hilarious and very talented. If I would have not seen his face, I would have thought Louis Armstrong was on the stage singing. Overall, I ended up having a great time and recommended the place to friends. "Never judge a book by its cover"
Drink the vodka as fast as you can.. 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.
Food is great and very entertaining.
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.
If you are more into décor and high end service then food then this might not be the place for you, but if you want great food check them out
Great Eastern European Jewish non-deli food. 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.
BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAARF. 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!!!
Phenominal. 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.
It's about the culture...not the cholesterol.
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!
What a Dump!!!!!!!!!(Worst Restaurant in NYC). 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. Dont 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.
Don't understand why this place get 4 stars on this site..
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.
Some will get it, some won't (don't bring the latter). 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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