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Posted by Henry on 09/12/2008
Sammy's used to be a good value but no longer. The egg rolls are 1/2 the size they used to be and now cost twice as much. The wonton noodle soup just wasn't the same: poor broth, cheap wontons and tasteless veggies. The General Tso's on rice had so much sauce, the rice was inedible. The chicken was high on breading, not so much meat. On top of that, I had to chase down our waitress to get back the change from our bill. It's time to move on. So long, Sammy's.
Posted by plinko on 07/08/2008
don't know what the positive reviewers are thinking. sampled 5 different dishes here a couple of nights ago and the food was greasy and generally so bad it was inedible. people seem to be saying this is place is a good value, but that is just wrong based upon the quality of food you get. the waitress seemed surprised that we didn't eat more than half of our food and we did not want a doggie bag. we just moved around the corner from this place and were hoping for the best but it was just awful. we will not be back. green beans were only 1/2 green, the other 1/2 were brown. the steamed dumplings looked so bad it turned our stomachs. for us, it's about the food- not the below average service and cheesy decor. but the food was just not good.
Posted by plinko on 07/06/2008
disclaimer: i do not like to read negative reviews because i think they normally reflect more about sour reviewers who are seemingly unhappy with everything the rude hostess, the sloppy service, the poor food and usually, life in general than sincere reviews about restaurants that may have missed the mark on some things but done well on others. having said that, my girlfriend and i had no choice but to post a blistering review of sammy's. we recently moved around the corner from sammy's and were looking forward to trying it on a low key night. we sampled a number of items. the lackluster service was forgivable- not a big deal in my book at a non-fine dining destination. i am not above flagging down the server or going and getting her if necessary, and i will not complain about the server forgetting to bring a beer or forgetting it might be time for our check. but for me, eating is about the food and sammy's simply failed. we had the cold "gingered" green beans which were sweet and overcooked (i.e. half brown, half green), the spicy soup with dumplings that was so bad and greasy that we could only eat half, and wound up just eating the noodle portion of the dumplings rather than the grisly ball of pork inside or the foul algae-esque contents of the "vegetarian" dumplings. the pork and shrimp shumai looked, smelled and tasted bad, and came with what is apparently the house sauce, which is too heavy on the fish sauce the fishy taste is unmasked. the scallion pancake was ok but again, the fishy sauce ruined them. the only redeeming item we ordered was the large roasted pork BBQ bun. it was good on its own, but again, the side sauce was the house fishy sauce. I hate not eating most of what I order but we must have not touched over half our food. having spent time traveling in China, the items we sampled were definitely not authentic, were greasy, and were for the most part nearly inedible. I am not bitter about this experience, I had relatively low expectations just based upon the volume of items on the menu and the cheesy decor, but i am at a loss for how this restaurant can have repeat business. Sorry Sammy's, with an experience like this, having sampled several items, we will not be back.
Posted by TravelG0Rilla on 05/16/2008
The girl who answers the phones is so nasty, I cannot believe she has a job, anywhere. The food is great IF you can get thru her verbal nastiness and abuse. She has done this twice now..She became annoyed when I questioned why you get two LESS dumplings if you choose FRIED over STEAMED. She did one of the PFFF in the phone so I asked why she was so angry and she said "Never in history of Sammys has anyone ask me this! Never! You are only one!" I had to laugh and questioned again, why do I get 8 dumplings in an order if steamed and only 6 if fried? Normal question, right? She had no answer other than to tell me that 9 lines were lit up and do I want them or not. I wanted to slap her across the face with a wet soy noodle, but that would be bad karma. So, the food is really good, but don't ask any questions on the phone as they don't want 'em and expect to be spoken to like a peasant begging for food. Oh and you cannot pay extra for two extra dumplings. Not allowed. No, No, No...- Marlon in the Meatpacking District
Posted by juliya_NYC on 04/15/2008
while the Chinese ladies can get snappy at times, it still does not take away from the fact that the food is fresh, delicious and fairly priced- not cheap, but then again, you won't find fresh food for cheap. the place is semi-kid friendly, as they always try to stick us in the furthest corner when we come with our daughter ( 5 y.o), the place is definitely NOT quiet, so i do not know why they try to hide the kids. but aside from that, the meat is fresh, the little juicy buns are delicious and you'll leave with a satisfied tummy.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/29/2008
You really can't go wrong ordering anything on the menu here. The quality of the meat and vegetables is better than pretty much any other chinese restaurant I've eaten at. I'm addicted to the steamed dumplings, and delivery is VERY fast so I order from here often. Atmosphere could be better, but the service is quick and friendly and the delivery is great.
Posted by MixedSoul on 02/14/2008
I love the food Sammy's has! They offer not only Americanized dishes, but great home style food!Having gone to China, and lived there, its the closest Ive found to a place that serves the food the way they eat it there! The waiters are pretty polite, although busy if the place is crowded. The appetizers are good, the chicken dishes are always what i expect, and the veggie dishes are outstanding! I love the make-your-own meal option, where i can combine my fav veggies and a choice of meat, works out great! My fav are the scallion pancakes, reminds me of my trip to the Shanghai every time I have them!!! Highly recommend trying the "little bit of everything" soup if you're not sure what you want (my friend had it, and hasnt stopped going back since)