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Posted by Doc~G on 04/04/2009
I feel like I have seen nothing in between totally glowing reviews and absolute excoriation here on the boards, so I wanted to attempt to reconcile a couple of different viewpoints. First off, Sammy's is most definitely on the Americanized side of the line when it comes to authenticity, but this is not necessarily a point in the negative column if you have the right point of view. I.e., they may not be doing the "tastes just like Shanghai" thing, but what they do instead is still excellent in its own right... if you're the kind of person who, like me, can accept "American" Chinese food (or "American" Italian food) as its own type of cuisine, then this should make sense to you. As it stands, the food is flavorful, fresh, and varied, and it comes at a good price. It's true that they suffer from an overly varied menu, and so every once in a while you'll hit on a bland or so-so dish if you are really trying to taste everything. But for the most part if you stick to the "classics" you will get a lot of bang for your buck, with the added bonus that you don't have to go all the way to Queens or Chinatown, as Sammy's is more centrally located than these other destinations. I've never had to wait for a table and they always get us in and out as fast as I need. I am definitely a regular customer, whenever I get that craving for the Chinese flava, and unless you are very picky about what you consider to be an acceptable submission under the category of Chinese food I suspect you will be too. (Lighten up, willya?)
Posted by Noah on 02/22/2009
I'm not sure where these people are coming from - I went here the other night, and the lomein was amazing! So fresh, and YES, a little greasy, but who doesn't like a little flavor... A fun place to go with friends as well.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/27/2008
I ordered the soup to deliver. The delivery man got lost and took forever. Spicy dumpling soup was not good for my taste. I like spicy, very spicy. The soup had too much vinegar and couldn't event taste the dumplings nor the spiciness. I'll never order this dish again.
Posted by sd on 10/17/2008
I've been coming here for years and it is my go-to chinese place. I totally date-recycle and bring everyone here. The service isn't spectacular, the staff isn't fluent in english and they are trying to be efficient. Don't trust the haters, go here and try the following dishes: tofu with mushrooms (big shiitakes, great smooth & firm tofu), the lo mein (delicious, homemade & thick)the wonton soup (delicate pork & shrimp wontons to die for) general tsao's shrimp (big, juicy & crunchy) spicy wontons (soooo spicy! with pickled veggies) & the fried rice is great too. I never really order outside these dishes (shame on me, I'm usually very varied) but they are all totally solid and excellent. the portions are quite large and the prices are right on target.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/13/2008
Sammy's delivery is consistently good, hot, inexpensive, and super-fast. I've been ordering from them for over two years, at least once a week. True, once or twice I think the chef might have taken a day off and the food hasn't been as good, but 98 percent of the time, it's been brilliant. The best things to order from there are any of the dumpling or noodle dishes. Their noodles have a fantastic thick, home-made denser-than-udon type quality. And their Szechuan selection is spicy and flavorful especially the shredded beef with Chinese chili-peppers. The portions are huge, so I usually have enough for two or three meals from one order. And the deliverymen are really polite and friendly and extremely quick most deliveries arrive in under 20 minutes. The menu is incredibly extensive and they've always been really flexible with my friends who have dietary restrictions (vegan, salt-sensitive, allergies, anything, I have some finicky friends) and have always been more than accommodating. I'm a loyal Sammy's customer and will continue to order delivery from them as frequently as I always have for as long as I foresee.
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.