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Posted by sd on 01/25/2008
maybe i ordered the wrong things seeing as other reviewers enjoyed some dishes here....I got the chicken pan fried noodles. The sauce was really bland although the chicken and vegetables were good quality and the portion was great. The scallion pancake was dull too but the sauce it came with was good. I also got a steamed pork bun and a baked red bean bun, since I love chinese baked goods, but these were fairly generic. I guess I should know better than to order chinese baked goods outside of chinatown (outside of queens, even?) service was quick but I don't think i will order from here again.
Posted by Ed on 11/24/2007
The food here is quite amazing. We started off with a wonton soup, egg roll, and spare ribs and all were outstanding. The egg roll and spare ribs are the best that I have ever had - and I eat Chinese food often. We then tried the beef lo mein and the sizzling seafood platter and they were as good as the appetizers. The portions are large and I look forward to eating the leftovers. Go here - you will not be disappointed.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/03/2007
This place is incredibly wonderful. They handmake all their dumplings (watch from the outside window). Most delicious dishes there are the fried pork dumplings, schezuan spicy wontons, lo mein noodles that are thick and steaming hot, and the general tso's shrimp with broccoli. I rarely stray from these dishes because every time I go I crave them, but I would be willing to try everything twice because they can serioulsy do no wrong over there. The prices are also amazing. Expect to leave stuffed to the gills for 10 bucks a head. SO DELICIOUS!!
Posted by iloveny on 06/13/2007
Though it may get quite busy, realize that you're getting an authentic and traditional chinese meal! This reminds me of what my parents made for me as a kid, and it's pretty close to home cooking. I moved here from California 2 years ago, and I came with 3 friends. The four of us had scallion pancakes (Awesome! H.recommend!), juicy buns ( Joes Shanghai has better), mini egg rolls for appetizers. I highly recommend the house roast chicken and duck or the sizzling beef plate. The watercress soup with shrimp is also quite good and compliments your meal! Good portions, overall very very very good!
Posted by Victoria on 01/19/2007
I'm a huge fan of chinese food. Sammy's food was excellent! Especially, the scallion pancakes. You can always judge the quality of chinese food by the appetizers and when the egg rolls and scallion pancakes go it going on; you;re usually assured that the entrees will be satisfying. Sammy's atmosphere is very village and I'm always impressed with restaurants that stay crowded; great indication that the food is good as well as it being freshly prepared. Good food, freshly prepared, nice and hot...a winning combination...for me...Sammy's is money well spent!!!
Posted by Reginald on 10/30/2006
I'm a nearby Villager since 1972 and have been coming here since Jefferson Market vacated to across the street. Don't believe the put-down on the atmosphere. It's a pleasing Japanese style minimalist décor, immaculately clean with a flagstone pavement floor. The food is expertly prepared and yet copious (unless you're a lover of man-sized portions expect to have to ask for a take home carton). Great spare ribs, mu shu, sweet and sour, sesame noodles and some of the best hot and sour soup in town. Perfectly wok tossed vegetables, toothsome but not raw. My faves: black fungus, mushroom, broccoli. One of the best dishes: chicken thighs over rice. Service is at lightning speed.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/22/2006
I live in the area and empire szechuan used to be the best... not any more... sammys reigns supreme in the village now with the best lunch special around. The wonton with roast pork is great as well as the pork/shrimp mei fun. Shrimp with broccoli and white sauce is a personal fav here though. But the place is ugly... go delivery or take out.