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Posted by Old Time Fresser on 08/09/2010
The problems with all the nudniks who panned Sammy's is that they probably already don't understand my name, title and nudnik!! Sammy's is the best you will ever find for this type of food, atmosphere, humor, entertainment and so on. Some reviewer complained that they couldn't get U-Bet syrup in the middle of the middle of her meal. Middle?? Middle?? The waiter said later at the end. She thought he was rude. Shmegegge. It is always at the end of the meal at Sammy's, like a desert. Some other reviewer was insulted by the "entertainer" asking something about "gentiles in the room." Idiot! Thank God you never heard Stanley!! He'd ask the question a little tipsy, say "goyim" and then say "get out!" If you don't like that HUMOR, yest chuchem, HUMOR, then you'll never understand why Jackie was such a hit on Broadway. You'd be lucky if Mel didn't give you one of his looks (I can't explain.) Any one who criticizes the food has no tam. The chopped liver is made by the table under your supervision. If you think your steak is a little too rare or such, they'll change it. And so on. By the way, someone complained about veal, someone chicken, whatever. Veal?? Chicken?? Rachmone litzlon, a ...salad? If that's what you want to eat, what on earth are you doing at Sammy's? All in all, its a great place. New York's top have all been regulars. Mayors, Boro Presidents, Judges, etc. If you showed up on Passover you would see a New York Who's Who. Maybe those days have passed (I wish Robbie was still entertaining), but the tradition has continued, got tsudanken and I hope it always will. (If you want to translate at least a few of my phrases, Sammy's even has a little handy, dandy translater - circa. 1955.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/08/2010
I've been to Sammy's a few times whenever I have family in town or when I want to show a group of friends a good time. I've only been here on Saturday nights, and let me just say, if you're looking for a fun, unique experience, this is it! The food is pretty good- the skirt steak is out of this world. They have kosher steaks too (I keep kosher) which is nice, but just make sure not to mix it with an egg cream after dinner, seeing as the restaurant is not completely kosher. The rest of the food- the chopped lived, latkes, pickled cucumbers/tomatoes/peppers the bring you to begin with- is pretty good, but you go for the experience. The singer/keyboard player/corny Jewish joke teller is great! He really sets the environment, and the awesome waitstaff occasionally chimes in with a song or two. I've gone with my Jewish and non-Jewish friends and everyone has had an memorable time. The vodkas not bad either! I definitely recommend Sammy's Roumanian.
Posted by Kim M. on 04/02/2010
A lot of people give this place negative reviews, probably because they think it's something that it isn't. This restaurant is a unique experience, serving large portions of homestyle Jewish food. If you don't like homestyle Jewish food, served in a loud, festive atmosphere, you won't like it. However, for what it is, it's excellent. Everything is prepared wonderfully, the quality of the meat is excellent, the staff is attentive, the portions are generous and the entertainment is strangely appropriate (it grows on you). It's not an evening of fine dining and there's no question that the prices are pretty aggressive, but no one goes home hungry, that's for sure. It's a real slice of ethnic New York.
Posted by BobG on 03/04/2010
I have been going Sammy's for years. My wife and I really enjoy the food. We have been trying to make their food at home and can come close but Sammy's is still the real thing. The people who gave bad reviews are wrong. If you sit down and read the menu prices and can't afford the meal, go home but don't complain after you have eaten the food. I have never seen such horrible untrue descriptions in a review. These people must have an ax to grind that has nothing to do with Sammy's food or prices.
Posted by NYCfoodguy on 02/12/2010
I think Ramses's review is a bit harsh, but not very far off. The food isn't good, period, and WAY overpriced for the quality. The entertainment is great though, but stick to the drinks. So overall, I would say worth the experience.
Posted by Trina on 12/11/2009
could have a lot more per plate
Posted by Sloane on 10/30/2009
I ate here 20 years ago and I have fond memories of really good ethnic food-like my grandparents prepared. We had dinner at Sammy's this week...4 of us. Best part of the meal: the pickles, peppers and bread served as you await your food. We sort've liked the chopped liver. Absolutely dispised everything else. Bland chopped eggs; old, hard fried kreplach; ineatable veal cutlet (the price was removed from our bill); skirt steak that was a tasteless, chewy mess that even ketchup couldn't improve; stuffed cabbage that looked good but was lukewarm and lacking in flavor (do they know how to use any spice other than garlic?); potato pancakes that were made two weeks ago and kept being reheated until they were a hard, dried out mess. If they thought the ruglach that was brought as dessert was good, then they have never tried the ruglach from Costco! Now that is fresh, tasty, flaky and good! After our many complaints, our very nice waiter suggested we come back on a Thursday or Friday since that is when they make fresh food!!!!! (quote, unquote!) The ambiance is friendly surrounded by dirty menus, dirty walls, and dirty floors. The singing piano player was the only thing good that evening (next to the vodka...which I am thankful for otherwise I never would have stayed!!)