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Posted by Paul on 10/10/2009
This bozo is not qualified to rate a McDonald's. Sammy's has been serving same food for generations. Must be doing something right! Some people do not qualified to be a judge on food. World Culture and food has to be judged by people with open mind and great taste buds.
Posted by Ramses is de best on 09/22/2009
The atmosphere was a blast and the service was inviting and fun....but the food was not good. We were served chopped liver as part of a prix fixe special. I thought I was eating Alpo with onions in it. Catfood was also represented quite well, by the mysterious nuggets made of minced fish meat (I think?). I'm not really sure if the skirt steak was actually really good, or if I was just really hungry from avoiding all the other food items. A lot of fun if you go with a party, though.
Posted by Lynn1983 on 07/12/2009
This is the real jewish treat in nyc! I still remember going to this place more then 20 years ago w/my grandparents...and its still a hidden jewish treasure on the LES. I love the mashed potatoes w/the chicken fat...one of the gems in the city!
Posted by HomeExchanger on 01/16/2009
The perfect place for a group or someone who wants to experience the Lower East Side of the early-1900's Jewish Diaspora. Combine with a trip to the LES Tenement Museum to connect with your great-grandparents' daily lives. The food was authentic Eastern European Jewish food. Don't miss the chopped liver! Service was attentive and skilled. The guy playing the keyboard was hilarious and got everyone dancing the hora (note when it's your turn to dance: this is a grapevine-step dance, not a kicking Russian thing as the tourists seemed to think). Two tables of tourists and one table of real NYC Jews (us) had a wonderful time, even dancing and chatting together though the 3 tables did not know each other. Highly recommended for an instant party!
Posted by Worth the trip! on 07/06/2008
First timer to Sammy's and I was pleasantly surprised and shocked at the ambience! I drove up from Philadelphia for a friend’s 50th birthday party last night, and I can see this place can get really out of hand. My wife's main concern (besides someone removing my radio, battery or tires from my car in lower Manhattan) is whether the restaurant was kosher. Kosher food really sucks and is the basis for a bar mitzvah being held at 13 since most will not survive into their 4th decade of life eating that crap. Fortunately, we arrived prior to sundown on a Saturday Night and this place was open, so we figured we were on safe ground. The food and atmosphere was straight out of a shetel, providing the ghetto was not starving and surrounded by Cossacks or Germans. My grandparents, may they rest in peace, would have poured the schmaltz on that fantastic rye bread! The picked vegetables would have satisfied my kids! But the skirt steak is a meal for the next three days for me and my lovely wife. We wrapped up the steak(s) and headed back to Philly. Our dog has not stopped following up around for even a tiny morsel as her sense of smell is quite amplified by the garlic and tender beef we brought home. The entertainment could have been any Bat/Bar Mitzvah on Long Island complete with audience participation. Danny makes that place come alive considering we were way off the beaten track from Chinatown and Canal Street. Personally, I personally dislike NYC after living there for several years in the 80's. And for that matter Philadelphia too which is my hometown. But a special place like Sammy's to have a party, reunion, outing etc... is well worth the price of admission given the frequency most groups can get together on a regular basis which is all too infrequent as time goes by. I would go back in a heartbeat if we have another chance to celebrate a mitzvah. And the owner who greeted me at the door and asked if I was Jewish? I was just about to pull a Larry David and show him my circumcised schlong if he had any doubts. My wife would have cracked up but the rest of the restaurant might have found issue. He has that Mr. T starter kit going around his neck which must keep all the Israelis in the jewelry business alive in NY and Miami. I jogged a few miles this morning and took extra Zocor. I think I shaved 3 years off of my life last night with that meal, but it was well worth it! Mazel Tov
Posted by Anonymous on 02/18/2008
This place is hysterical. you should go with a big group and drink a lot of vodka. DO NOT come here for the food. My steak still had marks where the jockey was hitting hit. The food is Vile with a capital V.
Posted by Foodie on 08/20/2007
Went here for a friends birthday, the atmosphere is great. No ambience, but the place has character. Lively crowd! We opted for the $60 pp family style, I'm a pescaterian and found plenty of things to eat that didn't involve organ meats and foot long slabs of cow. With a couple of the $100 bottles of vodka thrown into the mix, I was left with a hefty price tag- but a great experience. Overall I would say Sammy's is a place not to be missed and that everyone should experience once.