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SushiSamba NYC West Village
Posted by Local on 06/09/2008
Went here over the weekend and oringially thought the place had become touristy and too expensive for the quality of food and alternatives that were just steps away I'll admit, I was wrong. Know going in, that the restaurant doubles as a bar and does get loud and crowded. They have tons of outdoor seating (although we couldn't get a table outside but did at the sushi bar walking in 9pm on a Saturday). The rolls and prepared food were exceptional and while our second round of $12 coctails took 10-15 minuntes to come, our waitress did comp them. Overall, a very nice meal.
Posted by DOB on 06/04/2008
I just came back from lunch at Sushi Samba 7 and I was happy to see that the negative reviews were most probably isolated instances. I have been going to this restaurant fairly regularly over the past 3 years, and the sushi is still among the freshest that I've had. In fact, today, the tuna in the neo tokyo roll was so tender and fatty, it could have been oh-toro. I have been to many 5 star sushi restaurants, and the quality and presentation is definitely on par with New York City's best. It is definitely a social scene and so on Friday nights, it takes quite a while to get a table. Even with reservations. And like any other restaurant bursting at the seams with customers, service isn't as good on those occasions. However, that doesn't mean that this restaurant isn't a fun experience with great food to match. I plan on continuing to visit this restaurant as frequently as I had in the past.
Posted by Jill on 05/24/2008
Went here for Mother's Day brunch. A bit pricey, but it was recommended by someone who had gone to the regular brunch as having a ton of food and being really fun. However, we found the exact opposite. The service was non-existent. They never offered us the choice to sit near the music (upstairs). They serve "family style" meaning we order 3 things and they bring enough food for 4 people. For $35 per person not even coffee was included. The first course came out and for 4 people they gave us THREE bagel CHIPS, a spoon of cream cheese and a small pile of salmon. We complained about the portions, and they took it away and brought back the EXACT SAME PLATE but with one more piece of salmon. There weren't even enough bagel chips for 4 people! At the same time they brought the pancakes. 4 pancakes and about 8 berries were on the plate. We had to leave because we knew that after spending over $150 we would still be hungry. We never saw what portion we would get with the eggs, probably enough for 1 1/2 people. We were willing to pay the money but expected to actually get a plate of food and attention from the waitress. Twice we actually had to stand up and wave and shout to get her attention. We were the ONLY PEOPLE sitting downstairs, there were at least 3 waiters hovering around the cash register, and they just completely ignored us.
Posted by Sam on 04/26/2008
Whats the point....never tried the place after walking past for years...stopped in for a snack on a sat afternoon...service was lacking...my "Neo Tokyo" roll was a tuna roll of average quality with a few tempura flakes...one drink one roll = $25 before tax and tip. Sorry, Even by NY standards thats a rip for supermarket quality sushi. Had to flail my arms in a mock attempt to get a check.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/14/2008
Honestly I can not for the life of me figure out what all the hype is about this place. The service is abysmal, food mediocre, and noise level makes it nearly impossible to talk to friends on a busy night. To top it off the seating staff were more elitist than those at restaurants 10x the quality and service. For the money the food was sub-par. The lettuce cups (which our waitress insisted was her favorite), were a step below a popcorn shrimp dish at a TGIF type restaurant, our sushi was over an hour late because of a sushi bar back up and were short on fish, dishes often came out looking nothing like their descriptions, and it seemed near impossible to eat a cohesive meal because of the delays in service.. Staff was disorganized and not particularly informed about the menu. I am a food lover and have to say this experience was at the bottom of the list of all the restaurants I've ever been to in my many years in NY. As others have say it's almost impossible to make it work with a group because of the fact they make you wait even if one guest is missing. The only positive thing I can say is that though expensive, their cocktails were tasty and inventive. Perhaps that explained why the vast majority of customers seemed to be at bachelorette parties and early 20s birthdays. SushiSamba tries to do too much (it is Brazilian, Peruvian, Japanese fusion after all) and fails to succeed at most. Will not be revisiting.
Posted by sarah on 02/22/2008
This is the best sushi in nyc. Great ambiance, great food, and great drinks. Ask for the sambatini or a strawberry mojito. Order the el topo sushi roll it is simply the best. Spicy tuna is really good as well. The sea bass appetizer is great as well as the fish taquitos. You have to try it you'll love it!!!!
Posted by CJWNYC on 01/30/2008
I was meeting 5 friends for dinner around 6:15p, but when they still didn't have our table at 7:45 (after asking the unhelpful host numerous occasions), we opted to sit in a table in the back of the lounge. We had chatted with one host, but he was not very helpful and told us we would have to wait. We told out waitress on multiple occasions about our dissatisfaction on how our reservation was handled. She was apologetic, but unhelpful. The cocktail waitress was really nice however, she wasn't really cut out to serve dinner to a table of 6on top of her cocktailing duties. After our long wait for our table, we had another long wait for menus. Our waitress told us we all had to order from the Restaurant Week menu, which I have never heard of before. After a short discussion ,she allowed one person to order a la carte. The challenges continuedthey brought the wrong appetizer and then [drop]ped the one a la carte dinner right after the rest of us were done with appetizers (but long before other dinners arrived). When asking for an extra spoon (because one person didn't order dessert), the spoon arrived long after the ice cream melted. I spoke to the manager on the way out and shared more challenges. As I told him, the food was fine, but the service/reservations process was handled poorly at every turn. The host wanted us to all come back so he could 'make it up to us.' If there was any 'making up,' it should have happened last night.