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SushiSamba NYC West Village
Posted by Anonymous on 09/16/2005
You'd think I'd realize by now - don't go to eat at trendy places. But no, apparently I haven't. Trendy = poor food, 95% of the time. Now, SushiSamba's cooked food is fine. It's pretty good. It's not worth $20 an entree, but it's tasty. The sushi on the other hand - well, let's just say it smelled unappetizing and tasted good. But, much like the rest of SushiSamba, it looked good. So if you prefer pretty food over tasty food, SushiSamba is definitely for you.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/04/2005
I went to Sushi Samba for the first time last week and the food was subpar. My friends were telling me how the food was sooooo good and how the atmosphere was so modern. I understand the owner is Brazilian but at least some of the chefs have to be asian. I'm paying $14 for a piece of Toro and who's making it I don't know but I was sure about one thing, it was no sushi chef, maybe a helper or something. Atmosphere was nice but for a restaurant, too loud and crowded. This restaurant should be labled Bar not Restaurant/Bar. I wasn't sure if there was a line because people at the bar were walking around everywhere. I would not recommend this bar for dining, but for a casual drink would not be so bad.
Posted by Gatsby73 on 06/20/2005
Anyone expecting some kind of spectacular sushi experience maybe disappointed but Samba7 is better than your average corner sushi. Having been here before with friends and having a good time decided to come again on a Saturday nite date. This time I did the tasting menu and both my date and I loved every course. The chilean sea bass was fantastic, perfect sushi and great drinks.
Posted by William on 05/13/2005
Recently dined at SushiSamba 7 for a graduation party for a friend. Having had takeout from the park avenue location multiple times, I knew the food was absolutely great. They seated us on the open air second floor dining area, which is terrific on a sunny afternoon. I ordered the chilean sea bass, which melted in my mouth. The peanut butter sauce that coated the top reminded me very much of some of the better Thai restaurants I have been to. Everyone elses food was amazing as well from what I saw. Yet, I would never go back. Bar none, we recieved the the most subpar service I have ever seen out of any mid-high range restaurant in the city. The type of things they wouldn't even do to you at a chain restaurants. The waitress was totally unprofessional. The food arrived in separate stages. It must have been 10 minutes between when the first entree arrived and the last one arrived. I had finished my bass my the time my friend recieved her chicken teriyaki. On top of it, the place was virtually empty considering it was a weekday. No excuse.
Posted by FatGuy on 02/12/2005
Service would have fallen into a more mediorcre rating because the place is busy, but something extraordinary happened after the meal. I went with a fairly large group of people and the tip was automatically included, but we were sufficiently soused and did not notice. The waiter tracked us down on 7th ave to show us our error. It just made everybody feel great. The place tries to be a scene and succeeds to some degree. I felt it was a bridge and tunnel invasion, but my girlfriend thinks I am a snob. For the amount of money spent, there are numerous better choices. I beat up on this place a bit because I think the value stinks. Don't go there thinking this is a sushi place. It's a fun place for a group with decent overpriced food. Plenty of women running around the bars and not too many guys. That's always a positive in my book.
Posted by Chello Keabob Critic #1 on 01/31/2005
After all these years, this is still the best sushi & atmosphere combo in NY! I usually am a huge keabob fan but Samba has made me feel like I am part Brazilian/Japaense. What a date spot! When I walk in those doors, I just feel cooler! I recommend the yellowtail ceviche & tuna tataki appetizers, the sea bass entree & the el topo , neo-tokyo rolls (of course)!
Posted by JapanesefoodLover on 12/29/2004
First of all.. forget about eating before 9:30pm.. if you go before that you'll be waiting forever! The beef maki is good.. a little too sweet, calamari is excellent. Friend has the 5 course tasting menu for $59.. good deal.. if you never been there and want to try a little of everything. I had the seviche sashami combo .. Yellowtail was the best.. the rest were.. BLAH! Next time I go.. I'll just get the yellowtail seviche. Dropped $160 w/tip... very interesting flavors...a good 1st date place.. but can't afford to go back too often..