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“An ethnic experience - great fun!!!”

Sammy's Roumanian Steakhouse
Ranked #3,966 of 14,285 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: Barbecue, Steakhouse
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Reviewed August 9, 2013

Sammy's is a little hard to explain. Located in the basement of an old tenement on the Lower East Side, there's no real decor to speak of. In fact, the physical space borders in being grungy. But the atmosphere is electric, very loud and boisterous with Jewish music playing in the background.

You don't go to Sammy's for a fine dining experience, although the food is quite good, albeit expensive. You go for the overall experience. Sammy's is very old school Eastern European Jewish (not a deli). Seltzer bottles on the table, and also a pitcher of schmaltz.

Order the chopped liver appetizer. It's to die for. As is the Romanian Tenderloin, grilled perfectly and smothered in fresh garlic. Skip desert, but be sure to order the fixings to make your own egg cream. A perfect way to end the meal.

One other thing that I found noteworthy, the vodka! Order a bottle to drink at your table. It comes encased in a giant cube of ice. Drink it by the shot, it goes down real smooth.

All-in-all, a good meal and great experience!

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1  Thank SpringerGal
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

It was a quiet night and the owner was trying to get the atmosphere going. Food was homey and I enjoyed the icey vodka. The cabbage roll lacked flavour. The musician was very good and entertaining. Probably would be best to go on a busy night when it could be lots of fun

2  Thank vk0036
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

The Food is great. The very best Steaks, Jewish Appetizers, and Jewish food in general.! The Staff is friendly and efficient.! The owner Stanley and his wife Fatima, are always eager to socialize and to take care of anything you ask of them ! Make sure you are hungry when you go to Sammy's. The portions are very big. The Manager Mel is on top of everything and will see to it that your wishes are taken care of! Vodka is served in a frozen cask of Ice!
There is music and entertainment almost every night. Donnie the recent performer is a talented and wonderful singer and entertainer! One can party, eat , dance, and have a Ball here! Sammy's is small but packs a great wallop of quality in every way! I have met people here from all parts of the World! Look forward to a great time when you reserve at Sammy's!!

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Thank Stephen G
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

Where do I start? Ambience is well, you gotta see for yourself. It has not been remodeled ever, walls plastered with photos of patrons and memorabilia, cranky waiters (ours anyway), and the best entertainer in the LES, Dani Luv. Dani entertained us in a borscht-belt kinda way and really engaged each table. Not sure the table full of Asian women got the joke about North Korea but whatever.
The menu is stapled to a manila file folder that has seen better days. Guys, Office Depot sells them by the box!

We ordered the chopped liver with the additional trimmings of grated radish, chopped onion and carmelized onion - you must order the trimmings! Oh, it is prepared at the table and he poured the schmaltz on it. Each table has a bottle of that yellow stuff. Looks horrible but it makes everything taste better, believe me!
The pickles are crisp and the charred green peppers were perfect. The entrees were just okay. The stuffed cabbage was very vinegary, the karnatzlach (ground beef kabobs) were a bit over-cooked and the lamb chops were just okay. That said, the ambience definitely made up for the so-so entrees. And we were able to work off the chopped liver with a little bit of dancing!

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2  Thank Kcarma
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

This restaurant is not for everyone....but if you long for the days of old or just want to see what your parents or grandparents raved about, you must visit Sammys Roumanian. The steaks are fantastic but that's not the reason to go....they place old- fashion seltzer siphons on the table, put a bottle of schmaltz on your table (if you don't know what schmaltz is, you really must go for your culinary education). The chopped liver with onions that they mix in front of you is "to die for" and the atmosphere is the best. Of course you have to have a little love in your heart for the old borsht belt type of comedy and singing. They have their own live musician from Israel, Dani Luv, and people end up doing the hora in the aisles. For a fun time,(go with people who want to enjoy) you must go to Sammys and experience a type of cuisine which might not last forever.

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Thank mystiquephilly
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