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!