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Sammy's Roumanian Steakhouse

beer4brkfest Sep 22, 2008 04:48 PM

I heading to this lower east side establishment with around 15 of my old college buddies who really love to drink and hear this is an real experience. From what ive been able to read about the place, they serve bottles of vodka that are frozen in a block of ice? And there are syrup bottles of chicken fat on every table. Also here the chopped liver is to die for, mixed tabled side . If anyone has eaten there, any suggestions as I am a big steak guy and have read that they only serve there meats well done which makes me rather sick to my stomach and just wondering how wild this place actually get. We like to go to La Mela once in awhile because we can act like we used to in college,so we are hoping this place can top the great time we have there, thanks for the help

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    KTinNYC RE: beer4brkfest Sep 22, 2008 05:10 PM


    Check out this thread, Bob Martinez's reply is to be noted.

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      beer4brkfest RE: KTinNYC Sep 22, 2008 05:27 PM

      ugh thanks for the help, im very disappointed but we still should have some fun, i think we kinda expected the food to be just so so but i didnt realize it would be as pricey as the legit steak houses

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        KTinNYC RE: beer4brkfest Sep 22, 2008 05:39 PM

        In my experience, with the vodka, it was $150 per head not $120.

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          Bob Martinez RE: KTinNYC Sep 23, 2008 08:59 AM

          On my never to be forgotten visit it was $120 in 1990. I'm surprised that they haven't jacked the price up higher after so many years. This place is awful, just awful.

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      msny98 RE: beer4brkfest Sep 23, 2008 06:28 AM

      the room is dirty, the comedian unfunny, the meat is awful and they overcharge you and jack the prices with sides and vodka... have fun

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        GLAG RE: beer4brkfest Sep 23, 2008 07:00 AM

        I would stick with La Mela, I food is good, the prices are resonable, and now they have a liquor license.

        1. Deenso RE: beer4brkfest Sep 23, 2008 08:27 AM

          Not that it would make a HUGE difference in your Sammy's experience, but I was just wondering about the ethnic background of your group and the median age. Seems to me that folks "of a certain age" and of Ashkenazi descent will get more of a kick out of it than 30-something (or even 40-something) descendents of the founding fathers. I'm just saying...

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            beer4brkfest RE: Deenso Sep 23, 2008 08:46 AM

            We are all in our mid 20's and of Roman Catholic descent, its one of the guys birthdays so we are more going because we have kept hearing of the wild times that go down in there but the more I read the more i want to cancel the reservation, but some of the guys have their hearts set on it

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              Bob Martinez RE: beer4brkfest Sep 23, 2008 09:12 AM

              For the love of all that is good and decent, get them to switch venues. Look at it this way - you can take that $150 a person and eat virtually anywhere in the city. Sammy's isn't some funky ethnic bargain joint - it's the Venus Flytrap of restaurants, luring in the unwary with promises of kitschy fun and then stinging them with a punishing bill.

              If you're going to spend that kind of money take them to Churrascaria Plataforma. The atmosphere is perfect for a group and the food is infinitely better. If you're going to stage a meat bucket, that's the place to do it. They've got 2 locations, one in midtown and one in Tribeca.


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                Deenso RE: beer4brkfest Sep 23, 2008 09:20 AM

                Please, cancel your reservation. You and your friends will be SOOO incredibly disappointed. There are no wild times, honest. What you will find will be the kind of Saturday night dinner you'd have at Kutscher's Catskill resort in 1950, including the Yiddish jokester and the folk songs. Okay, big deal, you can get great chopped liver there, and an egg cream afterwards. Honestly, it ain't worth it!! (And this is the food I grew up on. Trust me.)

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                  beer4brkfest RE: Deenso Sep 23, 2008 10:01 AM

                  We did the brazilian steakhouse thing last month and really enjoyed it but can only do that so often, Churrascaria Plataforma looks great as we went to Porcao on Park which was good but no drinks included. This is so sad to hear as in these guys have been planning on going to sammy's for awhile and wont budge. Im sure come saturday morning you guys can say i told you so

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                    Deenso RE: beer4brkfest Sep 23, 2008 01:21 PM

                    Oy. Perhaps you could bring a Jewish friend...? When I took my husband to Sammy's, maybe 35 years ago, the experience was completely foreign to him (grated radish, raw onions, crisp onions and chicken skin *and* liquified schmaltz mixed into chopped chicken liver!? and don't be shy with the S&P), but at least my cousin and I were there to help ease him through it. And, even then, he was convinced we had subjected him to some kind of secret rite of conversion.

                    Just be sure to print out this entire thread and bring copies of it with you for your friends. That way the guys will have something to do while the guy standing at the synthesizer is singing Hebrew folk songs and telling jokes with Yiddish punch lines.

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                    bigjeff RE: Deenso Mar 11, 2010 06:22 AM

                    and that egg cream, even though they put a nice show of it going table-side and what not, was really really really not good.

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                      phantomdoc RE: bigjeff Mar 19, 2010 12:16 PM

                      Jeff.....First time disappointed by your post, You gotta make your own egg cream.

                      First milk, then seltzer, let it form a thick foam head. Then pierce it with a steady stream of syrup. Put your spoon in the dot left by the syrup and stir with out disturbing the head. Drink in long droughts through the foam, never through a straw. Perfect ending for a fat fest at Sammy's

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                        bigjeff RE: phantomdoc Mar 19, 2010 03:06 PM

                        heh, if I had those tips then maybe I would have enjoyed it! we got a nice tableside show with all sorts of swizzle and high pouring but our guy wasn't following your routine; gotta make my own next time!

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                    msny98 RE: beer4brkfest Sep 23, 2008 10:05 AM

                    Agree with the previous poster... get out. I am the demographic it is meant to serve, and I hate it. A bunch of RC guys wouldn't even find it funny from a historical perspective. Churascaria ia a great alternative, imagine the damage that could be done at Wildwood for that money, or Hill Country. Mangia e Bevi in Midtown has music and dancing and drinking but might appeal more... and it is famous for hosting bachelorette parties... something a large group of guys might find amusing to watch

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                      Bob Martinez RE: msny98 Sep 23, 2008 10:16 AM

                      Wise advice msny98. Hill Country is a fine choice. A friend of mine suggested Virgil's which would also be a lot of fun.


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                        steve h. RE: Bob Martinez Sep 23, 2008 10:24 AM

                        how about the whole pig at daisy may's? they have a beer license now.

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                          beer4brkfest RE: steve h. Sep 23, 2008 10:36 AM

                          that whole pig and pig butt are something i will def be trying as i love bbq, how would you come those places to dinosaur bbq, as i usually go there bc im from upstate ny and feel a strong loyalty for the place.

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                            msny98 RE: beer4brkfest Sep 23, 2008 10:51 AM

                            You can't compare the two, Whole pig at Daisy Mays is a real adventure fall of the Roman empire kind of thing.


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                              steve h. RE: msny98 Sep 23, 2008 10:58 AM

                              i like that roman empire image. at dinosaur you're in the seats at the coliseum. at daisy may's you're the whole pig gladiator.

                              how's that?

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                  phantomdoc RE: beer4brkfest Sep 23, 2008 11:06 AM

                  If you go there go hungry. Syrup pitchers of chicken fat makes for the best chopped liver. The skirt steak is tender and make sure to order all meats with garlic. The veal chop we had was milky white top end, I recommend it. The egg cream is an art in itself and cannot be made without some level of expertise. The pickled peppers, the fried chicken skins (greiben), high cholesterol loaded fun comfort food. Have fun but be prepared to spend for your liquor, Ketel 1 $100/bottle, Grey goose $110.

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                    Wilfrid RE: phantomdoc Sep 23, 2008 11:22 AM

                    Go hungry, leave angry.

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                      BW212 RE: phantomdoc Sep 24, 2008 01:02 AM

                      I love the Sammys experience. Love everything about it: Food that I used to hear my older relatives talk about, the enetainment, etc. That said, with no one to talk you through he menu and explain things, it might be a bit much. Steaks definitely aren't all too well done, I think they run more towards the rarer side.

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                        Bob Martinez RE: BW212 Sep 24, 2008 09:25 AM

                        "I love the Sammys experience. Love everything about it"

                        How much do you usually pay per person?

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                      GLAG RE: beer4brkfest Sep 23, 2008 11:26 AM

                      If it's a Saturday night, go to Pasquale's on Arthur Ave in the Bronx, I know some people on the site don't like the music but If you have a good group of people it's alot of fun, The food is good, the prices resonable and you can stay there all night, they are not turning your table over if your reservations is at 8:00 or after. When you make the reservation ask for the Back Room.

                      1. Deenso RE: beer4brkfest Sep 29, 2008 12:21 PM

                        B4B - any feedback on your guys' night at Sammy's?

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                          Bob Martinez RE: Deenso Sep 29, 2008 02:07 PM

                          When he saw the bill he was rendered speechless.

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                            beer4brkfest RE: Bob Martinez Sep 29, 2008 04:01 PM

                            Soooo how was it? Well much to all your dismay we ended up sticking with Sammy's. FIrst off the smell of the place is just terrible. When we we seated we were one of only three parties in the place and i got alittle worried that it was going to be a disaster but within 30 mins the place was packed so it turned out OK. The food was preety sub par. I missed the whole revolation that is suppose to take place with the chopped liver. I found to just be average. I also got a order of the veal dumplings that the dumpling itself was just so heavy, not good. Me and my buddy split the large tenderlion, which what do they do slice tenderlions into skirt steaks shapes, i dont get it i have never seen one so thin. This steak was preeeety bad. Now the food was def the low point in the night but i will say we had a preety fun time. The 12 of us put back 5 of the frozen kettel one so honeslty most of the group by the end didnt even probly remember the meal. We were feeling good. We found the yiddish muscian to be preety funny and at one point some of my group were on the mic with him. Maybe we got lucky because there were about 6 other birthdays in the place and these people were ready to party just like us. Forgot to order the egg cream : ( . The bill came, 1400 for the 12 of us, ouch. Some in the group looked as if they were going to be sick as this point, but i had gone in preparing for the worst. The waiting staff was very nice but for that type of money for that type of food is a joke, a 4 dollar cover charge for the music? and spitting fees on everything not to mention trying to push the the whole menu on you.

                            Saturday was a much better dining experiance food wish, as I hit up lupa the spotted pig and combined spent less than at sammys.

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                              Bob Martinez RE: beer4brkfest Sep 29, 2008 04:20 PM

                              Those people who told you it was great owe you a refund.

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                                KTinNYC RE: Bob Martinez Sep 29, 2008 06:26 PM

                                You got out only paying $120 a head? Consider yourself lucky. Bob M paid they price nearly 2 decades ago. I can't believe I paid $30 more than you. Maybe I paid for for then one bottle of vodka.....

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                                  beer4brkfest RE: KTinNYC Sep 30, 2008 08:07 AM

                                  i guess we are lucky but the food was not good, one time deal for that type of money

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                                    princeofpork RE: beer4brkfest Sep 30, 2008 06:44 PM

                                    Now for your next outing you must do the whole pig at DM. We recently did it and the best part is the BYIB factor. We had the whole back room with 2 coolers full of beer and booze. Were there for hours and it only cost us $50 per person.

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                                      steve h. RE: princeofpork Sep 30, 2008 06:53 PM

                                      very cool. have you posted a full write-up?

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                                        ESNY RE: princeofpork Oct 1, 2008 07:54 AM

                                        Its no longer BYOB

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                                          princeofpork RE: ESNY Oct 1, 2008 11:46 AM

                                          Really? Do they have booze or just Beer?

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                                            steve h. RE: princeofpork Oct 1, 2008 12:00 PM

                                            beer and wine. no hard stuff.

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                                              BW212 RE: steve h. Oct 1, 2008 01:34 PM

                                              Vodka is there big seller.

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                                                steve h. RE: BW212 Oct 1, 2008 01:39 PM

                                                i thought we were talking about daisy may's.

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                                              ESNY RE: princeofpork Oct 1, 2008 02:02 PM

                                              Daisy mays has beer and wine, pretty cheap stuff, at least as the beer is concerned. Bud and Corona if my memory serves me correctly.

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                                    BW212 RE: beer4brkfest Oct 1, 2008 12:20 AM

                                    I guess the secret to saving money at Sammys is to have the birthday boy from the large party at the next table, keep wandering over to your table to offer you shots from their bottles of vodka.

                                    Personally, my favorite dish there is the kishkas - a food I'd only heard about from my relatives before I went there.

                                    No it's not Per Se. It's more like a Lower East Side ethnic theme restaurant. If you're Jewish, of Eastern European descent, it's a hoot. If you're not, probably not so much.

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