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Sammys Romanian--How Much Will I Spend?

fein Mar 1, 2010 07:21 AM

A group of friends -about 12-wants to go to Sammys for a night of food and drinks. How much should I expect to spend? We will be eating but we will also be drinking. I say about $100 a head total. Thoughts?

Thanks in advance.

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    lust4lifenyc Sep 22, 2010 03:14 PM

    I agree with Bob Martinez....The food is good, but you den't get enough for your whole party. The decor is awful, the wait staff is good. the entertainment (I use the word loosely) is reminicent of a really bad cheesy wedding.
    I just went there with 11 friends for a b-day party and the bill came to $225/person and I went home hungy (drunk, but hungry). To make matters worse the so called "entertainment" referred to homosexuals as 'faggots'. Until, of course, he realized we were a party of 11 gay men (and 1 straight woman), then he apologized but why should that make it ok? You will have a better experience at another one of NYC's many steak houses.

    Sammy's Roumanian
    157 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002

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    1. re: lust4lifenyc
      Wilfrid Oct 11, 2010 08:36 PM

      Word. That is the experience.

      1. re: lust4lifenyc
        phantomdoc Dec 23, 2010 09:21 AM

        Have less alcohol and more chicken fat. The chopped liver with radish is great. Super white milk fed veal cutlet. Ribsteak with flintstones sized bone. Unborn eggs, pickled peppers, make your own egg creams. Enjoy

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        heWho Mar 2, 2010 10:59 AM

        There are some serious sticks in the mud here. Yes, it's overpriced. No, the food is not going to blow you away. But, if you follow this formula:

        a.) go with a big, fun group of friends (sounds like you've got that)
        b.) suspend all disbelief (of course it's cheesy, that's the point)
        c.) have a few more drinks than you normally would

        ... I dare say you'll have a more memorable time than you ever would at yet another boring, typical New York steakhouse. You'll be entertained for hours.... you'll laugh... you'll take pictures... you might even dance. For my money, that's a hell of a lot more fun than eating a strip steak with a side of creamed spinach in a stuffy, pretentious dining room.

        Stop complaining and just have some fun!

        1. daffyduck Mar 2, 2010 09:52 AM

          its been awhile since been here, but im pretty sure for larger groups sammys has a prix fix with potato latkes, pickles, sausage, chopped liver, dumplings, steak, rugelahs and a couple other things. u should call and ask if they still have it. i dont remember how much it cost per person i was a little boy but i dont think it was too bad.

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            fein Mar 1, 2010 01:16 PM

            i did not pick sammys and i don't want to go but i might have no choice. im trying to create an argument for the bf so i or we don't have to go. a friend organized the dinner for a group of people but i am not in a position to ask to change the location. if i'm spending $100+ pp on dinner i want a fantastic meal. so annoyed.

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            1. re: fein
              Bob Martinez Mar 1, 2010 01:31 PM

              It is time for the White Lie. The day before the event email them that you or your boyfriend is beginning to come down with something - a bad cold, swine flu, scurvy, the bubonic plague. It really doesn't matter what. Tell them you hope you'll be well enough to attend because you're really looking forward to it.

              Then the next day send a sad email claiming that you've gotten worse and you're going to have to cancel. It's a big group - they'll get by without you. And sometime around noon the next day you'll start to hear reports of bad food and sky high prices. "Oh, you're so lucky that you didn't go! It was awful!"

              If you can't save everybody, save yourself.

              1. re: Bob Martinez
                penthouse pup Mar 1, 2010 01:52 PM

                Well, my Roumanian steak was perfectly rare and memorable: uh, it was 1961 and that's the last time I was there...

            2. Wilfrid Mar 1, 2010 11:17 AM

              It's hard to know why you picked Sammy's, unless you are expecting some kind of amazing entertainment (don't). The food is as bad as people around here are telling you. As for the cost, vodka by the bottle is $100 (it's ten bucks by the glass, give or take a dime). If you are light drinkers, you might just keep the check to $100 a head, plus tax and tip. If you are thirsty, Bob Martinez has warned you.

              1. Bob Martinez Mar 1, 2010 07:28 AM

                "How much should I expect to spend?"

                Far too much - more like $150 a head for bad food.

                I've said it before but it's worth noting again - you could go to a first rate steakhouse and pay less than you'll throw away at Sammy's.

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                1. re: Bob Martinez
                  foodismylife Mar 1, 2010 09:40 AM

                  Sammy's is unique if you want that experience.
                  The food is wonderful, I much prefer the ribsteake
                  Aslk to do a fixed menu with them and set the price for the group.
                  Makes it far easier and better
                  Certainly less than a hundred per
                  Desserts are lousy, just skip it and but whole bottles of vodka
                  far cheaper
                  enjoy, in fact, i think a prix fixe is on the menu
                  \ask for Mel

                  1. re: foodismylife
                    Steve R Mar 1, 2010 09:51 AM

                    My jaw is dropping as I read the response "the food is wonderful". Let me try to stop myself from going past saying that I agree with Bob Martinez. You're paying for the show. And it's not that great a show. Maybe if you drink enough....

                  2. re: Bob Martinez
                    jvchow19 Dec 23, 2010 07:46 AM

                    $150? I'm totally confused. The most expensive appetizer & entree cost about $53 before tax and tip. At $150 are people each drinking a half-bottle of vodka? Based on the prices on menupages I don't see how you could possibly pay $150 if you wanted to. Is it because they have some ridicuous pre-fixe option for large groups?

                    Not trying to come across as argumentative at all - just want to make sure I understand before making a reservation there.

                    I can order an appetizer for ~$10, an entree for $25, a couple drinks at say $10 a piece, and walk out paying around $60, right? Or am I missing something?


                    1. re: jvchow19
                      ellenost Dec 23, 2010 08:38 AM

                      If you're not drinking, it's not going to be $150 per person (more like the $53 you've quoted). I haven't been to Sammy's in more than 10 years (used to go with my folks--no one drinks anything stronger than egg creams), and it was probably $50 or so per person.

                      1. re: jvchow19
                        Bob Martinez Dec 23, 2010 09:35 AM

                        Yes, it's the vodka. It's far more expensive than it should be.

                        I'm not the only one to complain about the inflated prices. There's lots of supporting detail here - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5283...

                        Most people drink and most people get ripped off. OTOH, *everybody* gets to hear the painfully unfunny comedian and eat the crappy streak.

                        1. re: Bob Martinez
                          gutsofsteel Dec 23, 2010 02:31 PM

                          Some of the food is just fine, and sometimes there is music instead of crappy comedy.

                          1. re: Bob Martinez
                            gutsofsteel Dec 23, 2010 02:37 PM

                            Funny how you consider highy marked up alcohol here to be a rip-off, but other places which mark up alcohol just as much don't get complained about.

                            For the person asking.....just make sure you ask the prices of booze before you order, and plan accordingly.

                            I like the Romanian tenderloin steak, the chopped liver, the sweetbreads, the unborn egg, kishka, karnatzlach...

                            They add 20% gratuity for parties of 6 or more. And there might be a cover charge sometimes (not sure).

                            Just be informed by asking the restaurant before you go.

                            1. re: gutsofsteel
                              squid kun Dec 24, 2010 01:26 AM

                              >Funny how you consider highly marked up alcohol here to be a rip-off, but other places which mark up alcohol just as much don't get complained about.

                              Hard to assess this exchange without some context. Anyone know the markup at Sammy's? And anyone know other places that mark it up just as much?

                              1. re: squid kun
                                gutsofsteel Dec 24, 2010 02:40 AM

                                The bottles of frozen vodka are about 3 x retail.

                          2. re: jvchow19
                            gutsofsteel Dec 23, 2010 02:38 PM

                            Plus tax and tip.

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