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Famous Sammy's Roumanian Steak House

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157 Chrystie St., New York, NY 10002 40.720479 -73.992668
nr. Delancey St.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-673-0330 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Eastern European, Steakhouse
  • Price Range: $$$

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    8 out of 10


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Sun-Thu, 5pm-10pm; Fri-Sat, 6pm-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

J, Z at Bowery; F at Second Ave.; B, D at Grand St.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Classic NY
  • Good for Groups
  • Live Music
  • Private Dining/Party Space


  • Full Bar




A cynic might wonder what the incentive is for a place like Sammy's Roumainian to keep cranking out top-rate old-school Jewish cooking. The steady crowd, most of who hail from way out of town, might not notice if the food lost a step. Distractions abound, with live music nightly, mostly lounge standards intertwined with Borscht Belt banter. The low-ceilinged basement dining room is studded with business cards, photos of patrons, and collegiate souvenirs. Kettle One vodka frozen into blocks of ice provides another reason to overlook the food, as the festive crowds here are not bashful in their tippling. Even after 40 years at the same location, however, Sammy's isn't ready to be relegated to the history books. The expertise is apparent from appetizers like karnatzlack, an elongated sausage patty made of beef, veal, and plenty of garlic, with a spongy texture courtesy of a careful balance of seltzer and baking soda. The chicken liver is mixed at the table, with caramelized onions and strips of turnip for texture. Sammy's signature is the Romanian tenderloin, a skirt steak tenderized with minced garlic and served in a portion too large for its plate. Fluffy potato pancakes are the natural choice for sides. Prices aren't cheap, but given the huge portions and high quality, they're not completely out of line.

Recommended Dishes

Chopped liver, $12.95; karnatzlack, $21.95; single Romanian tenderloin, medium, $38.95