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SushiSamba

87 Seventh Ave. South, New York, NY, 10014
at Barrow St.
212-691-7885

Avg. Rating

6
Food: 7
Service: 4
Décor: 7
"Mixed Reviews"

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38% would go back.

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Fashion police

By MVelasco on 6/22/2012

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

So what if I wore a black Audi cap juxtaposed with a smart tailored dress, McQueen boots, and a no logo burgundy cherry Chanel bag.. So what if I was having fun in a terribly rainy day, nails and toes done, it was such a paradox for a hostess wearing a drab black t shirt and super super casual style confront me about my Audi cap. I was happy to comply but when I saw the rest of the crowd in tshirts and khakis, I really did findi it hypocritical. When the waiter approached us, I ordered the food and asked since everyone was wearing very plain t-shirts and all around super non chalant if I could wear my cap. He saw that everything I was wearing was rocking, he didn't mind. Justice.. The drinks were fine as well as the sushi. Just please hold the fashion police if the hostess does not look like a couture model and more who dresses like she is in Duane reade. But who am I to judge?

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29 out of 56 people found this review helpful.

MUST READ !!NEVER ORDER FROM HERE !!

By NickGodfrey on 4/25/2012

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

The following events took place between 7:56 PM and 10:11 PM on 4/23/12: 7:56 PM - I called Sushi Samba 7 and placed an order consisting of 2 "small plates," 4 different sushi rolls and a salad. While the phone call proved very noisy, the hostess on the other line was friendly and efficient. 8:57 PM - I called Sushi Samba 7 for the fourth time. An unidentified hostess picked up the phone. I had to give my order details many times before she told me she had no record of the order. I asked for the manager and was handed over to Greg Hickey. Greg promptly put me on hold for about 7 minutes. When he returned he told me he needed more time to find my order. At that time I predictably told him how important it was that he take my order right now and deliver it to me at no cost. Unfortunately this process was extremely difficult as Greg did not know the menu of Sushi Samba 7. At 9:11 pm I was told my order would be here in 20 minutes and it would be free of charge as they are very sorry and appreciate my business. 9:31 PM - I call Sushi Samba 7 again. When asking for Greg Hickey I am promptly put on hold for 4 minutes. Cody Shaklee - the beverage manager - tells me that Greg has left and gone to their sister restaurant. He verifies my address and assures me the food is on the way. He assures me I will not be charged. 9:58 PM - My food FINALLY arrives - 2 hours and 2 minutes later - and I am presented with a full bill for the full amount !!! SMH

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36 out of 61 people found this review helpful.

waste of time, money, food

By Carlita5 on 9/22/2011

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

I brought an out-of-town guest here, and immediately regretted leaving her with the impression that this is what NYC restaurants are like: overhyped, overpriced, inconvenient with mediocre-at-best food. It was just the two of us on a Wed night, so not busy at all. We were seated right away, served water and (sugary sweet / mouth puckering sour) cocktails right away. From there it was over an hour wait to get our first course of (actually very good) sashimi and ceviche. How can it possible take that long to serve uncooked food? Good question. It was another forty minute wait for our two sushi rolls, which were bland and chewy. In the begining our waitress gave a canned speech upselling their tasting menu, and then badgered us throughout the meal to order more cocktails, which we didn't because the first round was so gross. Not an experience to justify a triple-digit bill when there are so many great restaurants in this city. Steer clear!

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34 out of 76 people found this review helpful.

SushiSamba is annoying...but still good

By ksants156 on 10/13/2010

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 4
  • Yes, I would go back!

Sushi Samba needs to stop thinking that its a hot spot, because its not. Yeah, the food is pretty good, but the lame vibe and continuously frustrating service displays the fact that the place thinks its a new breed and not the 10 year old joint that it is. Have YOU ever seen a celeb there? Yeah, me neither. There are a few noteworthy reasons that I still go to there - it usually DOES have seating available, i love a few of their signature cocktails, the field green salad is just a good salad with a solid dressing, and most importantly, the miso seabass skewers with peruvian corn. The seabass is just awesome. Aside from this, the waitstaff is flaky and obnoxious- when I called to ask what their estimated wait time would be the girl was totally aloof and claimed she just COULD NOT give me an estimate..but that I can always go to the bar and have a drink- like i'd never heard of the concept before. Numerous times I've gone with one other person when the place has been almost empty (albeit early usually) and they simply refuse to give up their better two tops because those are "reserved" yet somehow manage to still be free throughout my entire seating. The last time I was there they couldn't figure out splitting the tab 4 ways, so thats always a fun, relaxing way to end a meal.... I'll still go back and it is a colorful, good place for sushi in convenient locations- but just be ready to deal with the nonsense.

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35 out of 82 people found this review helpful.

One of the very best restaurants in New York!!!!

By Chris3523 on 7/13/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • No, I would not go back!

Sushi Samba is one of the best and most creative restaurants in New York. The service is EXCELLENT and the food and cocktails - even better!! Plus it combines a top quality restaurant with a high-energy lounge atmosphere which make it great for getting in a party mood and for people watching! highly recommended!!!

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36 out of 77 people found this review helpful.

Cool restaurant!!!

By lirio on 1/11/2008

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Excelent place to enjoy a relax moment with a great atmosphere, not recommended for boring people!!!

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155 out of 285 people found this review helpful.

Terrible place

By jjpet12 on 11/15/2007

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

We made a reservation and showed up on time. We then waited over an hour for our table. Wasted money on 2 rounds of average drinks. Then they seated us at first near the bus boy station/bathroom upstairs - and gave us attitude when we asked to get a better table. Their their service is awful and the wait is not worth it! Terrible attitude from everyone we dealt with - as if we were the lucky ones to have the privilege of eating there. The food is nowhere near as good as the sushi place we get takeout from in chelsea near our condo.

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166 out of 337 people found this review helpful.

The WORST dining experience. EVER.

By cymbal_songs on 4/25/2007

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

I'd been to Sushi Samba a few times and enjoyed their interesting rolls and drinks. The atmosphere is social and busy so I thought it'd be suitable for a party of seven on a Tuesday night. What a mistake. I called early in the day to make a reservation. My party arrived on time yet we weren't seated for another forty-five minutes. The hostess tried to calm our frustrations by sending someone to take our drink orders while we waited to no avail. We ended up ordering our drinks from her directly after finally putting my foot down about the way we were being served a half hour after we arrived for our 8:30 reservation. We were finally served our drinks fifteen minutes after being seated! I'd love to know how they function on a weekend--it was a Tuesday! Anyway, the hostess turned out to be rude and unaccomodating. Our waitress confused our order. In short, the poor service reviews here ring true and I should have taken them seriously! Creative food, creative service. If you can get it. It's embarrasing, I used to recommend Sushi Samba to friends and colleagues...

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