Sammy’s chicken lo mein without vegetables and a side of white rice was my “Welcome to the Big Apple!” Whether it was a quick visit or I was staying with my aunt for a few months during my summer internship, it was our routine.
I was itching to get back to NYC – to eat Sammy’s (among other things) – and was about to explode if I had to wait any longer. Then, Mitch accepted a position on Team Israel for the World Baseball Classic Qualifier in Brooklyn. Another exciting bonus: a few of my best friends from college were around the city that weekend, as well.
Baseball. Friends. Sammy’s. I couldn’t wait.
I took (another) redeye flight from Las Vegas to New York. 10 hours later, I landed at LaGuardia and only had one thing in mind: Sammy’s. By the time I made it to the hotel, unpacked, and took the subway to Manhattan, I thought it was an acceptable hour to eat a Chinese food lunch. The Central Village Noho restaurant was not the small Chinese dive that I expected it to be. In fact, I almost walked past the unexpected façade – small black pillars frame floor-to-ceiling windows that sit under subtle gold text reading “Sammy’s Noodle Shop & Grill”. To my surprise, the large dining room was practically empty (apparently it wasn’t lunchtime yet) so I asked for a small table next to the window. It was perfect.
I looked at the menu for fun (which is extensive, by the way) and ordered my usual: chicken lo mein without vegetables (even thought I like them now) and a side of white rice. It seemed like it took hours for the food to arrive but it was just like I remembered it. The noodles were thick and flavorful. The chicken was flat and white. The portion sizes were enough for me and a few friends. Sammy’s was everything I wanted it to be and more. I was so happy.
If you want to be happy too, I highly recommend trying Sammy’s. It’s some of the best Chinese food (outside of Chinatown) that I’ve had in the city.
Restaurant: Sammy’s Noodle Shop & Grill / 453-461 6th Avenue / New York, NY 10011 / 212.924.6688 / www.sammysnoodleshop.com
Picky Eater Approval: 5/5