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Sammy's Roumanian Steak House

  1. Retro Eats
    Vanishing: The Endangered Foods of New York and Where to Get Them While YouWe’ve decided to take stock of some of New York’s old-time iconic foodstuffs­ like bagels, bialys, pike quenelles, and baked Alaskas.
  2. Celebrity Settings
    Rihanna Is Everywhere, From the Griffin and Golden Krust to Shanghai SquareIt’s our weekly roundup of where the sparkly people were seen wining and dining.
  3. Isn't It Ironic?
    Doctors Order SteakThe doctor prescribes Sammy’s Roumanian and Old Homestead?
  4. Tony Tony Tony
    Anthony Bourdain’s Guide to Disappearing New YorkA rundown of all the Tonyisms in last night’s ‘No Reservations’ episode, plus some outtake footage.
  5. Celebrity Settings
    Bobby Flay a Fan of Chipotle (the Restaurant, Not Just the Sauce)?Earlier today, we pointed to our fashion blog’s outrage that Orlando Bloom was seen with Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr at Max Brenner, of all places. However, our combing of this week’s celebrity sightings reveals it may have been a momentary lapse, since Bloom was also spotted at the much more respectable Bobo. Phew. But what’s this — Bobby Flay filming outside of Chipotle? Is he a spokesman now? Who knows — if Rachael Ray can endorse Dunkin’ Donuts…
  6. Back of the House
    So This 2nd Avenue Deli Reopening — Is It Good for the Jews? The 2nd Avenue Deli is back. But is it a harbinger of a Jewish renaissance or just the last fading pang of New York’s Jewish twilight? The question is raised in today’s issue of The Jewish Week, and it’s a good one. Despite the return of Chez Lebewohl, the world of Jewish food is already little more than a memory: Take away a few landmarks like Russ and Daughters, Katz’s, Yonah Schimmel, and Sammy’s Roumanian, and the entire world of Jewish food would be as forgotten as the Punic Wars. All the dairy restaurants, Romanian steakhouses, cafeterias, candy stores, bakeries, appetizing stores — they’re already forgotten, even in distant Brooklyn and Queens. The Week asked Arthur Schwartz, probably the city’s foremost authority on old-time New York food, and he gives a dismal picture: “Schwartz maintains that Jewish food has suffered greatly in quality over the last few decades, since Jews tend to eat their own food only on holidays — ‘and then we make everything we know, and then everyone gets sick.’” Add to that contemporary Jews’ horror of the fatty meats that were the Jewish kitchen’s stock in trade, and you have a recipe for cultural oblivion. Can a revived 2nd Avenue Deli, or the brisket revival staged by a few barbejews, stem the tide? Stranger things have happened. ‘Not Just A Deli Like Any Other’ [Jewish Week] Related: It’s Time to Get Excited About the Second Avenue Deli
  7. What to Eat Tonight
    The Skinny on Fat Tuesday: The EatsAsh Wednesday, if you don’t know, marks the start of Lent, Christianity’s season of self-denial and austerity. Some mark Ash Wednesday Eve consuming loads of meat and drinking. Here’s our short list of places to celebrate Fat Tuesday.
  8. The In-box
    Birthday Girl: Wooo! I Wanna Party! Grub Street, Any suggestions for a fun place downtown for a birthday dinner for eleven? These days it seems like all the new places are teeny or gargantuan! Thanks, Kerri