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Sambal

4.3
234 Reviews
$31 to $50
Thai
Please be aware that, we do not take reservations for the outdoor patio. All telephone and online reservations are for the dining room only. Modern Thai and Malaysian restaurant with stunning views of the Hudson River located in Irvington NY.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 234 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.4
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CarlyM
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sambal was absolutely delicious, a true hidden gem!

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Lephie
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved my dining experience. The staff were great, the food was delicious and ambiance is supreme. What more could you ask for!

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Herbert
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

A bit pricey for thai food, but after a little misstep with music (teen pop hits not a good choice for dinner music), everything was good. Really good paratha. And my fried fish was delish!

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steph
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

great food, sat out on deck and had nice view of water. Friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Disgusting service. Asked us to move when we were seated and already eating, all to make another family more “comfortable”.

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vipwalidm
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Sit outside so you can get a view of the Hudson.

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EllenS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our waiter was as nice as can be. He was really helpful in recommending some dishes. Based on our two apps, which we chose, I wasn’t sure how the main course would be. The apps were fair, meaning the cauliflower felt a little bit like it was pre made and was maybe re warmed. But the three dishes we had were all very yummy and fresh. The portions were a bit on the small side. But overall food was good. Very cool atmosphere and you can’t ask for a better spot right on the river!

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amandak
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drunken noodles were delicious as was the crispy calamari appetizer. The staff was very welcoming and friendly and the ambiance was very relaxing.

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MaryS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This is wonderful restaurant. Each dish was obviously carefully prepared with fresh, high-quality ingredients.

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JoeR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The curry dishes we had were excellent, as were the spring rolls, and the cocktails were well made and good sized. The staff were very prompt about putting out space heaters on the deck as the sun went down.
The outdoor deck is a great location for watching the sun set over the Hudson River!

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Didlyd
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good pick....we tend to order a bunch of different appetizers because we like the different flavors. Food is brought out quick and always flavorful...drinks were good as well. Disappointed they didn't have the mango mousse but I let them know I'd like it back. We were on the outdoor deck which is popular in the summer but we were happy in the breeze as well though they might want to invest in a heater or two for those who get chilly easily...thumbs up.

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vipJennifer
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Surprise bday lunch

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DianaJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time. Food was very good. The cocktails were delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious and the service was fantastic! Will definitely go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The entrée was good but the appetizer was not. We got spicy calamari which felt like I was chewing on plastic. The drink menu was extremely limited as well

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TrikaldarshiP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. My son like the Thai iced tea. Wait staff was very attentive. A nice place to have dinner on the water.

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vipNYFoodie
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a fantastic time at Sambal! The food was delicious and we were able to customize dishes to make them vegan in order to accommodate dietary restrictions. Our waiter, Dewan, was awesome! Will definitely be back!

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Alex
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience2

We were not pleased that we were not informed with our reservation that there would be a set menu for Valentine's Day and no option of ordering off the regular menu. The set menu included no vegetarian options so they agreed to substitute with tofu, but then still messed up one of the dishes and left out the tofu. They kept the price the same, despite the fact that vegetarian dishes are much cheaper on the regular menu. And then finally, they totally forgot our dessert, so we waited a while before just asking for it to be packed and heading out. Food was delicious when it arrived but service and price were horrible.

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JonB
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

I loved the great flavors in the Lamb Massaman Curry dish the second time they brought it to me hot. Was shocked that on Valentines Day they would not only be under staffed but also lacked training in service. There also seemed to be an absence of management oversight. Was really looking forward to our dining experience there.

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Msam
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, nice service and excellent location. Has plenty of vegan options.

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CarolynO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Helpful friendly waiter, good food, cozy warm atmosphere -lovely evening. will be back!

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vipEllenG
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fun restaurant with great food and really good service.

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ChristineS
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Some of the veggies were undercooked (beans were a bit too crunchy, which is not healthy), but overall the food was good and very tasty. Would go again.

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viplocalfood
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy Sambal very much. Food is great and service friendly. We don’t live in the area, always worth the drive. Lots of free parking.

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BarryIrvington
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Having tried Sambal a few times when it first opened, I find it to still be disappointing. The food quality is OK - nothing awful, but below what you can get at any of the many inexpensive Thai restaurants in Hells Kitchen.
On this visit, they rushed to take our order, then had our food out and served within about 10 minutes of ordering it. That would be fine at lunch, but most people eating dinner out are going at a slower pace. And this was on a Sunday night when 80% of the tables were empty, so it wasn't like they needed to turn the table.
When they cleared our dishes, we asked to bring the leftovers home with us. Yet when we were leaving, the server had not brought them out, and we had to ask another staffer to track them down with us.

Sambal is owned by the same people who own Chutney Masala (and is in the former Chutney Masala location). The difference in food quality and service could not be more striking. Chutney remains one of the best restaurants in the Rivertowns, while Sambal is a mediocre Thai restaurant.

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LisaC
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Although portions are big, the food is somewhat mediocre. Friendly staff and nice atmosphere - would be nice in the warmer weather to sit outside on their deck over looking the Hudson. Hard to say what the noise level would be on a busy night - we were there on a Saturday night around 7 and it was fairly empty and for some reason, my friend and I were seated off in a corner all by ourselves...

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vipTommyfromNRNY
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit to Sambal. The food was delicious and the service was top notch. I ordered
red curry shrimp. My order arrived and as I dug in, it turned out to be red curry chicken. I tried to flag down our server but the place was pretty busy and I couldn't catch his eye. I wanted to let him know that I didn't get what I ordered but was totally fine with the chicken. No complaints. No problem. When the waiter got around to us, he asked if I was enjoying the shrimp curry ... I told him I'd gotten chicken instead. He apologized and we off to the kitchen to mention it to the chef. As I was paying the bill, the waiter comes over with a take-out bag. The chef wanted me to have the shrimp curry I had ordered.
I tried to refuse it, then tried to pay for it ... all to no avail. Needless to say, the tip was huge.
The Sambal staff takes very good care of you. They want you to enjoy their food and be happy. So go and be happy.

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vipMrNaples
Naples
42 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great owner. We enjoyed out dinner.

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vipKarenF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The massaman curry was excellent! Yum Yum! I would highly recommend that you try this restaurant!

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ScottB
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally delicious and worth a visit or two or three and more if we lived closer

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vipCloud9
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The restaurant is superbly located at the edge of the Hudson River. There was only one other person in the restaurant, so the service was optimum. The restaurant has ambiance, but the food was a disappointment. The portions are very sparse. Compared to other Thai food, the quality was just ok. I will not return.

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vipKnittyKitty
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I usually love coming to Sambal, but part of Saturday’s brunch was very disappointing. I ordered Tom Yom soup with Shrimp (at an additional fee). What arrived was little more than broth and two pathetic shrimp! My mouth is still burning for the $10.95 charge!

Our brunch specials were very good. I do recommend the Lamb Muratabak. Just stay far away from the soup!

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joba
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

The food was bland, even when I ordered the spicy dish. I still had to add lots of chili sauce. And the service was intermittent.

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vipTtowndiner245
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience5

I have been wanting to try the food here for awhile. The meal started well with the tasty but very mildly flavored Tom Kha soup - though I would have liked a lot more veggies and less coconut milk. My second dish was the coconut rice and it had no flavor at all. The shrimp were tough and the chicken was sliced in thin very irregular large pieces. The wine was fine, the night was lovely as was the view but I do not think I would return. I gave five stars for the view.

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vipSobe2
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good curry dishes. Good portions. We will return.

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vipHMIW
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Food outright bad and overpriced
Satay tasted like it was coated in salt with bland cloying peanut sauce
Beef with broccoli teriyaki had no flavor except a little soy splashed on it- for $22!
Chicken Basil lacked basil!
Pad See Yu was the best of a sorry lot- some sweet fish sauce flavor

Must miss

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our anniversary - we were greeted with a warm welcome from the hostess even before we mentioned it was a special occasion. We were comped some lovely champagne, as we munched on some delicious appetizers. Later, we opted to bypass dessert as our dinner was quite filling, but the staff brought out a complimentary dessert complete with a sparkler and sang us a congratulatory song. What a warm and generous place!

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dinerd
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i would have preferred umbrellas on the back deck as it was warmer than i thought but it was still great! We finished our drinks inside after lunch which was terrific! Great service and great food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very friendly staff, flavorful food and patio seating overlooking the Hudson River are reasons to go to Sambal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

They were not on their game. Probably because it was Monday night, Labor Day, so likely a skeleton staff and maybe even a substitute chef.

We also were told upon arrival for our 7:45 reservation that they were closing at 9. I would not have made the reservation had I known that. We were celebrating my girlfriend’s birthday with her two sons, and we had to wrap up our meal and leave before having a chance to have a birthday dessert and another glass of wine.

The food was mediocre, with one dish - the chicken chop suey - pretty nasty with an orangy sweet sauce and the fried noodles you usually get before dinner.

We’d been there before and it was much better. But you can’t beat the view from the outside deck!

FAQs

Sambal offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (914) 478-2700.

Sambal is rated 4.3 stars by 234 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.