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Permanently Closed - SUSHISAMBA West Village

4.1
1568 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
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This restaurant is permanently closed. With its blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian culture and cuisine, SUSHISAMBA is a long-standing NYC favorite. Dine and drink on one of the City's best rooftops or in the casual sidewalk café - the perfect way to enjoy the energy of the West Village.

Fans love the diverse culinary choices, whether it be the sea bass, ribeye and other skewered savories found in the Peruvian Anticuchos or for veggie lovers, the Mushroom Tobanyaki. From the most inventive and super fresh sushi rolls, sashimi, seviche and raw bar to classic Chicken Teriyaki and hearty seafood Moqueca, SUSHISAMBA has something for every palate.

Critically-acclaimed Culinary Cocktails are also a standout: each one is created in collaboration with our kitchen team and incorporates ingredients usually find on the plate. Or opt for a classic SUSHISAMBA signature like our monthly-changing Sambatini. You can also explore sake on the extensive sake list.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, South American, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Wednesday: 11:30am - 12am
Thursday - Saturday: 11:30am - 1am

WEEKEND BRUNCH
Saturday: 11:30am - 4pm
Sunday: 11:30am - 4pm
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Phone number
(212) 691-7885
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Pedro Duarte
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Private party facilities
SUSHISAMBA West Village’s combination of creative, energetic design and critically-lauded dining is perfect for your next event. Our dedicated events team will work closely with you to design an unforgettable experience in our elegant space that best suits your needs and exceeds your expectations.
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Private party contact
Joe Ofmani: (212) 691-7885
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Barrow Street
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Parking details
Metered parking on the street.
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Public transit
1 Train to Christopher Street.
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Special events & promotions
SUSHI & SAKE 101
The first Tuesday of every month | 7pm - 9pm
Taught by our sake sommelier and sushi chef, this interactive learning experience has been a foodie favorite for over 11 years. Create your own sushi rolls, learn about sake production and more. Includes 5 aperitivos with sake pairings.

SAMBABRUNCH
Saturday & Sunday | 11:30am - 4pm
Cheers to the weekend! Your choice of sweet or savory entrée, a fresh sushi platter and a festive dessert for $30pp. A la carte menu also available.

SAMBAHOUR
Sunday - Friday | 4pm - 7pm and 11pm - close
Join us for sushi bar and samba kitchen bites paired with refreshing cocktails, sake, wine and beer. Experience SUSHISAMBA’s critically acclaimed cuisine with smile-worthy pricing.

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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.2
food
3.8
service
3.9
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3.8
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Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on December 21, 2017

The hostess was very rude, apparently it was his last day at this restaurant as he was going to work for MTA. Our reservation was at 8pm----we were seated at 830p, which caused our 2hour parking limit to get us charged an extra $30 because we ran past 2hrs!!!! We will not be returning here again, food was overpriced for the quality, service was slow---however i guess no one cared as this restaurant was closing in 2 days. They should have disclosed this on their website BEFORE i made reservations. never again.

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3.0Dined on December 17, 2017

Sorry to hear they are closing Sat
Hope they find a new location and reopen and bring back the old dishes

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Sushisamba has been our favorite NYC restaurant for years, and while we so sad that the NY location is closing, we're glad we were able to get in one more time for a fantastic dinner. Our server, Tim, was as excellent as everyone who's ever waited on us, the food was as fabulous as ever and our last dinner there was very special. Thanks for lots of great times and amazing food over the years.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

We had a great time. The service was attentive and the food was delicious. It is a shame this location will be closing. Glad we caught it. Thanks!

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3.0Dined on December 15, 2017

This is a great spot, but I didn't get why we couldn't sit down when 2 out of our party of 3 were there. Instead we had to sat at the bar, though there were scads of tables. The bar is nice, but it's cold and drafty from the front door opening on a cold night. It didn't prevent us having a good time, but it didn't help!

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

We loved everything that we ordered. Different flavors made it great!

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2.0Dined on December 10, 2017

Sushi samba gaat sluiten dus het personeel is niet echt gemotiveerd

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3.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Food was great but the service wasn’t !
The place needs upgrading !

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3.0Dined on December 8, 2017

We went because we had such a great experience at SushiSamba in Las Vegas. This did not compare. We will not be back.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

It was realy delicious. The sushi was the best sushi ever. It was a great last evening in New York.

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1.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Served seafood to a vegan. Didn’t seem to understand that thus was a problem. Such a shame as many previous visits were all 5 star!!

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4.0Dined on December 6, 2017

I have been to Sushi Samba at its Park Ave location, in Vegas and in the village, and I have loved it every time. The food is fabulous, and the service wonderful. I tell all my friends who go to NYC or Vegas to make sure they go. The only negative is the noise level at both locales. But overall the food makes it all better.

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3.0Dined on December 5, 2017

La comida está buena, el local no es muy nuevo que digamos pero lo que me dejó alucinado fue la cuenta... precios desorbitados para la calidad del producto.! Por esos precios se pueden ir a cientos de sitios mejores

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1.0Dined on December 4, 2017

Visited 4 December.

The very worst service we have received in a very long time. So fire that we left within 15 minutes. We were not the only customers we met that night with these issues.

It may be the “original” but the sooner this branch closes the better - SS are hugely damaging their brand by keeping this place open a day longer than necessary. Especially with the current manager in place.

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2017

La comida estuvo muy rica y el servicio espectacular, aunque el lugar aparentemente va a cerrar, por lo que si se ve un poco desatendido. Nuestra experiencia fue muy buena. Esperamos que abran algún día en Panamá.

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

One of the best anniversary dinners we’ve had. This is still my favorite restaurant. Tasting menu is the best way to enjoy a little bit of everything. Delicious food and sake!

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4.0Dined on November 29, 2017

Always a good time for a date , or with friends. I enjoy this place alot for some reason.

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Kind of past its prime Asian fusion kind of place that was hot back in the 90s and still haunting the West Village. Surprisingly very family friendly and some of the best customer service I've ever received in NYC. The menu has something for everyone and on my visit all the fish was fresh, tasty and well prepared. Oldie yet still goodie!

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2.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Very disapointing compered to SushiSamba London, 2 different worlds. London is amazing, NY is the opposit.

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1.0Dined on November 24, 2017

It was an awful experience! Some of the staff upstairs would not turn the music down. Our waiter went to turn it down, and one of the barmen and the women behind the bar insisted on jacking it up even louder! We were the only customers sitting upstairs! Also, the barman kept giving us dirty looks. So, we just left! We had to find another place to go to.

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2.0Dined on November 22, 2017

Not recommended; won’t be going back. Food was average and service was terrible.

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3.0Dined on November 21, 2017

Have been to this location several times. The food always looks beautiful and tastes great. Great cocktails. Lots of energy in the place. Just a warning, the little plates really are little, and the portions "from the grill" are also on the smaller side. So just get lots of things.

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5.0Dined on November 20, 2017

Decor was beautiful food tasted great I went on a weekday around 3 so I didnt experience those long waiting times often referenced

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2.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Meny was confusing and we did not get any explination. Server was nice enough, but took for ever to get to the table. Food was not worth the money in any way. Not going back

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Modern execution of unique fusion concept. Refreshing taste in every bite

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1.0Dined on November 17, 2017

The sushi rice was really hard, not properly cooked, our waitress paid us no mind and drinks took long to be brought. In addition she forgot a roll and had to put the order in a rush. Listen I’m a chef I hate leaving reviews like this but I know this is a good restaurant and hopefully these review help

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

love this place!

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5.0Dined on November 6, 2017

Was very impressed w this place- had walked by many times. The fried rice w salmon was delicious; the sushi was generous and delicious; the drinks were flavorful and potent.

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1.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Staff extremely unfriendly and rude. Had a reservation for 9pm. Waited til 9.50. They didn’t apologize, said we were wrong and had booked for 9.30 (I’m sure opentable can confirm our actual time). Will not be returning.

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1.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Showed up 5 minutes early for our reservation, we were requested to step aside and wait. We waited 35 minutes without an update and when we asked the hostess, we were told it would be at least another 30 minutes to wait. I would also note that many other people had the same issue. We notified the hostess that we could not wait over an hour to be seated for our reservation and asked her to cancel it. Would not recommend this to anyone.

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1.0Dined on November 4, 2017

We live in the neighborhood and as a family of 6 go to SushiSamba quite a bit. We celebrate birthdays there, stop in after school or when we are passing by, or order something to go. My teenage daughter and 2 of her friends went last night with an 830P reservation and weren't seated until just after 930. Not only that, my daughter tells me the staff was rude to them. This is not surprising, it was a beautiful Saturday night so the restaurant was busy and teenagers can be...annoying and sometimes you don't want to deal with them, but still extremely disappointing. This is one of our neighborhood spots and they know us there and we've seen dozens of staff members come and go but we are consistent customers. I will think twice before going to SushiSamba next time.

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3.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Not the SUSHISAMBA you were looking for, if you were at their London or Miami branches. The food and prices are okay, the service was terrible. Had to wait 1 hour after our booked time, no apology or complimentary drinks offered, just rude hostesses.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Great food

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3.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Amazing evening apart from extremely bad service with rude and disrespeftufl waitress who showed us the middle finger when we were trying to sort out the bill.

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2.0Dined on October 27, 2017

This location does not live up to sushi samba standards. I’ve had better meals at sushi haru at half the price

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1.0Dined on October 25, 2017

Out of date, dirty toilet.
We left and went to the neabour Nakazawa which was great.

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2.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Started off with arriving and their reservation system "was having some issues" but we were seated with just a minor delay. It was far too noisy inside, so we sat outside.
We ordered the five course tasting menu, I chose a wine, he ordered a beer. They were out of beer. We had our first course before we had water, drinks and chopsticks. Could it go up hill from here? We hoped! There were no water glasses available, they were washing them. Alas, water in clear Solo cups. He ordered sake....20 minutes later, they were also out of that. We literally sat for an hour in between the third and fourth courses with nothing to drink. An hour! Fourth course arrives - yeah! Another wine for me, and sake finally for him. Two bites into the fourth course, here comes the fifth course. I just looked and nodded "no" and they turned around. Finally ready for fifth course, well it's s'mores, on a windy night. I thought my hair was going to catch fire. Barely get our dessert course down, and here's the check. We paid by card, but received no pen. 20 minutes go by, she comes to pick up, yeah, no pen.
So all in all - absolutely horrible service, mediocre food. A five course tasting menu took 3 hours. We laughed it off, made bets that the waitress had actually quit during her shift or was doing dishes, maybe reprogramming the reservation system. We weren't offered any type of discount for any of the foibles, the tab was over $200... we certainly won't be back!!!

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2.0Dined on October 21, 2017

This place was disorganized and overall pretty pathetic. The food was well below average and disappointed on every level. Needless to say we will not be returning.

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3.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Very different from the subsidiary locations

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2017

A stable in the West Village - reliably good fun and great food! I've been coming here for years and will hopefully continue to do so for many more. They do a great job for vegetarians too - as my wife and I are.

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