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Sunday, June 20th, 2010—Bar 161

Day 161—Saturday, June 19th, 2010
Sushi Samba 7

I’ve finally surrendered to Nick Beal, who’s been obsessing about Sushi Samba in the comments section here. It started with one suggestion and has led to such an obsessive amount that I have to check this place out. Plus I got an email from him and he said he just might show up, so it’ll be interesting to meet a follower of the bar crawl in person. Although he seems like a mysterious fellow, this is the picture he said was him and his lady friend:

Okay, this should be interesting! Off to Sushi Samba to see if this Nick Beal guy will show up on the crawl.


Okay, here we are at Sushi Samba, a colorful place!

The bar looks nice...and orange!

The lovely and friendly bartender Aija serves up a Nina Fresa. I ordered it because it had muddled strawberries in it. My mind is permanently muddled, so I had to order it. It was delicious.

Here's the front lounge area. I wonder where the elusive Nick Beal is?

Here's the dining area, bright and festive, but I wonder where Nick Beal is.

Some of the staff at Sushi Samba, from left: Rick, Alaina and Giovanni.

Some of the sushi chefs on duty.

Meanwhile BACK at the bar...

Aija mixes up a mojita.

And serves it to me and says it was sent by someone in the restaurant. I think we're going to meet the mysterious Nick Beal soon.

And here he is, Nick Beal and his lady friend, Emma. Open your eyes, Nick, you're on 365 Camera!

Together at Sushi Samba at last! I asked Nick what he did for a living and he told me he's a man of mystery. He scares me a little!

There wasn't cheeseburgers on the menu (like Nick said there were, liar liar, your pants are on fire, Nick!), but Aija suggested the duck.

It was delicious! Great suggestion, Aija, I'll have a cheeseburger tomorrow. NIck and Emma went upstairs to a party that was going on while I ate. They said they'd return.

Okay, the party's over and I'm done eating. Where's Nick and Emma?

The bar area is filling up with people from the party, but no Nick or Emma. Did they ditch me?

I checked it out upstairs and they're not here.

Downstairs Aijia poses with manager Sergei.

At the bar Shalom and Alletah were celebrating Shalom's birthday. Happy birthday, Shalom!

And look who shows up out of the blue: Nick and Emma. I think they've got a Batmobile they patrol the city in.

Back at the bar Carlos poses with Aija.

Aija mixes up the final drink of the night.


I invited Nick and Emma to have dessert with me, but they said they had to get back to their Fortress of Solitude. A mysterious couple, but it was a pleasure to meet them and hang out. Now time for dessert!

This place has the best pastries and...

Cakes and everything dessert-like.

It's always hard to pick just one, so in honor of Nick and Emma I ordered three. The waiter asked if there were other people joining me and looked at me like I was nuts when I said it was all for me. And here it is: a cream puff, a chocolate cannoli and a lobster tail which is cream-filled pastry with whipped cream on top. Gluttony be thy name.



And to balance things out, here's a shiny ATM for Joey D. a.k.a. The Sushi Samba Hater! You should try it, Joey, it's a nice place.

Sushi Samba 7 offers up a festive blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cultures within the colorful restaurant located in Greenwich Village. The restaurant has a lounge in the front and tables in the back and outdoor seating when weather permits. Orange is the predominant color and the staff and bartenders are friendly and fun. The crowd is a mix of tourists coming to see the spot that was made famous on “Sex and the City” and locals looking enjoying the unique menu and cocktails. There’s also an upstairs rooftop bar that’s also available for private parties.

Some of Sushi Samba’s signature cocktails include:
Lemon Samurai which consists of Svedka Citron, apple liqueur, peach and guava; The Hakata which is Finlandia Grapefruit Vodka, yuzu juice, simple syrup and grenadine; the Kumori mixes nigor sake, shochu, gin, muddled cucumber in a  nori-salt rim and the Samba Juice which is made up of raspberry and watermelon infused rum, açai, passionfruit, créme de banana and guava. There’s an extensive variety of sushi and rolls to be had on the menu, but for non-sushi eaters there’s, Miso-Marinated Chilean Sea Bass, Long Island Duck and Foie, Prime NY Steak and Chicken Teriyaki.

A good night out and it was great to meet Nick and Emma. I wonder what he’ll obsess over now?

Sushi Samba 7
87 Seventh Ave. South (@Barrow St.)

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Reader Comments (31)

num...those drinks look delicious! I'm gonna have to experiment and play around with drinks like that at my place.

I agree with Kim,,,,those drinks look delicious and refreshing,,,the nina fresa daquiri looks great. How about those bar stools,,,,right out of the jetsons or one of those sixties swinger movies like my soup's got a girl in it. Oh and those desserts,, man ,,,so many choices,,,,cannoli I know is good, wow Marty,,,the sweet tooth won last nite,

June 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl

Correction,,,,There's a girl in my soup,,,Peter Sellars,,,for those who remember

June 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl

@Al: Great movie! The place did have that kind of a vibe to it.

June 20, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Cool place and more beautiful babe bartenders! And I was wondering who Nick Beal was and it was cool he showed up on the bar crawl! I wonder what he'll comment about now? And that duck looks fucking great! Nice crawl!

June 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarfly

Great colorful place . The shirt I wore when we went to The French Bistro would fit right in !!, & I would need one of those drinks to compliment it .
Last time I had Duck was in France , & ZioumZioum made it for me , even thought she said she don't know how to cook , it was sooooooooo Great !!!
Funny you didn't order any Sushi & that they had Duck .

Great looking place!
Love the color scheme.
From the drinks to the decor.
Aija compliments it all very well.

Nice "meeting" Nick and Emma here.
There's nothing wrong about being mysterious and elusive.
Heh Heh Heh.
I have to get back to mine now...

June 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter"Boris"

Wow that is some brightness. Made even more so by the fact it wasn't dark during your crawl. I don't remember that place from SITC, must not have been paying attention to the bars. My mouth watered at the desserts. That place looks very, very evil.

Oh and I must be more innocent than I realized because I never got why you kept pointing out ATM's till it got brought up on dc. Dirty men ;)

June 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkari

I'm a bad cooker anyway ! but I can cook baby cats, yum!

PS : @ Jason, it was not Duck, but the neighbor's cat ! MOUHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA

I think I'd probably go broke coming back there repeatedly to sample all the cocktails, entrees and pastries featured at Sushi Sambas...everything featured today looked wonderful! Makes me wish I had money for travel! That photo of The Avengers brought back memories. Back in the day, when my hormones were just beginning to flow, I thought Dianna Rigg was one of the hottest things going with those black tights and the racing stripe going up her leg. I wonder if she realizes how many bedsheets were ruined by adolescent boys because of her back then? Great business for any laundry detergent manufacturers advertising on that show back then. I think they planned it that way!

June 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

@marty with all you eat and drink on this crawl why do you not weigh 400 pounds?? whats your secret? that duck looks very tasty!

June 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrita r.

@rita r: I only eat big on Saturday and Sunday, the rest of the week I try and stick to lettuce! The duck was great and I highly recommend it to all of you!

June 20, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

yummmmyyy.. When I used to live in Chicago, I went to the Sushi Samba there for the yummy drinks. Not so much for the sushi because I have an aversion to raw fish- but they make good drinks! The place looks almost the same as the one in chi-town

June 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzRocks

@SuzRocks: You lived in Chicago? I took the bar crawl there in April, you ever been to Club Foot or Simon's? They're bars 110 and 111 on the crawl. Love Chicago!

June 20, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

damn nice post...great to see a fellow crawler/commentator (not in person but in a couple pics ) KOC...@jaws very funny been there done that---got the third degree from mom...@zoom zoom duck turkey raccoon cat it all taste like chicken...b4 i forget to all you dads hope you had a good day if that is possible...@365 after the "burp" thought you would give a "nod" to greg...KOC


June 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterraginrr

@rr: To my former biz partner: Greg Owens! And happy Father's Day to all you dad's out there! Nod, nod, nod! Now I'm off to get a cheeseburger, stay tuned it'll be up tomorrow!

June 20, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Food looked fantastic but it's too light out for me to be out! Don't venture out much before midnight! I fancy shithole bars more than the upscale ones but will go wherever i am told by Jesus! Jesus told me to give this bar a 2! Happy Fathers Day you Motherless Child!

well fuckaduck that joint looked awesome!....gets the thumbs up from fitz....& Kim i know u have a huge teletext recipe turnout behind the bar, some of the gear i watched u make up were just awesome.....but yeah one can always expand the menu....could take you a while to tranform the boys from drinkin' "Chuck Norris' "to "Mojitas", mite have ya work cut out???

@Kim i just got ur shit from yesterdays post Re; the kilt,thanks hun always a pleasure to have you pull tha piss outa me, luvya work babe!!

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfitzy

how do you eat and drink like this and still manage to fit in your thirst??? wait....do you walk to all these bars???

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

The best thing about going to Sushi Samba was leaving and getting dessert somewhere else.

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSushi Samba Hater

WOW!!! What a post. Must have been more lines written about Sushi Samba than any other post on this blog. I am awe struck about the nice things said about Sushi Samba. Did I mention that Sushi Samba has another location on 24st and Park Ave South. Not as big as &th Ave but the same vibe none the less. Please feel free to stop by both places. Hint. 7th Ave is a lot more fun. Hope to see you there Sushi Samba Hater I know you will sneak in the place. Wow still can't believe the review. Just amazing, amazing. Wonder what you would say about our other fav bar the skinny. You know that little bar on the lower east side. Never heard of it. Just like Sushi Samba a hidden gem. Here's the link. Feel free. http://theskinnybarlounge.com/

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternick beal

I think Terry would like to go to get a good look at Aija :)

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGENE

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