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Eat It: Sam’s Restaurant

February 13th, 2009 · 4 Comments

em>And, now, we present our weekly restaurant review from our friends at Eat It: The Brooklyn Food Blog. This week’s feature is Sam’s on Court Street:

Such a strange place Sam’s Restaurant is (238 Court St., at Baltic St., 718-596-3458). A group of my friends decided they wanted to try it as I was the only one who had ever been and they wanted to see for themselves. The old, original signage on the windows beckons, and you have to take a few steps down in order to enter into a place caught in a time warp. It feels like nothing has been changed in decades, from the red and white checkered plastic tablecloths, to the ancient photos on the wall (one was an 8 1/2 x 11 of a cat?). The dining area is one big space that feels like an old rec room, a place where church functions were held and you ran around as a kid with your friends, high on sugar while the adults drank and smoked and laughed three feet above your heads. The lighting is weird – both too bright and a bit dark, but the radio is tuned to the best of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s AND 90’s and surely something will come on that makes you happy (Journey anyone?).

There’s a back room that never seems to be used, and a huge upstairs space that isn’t open either (although you have to go up there to use the ladies room). It seems like it’d be a cool spot to host a party or a reception, although I don’t think it’s available for that. There is a full bar though and lots of old, classic cocktails listed on the menu. But let’s get on to the food, shall we? We started out with a salad – the Combination Salad to be precise. Iceberg lettuce, a few pink wedges of tomato, plus marinated mushrooms, roasted red pepper and a couple of olives from the can. Delicious. A bottle each of red wine vinegar and oil are placed on the table for dressing. Beautiful simplicity. To see the Ricotta & Sausage and Pepperoni Pizzas, click here!

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Anonymous // Feb 13, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Glad she wrote about Sam’s. I love that place. I always expect Dana Andrews’ ghost to be sitting at the bar sipping a pink lady. The pizza is wonderful. I hold my breath, these days. I pray it doesn’t close. The other rooms are used for large events like birthdays and weddings and, yes, the occaisional movie shoot. They used to have a cat there. You can see the photos of him on the wall. This place is really one of the only remaining old time-y places left in CG. Not counting The Long Isalnd Restaurant and Montero’s, both up on Atlantic Ave. Sam’s makes me think of Camille’s. Anyone out there rmember Camille’s? Near Atlantic on Henry? Anyway, please don’t close, Sam.

  • 2 deborah matlack // Feb 13, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Wonderful place, thanks for the memories.

  • 3 Anonymous // Feb 15, 2009 at 9:44 am

    They are also very racist. Beware.

  • 4 Anonymous // Feb 17, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Awful food and really rude people. Been there a couple times and have had the same bad experience both times. Can’t figure out why they are still in business.