By Eva Whalen
The delectable mix of Peruvian, Brazilian, and Japanese cuisine at SushiSamba in the west village is certain to satisfy every tastebud. Whether you prefer brunch, lunch, bar cocktails and finger food, or full-fledged dinner-and-dessert, SushiSamba’s offerings are innovative and memorable. This is also a superb party spot because of its unique lighting, convivial ambiance, upbeat music, and inspired décor. You can sample the cuisine of three countries in one delicious experience, rather than just one.
Much of the menu is designed to be shared in the style of tapas and small plates but there are generous entrees, too, including Sea Bass, Chicken Teriyaki, Churrasco Rio Grande sirloin, and more. The various sashimi, raw sashimi ceviche, and sushi rolls are fresh and flavorful and the Organic Chicken antichuchos with aji Amarillo and Peruvian corn is unbelievably delicious, as are the Crispy Taquitos served with spicy aji panca sauce and fresh lime. Savory sides include purple potato mash, collard greens, coconut rice, steamed Japanese rice and Peruvian corn.
The brunch menu is extensive and a fantastic deal: for $30 you can tuck into a 3-course prix-fixe brunch with entrees such as Doce de Leite French Toast, Lobster Eggs Benedict and Brazilian Feijoada, sushi and dessert. Order prosecco flavored with various fresh fruits, or a Bloody Habiko (sake, pisco, cachaça or vodka) with your brunch, too.
OMG, the Dessert menu! The S’Mores dessert is a must. Four marshmallow covered chocolate surprises on long sticks — nestled in graham cracker crumbs and served along with a flaming bowl – are delivered to the table for savoring. To tell you what’s inside the marshmallow mounds would ruin an exquisite surprise. Also unbelievably great is the Chocolate Banana Cake with maple butter, plantain chip, and vanilla rum ice cream. The ice cream and sorbet at SushiSamba is house-made. You can also have Nespresso coffees, assorted teas, and after-dinner cocktails such as Café Millonario (an espresso martini with Bacardi Black, spiced maple syrup, dark chocolate liquor and espresso). Tiramisu, Tres Leches Pineapple-Coconut cake, and Mochi round out this spectacular menu.
Lunch includes Foie Gras-Wagyu Sliders, Bento Specials, Samba Cobb Salad, Churrasco Sandwich and more – and parents, take note: there’s a full Samba Kids menu that will appeal to even the pickiest little eaters.
A full suite of artful craft cocktails and other libations and cappuccino are available. Cocktails include the Caipirinha, Chucumber, Samba Sour, Lemon Samurai, Lychee Cooler and dozens of others are worth perusing at http://www.sushisamba.com.
LOCATED at 87 Seventh Avenue South on the SE corner of Barrow Street, SushiSamba offers an outdoor café, gorgeous downstairs dining area, and skylight-and-chandelier-lit second floor.
Reservations: 212-691-7885 or at OpenTable.com
Sunday-Wednesday = 11:30 am – 12 am
Thursday – Saturday = 11:30 am – 1am
Saturday 11:30am – 4pm
Sunday 11:30am – 4pm