Holiday Gift Guide


So I always said that when the big relaunch finally (finally!) happened, I would have a big party in NYC, no matter where I lived in the world. It's where it all started! Without NYC, there would be no Umamimart-- you better believe it. So I'm COMING!

After lots of deliberation, it has been decided to hold the big bash at the one and only Sammy's Roumanian Steakhouse on Saturday February 20, 9pm. Pencil it in please!

I know you've heard of Sammy's-- it's the NYC Jewish food institution, located underground in the Lower East Side. But like me, you've never quite had the opportunity to treat yourself to a night of steak and schmaltz. I feel your pain-- I spent 6 years in NYC and never went and have regretted it deeply.

That is all about to change.

Ok, now the only downside is that this is a little pricier than the usual Umamiventure. I've calculated it out to be about $80/person after food, alcohol, tax and tip.

I know, I know. You're thinking, "Kayoko, we're in the middle of a fucking recession for god's sake, what are you thinking?!?!"

But COME ON. $80 for steak and chopped liver + shots of ice cold Ketel One + a bottle of chicken grease on every table + dancing to live Yiddish music at the end of the night in a drunken haze. Are you convinced yet? The price is easily on par with a night of drinking at some lame douchy frat bar down the street.

Now, if there's an overwhelming WTF-that's-way-too-expensive reaction to Sammy's, I totally understand, and I'm open to going elsewhere. I have a large table reserved at Sammy's though, so let me know your thoughts asap!

Let's do this! RSVP as usual on the FB Fanpage invite. Let me know in the comments if you're bringing anyone so I can get an accurate headcount.

The new site has been such a major labor of love, and I need to celebrate with all of you appropriately, in UM's Homeland. Can't wait to see everyone!

Above pic from Lost City. It's such a seedy picture, I love it.