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Posted by Jeff on 01/22/2008
It was a rainy day and I didn't want to drown walking to Yama for lunch so I gave it a shot. The there wasn't anything particularly innovative about the menu and the cheapest thing on it was the $30 prix fixe, which I tried. It eneded up being 1/2 a miso soup, a decent mesclun salad with small amounts of other things in it (a cranberry, 1/3 slice grapefruit, a mushroom) and a chirashi as a main course which was so small I had to do a double take. The slices were paper thin and about 2" long, not that there were more than 10 pieces altogether, plus it wasn't the freshest fish I'd ever had either (especially the mackarel. I was so hungry when I was done I had to eat an apple when I got back to my desk. The atmosphere was nice enough and they had an attentive wait staff, but it was not a good value at all. With Yama so close by (and I went there a few days later just to cleanse my palate) this establishment is not the best that Union Square has to offer by a long shot and I don't understand all they hype, nor do I see it lasting very long. Good luck...you'll need it!
Posted by Anonymous on 01/16/2008
just eat the sushi. don't order appetizers or main courses. get the sushi omakasi and order some extra pieces. i asked the waiter for some saki recommendation from their extensive list and he was smug about it.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/17/2007
Walking in you feel at ease straight away. It is a very peaceful and relaxing place, not too noisy like most ny restaurants. The sake we selected was not available and there were no other small bottles so had to order by the glass. Waitress was a little impatient with our order in the beginning but turned out to be very helpful. Had japanese snapper with ponzu as one of the appetizers which was very good. Sashimi was unbelievable fresh though the chu-toro was extremely fishy that i didnt even dare to touch the oh-toro. The organic natto roll was very good and i loved the saba sushi. We had quite a lot of food but the bill wasnt really worth it. It is a good place for a quiet traditional japanese meal if u have the money for it.
Posted by Wanda NYC on 08/20/2007
I'd read great reviews about this place so went with 4 friends for dinner recently for a lateish---8:45, reservation. Sat us almost 20 minutes late.... no big deal if they hadn't dared to, while we were still waiting for our entrees, tell us that the kitchen was closing and it was last call for food. Our bill, when it came, was over $700. When people are spending that kind of money, the kitchen should close when they're ready to go, and not before. And beyond this they forgot orders, made it nearly impossible to get a drink, couldn't remember who had what when they brought it to the table and just generally did an offensively poor job, considering the price. and the food, while okay, was nothing that special. also seems weird that in a restuarant that has some esoteric fish you can't request a tasting menu or ask for the roster from the chef to be either more adventurous or conservative. overall just got the feeling that this restaurant doesn't give a darn about the customer. boo!
Posted by rosie on 06/28/2007
I was excited to try this new restaurant started by the Jewel Bako sushi chef last night. The first warning sign was that our server kept trying to get us to order expensive appetizers - and then berated us for being "boring" for ordering edemame. We each had the Sushi Omakase with 10 pieces of sushi. The sushi was all solid, though not exceptional enough to warrant the price. They never brought us the soups that were supposed to accompany the selection, but the real kicker came at the end of the meal. We told our sushi chef that we were full and finished and sipped at our wine. Several minutes later he plops a piece of tuna fin on each of our plates and says "Try this." We didn't ask for it, we weren't given a choice whether or not we wanted it, and it was physically placed on our dirty plates - so we could only assume it was a sampling from the chef. But $24 later on the bill, it was not. They also refilled my wine glass with a different, and more expensive wine (when I asked for the same).
Posted by pamandphil on 06/07/2007
Though the other mentioned sushi restaurants like kuruma are worthy of mention, we have been to them ALL. There is truly nothing better than a sushi bar experience with masato. It is what sushi enthusiasts dream about and he makes it a simple reality. Happy is what we are when we go and when we leave.
Posted by TANGO ALPHA on 05/01/2007
This place has superb traditional tokyo zushi. The Omekasa is excellent and overall a great value. The Chef Masato is a rare talent. I highly reccomend sitting at the sushi bar and getting the Omekasa. You will not be dissappointed. The decor is nothing special but it is like Veritas where it allows the food to be the focus. I still prefer Kuruma for the hardcore zushi experience, but this place is my #2 in NYC and compared to Kuruma you don't have to take a mortgage out to pay for it.