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Posted by anonymous on 07/28/2010
I ordered take out today from Amber and I can't believe how horribly disappointed I am! I got the California roll and the Shrimp tempura roll and both looked and tasted like yesterday's leftovers. The California roll was falling apart and the crab stick inside was obviously not fresh and tasted dry and dated. The Shrimp tempura roll was also equally unappetizing. The shrimp tempura inside was soggy and old and the cucumber also tasted old. I hope this is a one time experience and they were just having a bad day but I doubt I will be ordering from here ever again!
Posted by GPS on 04/19/2010
Ate here this Saturday, and overall favorable rating, but I have some issues. The sushi was quite good considering the price (20-30 per person, including drinks) but for a serious dining experience, look elsewhere; the patronage was about 75% pre-gaming kids, and the music, which was too loud, sounded like it was transplanted from a college party playlist. They really cater to their market base, which is understandable, but I wouldn't recommend Amber to anyone over the age of 22.
Posted by BS on 10/15/2009
Great sushi, very fresh, great service, well managed. Only complaint is that the music upstairs is very loud. Trendy ambiance.
Posted by anonymous on 08/16/2009
I order delivery from Amber and loved the food - thought I would try dining in. A few thoughts: The space is great- loft like 3 levels, brick walls, modern design, friendly staff. The music -we almost left twice in the first 10 minutes. The music wasn't "cheesy" (which I could have handled) so much as it as it was nightclub loud. Very heavy bass beat, then some musica lantina (think the tv ad for optimum triple play), and even a selection from the movie Rocky - I kid you not. All fine music in the right setting. Just not at dinner. Finally after 3 requests they toned it down. Seriously - they don't have to play elevator music. Many very cool place play great upbeat music in the dining room. Amber - please- go to one of them and get their music.
Posted by Meewlee on 06/25/2009
The atmosphere is a little cheesy and the music a little too loud but the sushi is fantastic! The fish is very fresh and they use minimal rice in their sushi rolls, which is the way they should be made! I also like how they offer brown rice and have a variety of appetizers you don't usually see at sushi restaurants. There is plenty on the menu for non-fish eaters as well.
Posted by Alberta516 on 04/03/2009
Just to add to my review below. I agree with another reviewer that the music in the restaurant was too loud (especially since I didn't like their selection). I requested that they lower it, and they did -- a little but enough so I could hear my dinner partner. I can see where it could be an issue.
Posted by Alberta516 on 04/02/2009
I'm always interested in finding a good asian fusion restaurant that will satisfy my passion for sushi yet still have plenty of other options for my non-sushi eating boyfriend. This place definitely makes my list. We ate there last night and had a fine experience. The sashimi was lovely. One of my peeves with this website is that everybody says "best sushi in Manhattan or in the neighborhood" for almost every sushi restaurant. Clearly that is not so but many people just do not know the difference. I always order sashimi rather than the special rolls, so there is no fooling me -- the fish has to be ultra fresh. The sashimi platter at Amber was gorgeous and so, so fresh. Fish was cut thin, as it should be, but the pieces were large. The variety and quantity for $22 was unexpected and there were extra special touches like cucumber ends filled with tobiko and some sort of tartare. My boyfriend had a chicken appetizer of some sort which he had to roll himself in lettuce. The portion was large enough for 2. His dinner was the chilean sea bass in black bean sauce. Curiously, the portion looked small to me, but he said it was enough -- probably because the appetizer was so large. Anyhow, he liked both very much. Besides my sashimi, I had the "field greens" salad which was really a mixed salad with romaine and oddly some raisins. Ginger dressing very good. No desserts. Since we came early, we got the 2 for 1 drink special (until 7:00). I think it is definitely worth giving this location a try, although I've read some negative reviews of the uptown branches. Oh yes, the service was very good/attentive, but it was quite early and uncrowded. For some reason, a few of my sashimi pieces came with a little sauce on them which I did not expect or like, and they quickly brought me 4 pieces to replace the 3 they took away.