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Posted by Amanda on 06/07/2007
I have been to many sushi restaurants, particularly in the UES, and this is by far the most disappointing. The restaurant does have a nice atmosphere and you can sit outside, which is nice, but the food is nothing spectacular. The overall value is not good - since the food is relatively expensive, one would expect it to be better than average. It is definitely lacking. I would not recommend this place to anyone.
Posted by Chic on 05/13/2007
I absolutely love this place. It is one of the last untouched asian-fusion restaurants left in this city - and by that, I mean no tourists, no long lines, but at the same time, a very cool ambience with stylish decor. It doesn't try too hard, and the food is DELICIOUS (and presented beautifully without too many bells and whistles). Try the coconut seafood chowder. It's served in a coconut and is wonderful (with many REAL chunks of seafood). The sushi is wonderful, and the rolls are unique, fresh, and plentiful. Try the Upper East Side roll, it's absolutely delicious. I can't say enough good things about this place, and I've been to tons of sushi restaurants in the city. An awesome place for a date or just to go out with a friends, plus a great little outdoor area that, in the nice, low-key residential UES, is perfect in the summer.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/08/2007
Amber is certainly one of my favorite places to go to if I'm looking for a great time with friends! The decor is hip plus some romance, and the music is one of the reasons why we keep on going back! Food and drinks are always consistent, which's hard to do when the restaurant is always packed (the grilled sea bass and flirtini are must trys!). The friendly service can be a bit rushed, but don't let it affect the good times that you're going to have! Ask to sit in the back, the darker, cozier room will make your evening more pleasant!
Posted by Anonymous on 03/24/2007
If you like to be rushed then this is the place for you. All the waitress and hosts/hostess did was look at our table to see when we would be finished. The place was so dark that the only way to read the menu was by a candle . As a matter of fact this must have been a problem as my menu was charred from people trying to do the same. Aside from that, the basil beef was fatty, the wasabi shumai was gummy and the chicken terriaki was dry. and the chocolate dessert was a frozen mousse. I must say though the sashimi was tasty. A bit over priced for what it was.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/17/2007
I was so surprised by the negative reviews - my boyfriend and I love this place! Their sushi is great as is everything else we have tried. Their calamari is great with a coconut breading as are all the fun cocktails - try the keylime martini or green tea margarita. It is more expensive than the other UES sushi places but I think its the best by far either from carryout or dine in. Don't let the negative reviews deter you!
Posted by Shala S. on 02/20/2007
This place looks like nothing special from the outside, but once you step in, it's wonderfully surprising! The atmosphere is very "cool and relaxing"... a great place for a casual date. An attractive bar and an awesome stone wall leading to the back is impressive! The food here is delicious! Citrus Salmon Carpaccio is a must have, as is the spicy Roti Kaya (which I know as Roti Canai). The kitchen entrees are as tasty as the sushi bar entrees, so you can even dine with someone that doesn't like sushi! If you ARE a sushi lover, try the Haku Zushi... simply divine. They have a wide range of chilled sake, but only 1 choice for hot sake. The prices are reasonable. You really can't go wrong here! ENJOY!!!
Posted by Anonymous on 02/17/2007
This place is great, consistent sushi. Is it a little pricey, sure, but what the hell isnt these days. Ask to sit in the back, a little bit more quiet. The service is kind of ok but they do the job. If you are looking for an extensive explaination of the menu forget it. But to the person who wrote the kitchen dish was poor, what are you doing going to a sushi restaurant and ordering from the kitchen. It's like going to a steakhouse and asking how the burger is -- how do you think it is....come on.