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Posted by mikes on 08/27/2007
A couple of things were very telling when I stepped in for dinner. First of all nearly everyone dining here was Japanese, and almost none of them were ordering sushi. (I sat upstairs, there's a sushi bar downstairs where people probably were) If you are looking for exotic and high quality fish or trying to impress a date, this is probably not to place to do it. However, for other everyday japanese items like grilled skewers, rice dishes, and noodles, I was impressed by the quality, quantity, and the price.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/02/2007
I go out for sushi easily 1x per week. Our first visit to Azusa was definitely our last. We were shooed upstairs to some back room by the bathrooms. We had to ask for water several times, and the waiter kept disappearing somewhere when we did. The lunch "special" for sushi was a california roll (please, that isn't sushi)- no tuna, no salmon, no choice. The *minimum* "1/2 order" (whatever that is) for sashimi is 4 pieces, (!) and the list for rolls was minute. I ordered a Dragon roll, eel cuke inside, avocado on the outside. It was sloppy looking and had about an ounce of eel for the whole roll, which was mostly tempura anyway. I asked for ikura on another roll (since that is my favorite sashimi, but 4 pieces would kill it for me), and I got tobiko instead. Huh? Maybe this place is more for teriyaki? Who knows, but if you are looking for sushi, go some place else.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/19/2007
I love this place it's awesome the food is great the people are nice and the little rooms are the coolest
Posted by howzit on 12/14/2006
There are some gems on this menu: broiled saba (mackarel), yosenabe, kakiage/kitsune udon, agedashi tofu. Somethings i think are completely flat: chirashi, negimaki special on thursdays.
Posted by a patron on 11/15/2006
Azusa is founded by the same man who opened the very first sushi resturaunt in NYC. The atmosphere is authentically Japanese. More so than you could find anywhere in the United States. The food is excellent, despite other reviews I've read. I have tried most of the items on the English and the Japanese menus and have found everything to be prepared and presented beautifully, and the quality to be top notch. Be forewarned, as other reviews mention the lunch menu, that I do not find the dinner menu to be cheap. But in my humble opinion it is the finest in Japanese cuisine in all of NYC.
Posted by Annonomous on 09/26/2006
I had the Daily Sushi & Noodle Lunch Kitsune Udon. The soup was very very good, but the California roll that came with it (they say sushi) tasted like last weeks leftovers. Thanks, but no thanks. I'll pick something else next time. The daily specials are very good and reasonable.
Posted by Felicia on 08/30/2006
Excellent lunch spot and reasonable.