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Posted by Whale on 02/24/2008
I should have paid attention to the negative reviews about this place, I have never felt more taken advantage of in my entire life while dining out in NYC. We went with 4 people and ordered the $120 pp omakase, which was nothing like omakase should be. It should have been entitled prix fixe, because it included dessert and other non-sushi items. if I wanted a lamb chop to be included in my meal I would have gone to a steakhouse. The first dish to arrive was a chip, yes, a chip about the size of a dorito, on a huge plate, and it had some chopped fish and something else like onions and avocado on top. After that morsel, I had a sinking feeling that we were in for a long night. I think we had a total of 5 dishes per person, and only 2 had sushi included. The sashimi was bland, not even very fresh it looked nice, but come on. There was one piece that tasted like a piece of chicken gristle. I am serious. I couldn't believe what I was ingesting. We were expecting a main plate of sushi to arrive any minute, and there was quite a bit of wait in between dishes, so I asked the server what the deal was and she said there was still dessert to come. Dessert?? We felt like we hadn't even started eating our meal. I have no problem spending $$$$ for excellent food, but this was far from it. As far as atmosphere, I think a funeral parlor would have been more exciting, they were playing some lame droning music which was just barely audible, which made it even more annoying. Our server was quite attractive and friendly, but that doesn't justify her tacking on a 20% service charge, bringing the grand total (including drinks) to just under $1000 for 4 people. Shocking, when you consider we were not even halfway full.
Posted by nitzky on 02/09/2008
Hands down the absolute best Japanese food/ dining experience in NYC! The service was friendly and prompt, & explained each dish as it was brought out. We decided to order the Chef's tasting menu - best decision we made! We got to sample many things on the menu on a smaller scale, and each dish was creative, beautiful and unbelieveably delicious! At our request, the chef added a lobster tempura roll to our sushi/sashimi sampler - it is so delicious! If you're not a fan of raw fish, try the NY Strip Steak with potato dice or Broiled Chilean Sea Bass marinated in saikyo miso - both are fantastic! This place is a scene, and does get packed. We had early reservations and avoided the rush but as we ate, the restaurant filled up.
Posted by Kinkistyle on 02/03/2008
Caveat: I went on a Sunday and on Superbowl Sunday which the New York Giants won no less. But regardless of that fact: less than fresh sushi is UNACCEPTABLE for a place that charges as much as BOND ST. does. Even on slow days. The atmosphere is chic, and the service is attentive, but can be a bid unorganized. The sushi however was at that fine line where its still edible, but not the best condition, and I felt a little queasy after scarfing down what looked like squid tentacles marinated in olive oil with cottage cheese. My 2 cents: place is over-rated. Go to one of the authentic Japanese restaurants run by Japanese nationals like Yasuda, Yama, Hasaki, Sushi-den, Gari, and leave BOND ST. to the glammy, celeb, too-cool to-care-about-good-food crowd.
Posted by connoisseur on 12/27/2007
the place has a nice atmosphere and the service is pleasant, but it is utterly overpriced. i grew up and live in nyc and have had sushi all over. this place serves the smallest portions and charges a ton for them. the food is not bad, but nothing incredible. totally not worth it. they need to step it up.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/09/2007
Last night I had a late reservation, which I understand can be frustrating to the servers but, when my party was seated we were told we had 5 minutes to place our order! We were rushed on every dish and food was taken from the table before we had a chance to finish. The food was delicious but it’s a shame the experience was lessened by pushy servers! It’s not even as if we were a walk in table – the reservation had been made a week ago. If the kitchen likes to close at a certain hour, reservations should only be accepted accordingly!!
Posted by Anonymous on 09/06/2007
This place is amazing! My new favorite sushi place in the city. A must try!
Posted by NYer on 08/10/2007
Wonderful dining experience that met our expectations for a special occasion! Seductive ambience and delicious, fresh food served with unexpected, scrumptous sauces and lovely presentation. Every course was a delectable surprise. Highly recommend the crispy spicy shrimp and lobster tempura, but we said "Wow" to everything! Only compliants were the temperature in the main dining room which was freezing, and the noise level which precluded intimate conversation. The crowd wasn't as hip and edgy as years ago, but that may be a sign of the new NY. Go for the fabulous food, service, and atmosphere.