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Posted by Anonymous on 08/11/2006
This place is hard to find! After walking past it a couple of times, I finally walked into the lounge. It was slow, and the bartender was extremely attentive. After realizing that I am a sake snob, he rolled us out a couple of free flights on the house. He seemed a little annoyed that the flights didn't change my initial decision of which bottle to purchase, but the service was phenomenal. When we went upstairs for dinner, I was very excited by the exotic sushi specials. Pike eel, barracuda, half a dozen different types of hamachi, and the best ju-toro we've tasted in the US. We didn't experiment much on the roll menu, since it is unusual to find a place that has fresh AND exotic nigiri/sashimi choices. The waiter was extremely attentive. When we were putting in the order for our third helping, we asked for suggestions and he was at a lost. We'd tried everything he usually recommends, as well as 3 orders of the live eel (fantastic), so we were on our own here. Chocolate fondue for two for desert was an excellent way to top off the evening. This is such a kitchy desert that so many places screw up. This is the way it should be - plenty of chocolate, and two platters full of fruit, pound cake, brownies, etc. The meal was worth every bit of the $350 we spent. The only thing that was less than perfect about Bond St. is the atmosphere. I know some people like the clubby, prettier-than-thou scene, but it really makes me uncomfortable. I always feel like I'm being watched. But a minor price to pay for attentive service, a large sake list, and exotic fish.
Posted by Missegee on 07/27/2006
Cool atmosphere, very clubby vibe. I'll give them points for creativity with their rolls, but I didn't love the food.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/17/2006
I was not looking to spend a lot on a sushi dinner but a friend told me that I would love BondSt. I did. The rolls were unique and very tasty. We started with the crispy duck salad and the ceviche--both were excellent. As for the rolls, the spicy tuna was great and the lobster tempura with yellow tomato was also delicious. The sesame crusted shrimp roll wasn't my favorite--it just tasted like deep fried shrimp and didn't compare to the other things we had. The restaurant certainly is pricey, but it's worthwhile in my opinion.
Posted by Ana - NYC on 07/05/2006
No words to describe...just try it!
Posted by Anonymous on 03/22/2006
While the food was marginally better than most places, the service was sub-par. Finding the waiter became more & more of a challenge as the night moved on. Mind you, a table for 6 in an overpriced restaurant should command some attention. I'll spend my hard earned cash elsewhere.
Posted by Kathy on 03/03/2006
This place had great food I went to downstairs area. I love Jap food but this is by far my favorite. Service is better than average jap restaurant. I did not pay so I am not sure about the $. Vibe was pretty hip for a Thursday night and i was packed on a freezing cold night. If you like Japanese food you'll love this place beware there might be a bit of await to sit I sat at the sushi bar which was not bad.
Posted by Deb F on 02/16/2006
Went to BondSt with very high hopes, as it was recommended to me by reliable sources (Citysearch included!). I went this past Valentine's Day, and was very disappointed. Service: the bartender was clipped and rude, which set the tone for the evening. My biggest problem with this is that I felt like the restaurant hiring practices are geared to cultivating an unfriendly, cooler-than-thou atmosphere. I got over aspiring to that level of obnoxious some time in the 90's, and wish the staff at BondSt would too! Food: we took late reservations on Valentine's Day, which was clearly a mistake (don't get me started about the reservation process). If there is a redeeming factor about BondSt, it has to be the food, because we did have a few delightful dishes (and the lychee martinis are to die for)...but many of the things we had come expecting to be able to order were not available to us. They had a special tasting menu that made their regular Omakase menu unavailable. But, we were not permitted to order off the special menu because we had late reservations. It made no sense. Our waiter steered us towards the 6 Bond St. and Sushi Sextet sushi specials, which were sorely disappointing. The 6 Bond was marginally better than the Sextet - but the Sextet was a Sextet of badly blended flavors. The sushi pieces were over-marinated and combined with flavors that clashed versus complimented. I strongly recommend the kobe beef appetizer and the rolls - particularly, the spicy tuna and crispy shrimp rolls. Skip the Aka Dashi soup - the lobster dumplings were tasty, but the broth had an off-smell and was unappealing. Overall, would go back with some hesitation, and in doing so, would order off of the sushi a la carte menu. I'd pick a non-holiday, and would go in the middle of the week. I both loved and hated the atmosphere - it would have been perfect had the staff not been so rude.