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Posted by mymymy on 05/21/2008
not to jump on the band wagon but...speaking of white mans sushi, it is an uneducated sushi eater that has his rice fall apart...you are not supposed to dip the rice in the soy sauce...traditional sushi rice is not supposed to be super sticky...you are supposed to pick it up with your fingers and dip only the fish in the soy sauce...so next time you are at a sushi place and you dip you rice in the soy sauce and the rice DOESN'T fall apart, you can ask yourself "am i at a white mans sushi place?" p.s. you dont season tempura...that is what the soy based dipping sauce is for p.s.s. in regards to your "a retarded idea someone thought of after a nice trip to japan", the chef/owner is from japan and a good number of its clientele are japanese which is something i see very rarely at most sushi places in nyc
Posted by Zeb on 05/07/2008
Bozu's strongest asset is its atmosphere. This restaurant exemplifies the good things about Williamsburg's aesthetic in that it's not afraid to be a little weird. Thankfully, it avoids the obnoxiously ironic and kitschy trappings of some of the hipster magnets up on Bedford. I always enjoy sitting in Bozu, as the staff is friendly and the whole place is very comfortable. My only complaint is that the lighting is a bit low at times. I don't mind drinking in half-darkness, but I'd like to be able to read the menu without a flashlight. As far as the food goes, it's a whole lot of "pretty decent". I've certainly had better Japanese food, even in Greenpoint. It's not bad in any way, but it's not going to knock your socks off either. They do have a pretty nice variety though, and I really appreciate the fact that they aren't afraid to be unconventional with their food. As far as a previous poster's opinion that it's "a white man's idea of Japanese food" goes... get a grip dude. It's just not conventional. The food by itself is ok, but the combination of food and atmosphere makes Bozu a fun place to eat. Given the number of bars that have sprung up on Grand St. in the last few years, Bozu is a great launching point for a Friday or Saturday night. They also have the big Japanese beers and a good selection of sake.
Posted by KRS10 on 03/20/2008
I'm extremely surprised by the negative reviews because I truly think this is some of the best Japanese food I've had in NY. I travel there from Manhattan because it's so great! In my experience, the waiters are wonderfully friendly and knowledgeable. I always take their recommendations and typically have them [select] most of the dishes for the table. Definitely go check this place out for yourself!
Posted by Anonymous on 03/02/2008
Hi, I usually don't write reviews, but I hate hate HATE it when people just write things that aren't true, so I'm going to be writing in direct reponse to the previous reviewer. Let's see, the "white man" who thought of the food after "a nice trip to japan" is the owner who actually is Japanese, who, yes, had a nice trip in Japan for 30 years after being born there came to New York. Of course the sushi at Bozu isn't supposed to be traditional nigiri and handrolls-it aint meant to be! All those people who claim those little balls (which, may I add, are on average $6 per 3pieces, a very good deal) aren't "authentic Japanese", the sushi rice has been made with dear attention, only the freshest ingredients are used. psmay I add, your sushi rice comes apart because its not meant to be dipped into a lake of soy sauce on your plate, which is exactly why Bozu supplies you those little spoons to dip the soy sauce directly onto the fish. Congratulations on being able to take suggestions with a bit of humility.
Posted by typicalnyfood&winelover on 02/24/2008
i live in the neighborhood and finally had dinner there for the first time. first, the atmosphere - great. mood lighting, great bar in the center and cozy nook sitting to the side - good for a date. order some sake or beer and some beer nuts. cuz the food while it looks damn cute and appealing is just not good inside your mouth. sorry but, i've had better elsewhere. i had those little flat round shaped sushi (3 for $10)which when you try to dip it in soy sauce and have it fall apart you realize that while fancy in looks it's a retarded idea someone thought of after a nice trip to japan. service, atmosphere all that stuff is great but come on, they couldn't even season or cook properly vegetable tempura!
Posted by Anonymous on 02/17/2008
First of all, the menu is too cute and contrived by half it's difficult to read and they insist on giving almost everything their own made up name. Second, we ordered what was basically unagi (of course it had a cute name) I have never had a smaller portion of sushi. It was not worth it. Lastly, a friend of mine ordered a salmon dish... Not only did the salmon not arrive at the same time as the rest of the party's food, it never came at all. Every once in a while we would ask the waiter or the person I assume was the manager about the salmon, only to be told it was coming right away. Turns out they never bothered to place the order. Of course, this was all done with a typical Williamsburg attitude (all smirk, no soul) like we should be thanking them for messing up our meal. We finally canceled the salmon, and my friend had to leave hungry. To add insult to injury, it took nearly fifteen minutes to get the check after we asked for it, and they didn't even have the decency to comp her the glass of wine she had while waiting for the salmon....
Posted by chris on 12/15/2007
I was surprise by the size of the dishes, very small for the price!! and the quality is not there.