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Posted by resident on 01/19/2010
Dojo's been around forever for a reason. It's free of gimmicks or attitude and serves a large, delicious assortment of food for more than reasonable prices. The Hijiki Tofu Dinner is still under $5. Vegans & vegetarians can take their non-v friends without guilt. Both food and service are unpretentious and inviting. It's clean & professional. We think it's even improved over the years.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/09/2009
Dojo is wonderful if you are a starving student (one whose money is being sucked away by NYU). Seriously, you have to be a dufus to go here expecting anything fancy. But, in comparison to the other restaurants around this area you are not going to find more bang for your buck.
Posted by anonymous on 09/07/2009
I can't understand all of the negative reviews! I am not sure how "special" people want to be treated when they go out, or why they come to NYC if they don't like young people (especially since Dojo is so close to NYU), but it would be just fine if they stayed home. I have been going to Dojo for 13 years and it is consistently a great place to find healthful options at very low prices--for anywhere! If the prices have gone up at all it has been minimal, and yes all prices must go up, especially in NYC. I have never waited more than five minutes for my food, and the staff has never been less than professional (but they are usually friendly, especially if you sit at the bar). Maybe I have low expectations, but fast, good food for under ten dollars is good enough for me!
Posted by dojo fan on 08/28/2009
Surpised at negative reviews. I've been going for years. There are plenty of choices for vegetarians, vegans and carnivores--all yummy. The service is often indifferent, but the food and the price certainly make up for it. I wish I could eat there every day.
Posted by nyceater on 05/16/2009
Dojo's used to be good- I used to go there all the time for their soy burger dinner, but they must have had some change in management b/c now they've raised the prices- which I don't mind, they were so low anyways- but now the portions are smaller and greasy. Too bad, they used to be pretty good. Now the only good thing there is the carrot-tahini dressing.
Posted by Wine in the afternoon on 04/13/2009
I hadn't been to DOJO's in years, and was excited to stop in for a bite and a glass of wine after a long day. My first impression was that in my early 30s (not necessarily that old, right?) I was about a decade too old for this place, as everyone looked about as mature as my four year old nephew, and not much older at that (20 yrs old at most!). But no matter, I averted to young punks staring me down, (I later heard on whisper to his friend, "she's hot" so I chalked it up to being too old to remember what a "scene" these young places can be--esp. for a reasonably attractive woman choosing to grab a bite alone). But----then the wait service happened--how depressing! I sat down and look at the menu then put it down. At least 10 minutes passed and not a person in sight. I called my husband to pass the time and chatted for exactly 1 minute--then waited again for an additional 5 minutes. No one in site. I finally caught a waitresses eye and gave her a friendly wave. She returned a confused deadpan stare---no joke. Then I asked (across the room--and I'm a painfully shy person too!) "Can someone please take my order." She came over looking very put out, so it occurred to me that maybe the problem was me--perhaps the restaurant was a serve yourself place--where I was supposed to tell the bartender or something. I asked her, and she said no, she was a waitress but that I had been talking on the phone the whole time. Not true, and I told her having waited tables myself she would do well to not blame the customer--but I tried to make the best of it and cheerily order a glass of wine and a salad. Well the salad is still delicious and fresh at Dojos--but the wine tasted like 409. I asked a different waitress to take it off the bill since it tasted terrible. Perhaps out of awkwardness I mentioned that original waitress and I hadn't got on too well and that I was a little concerned. I wince now thinking how bad tempered I was, and I take responsibility for my own grouchy behavior, however, this place certainly brought it out of me! I won't be back there it left a bad taste in my mouth!
Posted by Linero on 02/01/2009
Somethings gone wrong at Dojo. It used to have a fresh feeling with the food and polite, but slow service. The prices were and are very low, but now the food is greasy and dry and the service has gone from slow to rude. A waitress told me off yesterday when I asked her about my cappuccino that had been sitting on the bar for 5 minutes. And along with that, the bathroom was very unpleasant. Not going there anymore.