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Posted by R.F. on 12/03/2014
Cross this off the list. We came here to have a special dinner, and wanted to try this place a while. Kept reading how expensive it was but that the food was worth it. The place is small, simple and soothingly quiet. Not hard to get a reservation or a walk-in table. However here, the menu is not detailed and is confusing. Unless you are a regular, you are unsure what is appetizer-sized or not. The waitress, who spoke little English were terrible at explaining what was the right size for each order. My husband clearly asked if the the scallops could be an entree said yes but after ordering turned around and said, "oh, that is what you want? It's just 2 pieces." She could not describe anything to us well, and no other staff came to help her. We had the corn tempura, which was bland. And the cold Bluefin tuna seemed overcooked. I ordered the sea bass and it was good, though a bit undercooked. The special rice was very salty. My husband treated himself to the Wegu steak, which he said was tender and delicious. But at $15 an ounce, one would hope so. We did not stay for dessert. Some may say that we just don't know real Japanese food and/or don't like it when people cannot speak English--neither is true. We have had authentic Japanese food before, not just sushi and have liked it a lot. But for those not exactly thorough in it, this restaurant should be prepared to explain to customers what their menu is, and how to order. Their food and prices are high-end; they should treat their establishment as such.
Posted by disappointed on 01/28/2012
While the food here is pretty good, I think it is way overpriced. One can do much better in New York City. The atmosphere and service were ok. I can see how some people would find it quaint and homey but personally I found it pretty cramped.
Posted by Marissa on 04/23/2010
This place is a real treat! Very romantic. Only a few tables. You are best off making a reservation. I believe they fly their fish in fresh from Japan. They serve everyone at once it seemed, so if you sit down early you may wait longer. The corn fritters (as I call them) were amazing. Also the tofu appetizer was just great. This is real quality and a real gem. My only complaint is that the servings are very small. Don't miss this place.