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East Japanese Restaurant
Posted by waterside on 11/08/2014
I used to go there frequently for lunch. Although the service was often just OK, the food was usually fairly good for the price and I felt like a regular. It turns out that there is no loyalty for regulars at the restaurant. Once when I was there I was seated near the kitchen and the smell of bleach from the sink was so strong I couldn't enjoy my meal. So on a recent occasion, when there were several empty seats at the counter and I was led by a waiter to the seat next to the kitchen, I requested to be seated elsewhere. No, it can't be done, he said, so I left. This man, who was always somewhat sullen, had waited on me several times and I always left him a 18% to 20% tip. His refusal to let me sit somewhere besides next to the bleach was insulting and baffling. Although I will miss my cheap lunches, I won't miss the lousy service.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/14/2011
I go here often with lots of friends. It's a really fun place, the sushi is good at a great price. Karaoke bar upstairs with private rooms. It's really fun with a bunch of friends without having to spend a lot. Love the conveyer belt and the sweets after the sushi. Very friendly staff, overall I think it's a great deal, sushi is good, atmosphere is good. <3
Posted by Kat on 03/21/2011
Cheap sushi isn't that bad. I've had better yes but certainly not at that price. It was fun. I've also had worse at what was suppose to be an upscale Japanese restaurant and very expensive. I'd keep going back to this place. The service is good, everyone is very friendly. I can't speak for the other dishes, I only have the sushi when I go there. I get full on maybe 7-10 plates.
Posted by anonymous on 02/26/2010
This is a classic tale: You get what you pay for. I ordered delivery after a long flight and no food in the house. Big mistake ordering from here. The fish was not fresh, was old, and was of poor quality to begin with. The place is inexpensive, but I'd rather eat another type of food than eat poor quality sushi. I do not recommend!
Posted by Dawn on 07/20/2009
My fiance and I ate for the first time at East Japanese Restaurant and absolutely loved it! The sushi was extremely fresh, very tasty, and we loved the diversity of the conveyor belt. It is the best way to taste a lot of different rolls at a very reasonable price. I highly recommend if you are in the neighborhood to try it!
Posted by Limoncello on 02/06/2009
I've never ordered kitchen food from here besides gyoza but my friends weren't big fans. We're crazy about this place for sushi though. Sit by the counter and order from chef or staff to ensure the freshest taste possible. By no mean is this the best sushi in New York but it's affordable enough that you can experiment without a big dent in your wallet. I once took a sushi novice who never had anything beyond deli california roll and we had a blast. At the end of the night he was chomping away on sea urchin and giant clams! The place is reasonably-priced and just simply fun. Stay away from kitchen entree though. And the other reviewers are right, nicest hostess ever!
Posted by LoveSushi! on 01/07/2009
I love this place! They did up their prices slightly but then again tell me who hasn't lately? Sitting in front of the conveyor belt is a novelty, and if you don't see what you want, you can simply order it from the very friendly and fast waiters or waitresses. I love when they scream "Irashymase!" (I may not have spelled that right) when you come in every time! Overall, a fun dining experience. Great when you're alone, too, because you can sit at the counter and just munch away.