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Posted by M. on 12/30/2010
I write reviews when I am very happy or very disappointed with the restaurant. Unfortunately, Estihana falls in the latter category. My husband and I ate there on a Tuesday night. There were a few other couples seated, and plenty of empty tables. The waiter seated us directly behind another couple, and when I asked if we could sit at a different table, he said no, because a party of 4 might come in (there were several other tables for parties of 4). I then requested to sit at a different table for 2 so that we weren't effectively on a double-date with this other couple, and the waiter reluctantly agreed. I found that to be unnecessarily difficult and indicated that they aren't particularly interested in customer service. My husband's cooked dish was served about 10 minutes before the first of my two sushi rolls were brought to the table, despite the fact that the place was relatively empty. I had watched the sushi chefs stand around, and they basically didn't start making my rolls until my husband's food was served. As we stared at our food, we both felt that we had received the old bait and switch. My sushi rolls were fairly tasteless; the rice was dried out, and there was barely any fish inside them. They definitely did not live up to the description in the menu. I actually asked if they had brought me the wrong one, and our waiter just shook his head and showed me the menu again. I was baffled. My husband had ordered the garlic steak after asking the waiter two questions: 1) Can the steak be cooked medium rare? and 2) Do you recommend the dish? The waiter had answered yes to both questions. Lies. Not only was the steak very well-done, but as we cut it up, we realized it is the cheapest cut of meat we have ever been served in a restaurant. Most butchers wouldn't even try to sell this as a steak. It was essentially a large piece of stew beef. Did they think they could trick us by covering it in sauce? At the end of the meal, my husband joked that even if we received a full refund, we would still feel ripped off. We don't plan on eating here ever again.
Posted by anonymous on 12/19/2010
Estihana is not bad. The food is edible as the other reviewer wrote. But the food is not good; not in any way shape or form unless all you order is the crispy beef. The problem is that unlike other kosher chinese restaurants that try to be authentic, see WigWam in Long Island, Eshithana just throws some brown salty sauce on some overly chewy beef and calls it "lo mein" or "chi chi beef." Basically every single dish, looks, tastes, and smells the same. We really deserve better on the upper west side. Prime Ko may be overly expensive, but at least they make an effort.
Posted by Shimbo on 12/09/2010
Great place! Almost every woman who walk in there orders the "Crispy Chiken." It's awesome! Cool sushi rolls, too
Posted by big fan on 12/01/2010
wow just doesn't cover it! what a great experience. we need this in teaneck. where have I been all these years. crispy beef my favorite, the sushi was excellent and the kids loved the aquarium!
Posted by anon on 07/12/2010
In immediate response to the review below, this is a kosher restaurant that is why and should be no shellfish. That being said the sushi is a little better than decent and certain Chinese dishes are enjoyable for kosher chinese. Id stick with the Sushi. Thank G-d this restaurant exists because it fills a gap in the kosher market. The service is quite good.
Posted by UWSgirl on 06/13/2010
the title says it all. overpriced and not enough shellfish on the menu. yuck.
Posted by NatashaD on 09/08/2009
Previous reviews depict Estihana as a terrible, tasteless, almost offensive eatery. I did not find it to be as such. I do, however, think a diner should be fully aware of what to expect. If you do not keep Kosher, Esithana is not the place a true sushi lover should seek. While the food is edible, at some points even tasty, the feeling I got was inauthentic. When you read "spicy crunchy tuna" on the menu, one expects tempura flakes, not Rice Crispies (yes, the cereal) in their roll. Would I go back? Being a tried and true Japanese food lover, probably not. If I kept Kosher, I would consider. As for the decor and service, nothing to write home about.