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Posted by MJ Loesser on 12/03/2005
I arrived at Haru GP last night at around 9pm without a reservation. We were given a very reasonable wait time and had a drink at the upstairs bar. According to our request, we were seated at a quiet table in the back of the restaurant. The king crab dumplings are terrific. We also had the sea bass and a sushi entree. Delicious. The staff is very friendly and I love the decor. - very modern and artsy. I will definitely go back, and next time I'll even make reservations!
Posted by Sebastian on 11/13/2005
I saw the menu for Haru, the food/price, and was expecting a great restaurant/atmosphere. But it was less than impressive. The food and service followed suit. The food is over-priced. And I don't mind spending money for great food; I regularly go to some of the top Japanese restauarants in the city - Masa, Nobu, Bond St., Asia de Cuba, etc. All of these places are WELL worth going! The music at this Haru is loud as if it's a trendy dance club - and it's just not able to pull off what it's attempting. It comes across as a random neighborhood restaurant that is trying to be trendy in a neighborhood that can attract tourists.
Posted by M Robertson on 11/11/2005
I met two of my girlfriends here on Wednesday night and had a wonderful time! The staff is friendly, and we were sat quickly although it was very busy. The cocktails were great, I especially like the green tea margarita! Our food and sushi were excellent. Also, save room for dessert b/c the cheesecake tempura ends a great meal! I will definitely be going back!
Posted by Hermann Rove on 09/27/2005
Our dinner started out nicely the other night at this Haru near Union Square. The friendly service which became progressively less friendly and more hurried/pushy as we gradually 'overstayed our welcome.' Warning: if a menu selection is priced at "Market Price", beware: and make sure the ASK the price; the fatty tuna sashimi clocked in at a surprisingly whopping $10/piece [very delicious, I might add, and a small cut]. We enjoyed it, but were a little thrown off by the extra 20 bucks on our bill. We gently complained to the manager who graciously offered tea or coffee on the house as a consolation, also adding that it 'costs even more at other places.' But the bottom line is: if something is unusually expensive, the waitstaff really ought to inform the customer of the price--period. The space and decor are intriguing and interesting, if a bit cavernous and impersonal. Trendy/hip seems to be put ahead of warm/inviting. But the worst part was the music: it is not good, and it's too loud--don't go to Haru if you want inviting atmosphere and romantic or intimate conversation--the nerve-grating, soulless 'techno' or whatever it is was mostly very irritating. I asked the waiter if it could be turned down just a bit--his answer was that it was "part of the design" and that the manager probably wouldn't agree to that.
Posted by hot stuff on 08/02/2005
I had the best time the other night at haru, the people that go are super trendy and the food is great, the manager was so hot and nice, definitely i will go back to see him and enjoy the best sushi @ union sq.
Posted by murray hiller on 07/21/2005
Better than your typical Japanese place - I love meeting friends here and I haven't found anything on the menu that I don't like. My friend loves the steak salad appetizer - I like the chicken terriyaki and the vegetable sushi. Great date place or friend dinner place.
Posted by Toddo-san on 05/30/2005
I visited this place with my friends the other night, sushi and hot food are awesome, the atmosphere is excellent and the service friendly and quick. It has some minor flaws but I think it's because they just opened. Keep up the good work! PD: The cheesecake tempura is a must try!! it's extremely good.