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Posted by upper east sider on 02/20/2013
It's not Sushi of Gari or any one of those type of restaurants. It's straight up classic sushi and consistent. I've tried the other sushi places nearby and this one is the best for the sushi and price. Once they get to know you, they treat you very well.
Posted by Lily W. on 12/29/2012
Something has happened to Ikeno Hana over the last year or two and it's not good. I have been eating here regularly for years and used to look forward to it but the food coming out of the kitchen is barely mediocre, the sushi is average, the dining room has grown dowdy, and the service is not up to standard. The staff seems miserable and are sometimes barely civil to diners even when it's half full. They take orders over the phone in the loudest possible manner and the owner or manager often has loud, unpleasant phone conversations for all to hear. It's really a shame that dining here has become so disappointing because I used to recommend this restaurant frequently; I believe it's still the only Japanese restaurant in that immediate area so the opportunity to capitalize on the location is there. Unless I hear about some changes in the wind, I will not be eating at Ikeno Hana in 2013.
Posted by Kate on 10/30/2011
Ikeno Hana has been my family's neighborhood go-to sushi joint for years. We eat there so much they have our orders memorized and when I call for delivery they say "OH HIIII!!!". Does the restaurant need a decoration upgrade? Yes, but since the green walls don't affect the quality of the food who cares. Is the food on the more expensive side? Yes, but it's sushi and cheap sushi probably would equal bad quality sushi. The staff there is SO nice and eager to please. I absolutely love the food here and have yet to eat something I'm disappointed with. My father is a tough man to please and he loves this place too. It's a great little hole-in-the-wall sushi joint, perfect for our neighborhood. It's not the kind of restaurant I would hop in a cab to get to but since it's fabulous and right across the street I'm happy.
Posted by Marc on 09/10/2008
The worn out carpet should have been the first sign. This place is in need of a facelift. There is nothing exciting exciting or new here. I have had better sushi from a grocery store. There are to many other Japanese restaurants to choose from. Pass on this one.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/14/2008
My husband and I are sushi lovers, so the first time we walked by this place, we noted the three seasoned Japanese sushi chefs and promised to come here one day. It's rare to find a sushi restaurant in NYC with old Japanese sushi chefs, and if you do, those places normally offer exceptional sushi. Here's another give away...not only if the are old and Japanese, but also prepare sushi with a rhythmic movement with their hands, then you know you find a gem. These are the authentic sushi chefs who had to wash/rinse/prepare the sushi rice for several years back in the days in Japan before they are even allowed to touch the fish. Anyhow, we finally made it here today and were impressed with the quality and service. We had the sushi/sashimi. The fish was fresh and the cut was perfect. The rice was perfectly seasoned for the nigiri. The nori was of the best quality. How can you tell? Because it smells "toasty" and has a subtle taste. Want to know something else? It has grilled eggplant with miso as an appetizer and not too many places offer this and it was yummy good. Even the green tea ice cream here is delicious, unlike at some places where it tastes more like vanilla ice cream. Overall, these people take their food seriously, and I know my sushi well. If you enjoy sushi, give this place a try and I'm not referring to california roll or some other silly philly or boston roll.
Posted by gourmet cook-impressed on 03/20/2007
I had the great pleasure of being invited here on March 3rd of 2007. I was overwhelmed by the array of great aromas...then I had the pleasure of being served with grace and consideration, tasted and savored great sushi and enjoyed my self implicitly. The miso soup was extraordinary, the sushi tasty and my experience sublime. I know there is a less happy review below but that was years ago and I wanted to share my very upbeat experience with the public. I was surprised by the modest pricing for such an uptown location. Glad I was there, will be there again very soon
Posted by Anonymous on 03/16/2007
My husband and I returned from living in Asia and were sorely disappointed by the NY sushi scene. Lots of hype and no substance. We tried all of the recomended spots, and were always disappointed. But this place is GREAT!! The value is unreal (get the sushi or sashimi for two - unreal amts), the quality is superb and the staff could not be better. We are absolute regulars!