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Posted by Zeke on 02/01/2013
If you rate sushi based on the size of rolls then you have no idea what traditional Japanese food is about. The quality and variety of the fish at this restaurant is superb. This is authentic Japanese sushi, not a Chinese owned fake Japanese restaurant with patrons who only eat rolls and know of tuna and river eel. The service and food is truly excellent at Inase.
Posted by Alex on 06/16/2012
I have been going to this restaurant for the last 7 years. Consistent quality, authentic Japanese, and quiet space. Highly recommended. Inase is an authentic Japanese restaurant that deserves a recognition.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/11/2011
Don't understand the negative reviews. I started eating sushi before there were any sushi restaurants in New York (dating myself) while spending time in San Francisco where there was one of the earliest Japanese communities in the country. Inase's sushi is as good as almost any I've had anywhere. The fish is always fresh, and often fairly unique if you ask for something different, and their prices are fair - I live in Washington Heights and spend over $30 on round trip taxies weekly to eat there; that's how good I think it is. The owner is the sushi chef and comes from a family of sushi chefs. A good percentage of their customers are Japanese ( which seems to be the ultimate test) and once I saw Woody Allen and family eating there.
Posted by L on 06/26/2011
If a restaurant is hit or miss, it is not a good restaurant. "bad day", "good day"... when going to a good restaurant, the food should be consistently good... orrr it is not a good restaurant! This restaurant is not good. there are many great options on the UES... This one needs to improve the size of the rolls, and the quality of the fish (on a daily basis). I love sushi. I eat sushi 3 times a week, and I know a good roll. This place just doesn't cut it. And the service... not good at all!!
Posted by L on 11/27/2010
The sushi was not good. there was barely any fish in the roll. It did not taste good. I know good sushi, and this is not it. I have been to nearly every sushi restaurant on the upper east side.
Posted by Big Foodie on 10/24/2010
I went there on Saturday with a friend and ordered a few rolls, all of which were delicious! My friend got some sushi, which she wasnt thrilled about. The sashimi definitely looked better. The atmosphere was quaint- not a great first date place, but fine for dinner with friends or family. Lovely service and reasonably priced. I would definitely go back!
Posted by Christy on 10/17/2010
Inase is a true gem. The chef here is highly skilled and serves very high quality fish. The variety is also excellent as he gets both local and Japanese fish. Many obscure types to be had here. If you enjoy traditional sushi you will not be disappointed. Inase is a winner and the cooked dishes are good too. Their Sushi lunch special is a bargain considering the quality and variety of the fish. To the poster below who complained about the spicy rolls. True "sushi snobs" don't order spicy rolls as we know that no matter where you are getting them they are just scraps in hot sauce.