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Posted by gordon g on 12/08/2011
i went having read it was the best sushi place in NYC; is not bad but is not the best and is over rated and expensive; Maria is fun (the only female and Latin sushi chef i have ever met!) but neither she nor her master and restaurant owner are the best
Posted by joan on 03/14/2011
Nothing in New York has ever come close to the quality and taste. It is expensive but worth the once-in-a-lifetime experience at the sushi bar. Toshi is a wizard and Maria is the sorcerer's apprentice.
Posted by ask123 on 07/14/2010
Yes, this is one of the most expensive sushi restaurants in NYC, but it's also one of the best (if not "the" best). It's simple, paired down and very traditional. You won't find ostentatious rolls with crunchy bits of this or spicy bits of that. There's none of that new-fangled stuff. But, if you're OK with that, you'll find the best sushi in the city at Karuma Zushi. It is amusing, though, to read some of the negative reviews here. Almost all of them demonstrate a clear mis-understanding of what a "traditional" sushi restaurant entails. Those who know better will be pleased with Karuma Zushi. The cuisine is old-school and pared-down. The menu offerings are diverse and the fish is insanely tender and fresh (at least, for seasonal items -- non-seasonal items are always frozen even at the nicest restaurants). You won't be disappointed by this place! Just don't forget the expense account! The prices are ridiculous, dare I say "over the top."
Posted by Scott on 11/10/2009
Tried Kuruma out for lunch after reading the glowing reviews. First of all, they immediately try to upsell you into the high priced lunch; no menu is presented and the sushi chef just looks at you with an expectant smile. That might be ok on an expense account, but for one guy having lunch at the sushi bar how about some options. After asking for the menu, you're handed the "a la carte" menu, again with all pricey stuff. It's only when you push for it that you get the regular menu. I ordered the sushi special lunch, which couldn't have been more average. Since I'd read about the sushi quality, I decided to give them another shot and ordered 4 pieces of the chef's choice, within reason! They pushed $20/piece toro on me before I established a $30 budget- of course, the 4 pieces turned out to cost exactly $30! And the "special" pieces were more of the same- fairly pedestrian stuff. Perhaps dinner is better; lunch would've been forgettable if not for the bill...
Posted by Sushi girl on 08/04/2009
The best sushi I have experienced in Manhattan so far. This place is NOT about being ostentatious or showy. If you are looking for a commercialized, overproduced sushi experience, you simply won't find it here. Pricey, but here in this case, you definitely get what you pay for. If you are into 'fluff' and are not seriously appreciative of great sushi, don't come here. If you are looking for the best sushi in Manhattan, then you just may be walking out with a big smile on your face...
Posted by Anonymous on 06/04/2009
The best sashimi and sushi bar none...including any other big name chef in NYC and LA or San Fran. I have only eaten omakase selections at the bar...never off the menu so I cannot comment on that...but if you want to splurge...the best selection of quality fish...from a sushi chef that actually listens to what tastes and textures you enjoy instead of offering what he thinks you should eat. Never thought I would say this, but the $625 we spent on lunch actually felt worth it.
Posted by Donovan on 05/29/2009
Easily one of the places in the city to get the best sushi. Despite the reviews, it is possible to enjoy Kuruma on a budget. I've also come here for dinner and gone a little more crazy then normal, and it was worth it. I come here regularly and the food is amazing. The sushi bar is my preference, but table service is excellent and relaxed. The hosts are wonderful and the service is perfect. Type of place you will find fresh homemade wasabi and Unagi sauce and none of the designer rolls.