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Ninja New York
Posted by Jackson on 11/23/2005
OK, I'll admit ....we DID have a few of their (delicious yet overpriced) drinks so that may skew my review a little...but we had a blast. Sometimes when we go out it's not just to eat great food, but to have a unique and memorable dining experience. Ninja was exactly that. The whole staff was amazing and our server (Hawaiian?/philipina?) acted very Japanese and was adorable. She did some very cool magic/slight of hand and kept us entertained while showering us with respect. This is while we're in a cute little "house" (something out of an old rural Japanese village) surrounded by CAVES. Very cool. Between the service and the atmosphere I wouldn't have cared if they served us $50 Pizza. But actually the food was very good. A little pricey (but I guess some body's gotta pay for the cave). It wasn't the best Japanese fusion I've had but it was enjoyable and very well prepared. We ate from the tasting menus and ended up spending about $160 each with drinks. That is a little pricey but we were there about 3 hours so I look at it like - dinner & a show. Bottom Line- You have to try it at least once ( as long as you can afford it).
Posted by JN on 11/06/2005
Claustrophobic, and not worth the hype. I felt the quality and the price didn't equal out. The service was intolerable from the mix up of order to forgetting to bring something simple as a pepsi on two occasions. Waiters kept tripping up and fumbling with plates. One almost knocked over a painting serving us food. The dishes are gimmicky and the magic tricks are somewhat simple. It seemed that the waiters did not enjoy their job and openly showed it. The portions were miniscule. I ordered the steak and expected a large piece of meat but was greeted with 1/4 of the portion. The lobster was all shelll and hardly any meat. I gave it a chance and some of the rolls are definitely interesting. I enjoyed the purple rolls. But everyone in a party of 12 left the restaurant wishing that we went to someplace more worth it like Tao. If you want to experience something with the kids this is the place. But you'd better shell out a large chunk of dough and fight off that little voice in your head that tells you "You paid this much for this?" then hit up another cheaper restaurant.
Posted by CJ on 10/26/2005
Whether or not you'll like this place comes down to one thing... if you want cool atmosphere or if you want good food. This place reminded me of the MARS2112 gimmick. Recommended for families that are into the theme restaurants...not for people whose theme is excellent Japanese food.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/26/2005
While the atmosphere is amazing, the theatrics of the staff get stale pretty quick. The food is a mishmash of styles, with a consistent emphasis on attempted style over substance. The sushi is of poor quality and minimal quantity, and often inexplicably covered up, as the Spring Snow Roll, which has large glops cream cheese over a small portion of eel for now apparent reason. Obviously, the food is not supposed to be the main draw-- like Mars 2112 or Jekyll & Hyde, the "experience" is what's being sold, but it's too expensive (it's difficult to escape for less than $100 per person) and grating (the wait staff keep screaming the same phrases as they open and close the doors to your dining area) to merit consideration even for tourists. The food and poor service are more dangerous than the fake swords, and even if you survive through the meal, the check might kill you.
Skip the tasting menu, it's over priced and not for everyone's palate...instead go for some of the unique sushi offered like the Korean BBQ or Rainbow Roll - both are excellent, and follow that up with an entree (they are small but delicious and presented really nicely...the Wagyu steak is fantastic). Desserts are little works of art and should not be skipped! This restaurant is great for birthdays (they have extra surprises for the b-day girl/boy or special occasions. The tables are private and romantic....and this was a very unique dining experience...
Posted by Anonymous on 10/24/2005
The food and service are amazing.... some of the best sushi I have had in the city.... but forget the food you have to go for the atmoshpere... from the "ninja" staff, to the draw bridge to the path through the "cave" to the individual "dojo" like tables -lots of fun!