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Posted by anonymous on 06/15/2010
I walked into an asian themed restaurant thinking it would be a fun night, but I walked out in the middle of a terrible meal. I have NEVER walked out of a restaurant before. Sushi is a very easy thing to screw up, and this place did it. Between the Pop Rocks (yes, the candy) in my sushi, the taste of the old, minuscule, sashimi valued at $25 and the slow service, my hopes for an fun night was quickly destroyed, and I am telling all of my friends to never go there. Also, the presentation of the food is very, very cheesy, to the point of lame. Several menu items are starred, noting that a "special presentation" comes with it. Caesar salad: the customer takes a chopstick, and pokes it in the crouton covering the entire bowl, eventually causing the crouton pieces to fall in the bowl. LAME. Guys, just save your time and stay home or order from a local place with better fish.
Posted by Zach on 02/01/2010
Ninja new York is wonderful there is awsome suprises and I'm a kid take it from me but watch ninja's scare you almost everywhere
Posted by anonymous on 12/06/2009
I have never written a review on menupages but read them quite often. I made a huge mistake by taking 2 friends here for a birthday dinner. It was expensive and not worth it at all. There was only one dish out of many many we ordered that was even remotely decent. I was kind of humiliated thinking that we were going to get a good dinner with an "experience." The ninja special effects were embarrassing. At one point in the meal one of the "ninja" waiters threw a metal ninja star on the table but actually missed and hit a water glass by accident, it exploded everywhere. That was probably the most entertaining and exciting part of the meal. The waiters I found were actually relatively nice but everything else was so dreadful. The place looks like a rundown Disney ride from 1985. Would never go back. I had been suggested to go by an acquaintance because it was supposed to be fun and over the top, but found it to be anything but. It may have been a few years ago, but they obviously can't keep it up on an ambiance or food level by any means.
Posted by iv445 on 11/15/2009
Ridiculous that in today’s economy, a restaurant completely does not give a damn about customer service. Just got back home, extremely disappointed, after wasting an hour in dealing with a rude and disrespectful staff. Decided to take our five year old to a “cool themed restaurant,” have never been here before and needless to say would never attempt to go back. Expected a nice atmosphere for a family Sunday night out. Called the restaurant, before driving down from the Upper West Side, the receptionist stated that the restaurant opens 5:45, she “checked” the reservations list and said to just walk in. After parking the car, waited in a disorderly line outside for 20min, the extremely rude hostess said no reservation just wait on the side, after 10 more minutes on the side line, she stated that no tables are available until 8:30pm (leaving us with a more than 2 hr wait,) offensively we where asked “will you wait or not?” After leaving, called the restaurant the receptionist unapologetically stated that there are no tables until 8:30, after speaking to the manager, who frankly did not seem to give a damn, the same statement was repeated. In total 1 hour wasted, extremely disappointed that such a restaurant is still open.
Posted by Steve K88 on 11/09/2009
I work in Sales and dine out frequently with clients. I would say I probably do 80-100 dinners a year. This place was one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had. I was almost embarassed for my clients afterwards. The Short Rib was all fat and the sushi was sub par at best. DO yourself a favor and stay away from Ninja NY.
Posted by Renee on 07/06/2009
My mom and I were trying to find something to do while we were in NYC and I remembered reading about this place way back when it first opened and we decided to go. The online reservation site said it was booked, but when we called the hostess managed to accommodate us as we were only a party of two. The atmosphere was scary (to us at least), and very much like a "ninja castle". Our waitress was very prompt and we were constantly attended to by numerous staff members. Our waitress was Japanese, and was very eager to help me with my own Japanese. The food isn't amazing, and there was far too much for either my mom or myself to finish, but the presentation is really what you're paying for, and all the dishes we had were BEAUTIFUL and at least on par with any chain restaurant. The only part we didn't like was the "magician" who solicited our table and even messed up on his magic trick. Other than that it was fun! I would actually recommend coming here with children, as it's about the same price as some Broadway tickets and is something they'll have a lot of fun with (the waitstaff seems to like children too). Overall a great place to spend an evening out.
Posted by anonymous on 05/30/2009
My fiance took me to Ninja for my birthday and we enjoyed our night. I've read a lot of reviews talking about the quality of the food and sometimes poor service but we actually enjoyed everything. I loved our own little dining room. The food actually came pretty quick, I thought we would be waiting for a while but nope everything came at a good speed. Yes the "ninja" walking around doing cards tricks was not the best, but it was good entertainment while we waited for our food. We had the Batoo Jatsu for an appetizer, it was actually good. I don't really like roasted duck but it was flavorful; even my fiance ate it and he does not like trying new things. We also had a small sake tasting; we've never had sake before. I liked the Diamond Dust sake (it was very light) but my fiance liked the Kirigakure Saizou; it was more "manly." I had California rolls for my entree, I fill up pretty fast so I wanted to have a small dish. There was nothing special about them. My fiance had the Bonfire, which was lamb. It was a little too rare for me but it tasted good. I wasn't too crazy about the sauce they used; it had too much vodka in it. The potato and cauliflower gratin served with it was good, didn't really notice the cauliflower in it. We had the Ninja Star for a dessert; it was delicious. The "magic" to it was a little cheesy but the cake was great. Overall, I think it is nice to visit a restaurant like this for the experience. We live in New York and we should enjoy all the different types of restaurants in the city.