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Ninja New York
Posted by Anonymous on 10/02/2008
The atmosphere was pretty cool...each table gets their individual room. The food was subpar and extremely overpriced. I paid $26 for the smallest piece of salmon I've ever seen...and it didn't taste good either. My friend got a $13 salad with some iceberg lettuce and a piece of tofu. At the end, a magician came by and was very entertaining. I won't be back...not worth trying again, or even for the first time!
Posted by Anonymous on 09/11/2008
The food is generally OK. It's overpriced and you can most likely find better somewhere else. My biggest gripe was with the magic performance, which consisted of cheap card and coin tricks that you can see out in the streets for free. Card and coin tricks, for a ninja...
Posted by MD on 08/30/2008
Just returned from Ninja with a group of 7 people. Atmosphere was awesome! Thats probably the only good thing about this place. I have had better sushi from the local sushi place around the corner. The price is extremely high for the quality of food. The service was nothing to brag about either. The only reason I would return was because I received a 20 gift card as a surprise in my miso soup.
Posted by Michelle M on 08/20/2008
For an NYC restaurant, the food is really below par. The atmosphere and service is a great as a one-time gimmick, but there is no reason to ever go twice...and don't bother ordering food because it sounds good...every dish we tried was a disappointment and we purposely ordered all the dishes that they are "known for" as well as their most expensive options. I don't think i've ever had NYC food this bad.
Posted by Jzikky on 08/11/2008
Try this place. It's worth it if you've never lavished yourself in a stellar ambience at the expense of $100 per person for food that is only grades a B. In form it's fine dining, though predicated on Asian stereotypes. I highly reccommend it if you're wining & dining tourist-clients on the company expense account. When it's not my money, this place is great. For my money, it was great once, but probably never again.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/28/2008
The atmosphere is pretty cool, and you feel like you are in a castle...but the ninjas did not do much. All they did was scream the ninja fighting noise once or twice to scare us. I expected them to do cool ninja moves, but we never saw this. All the staff are dressed as Ninjas, but that is as far as they go. One Ninja did come in to do "Magic Tricks" which are done by the clowns at a Child's Birthday party. Now the food, yes it is expensive for the small portions, do not be surprise. So I just ordered the basic japanese food to play it safe, and I didn't like my salmon, but the teriyaki chicken was good. Mostly everyone agreed that the food was OKAY, but not the best in taste, although the presentation of it was elegant. The staff did do their best to accomodate our big party, they did a mistake with our reservation and had us waiting for about 1/2 hour therefore the drinks were on the house, which was nice of them. All in all, the staff was attentive, the food expensive, nice atmosphere, but the ninjas were lacking the moves! I think a hibachi chef does cooler moves than these ninjas! I wouldn't recommend it, unless they change the acts.
Posted by Equinox on 07/08/2008
Ninja is not your ordinary restaurant. It's entrance is seemingly nonexistent, the only thing at the entrance is an elevator and a member of staff early waiting to take you to your seats. The elevator is dimly lit as it takes you several feet below the ground. You're given two options, be seated right away, or take the long winding and extremely dark passageway to your seats. We happily took the long route, it was as if it were a scary movie. Shortly afterward we were seated at our square table with our party of eight and given our drink menus. Prices were 10/12 dollars for each cocktail and several other options were higher priced. The cocktail i had was a particularly new one and recommend people try the cocktails, there's something interesting for everyone. The food menu came afterward. There are several meal "combos" so to speak, each of them varying in price from 50$ to 130$ if i recall correctly, each offering a four course variety and an option to pick what you would like from each of the four courses. For picky eaters, they also have an individual menu and ordering from it will most likely be more pricey, but the option is always available. The food was good, though not worth the extremely high prices you pay for it. Our waiter dropped a cocktail on our table, and i just "ninja'ed" out of the way before i got soaked in it. All in all it is a really nice atmosphere different from many restaurants, mostly dark and all black. Periodically a staff member would come and sneak up on you to give you a scare so be warned, they do it in good fun. Give it a whirl if you have a disposable income and want to get a taste of the japanese atmosphere.