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Posted by anonymous on 02/15/2011
I took my friend visiting from Japan to Rosanjin for her birthday dinner. It was more for me than for her to take her to a restaurant billed as an authentic Japanese, because I wanted feel like I was eating in Japan with her. But to my surprise, my friend said the kaiseki course was supurb even by a native Japanese standard, and we both enjoyed the food and the ambience very mcuh. Especially the hot pot dish of balck pork belly a la mini shabu shabu and the tempura course presented in descret theater like lantern was something that made us to take our iphone out to take pics. We were treated like VVIP and left feeling absolutely content.
Posted by NY Foodie 72 on 02/15/2010
I ate at Rosanjin with my girlfriend for Valentine's Day because we live in Tribeca and I had read really good reviews about this place. Well, we were both very disappointed. First of all, the restaurant is very quiet and the tables are very close together so it was a bit awkward because you could hear exactly what the couples on either side of us were saying and everyone started speaking very quietly as though they were in a museum which was not ideal from an atmosphere perspective. They had a nice sake menu but no red wine...just a few bottles of weak white wine. They really should carry at least a few choices of red wine for those who don't like sake or white wine with dinner. We got the 7-course tasting menu ($120 / pp). To be honest, we were not impressed with any of the courses. They do have very nice presentation on all their dishes but that's where the compliments end. One of the 1st courses had a "seared" scallop which was way overcooked and a shrimp with some caviar on top which tasted dried out. I think the dish had been prepared well before we arrived. Another dish was grilled yellowtail which was OK tasting but a bit overcooked. And their tempura dish had eel and uni in an egg-roll type tempura which was greasy...neither one of us actually finished that course. The best dish all night was actually their fried rice. All-in it cost over $350 and we couldn't wait to get outta there. We won't be going back there again and would advise you spending $350 somewhere else.
Posted by Diner on 07/01/2008
For a special occasion dinner, this is a great place to be spoilt- take the chef's menu for 7 courses. The food is exquisitely prepared and served. Faultless attention from a kimono'd lady. Small portfions but after 7 courses you are certainly full. Not cheap. Felt like a private dinner as the restaurant was not full, did not affect the atmosphere as it is well-decorated and cozy. Highly recommended.
Posted by Tribeca Mom on 06/18/2008
I had the pleasure of dining here last night and I have to say it was one of the best dinners I have ever had. The room is beautiful and the service was impecable. My friend and I ordered a variety of dishes from the al a carte menu which is brand new and very exciting. This is not your everyday sushi place. This is authentic Japanese cuisine served by expert staff in a beautiful atmosphere. Over the course of 3.5 hours, we sampled, sesame tofu, tuna, sea urchin, abalone, salads, my favorite was the dourade. The desserts were homemade and even though we were completely full, we found room to sample the homemade pumkin and strawberry ice cream. I cannot say enough about this place except that I am looking forward to my next experience and bringing all of my friends.
Posted by Love Sushi on 03/24/2007
This restaurant serves good Omakase, tasting menu, which I enjoyed. The interior of the restaurant is also beautiful. There seem to be, however, no professional waiters or waitresses who have enough knowledge about alcohol. There is no wine list. This is disappointing for this price restaurant ($150 per person). Overall, I recommend this restaurant for those who want to try unique Japanese food. You should watch out one thing. This restaurant does not take walk-in, must make a reservation in a day advance although the restaurant seems not to be crowded most of the time.
Posted by sushi guide on 01/05/2007
this restaurant must have the most spectacularly beautiful take out, the bags are oragami, the chopsticks birch, the sushi comes in a disposable bento box and presented in a stunning way. But it tastes subpar. Way too much rice to fish ratio, fish if not bad but not special at all, nothing tasted alive or fresh. What a shame that such a restaurant cant use better ingredients. Staff are also poor. Trying to be fussy and self important, they have all sorts of rules " we dont take reservations on the same day of dining even if we have a free table" "you must pick your causes before arriving"....kind of pathetic to think treating customers with contempt is trendy or clever Go to other places hat have elegant presentation but the star is the fish- a restaurant is for eating!
Posted by Ines on 12/22/2006
Just had dinner at this small but exquisite restaurant. When I called to make a reservation, I was told to choose the course I want over the phone.....sounded a little annoying at first. But it was all worth it. According to the receptionist, they plan a course and order ingredients in accordance to each reservation. So... personal and special. The interior was beautiful, service was excellent, and the food was amazing. Each course was a delightful surprise. Highly recommend for those who are really serious about dining...