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Posted by marzi on 04/09/2013
The miso soup was like tasteless water and the gyoza were hard and lacking ginger and scallions, etc. Sauce had no real roasted sesame oil. Best to go elsewhere now. The owner should consider bringing back a real trained chef to supervise at least and taste things.
Posted by ray b. on 03/17/2013
We had wonderful service. Miso ramen was awesome curry ramen ok but not as good as the miso. The curry was overpowering
Posted by Todd on 09/24/2012
This was my first time in Sapporo. The food was OK, although the noodle soup wasn't deep enough compared to other Japanese ramen places. After I paid for the food including >15% tips on the food price, they told us it was not enough. Living in the US for >4 years, visiting NYC a few times a month, I was never asked for "more" tips. How come they can decide how much tips customers pay? I'll never visit here.
Posted by RJNYC on 09/06/2012
Been going to Sapporo for many years. It has really gone down in terms of service, food, and vibe. No more chicken teriyaki on the menu....ok....different soups.....ok....poor service.....not ok. I asked for no rice with my meal and some extra cabbage slaw which they give for free. I was told no substitutions. Ridiculous. The waiter was uncaring and arrogant. After twenty years.. no more Sapporo for me. There are better places with good food and good price. I am sad to say... avoid this place.
Posted by Michael Mao on 09/05/2012
I used to go there for a taste of Japan. I went just now (about 2pm NYC workday) The crowd has thinned out, and the service by sweet young ladies is a pleasant change. However, I could not recognize the food. I ordered the usual Miso Ramen. It came lukewarm and so full of garlic that I left most of the broth behind. I would take any rudeness (Sapporo is not your genteel area of Japan; It's rough and tumble) to get the food one used to get here. There was a guy who used to call out all the orders to the cooks. He is gone. It is fine to use cooks to cook Japanese food who are not Japanese, but someone there has to taste it occasionally to make sure it tastes Japanese. I have had Japanese food all my life in NYC and over 30 trips of varying lengths to Japan. This is not worth your money, and if you find the soup cold you should return it and ask for piping hot. There is another noodle shop in this area which is holding on. So I'll go there instead.
Posted by Andrew on 08/24/2012
Food was decent. Waiter told us after the meal that it was a mandatory 18% tip (we had already tipped 16% for our party of 3 and they wanted us to make up the difference). Sounds ridiculous to me and certainly wasn't mentioned on menu. What kind of restaurant does this?
Posted by Atomox on 08/21/2011
In response to Phanatic's review, if you've heard that this has the best ramen in the city, you're looking to the wrong location. While this is the same restaurant, it is not all the same food. My friends and I all *love* Sapporo for their Sapporo Special Ramen. I found the one on 49th years before I ate at the original, and loved it already. However, we had the Sapporo Special Ramen back to back, the first night here, and the second at Sapporo East (on the corner of 10th and 1st). The ramen on 49th was missing several of the ingredients that make the Sapporo East Ramen so heralded. If you're new to ramen, try this place. You'll love it. If you have a more refined pallet, or if you want sushi with your meal, go to Sapporo East. Don't go to either of these for the atmosphere or service. You'll leave disappointed. Remember, you're here for the food.