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Posted by anonymous on 09/08/2012
I started going to Shima about 8 or 9 years ago and fell in love, their spicy mayo really makes any roll a treat. However, recently their service has declined as has their food quality. A lot of the great waitresses that had been there forever are gone, they are less accommodating. After years of delivery, the suddenly told me they wouldn't deliver to my address because it is "one block out of the delivery zone." I am really disappointed because they used to be so great. There is more authentic Japanese food in the area and they are much nicer. So sad, this really was my favorite. I probably went once a week. I will say, the lobster tail tempura roll is amazing.
Posted by Love Food on 06/10/2012
This is a great sushi place. The atmosphere is relaxing with music from different eras and genres. The service is just perfect. They have tables on the sidewalk where it is lovely to dine and get some natural vitamin D. I especially love their special daily menus, where I can try new food. I love their Lobster Tail Tempura Roll special, grilled whole squid with teriyaki sauce, Soft shell tempura too is awesome. I almost forgot their Ring Ring Ring. which is fried calamari with sauce on the side for just about 5 bucks. Their sushi are very fresh, served in the right temperature. I also believe they use better soy sauce (to my taste) than many other restaurant. Oh. they also have a variety of sakes, cant have sushi without sake. So much to say, highly recommended. Must go.
Posted by East Village Mom on 08/07/2011
We eat here at least once a week. My kids love the petite salmon teriyaki and tatsuta age (crispy boneless fried chicken). I love the ten zaru soba noodles with tempura . The noodles are served cold w/ sauce and it's a perfect meal in hot weather. The sushi is always fresh. The service is quick and friendly. The place is quiet and relaxing and the prices are quite reasonable.
Posted by Chelsea on 07/28/2011
Food was OK, but forgettable. I've had better Japanese in NYC. I didn't like their version carrot-ginger dressing. It tasted nutty like sesame. Shrimp shumai was a bit fishy. Sushi was ok, not amazing. Service was slow. Window seat was good for people watching. Not sure if I'd go back. There's better.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/06/2011
I love Shima! I have been going there for years now, sometimes with friends, sometimes on my own. Either way, it is such a comfortable place. The staff are all incredibly kind. I love the music that is played, low 1920's and 1930's ... so great, and such a nice change from all the super loud restaurants in the area.This is one of those places that you pray sticks around for a very, very long time. And of course the food is great! I highly recommend this restaurant.
Posted by officersanta on 04/02/2011
My girlfriend and I have been coming to Shima for two years now and have never been disappointed. That's more than I can say for a lot of restaurants. My girlfriend loves the gyoza, sushi is fantastic, a bottle of sauvignon blanc makes it a real treat. Atmosphere is sparse, definitely not a snazzy place. The service can be either great or sometimes a little rushed, but never slow. If what you really care about is consistently great food at a good price then this will probably become your place too.
Posted by Brian Caulfield on 07/05/2010
One thing I hate about eating out in NYC is the number of ethnic restaurants that are operated by a different ethnicity who do not know what they are doing, like Mexican places operated by Koreans. There is an awful lot of that with Japanese restaurants and with a few notable exceptions, they suck. Patrons want cheap Japanese food but there are not enough Japanese restauranteurs to fill the gap. So we get places like Shima. Their imitation Japanese food is mediocre, passable, but in this neighborhood there's no reason to settle. For a similar broad menu there's Kanoyama across the street and Hasaki and Natori a couple blocks away. Then there are the many specialists nearby like Soba-ya, Curry-ya, Otafuku, Taisho. Every one beats Shima. I cannot understand the glowing reviews. Generic sushi, dry teriyaki, frozen shumai that are not even Japanese style. This place belongs in a strip mall in New Jersey.