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Posted by ki-lo on 12/29/2012
my friend suggested a long awaited meal together@Tobukei86. i had other options to suggest in the neighborhood, but she was giving this as a xmas gift, so i let her call it. the only reason i gave 4.5 for food was that the sashimi was good, not great. but what was amazing is the atmosphere. it's becoming harder to find a lovely place to enjoy good food w/o the noise factor. my friend told me the owner had been here 30 years & it shows. the staff was extremely competent & happy! (it must be a great place to work). being able to carry on a conversation w/o overt noise is key for me. and to find it on a friday night busy but not crazy was interesting. even tho i live in hell's kitchen, i will be back. very soon:) ps: vegan options!
Posted by anonymous on 03/03/2012
This is the only place I take my parents when they visit me. There are numerous sushi/Japanese restaurants in this neighborhood, but this is one of the few authentic places. If you're looking for real Japanese food, go to this restaurant!
Posted by Carol on 10/27/2011
I have been going to this place since the 80"s. I know there are newer ones around but this one has never let me down. Definitely ask for recommendations, sometimes they have fresh red snapper which is delicious. Their salad dressing is killer. I usually have an appetizer and then go for the sushi and sashimi.
Posted by chesmi on 06/27/2010
Live around the corner from this place and for the first time in 16 years decided to order. I ordered the Chirashi and there was a huge scale along with my fish, yuk! Not a lot of variety in the chirashi and the quality not great. Will not be going back.
Posted by Love2eat on 05/03/2010
Excellent delivery, and I love hove the guy over the phone was like 'the chef recommends this to go with that dish'. Try the specials.
Posted by citykid2 on 04/21/2010
This place is great! Anyone who has any qualms hasn't really tried to authentic food Tokubei has to offer. I eat here regularly and the best thing to do is ask the barman for recommendations or just ask the chef/owner. They have fresh seafood dishes all the time that are not on the menu, which in my opinion, is the way to go. Great atmosphere on a Friday night and you get to know some of the cool regulars.
Posted by Gastronomicon on 01/25/2009
I've lived in the area for 25 years and show up here at least once every two months but sometimes more often. It has consistently good sushi and sashimi and the cooked food is pretty good although I've not gone through the entire menu of cooked food. I especially like the Hamachi, Toro, White Toro, Saba, Tokubei roll, Ikura with Shiso leaf, Uni (with raw quail egg) and eel-avocado-cucumber rolls. I've also had the Negimaki on occasion and it has always come out perfectly-sized so I don't know what Anonymous is yapping about (writing a review when you know nothing about the cuisine is not a review unless the waitstaff or chef were unkind to you). The other cooked food I especially like is the Sauteed Conch, Tatsuta-Age, Katsu Don, Unagi Don and Sukiyaki. Chef Hiro is always a delight to order from at the sushi counter and he does a lot of the cooked food, too.