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Noodle Cafe Zen
Posted by antonia on 12/06/2011
I have been coming here for years -- it's my favorite sushi place in the city. Yes, service might be slow at times and the place might not display the atmosphere to take someone on a first date -- but the fresh ingredients and incredible taste make up for it anytime. Sushi is 50% off if you order more than $16 per person.
Posted by nakai on 10/22/2011
Service could be better. everyone had a frown on their face. chasiu ramen was too salty and the noodle was kinda hard. the pork in the ramen was ok. almost slipped going down the stairs to the bathroom. be extra careful!
Posted by NY on 09/28/2010
Very reasonable prices for decent Japanese food. Shumai weren't the best I've had, but were pretty good. Everything was fresh. Prices were affordable and make this place worth checking out.
Posted by sushi lover on 10/30/2009
Ever since I came to Zen 5 years ago, I could not stop coming! They really do have not only great tasting sushi, but also the best value--all sushi is 50% off daily. I've tried multiple rolls on their menu, but my FAVORITES (I order these every time I go!) are the Titanic and Philadelphia roll. I highly recommend them (they are on the "POP CREATIONS" menu). The ingredients are always fresh and full of flavor. I have never been disappointed! Service can be slow for dinner (it can get crowded on weekdays) but I've found that the best time to go is on a Saturday for lunch. At that time, service is always fast and there aren't as many people. In terms of appearance, it really is a hole in a wall that is most frequented by locals, but if you are looking for great sushi without emptying your wallet, this is the place to be. I have sworn off going to all other sushi spots!
Posted by Natasha on 09/09/2009
Good sushi for the value. Should be noted there is a $20 minimum for pick-up and delivery which means you have to order a lot of stuff to reach the minimum!
Posted by zerelda1983 on 02/23/2008
and want to eat a lot of it without going broke, definitely go to Zen. I go at least once a week, and would have gone more if I have time/live in the area. The half-price sushi is one of the best deals I've found in the city, considering the quantity and the quality. I recommend the titanic rolls. Their entrees are also very nice, reasonably priced. Of course they are not the best out there, but could possibly be the best out there at this price. I recommend the spicy ramen. Could be cramped since they are so popular, and the wait can be long at peak hours (weekend evenings), but I think it's worth the wait. I see other people complaining about the service - I think the service is fine if you don't expect that of a 5-star restaurant. They are efficient, not super friendly but I like it because they don't bother me. Food is pretty fast when not crowded, ok during peak hours. Bottom line is: try their half-price sushi, you will keep coming back for more.
Posted by Dael on 01/18/2008
I went to school in the area so I ended up coming here a lot. The food quality is excellent for the price. My favorite roll is the Titanic roll (a spicy tuna roll with salmon and avocado on the outside with a sweet soy sauce). It is absolutely delicious, and you cannot beat the 50[%] off sushi. Like people have stated the service is not the best (but come on, what did you expect from a half price sushi place? Be realistic. If you want service spend 250 and go to Per Se) There is also a garden in the back which they open up in the summer months. You'd be really hard pressed for service there, but its nice when you have time to kill and want to eat/hang out in peace. The decor is not the best ... but who really looks at decor on St. Marks? This place can get really packed on weekends, so I recommend an off day or hour if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle. Zen is a great little place. I've got my friends to love it too. Even though I don't live in that area anymore I make trips back to it just for Zen. Sometimes you just want that cheap sushi : )