Ushiwakamaru

★★★★★
  • 136 W Houston St

    New York, NY 10012

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  • 212-228-4181

About Ushiwakamaru

Hours
Mon-Sat 6-11:30 pm

Food

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The Japanese food might be good but the service when making a reservation is unfriendly and against handicapped people. When asking for a reservation for a person with wheelchair it was refused. A reservation for five person refused .

3
★★★★★

The Japanese food might be good but the service when making a reservation is unfriendly and against handicapped people. When asking for a reservation for a person with wheelchair it was refused. A reservation for five person refused .

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Well not quite, but definitely better value. Masa serves very expensive ingredients like truffles and caviar but still doesn't really justify price.

This is the only restaurant other than Masa that actually serves real omakase style

3
★★★★★

Well not quite, but definitely better value. Masa serves very expensive ingredients like truffles and caviar but still doesn't really justify price.

This is the only restaurant other than Masa that actually serves real omakase style

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everything is superlicious! call before if you like beef sushi.. they are gone fast!\r
shila abi and ikura are my favorites. chef Hideson rules! \r
ps: probably misspelled

3
★★★★★

everything is superlicious! call before if you like beef sushi.. they are gone fast!\r
shila abi and ikura are my favorites. chef Hideson rules! \r
ps: probably misspelled

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I've been here twice and both times the food was amazing! everything is consistently delicious and there's lots of veggie options. The wait staff is for the most part friendly and the atmosphere is fun!

2
★★★★☆

I've been here twice and both times the food was amazing! everything is consistently delicious and there's lots of veggie options. The wait staff is for the most part friendly and the atmosphere is fun!

Pros: staff,food

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Just sit at the bar and trust the chefs to surprise you with anything they recommend. If you are an open minded sushi eater you will not be disappointed. (this doesn't apply to california roll customers). Simply the best, I have never had a bad experience. Oh and of course, prepare to pay for it. Don't worry, it is worth it.

2
★★★★★

Just sit at the bar and trust the chefs to surprise you with anything they recommend. If you are an open minded sushi eater you will not be disappointed. (this doesn't apply to california roll customers). Simply the best, I have never had a bad experience. Oh and of course, prepare to pay for it. Don't worry, it is worth it.

Pros: fresh, great variety, excellent sake selection, nice neighborhood feel, Mr. Kuribara - my favorite sushi chef (and owner)

Cons: no cons whatsover

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I'd walked past the restaurant several times and noticed that it was always full of Japanese diners. So when Blue Ribbon Sushi told me I'd have to wait more than an hour, I decided that I'd give Ushiwakamaru a try.

The sushi was superb - only Sushi Yasuda has matched it for quality in the sushi places I've visited in NYC.
Furthermore, the service was top notch - run by Japanese for Japanese which shows in the quality.

The final bill was very reasonable. It was a touch higher than I had expected, but only because I decided to have a second round of sushi even though I was full - that's how good it was. Cheaper than Blue Ribbon, better service but slightly less hip perhaps.

My new regular sushi place in Soho.

2
★★★★★

I'd walked past the restaurant several times and noticed that it was always full of Japanese diners. So when Blue Ribbon Sushi told me I'd have to wait more than an hour, I decided that I'd give Ushiwakamaru a try.

The sushi was superb - only Sushi Yasuda has matched it for quality in the sushi places I've visited in NYC.
Furthermore, the service was top notch - run by Japanese for Japanese which shows in the quality.

The final bill was very reasonable. It was a touch higher than I had expected, but only because I decided to have a second round of sushi even though I was full - that's how good it was. Cheaper than Blue Ribbon, better service but slightly less hip perhaps.

My new regular sushi place in Soho.

Pros: Quality of food and service; reasonable price

Cons: None really - perhaps less trendy than competing restaurants but superior on quality (and price)

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Simply, Ushi is one of the handful of places in Manhattan that comes close to reminding my wife and I of what we sampled during our honeymoon in Japan. The chef is an artisan, and the offerings expansive. The generous Omakase is the way to go if you honestly relish the authentic, and to round out the experience snag a bar seat or two on an early weekday evening. Spicy-tuna/-roll fans, you have the rest of the City to explore; for the avid, there's always Ushi.

2
★★★★★

Simply, Ushi is one of the handful of places in Manhattan that comes close to reminding my wife and I of what we sampled during our honeymoon in Japan. The chef is an artisan, and the offerings expansive. The generous Omakase is the way to go if you honestly relish the authentic, and to round out the experience snag a bar seat or two on an early weekday evening. Spicy-tuna/-roll fans, you have the rest of the City to explore; for the avid, there's always Ushi.

Pros: Freshness, quality, unpretentious backdrop

Cons: the tiny coat-rack (obviously a stretch...)

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Being a very picky sushi eater I have to say that this place wins. If you like Tomoe, come here! The quality of the fish and the variety is superb. Don't come here if you are looking for a fancy joint with an "atmosphere". Come here if you have a genuine passion for Japanese Authentic cuisine.

2
★★★★★

Being a very picky sushi eater I have to say that this place wins. If you like Tomoe, come here! The quality of the fish and the variety is superb. Don't come here if you are looking for a fancy joint with an "atmosphere". Come here if you have a genuine passion for Japanese Authentic cuisine.

Pros: The food

Cons: the lack of ambiance is not always a "con"; can't make reservations

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If you want to enjoy authentic sushi, this is the place. Their omakase tasting course is amazing and perfect for those who are interested in trying a series of seafood appetizers. But you might be stuffed before you reach sushi that is served at the end of the course.

2
★★★★★

If you want to enjoy authentic sushi, this is the place. Their omakase tasting course is amazing and perfect for those who are interested in trying a series of seafood appetizers. But you might be stuffed before you reach sushi that is served at the end of the course.

Pros: Great Sushi

Cons: Small

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The sushi here is amazing!!! The sushi/sashimi combination has the best mix I have ever witnessed - needle fish, uni, toro, giant clam - not your standard fare of salmon, tuna, and yellowtail. The restaurant is casual, but your tastebuds will be in heaven.

2
★★★★★

The sushi here is amazing!!! The sushi/sashimi combination has the best mix I have ever witnessed - needle fish, uni, toro, giant clam - not your standard fare of salmon, tuna, and yellowtail. The restaurant is casual, but your tastebuds will be in heaven.

Pros: fresh, eclectic, delicious

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This sushi chef became famous in Cliffside Park, NJ and moved up by getting to open his place in NYC. Hideo is awesome, english not great but what skill. He prepares the most authentic dishes, I guess that's why the bar is usually filled with Japanese. The sushi is the freshest and hand picked by Hideo. You will eat sushi like you have never before, price is well woth every bite. For a real treat, ask Hideo to feed you what ever he wants, what an experience.

2
★★★★★

This sushi chef became famous in Cliffside Park, NJ and moved up by getting to open his place in NYC. Hideo is awesome, english not great but what skill. He prepares the most authentic dishes, I guess that's why the bar is usually filled with Japanese. The sushi is the freshest and hand picked by Hideo. You will eat sushi like you have never before, price is well woth every bite. For a real treat, ask Hideo to feed you what ever he wants, what an experience.

Pros: style, freshness, skill

Cons: none

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The sushi and sashimi here are excellent, and I have also had a number of very good to excellent cooked dishes. The quality of the fish is generally very high, the rice is exceptional, and the variety is mind-boggling. Even the most seasoned sushi eaters will find new and interesting items on this menu. The food here is on a level above all local competition (Blue Ribbon, Tomoe, Yama etc).

2
★★★★★

The sushi and sashimi here are excellent, and I have also had a number of very good to excellent cooked dishes. The quality of the fish is generally very high, the rice is exceptional, and the variety is mind-boggling. Even the most seasoned sushi eaters will find new and interesting items on this menu. The food here is on a level above all local competition (Blue Ribbon, Tomoe, Yama etc).

Pros: Best sushi bar in the area

Cons: Small

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I higly recommend this authentic sushi restaurant to whom looking for traditional sushi.
Fishes were very fresh, and especially sushi rice was awesome.
Owner Sushi chef was friendly, and people who working there were very nice.
I would say Ushi Wakamaru is one of the best sushi restaurant in NYC.

2
★★★★★

I higly recommend this authentic sushi restaurant to whom looking for traditional sushi.
Fishes were very fresh, and especially sushi rice was awesome.
Owner Sushi chef was friendly, and people who working there were very nice.
I would say Ushi Wakamaru is one of the best sushi restaurant in NYC.

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: Unromantic, Poor parking

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Sushi was good (but NOT the best).Waitresses were in kimono-styled uniform and look nice but they didn't seem to be good enough to work at this kind of expensive place. Waitress we had appered to be very impatient, didn't know the name of the fish in English, apptizer came when we were having entree and she made no apology. Our sushi didn't come at the same time, no wasabi on my friend's sushi plate...., Com'n, 2 of us paid almost $200.00 for our meals. It's NOT cheap. They should do things more properly and politely to provide a great dinner experience for their customers, right?? I had the way better service at very cheap Japanese places on St. Marks. Music was so bad, too (those tunes you get to hear from daytime radio).My friend and I've been there twice and agreed we'd had enough. Never again.

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★☆☆☆☆

Sushi was good (but NOT the best).Waitresses were in kimono-styled uniform and look nice but they didn't seem to be good enough to work at this kind of expensive place. Waitress we had appered to be very impatient, didn't know the name of the fish in English, apptizer came when we were having entree and she made no apology. Our sushi didn't come at the same time, no wasabi on my friend's sushi plate...., Com'n, 2 of us paid almost $200.00 for our meals. It's NOT cheap. They should do things more properly and politely to provide a great dinner experience for their customers, right?? I had the way better service at very cheap Japanese places on St. Marks. Music was so bad, too (those tunes you get to hear from daytime radio).My friend and I've been there twice and agreed we'd had enough. Never again.

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This restaurant has the most authentic sushi and sashimi I've tasted outside Japan. The fish is fresh and delicious. Definitely a gem.

2
★★★★★

This restaurant has the most authentic sushi and sashimi I've tasted outside Japan. The fish is fresh and delicious. Definitely a gem.

Pros: Amazing sashimi, Authentic food

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I ate here with 2 friends and we all loved our sushi & sashimi. Everything was very fresh & well prepared. My only complaint is that my sashimi special ($30) offered fewer varieties than my friends' sushi deluxes, and that they actually got more food as well. Perhaps it's the cuts of fish that you pay more for? Something a non-Japanese like I can't understand. Anyhow, there were a lot of Japanese people seated at the bar, eating & chatting up the chefs, surely that's a good sign of authentic sushi. The service was somewhat inattentive though when you sit at a table.

2
★★★★★

I ate here with 2 friends and we all loved our sushi & sashimi. Everything was very fresh & well prepared. My only complaint is that my sashimi special ($30) offered fewer varieties than my friends' sushi deluxes, and that they actually got more food as well. Perhaps it's the cuts of fish that you pay more for? Something a non-Japanese like I can't understand. Anyhow, there were a lot of Japanese people seated at the bar, eating & chatting up the chefs, surely that's a good sign of authentic sushi. The service was somewhat inattentive though when you sit at a table.

Pros: great sushi, nice low-key place

Cons: inattentive service, pricey

 

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