Sushi Zen

★★★★★
Toshio Suzuki: The Best Sushi Chef in NYC
  • 108 W 44th St

    New York, NY 10036

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  • 212-302-0707

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Wow, one of my fav places in the city!
great food, with very good service. I came here first a year ago and am coming every couple weeks.

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★★★★★

Wow, one of my fav places in the city!
great food, with very good service. I came here first a year ago and am coming every couple weeks.

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This sushi restaurant is one of my favorites. Located in Midtown, it is very easy to get to. The setting is beautiful and the staff is great. The service is fast, great for pre theater dining. Best kept secret. The sushi rolls are fresh and delicious and the chef is world known.

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★★★★★

This sushi restaurant is one of my favorites. Located in Midtown, it is very easy to get to. The setting is beautiful and the staff is great. The service is fast, great for pre theater dining. Best kept secret. The sushi rolls are fresh and delicious and the chef is world known.

Pros: Great, fresh fish

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I've read the article on the-feedbag prior to going to Sushi Zen
I had the Barachirashi for lunch there! GREAT! stuff!!
It was so great we decided to go have dinner the following evening
I sat in front of Chef Suzuki as he recommended the Fugu! it was fantastic!

the fish is definitely fresh well prepared and well presented
the preparation process was very entertaining!
It was really great to find this place!
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND GETTING A SEAT AT THE SUSHI BAR!
will go back again!

price was a bit on the high side but IMO compared to the quality of the food and treatment you get
else where it was well worth the price!

2
★★★★★

I've read the article on the-feedbag prior to going to Sushi Zen
I had the Barachirashi for lunch there! GREAT! stuff!!
It was so great we decided to go have dinner the following evening
I sat in front of Chef Suzuki as he recommended the Fugu! it was fantastic!

the fish is definitely fresh well prepared and well presented
the preparation process was very entertaining!
It was really great to find this place!
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND GETTING A SEAT AT THE SUSHI BAR!
will go back again!

price was a bit on the high side but IMO compared to the quality of the food and treatment you get
else where it was well worth the price!

Pros: Great presentation, fresh fish, very entertaining sushi bar

Cons: slightly on the high side. so grab a seat at the sushi bar to get your money worth!

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What a great place to go before the theatre. Good pieces of fresh sushi and sashimi just blocks away from your show!

2
★★★★☆

What a great place to go before the theatre. Good pieces of fresh sushi and sashimi just blocks away from your show!

Pros: good quality sushi

Cons: a bit pricy but not for the neighborhood

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I go to many sushi places in the city and Sushi Zen is the best so far. Waiters and waitresses are polite and helpful. But, just make sure to make a reservation-it's usually quite crowded.

2
★★★★★

I go to many sushi places in the city and Sushi Zen is the best so far. Waiters and waitresses are polite and helpful. But, just make sure to make a reservation-it's usually quite crowded.

Pros: food

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I piled on the wasabi, forgot my manners in my haze, & thoughtlessly placed my chop sticks down in a manner associated with someone who finished a meal-two parallel chopsticks placed on the bowl, rather than two chop sticks placed in a cross hatch position-suddenly, the server appeared out of no where (I assume the server kept a watchful eye upon us, but I never felt his presence in the slightest) offered to clear my plate-I write, "offered" because I want to differentiate his professional manner from the countless "rushers" who wisk our plates away at other establishments. When I declined, he made certain not to offer again- even when I repeated the mistake-being attentive enough to notice, offer and refill my wine glass without reference to nor notice of my table manners. Kudos to the staff and the other review -- they are polite in the true sense.

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★★★☆☆

I piled on the wasabi, forgot my manners in my haze, & thoughtlessly placed my chop sticks down in a manner associated with someone who finished a meal-two parallel chopsticks placed on the bowl, rather than two chop sticks placed in a cross hatch position-suddenly, the server appeared out of no where (I assume the server kept a watchful eye upon us, but I never felt his presence in the slightest) offered to clear my plate-I write, "offered" because I want to differentiate his professional manner from the countless "rushers" who wisk our plates away at other establishments. When I declined, he made certain not to offer again- even when I repeated the mistake-being attentive enough to notice, offer and refill my wine glass without reference to nor notice of my table manners. Kudos to the staff and the other review -- they are polite in the true sense.

Pros: fish, service, allergy friendly

Cons: midtown, MIDTOWN, MIDTOWN

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If you have no consideration for the size of the final cheque, this might very well be the best sushi bar in NYC. It is close to some of my other favourites (like Nobu and Sushiden) but this one is even better. I like the sushi bar as this gives a certain extra at this place - they are just magnificent. The sushi/sashimi is outstanding and the speciality dishes are beyond greatness. It is more traditionally and lacks gimmicks like russian caviar and gold leaf- and if it that want you desire there are places for that. Here the sushi master is unusally helpful and amicable. This assists in making the experience outstanding. The presentation of the food was outstanding. The price tag was hefty though (to say the least) and I can't really disclose what my bill was but somehow I wasn't surprised.

2
★★★★★

If you have no consideration for the size of the final cheque, this might very well be the best sushi bar in NYC. It is close to some of my other favourites (like Nobu and Sushiden) but this one is even better. I like the sushi bar as this gives a certain extra at this place - they are just magnificent. The sushi/sashimi is outstanding and the speciality dishes are beyond greatness. It is more traditionally and lacks gimmicks like russian caviar and gold leaf- and if it that want you desire there are places for that. Here the sushi master is unusally helpful and amicable. This assists in making the experience outstanding. The presentation of the food was outstanding. The price tag was hefty though (to say the least) and I can't really disclose what my bill was but somehow I wasn't surprised.

Pros: Best best sushi, Better sashimi, Great Sushi Master

Cons: Expensive

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A co-worker told me about Sushi Zen. We went on 12/17/04 (in the midst of xmas shopping pandomonium) and waljed into heaven! I can't tell you how DELICIOUS the sushi is here! We sat at the sushi bar and enjoyed plate after plate of the freshest sushi in the city...and "I'm" ALL about sushi! Only take a date who won't pay attention to the amount on the check or go with friends and clink glasses for a while!

2
★★★★★

A co-worker told me about Sushi Zen. We went on 12/17/04 (in the midst of xmas shopping pandomonium) and waljed into heaven! I can't tell you how DELICIOUS the sushi is here! We sat at the sushi bar and enjoyed plate after plate of the freshest sushi in the city...and "I'm" ALL about sushi! Only take a date who won't pay attention to the amount on the check or go with friends and clink glasses for a while!

Pros: Great Service, Knowledgeable Staff

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HAVING BEEN TO TOKYO AND EATEN SUSHI IN THE MAIN FISH MARKET--I AM WELL AWARE OF GOOD SUSHI, IF YOU WANT CELEB'S GO SOME PLACE ELSE!!! AND LEAVE THE RESTAURANT FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE THERE TO HAVE A GOOD MEAL
AND SAKE.

2
★★★★★

HAVING BEEN TO TOKYO AND EATEN SUSHI IN THE MAIN FISH MARKET--I AM WELL AWARE OF GOOD SUSHI, IF YOU WANT CELEB'S GO SOME PLACE ELSE!!! AND LEAVE THE RESTAURANT FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE THERE TO HAVE A GOOD MEAL
AND SAKE.

Pros: AS GOOD AS OLD SITE, GOOD SEL. OF SAKE, HELPFUL STAFF

Cons: , NONE, NONE

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a few weeks after returning from my vacation in Japan, I had a crave for sushi & sashimi.

I have found a gold mine!!

the restaurant serves sushi and sashimi as if I went back to Tukiji in Japan!
Traditional sushi layout (really nice plates!), with mouth watering sashimi that melts in your mouth! I recommend everyone to dine at the sushi counter! you can order straight from the chefs!
the prices are very reasonable (slightly higher than the common Japanese restaurants) but its certainly worth every dollar spent!!

2
★★★★★

a few weeks after returning from my vacation in Japan, I had a crave for sushi & sashimi.

I have found a gold mine!!

the restaurant serves sushi and sashimi as if I went back to Tukiji in Japan!
Traditional sushi layout (really nice plates!), with mouth watering sashimi that melts in your mouth! I recommend everyone to dine at the sushi counter! you can order straight from the chefs!
the prices are very reasonable (slightly higher than the common Japanese restaurants) but its certainly worth every dollar spent!!

Pros: Traditional sushi, Good location, Formal layout

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This was some of the tastiest sushi I've ever had. The crispy fish salad has a light fishy taste, not too overpowering. The chicago roll is excellent, and the filet mignon was perfectly cooked and light.

2
★★★★★

This was some of the tastiest sushi I've ever had. The crispy fish salad has a light fishy taste, not too overpowering. The chicago roll is excellent, and the filet mignon was perfectly cooked and light.

Pros: Food, Service, Decor

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sorry for the prices you pay here are other eateries just as good. i feel like i am paying for the ambiance rather than the food. the sushi is very good tho. svc can be more friendlier. SUM IT: try it once if you must to judge for yourself, but there are other places where you can get more for your valued buck - & will not sacrifice on quality & freshness!

2
★★★★☆

sorry for the prices you pay here are other eateries just as good. i feel like i am paying for the ambiance rather than the food. the sushi is very good tho. svc can be more friendlier. SUM IT: try it once if you must to judge for yourself, but there are other places where you can get more for your valued buck - & will not sacrifice on quality & freshness!

Pros: sushi

Cons: $$$$

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Our Japanese friends took my husband and I to the sushi bar here for dinner.

Wonderful! The tuna, salmon, and mackerel were the best sushi we've had ever. Excellent sweet scallop and shrimp also. Less favored: yellowtail and some flat fish, but I think that was due to characteristics of the fish itself rather than preparation.

Wonderful also was a mushroom medley with garlic--don't miss out on this!

Excellent delicate sake and green tea. The green tea and red bean ice creams were a lovely finish.

The serving pottery they use is also a treat--really beautiful, and such variety! The service is impeccable.

Value unknown because our friends treated, but suspect it's very expensive. Our friends knew how to order (they didn't even look at the menu) so I wonder if we would have had such a great experience on our own.

2
★★★★★

Our Japanese friends took my husband and I to the sushi bar here for dinner.

Wonderful! The tuna, salmon, and mackerel were the best sushi we've had ever. Excellent sweet scallop and shrimp also. Less favored: yellowtail and some flat fish, but I think that was due to characteristics of the fish itself rather than preparation.

Wonderful also was a mushroom medley with garlic--don't miss out on this!

Excellent delicate sake and green tea. The green tea and red bean ice creams were a lovely finish.

The serving pottery they use is also a treat--really beautiful, and such variety! The service is impeccable.

Value unknown because our friends treated, but suspect it's very expensive. Our friends knew how to order (they didn't even look at the menu) so I wonder if we would have had such a great experience on our own.

Pros: superior sushi, impeccable service, beautiful pottery

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They've moved, but the sushi has not changed. Don't be dissuaded by the prices; every bite is worth the price. The toro is fantastic and the size and cut perfect. For those unimpressed by Yama/Nobu-style "bigger is better" sushi, Sushizen, where gimmickless quality is the primary concern might not be the place. Expect bite size pieces, the way sushi is meant to be served. The green tea is phenomenal. The service, while knowledgeable, might seem cold (actually they're just extremely polite).

2
★★★★★

They've moved, but the sushi has not changed. Don't be dissuaded by the prices; every bite is worth the price. The toro is fantastic and the size and cut perfect. For those unimpressed by Yama/Nobu-style "bigger is better" sushi, Sushizen, where gimmickless quality is the primary concern might not be the place. Expect bite size pieces, the way sushi is meant to be served. The green tea is phenomenal. The service, while knowledgeable, might seem cold (actually they're just extremely polite).

Pros: freshest sushi, excellent entrees, authentic green tea

Cons: expensive

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Easy to overlook in this city of stellar sushi joints, Sushi Zen is a true standout, thanks to Toshio Suzuki. For over two decades he's been slicing up and serving raw fish to a loyal clientele. Grab a seat at the bar and let Suzuki feed…

 

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