Azuki Japanese Restaurant

★★★☆☆
  • 239 Park Ave South

    New York, NY 10003

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  • 212-228-3611

About Azuki Japanese Restaurant

Hours
Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

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There a lot of negative reviews here about the rude staff, and the stress of eating here. I think that these are singular experiences that happen when Azuki is at its most hectic. I gave azuki 4 orut of 5 because ... YES they can get VERY busy and very stressful. I've been told once or twice that I cannot be seated for a reservation unless all my party is there. I STRONGLY recommend calling ahead to make a reservation and to see how crowded it is/will be. If you are a large group looking for a long, langorous experience at 8:00 on a Thursday or Friday, this is probably not for you. It can feel like they are rushing you... but If you're a small group, excited for good sushi and free wine on a random night: you will LOVE it.

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★★★★☆

There a lot of negative reviews here about the rude staff, and the stress of eating here. I think that these are singular experiences that happen when Azuki is at its most hectic. I gave azuki 4 orut of 5 because ... YES they can get VERY busy and very stressful. I've been told once or twice that I cannot be seated for a reservation unless all my party is there. I STRONGLY recommend calling ahead to make a reservation and to see how crowded it is/will be. If you are a large group looking for a long, langorous experience at 8:00 on a Thursday or Friday, this is probably not for you. It can feel like they are rushing you... but If you're a small group, excited for good sushi and free wine on a random night: you will LOVE it.

Pros: free wine, good food, pleasant atmosphere

Cons: can get VERY hectic

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I have never written a review, but I was compelled to after my horrible experience at Azuki. Upon being seated (admittedly 15 minutes late) we were told that we had to leave by 9:15 (for a 7:30 reservation). I have lived in NYC since 2000, and I've never had this happen to me. I didn't take it seriously until I was told that we had five minutes to leave while I was still eating desert. Now I was there with a party of four, and we were being quiet. We all ordered appetizers and entrees so we weren't being cheap. Now the sushi is alright by NYC standards but nowhere near top notch (like a Blue Ribbon Grill). Then, one of the employees threatened to blacklist me because I didn't leave a tip due to the server's rudeness. Imagine being given a time limit upon entering a restaurant and then being told to pay before finishing desert! I would not recommend this place at all. If you want sushi, you can get better quality for the same price at many other places. I am a reasonable customer but one thing I won't tolerate is rude service from a mediocre establishment. I would attribute the high rankings here to the low quality "unlimited" wine or sake, but the fine print on the menu states that there is a limit (once you finish your entree). I would not go here under any circumstances if I was you. The manager even showed me a reservation list that allocated 1 hr. and 45 min for each table. NYC is filled with great restaurants. Don't patronize one that will treat you so rudely.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I have never written a review, but I was compelled to after my horrible experience at Azuki. Upon being seated (admittedly 15 minutes late) we were told that we had to leave by 9:15 (for a 7:30 reservation). I have lived in NYC since 2000, and I've never had this happen to me. I didn't take it seriously until I was told that we had five minutes to leave while I was still eating desert. Now I was there with a party of four, and we were being quiet. We all ordered appetizers and entrees so we weren't being cheap. Now the sushi is alright by NYC standards but nowhere near top notch (like a Blue Ribbon Grill). Then, one of the employees threatened to blacklist me because I didn't leave a tip due to the server's rudeness. Imagine being given a time limit upon entering a restaurant and then being told to pay before finishing desert! I would not recommend this place at all. If you want sushi, you can get better quality for the same price at many other places. I am a reasonable customer but one thing I won't tolerate is rude service from a mediocre establishment. I would attribute the high rankings here to the low quality "unlimited" wine or sake, but the fine print on the menu states that there is a limit (once you finish your entree). I would not go here under any circumstances if I was you. The manager even showed me a reservation list that allocated 1 hr. and 45 min for each table. NYC is filled with great restaurants. Don't patronize one that will treat you so rudely.

Pros: None

Cons: Horrible service

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I have never written a review, but I was compelled to after my horrible experience at Azuki. Upon being seated (admittedly 15 minutes late) we were told that we had to leave by 9:15 (for a 7:30 reservation). I have lived in NYC since 2000, and I've never had this happen to me. I didn't take it seriously until I was told that we had five minutes to leave while I was still eating desert. Now I was there with a party of four, and we were being quiet. We all ordered appetizers and entrees so we weren't being cheap. Now the sushi is alright by NYC standards but nowhere near top notch (like a Blue Ribbon Grill). Then, one of the employees threatened to blacklist me because I didn't leave a tip due to the server's rudeness. Imagine being given a time limit upon entering a restaurant and then being told to pay before finishing desert! I would not recommend this place at all. If you want sushi, you can get better quality for the same price at many other places. I am a reasonable customer but one thing I won't tolerate is rude service from a mediocre establishment. I would attribute the high rankings here to the low quality "unlimited" wine or sake, but the fine print on the menu states that there is a limit (once you finish your entree). I would not go here under any circumstances if I was you. The manager even showed me a reservation list that allocated 1 hr. and 45 min for each table. NYC is filled with great restaurants. Don't patronize one that will treat you so rudely.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I have never written a review, but I was compelled to after my horrible experience at Azuki. Upon being seated (admittedly 15 minutes late) we were told that we had to leave by 9:15 (for a 7:30 reservation). I have lived in NYC since 2000, and I've never had this happen to me. I didn't take it seriously until I was told that we had five minutes to leave while I was still eating desert. Now I was there with a party of four, and we were being quiet. We all ordered appetizers and entrees so we weren't being cheap. Now the sushi is alright by NYC standards but nowhere near top notch (like a Blue Ribbon Grill). Then, one of the employees threatened to blacklist me because I didn't leave a tip due to the server's rudeness. Imagine being given a time limit upon entering a restaurant and then being told to pay before finishing desert! I would not recommend this place at all. If you want sushi, you can get better quality for the same price at many other places. I am a reasonable customer but one thing I won't tolerate is rude service from a mediocre establishment. I would attribute the high rankings here to the low quality "unlimited" wine or sake, but the fine print on the menu states that there is a limit (once you finish your entree). I would not go here under any circumstances if I was you. The manager even showed me a reservation list that allocated 1 hr. and 45 min for each table. NYC is filled with great restaurants. Don't patronize one that will treat you so rudely.

Pros: None

Cons: Horrible service

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After reading the negative reviews about Azuki Sushi, I was a little worried about trying it out for the first time. Because I live in the neighborhood and the prices seemed very reasonable for sushi (not to mention the complimentary sake/wine), I decided to go for it last night (Saturday). I called the restaurant around 5pm to inquire about making reservations, and was told that after 8pm, the restaurant was fully booked so to come before then. I arrived at Azuki Sushi around 6:30pm, and had no problems getting a table for two, nor was there any attitude at the door. The candle-lit ambience was quite nice as well--I'd even recommend this place for a date (while it is still relatively quiet earlier in the evening). We took our time selecting our dishes, and asked our server for recommendations, and he was friendly and helpful. So far, so good. We ordered the pork shogayaki entree dish as an appetizer, which was okay. The sushi was much better, thank goodness. We ordered several different rolls and some pieces of sushi, and was satisfied with the quality of the food. Our glasses of white wine were never empty--they were constantly filled up like water! The wine was a little on the sweeter side, but hey, it's free, so no complaints here. We ordered the green tea tempura ice cream for dessert, which was a perfect way to end our sushi dinner. The total for dinner--for the amount of food (especially sushi!) we had and the location (Union Square), the total came to a mere $57! What a bargain. That would be the price of a bottle of cheap sake alone at Sushi Samba next door. I will definitely be back. I do, however, recommend coming in earlier (before 8pm,) as it tends to get louder with big groups coming in later in the evening.

2
★★★★☆

After reading the negative reviews about Azuki Sushi, I was a little worried about trying it out for the first time. Because I live in the neighborhood and the prices seemed very reasonable for sushi (not to mention the complimentary sake/wine), I decided to go for it last night (Saturday). I called the restaurant around 5pm to inquire about making reservations, and was told that after 8pm, the restaurant was fully booked so to come before then. I arrived at Azuki Sushi around 6:30pm, and had no problems getting a table for two, nor was there any attitude at the door. The candle-lit ambience was quite nice as well--I'd even recommend this place for a date (while it is still relatively quiet earlier in the evening). We took our time selecting our dishes, and asked our server for recommendations, and he was friendly and helpful. So far, so good. We ordered the pork shogayaki entree dish as an appetizer, which was okay. The sushi was much better, thank goodness. We ordered several different rolls and some pieces of sushi, and was satisfied with the quality of the food. Our glasses of white wine were never empty--they were constantly filled up like water! The wine was a little on the sweeter side, but hey, it's free, so no complaints here. We ordered the green tea tempura ice cream for dessert, which was a perfect way to end our sushi dinner. The total for dinner--for the amount of food (especially sushi!) we had and the location (Union Square), the total came to a mere $57! What a bargain. That would be the price of a bottle of cheap sake alone at Sushi Samba next door. I will definitely be back. I do, however, recommend coming in earlier (before 8pm,) as it tends to get louder with big groups coming in later in the evening.

Pros: Complimentary white wine or hot sake with dinner order; Bargain Sushi

Cons: Can get loud

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Azuki is an awesome deal...however, the staff is so rude and treats you like you're a lush for coming for the free wine. Our waiter was rude, reservation people were rude. They made me kind of nervous and uncomfortable! My favorite quote from our waiter: "the wine is complimentary not unlimited."

1
★★★☆☆

Azuki is an awesome deal...however, the staff is so rude and treats you like you're a lush for coming for the free wine. Our waiter was rude, reservation people were rude. They made me kind of nervous and uncomfortable! My favorite quote from our waiter: "the wine is complimentary not unlimited."

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Azuki is an awesome deal...however, the staff is so rude and treats you like you're a lush for coming for the free wine. Our waiter was rude, reservation people were rude. They made me kind of nervous and uncomfortable! My favorite quote from our waiter: "the wine is complimentary not unlimited."

1
★★☆☆☆

Azuki is an awesome deal...however, the staff is so rude and treats you like you're a lush for coming for the free wine. Our waiter was rude, reservation people were rude. They made me kind of nervous and uncomfortable! My favorite quote from our waiter: "the wine is complimentary not unlimited."

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I've been to this place a few times, each time trying to look over the staff's rudeness but made a vow never to visit again after last Friday.
They are extremely rude from when you make a reservation to the moment you pay and step out the door. They are inept in taking a reservation, which means that you are arguing for 20 minutes on the phone before they finally take your name down. They gave us the table for 10 from 7 to 9 on Friday evening. At the restaurant, they sat us down when 6 out of 10 showed up but repeatedly chastised us for not having the rest of the party show up. When the rest of the party came, the manager came rushing to our table, shouting that we had lied about the rest coming 10 minutes after we were seated. We never said this to him, and he must've mistaken us for a different table. We asked if he would like to charge us a fine and what it was that he wanted. We told him that we would honor our promise and leave the table by 9, but he continued to yell at us, telling us that we had lied.
We were so furious at this point and decided to talk to him again at the end of our meal.
When I tried to talk to him as we walked out the door, he would not listen but told me not to come back and walked away from me.

The free sake is nice, but the sushi is sub par, and is not worth having to interact with these incredibly rude people. Please don't support these terrible, disrespectful people.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I've been to this place a few times, each time trying to look over the staff's rudeness but made a vow never to visit again after last Friday.
They are extremely rude from when you make a reservation to the moment you pay and step out the door. They are inept in taking a reservation, which means that you are arguing for 20 minutes on the phone before they finally take your name down. They gave us the table for 10 from 7 to 9 on Friday evening. At the restaurant, they sat us down when 6 out of 10 showed up but repeatedly chastised us for not having the rest of the party show up. When the rest of the party came, the manager came rushing to our table, shouting that we had lied about the rest coming 10 minutes after we were seated. We never said this to him, and he must've mistaken us for a different table. We asked if he would like to charge us a fine and what it was that he wanted. We told him that we would honor our promise and leave the table by 9, but he continued to yell at us, telling us that we had lied.
We were so furious at this point and decided to talk to him again at the end of our meal.
When I tried to talk to him as we walked out the door, he would not listen but told me not to come back and walked away from me.

The free sake is nice, but the sushi is sub par, and is not worth having to interact with these incredibly rude people. Please don't support these terrible, disrespectful people.

Pros: free sake

Cons: incomprehensibly rude people

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Love this place. Can get very crowded (its a very very narrow place), loud, and yes, staff does rush you...but the food is great, free saki, and reasonable prices. STRONGLY recomend making a reservation.

2
★★★★☆

Love this place. Can get very crowded (its a very very narrow place), loud, and yes, staff does rush you...but the food is great, free saki, and reasonable prices. STRONGLY recomend making a reservation.

Pros: great food, prices

Cons: tight space, rushing staff

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I went there on a Friday night with my friend and we were able to get a table fairly quickly even though the place was pretty packed. The free sake that comes when you spend $15 on food is a good deal, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the quality of the sake was the same as your typical Japanese restaurant. We lucked out and got a waiter who was very sweet, but the rest were very unfriendly and rude. I'd also like to mention that my friend called ahead of time to make a reservation which they wouldn't take because we were a party of 2 and then upon arriving were told we SHOULD have made a reservation. Clearly the staff isn't on the same page...!

1
★★★☆☆

I went there on a Friday night with my friend and we were able to get a table fairly quickly even though the place was pretty packed. The free sake that comes when you spend $15 on food is a good deal, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the quality of the sake was the same as your typical Japanese restaurant. We lucked out and got a waiter who was very sweet, but the rest were very unfriendly and rude. I'd also like to mention that my friend called ahead of time to make a reservation which they wouldn't take because we were a party of 2 and then upon arriving were told we SHOULD have made a reservation. Clearly the staff isn't on the same page...!

Pros: free sake, avocado roll

Cons: asparagus roll, 1 nice waiter in the whole joint

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I went to this restaurant with a group of 7 for my friend's birthday. It was the worst restaurant decision we have ever made.

When we arrived at 7pm for our reservation, they told us as they seated us that we needed to be gone by 8:30. They rushed us from the second we sat down, pressuring us and telling us we couldnt order drinks until we ordered our meals. The free wine was a nice perk, but NOT worth the rudeness of the servers. They hovered over us and the table next to us and kept asking us to hurry, reminding us more than once during dinner that they had another reservation at 8:30. When we finished our rushed meals, they practically took the glasses and plates out of our hands. Not only did they not offer dessert, but they took our wine glasses away and told us we had to leave. Keep in mind this was only 1 hour after seating us.

At 8:30 when they other reservation arrived, they brought the other party over to our table and pointed to us yelling "THEY are the reason you cant sit down. They won't leave, and it's THEIR fault you are hungry!" We were pretty mad at this point, as we werent "allowed" to order dessert for my friend's birthday and they literally cleared our table while we were still eating.

We paid the check and they counted it AT the table, telling us to get out and not come back because we stayed too long. My friends were very unhappy, and tried to tell the management that kicking us out after and hour and a half was rude and unheard of in Manhattan. They started yelling and told us that they were calling the police.

This was by far the worst dining experience I have EVER had in Manhattan. The free wine is NOT worth it - i would have rather paid for wine and actually enjoyed my night. They ruined my friend's birthday and are BY FAR the rudest restaurant proprietors on the island. DO NOT GO TO THIS RESTAURANT.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I went to this restaurant with a group of 7 for my friend's birthday. It was the worst restaurant decision we have ever made.

When we arrived at 7pm for our reservation, they told us as they seated us that we needed to be gone by 8:30. They rushed us from the second we sat down, pressuring us and telling us we couldnt order drinks until we ordered our meals. The free wine was a nice perk, but NOT worth the rudeness of the servers. They hovered over us and the table next to us and kept asking us to hurry, reminding us more than once during dinner that they had another reservation at 8:30. When we finished our rushed meals, they practically took the glasses and plates out of our hands. Not only did they not offer dessert, but they took our wine glasses away and told us we had to leave. Keep in mind this was only 1 hour after seating us.

At 8:30 when they other reservation arrived, they brought the other party over to our table and pointed to us yelling "THEY are the reason you cant sit down. They won't leave, and it's THEIR fault you are hungry!" We were pretty mad at this point, as we werent "allowed" to order dessert for my friend's birthday and they literally cleared our table while we were still eating.

We paid the check and they counted it AT the table, telling us to get out and not come back because we stayed too long. My friends were very unhappy, and tried to tell the management that kicking us out after and hour and a half was rude and unheard of in Manhattan. They started yelling and told us that they were calling the police.

This was by far the worst dining experience I have EVER had in Manhattan. The free wine is NOT worth it - i would have rather paid for wine and actually enjoyed my night. They ruined my friend's birthday and are BY FAR the rudest restaurant proprietors on the island. DO NOT GO TO THIS RESTAURANT.

Pros: Free wine and sake

Cons: The rudest waitstaff on the island; rushed service

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I went to this place under the pretense that cheap dinner and free drinks would make for a great time. I WAS VERY WRONG. All I have to say is my night was spent with staff standing over our table, rushing us to order, rushing us to eat, and rushing us to leave. I don't care how cheap the meal or drinks are, the cost of valium I needed to stay calm through the meal was much more. Do not waste your time.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I went to this place under the pretense that cheap dinner and free drinks would make for a great time. I WAS VERY WRONG. All I have to say is my night was spent with staff standing over our table, rushing us to order, rushing us to eat, and rushing us to leave. I don't care how cheap the meal or drinks are, the cost of valium I needed to stay calm through the meal was much more. Do not waste your time.

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Decided to check this place out as it was widely known for its free saki and white wine if you order $15 or more per person. The wine was pretty light and tasted water'ed down and the saki was decent. Try ordering the Manhattan roll (a shrimp tempura wrapped in Spicy Tuna) as that was pretty delish! This place is definately a good spot to have a nice dinner for the budget conscious. The place is pretty narrow and was crowded so definately make a reservation. I'll be back again soon.

2
★★★★★

Decided to check this place out as it was widely known for its free saki and white wine if you order $15 or more per person. The wine was pretty light and tasted water'ed down and the saki was decent. Try ordering the Manhattan roll (a shrimp tempura wrapped in Spicy Tuna) as that was pretty delish! This place is definately a good spot to have a nice dinner for the budget conscious. The place is pretty narrow and was crowded so definately make a reservation. I'll be back again soon.

Pros: cheap, free alcohol, good food

Cons: tight knit area, rushed a little bit

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Here is the deal . . . spend $15 on sushi and get unlimited wine or sake!! Yeah, so the wine is cheap (probably comes out of a box), but for all of you recent college grads trying to make a living and enjoy the city while you're doing it, this is the place to start off your night! The restaurant is very small and narrow, so you need to make a reservation. You can drink here and then only have to buy one drink the rest of the night. The food is suprisingly very good too! They have very unique, individualized sushi rolls that I have never heard of anywhere else. Definately check this place out!

2
★★★★★

Here is the deal . . . spend $15 on sushi and get unlimited wine or sake!! Yeah, so the wine is cheap (probably comes out of a box), but for all of you recent college grads trying to make a living and enjoy the city while you're doing it, this is the place to start off your night! The restaurant is very small and narrow, so you need to make a reservation. You can drink here and then only have to buy one drink the rest of the night. The food is suprisingly very good too! They have very unique, individualized sushi rolls that I have never heard of anywhere else. Definately check this place out!

Pros: Cheap, good food, good sake, fun atmosphere

Cons: Small, cramped, don't go in a large group

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The complimentary saki draws you to this suprisingly semi-elegant restaurant. The sushi is not going to knock you off your seat but it's good for the price and the service was great.

2
★★★★☆

The complimentary saki draws you to this suprisingly semi-elegant restaurant. The sushi is not going to knock you off your seat but it's good for the price and the service was great.

Pros: Ambience, value

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Okay, so the sushi here isn't top notch. But, if you order te special rolls, they're actually really inventive and good. The mango tango (basically an eel roll with a layer of mango on top) is interesting as the mango adds a new dynamic of flavor. The spicy runa roll is really good as it's twisted with tempura crumbles for a new effect. The Soft crab roll is a lilttle too salty/filling for my taste. The best part of the menu is the unlimited wine and saki you get. I don't know about the other reviews but, our waitress kept our drinks flowing until our food was almost done so, I suggest eating slow. I did get about 4 glasses out of the meal so I'd say Azuki is a great deal!

2
★★★★☆

Okay, so the sushi here isn't top notch. But, if you order te special rolls, they're actually really inventive and good. The mango tango (basically an eel roll with a layer of mango on top) is interesting as the mango adds a new dynamic of flavor. The spicy runa roll is really good as it's twisted with tempura crumbles for a new effect. The Soft crab roll is a lilttle too salty/filling for my taste. The best part of the menu is the unlimited wine and saki you get. I don't know about the other reviews but, our waitress kept our drinks flowing until our food was almost done so, I suggest eating slow. I did get about 4 glasses out of the meal so I'd say Azuki is a great deal!

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In an effort to turn over tables and limit your "free" alcohol, the waitress was over at our table asking us if we were ready to order every two minutes. She didn't use those frequent visits to refill our water/sake/wine though.

I may have had about 2 glasses of wine, and when asking for a third was told I would need to order more food, when the table had easily spent 25$ per person.

The rolls were good. Nothing special.

The restaurant was good, just not what I was expecting.

1
★★★☆☆

In an effort to turn over tables and limit your "free" alcohol, the waitress was over at our table asking us if we were ready to order every two minutes. She didn't use those frequent visits to refill our water/sake/wine though.

I may have had about 2 glasses of wine, and when asking for a third was told I would need to order more food, when the table had easily spent 25$ per person.

The rolls were good. Nothing special.

The restaurant was good, just not what I was expecting.

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Yeah, you can great free booze-sake or white wine if you order $15 or more of food. Also, you get an extra bonus with the free alcohol-pretty darn good sushi. Warning though, they might be a little slow with bringing you the booze!

2
★★★★★

Yeah, you can great free booze-sake or white wine if you order $15 or more of food. Also, you get an extra bonus with the free alcohol-pretty darn good sushi. Warning though, they might be a little slow with bringing you the booze!

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I went to this restaurant not expecting much and was overwhelmed with the size of the course and the free sake. You have to buy dinner (at least 15 dollars worth) to get it, but the teriyaki dishes are excellant and the sushi is very fresh and cut well! I keep getting calls from my friends thanking me for finding this restaurant. And if you don't like sake, their house white wine is also complimentary, and from what my friends say, it's really good! Go try this place out! Forewarning: Near the end of your dinner the waitress will try to get stingy with the alcohol, but if you're polite about it they'll cave in and get you a refill, try eating slow and getting a good four or five flask/glasses out of the deal.

2
★★★★☆

I went to this restaurant not expecting much and was overwhelmed with the size of the course and the free sake. You have to buy dinner (at least 15 dollars worth) to get it, but the teriyaki dishes are excellant and the sushi is very fresh and cut well! I keep getting calls from my friends thanking me for finding this restaurant. And if you don't like sake, their house white wine is also complimentary, and from what my friends say, it's really good! Go try this place out! Forewarning: Near the end of your dinner the waitress will try to get stingy with the alcohol, but if you're polite about it they'll cave in and get you a refill, try eating slow and getting a good four or five flask/glasses out of the deal.

Pros: The free liquor, of course!

Cons: Waitresses trying to cut you off.

 

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