Omen Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 113 Thompson St

    New York, NY 10012

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  • 212-925-8923

About Omen Restaurant

Hours
Mon. - Sun. 6am - 12am

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Omen is my favorite japanese restaurant. The decor is warm and woody. The service is superior. My Favorite ala carte dishes are Gardens( slices of tuna,salmon and yellow tail made into roses),Soba noodles,Avocado Arugala salad and the Hijiki salad. A good friend brought me here for dinner about 13 years ago and have been enjoying ever since.

5
★★★★★

Omen is my favorite japanese restaurant. The decor is warm and woody. The service is superior. My Favorite ala carte dishes are Gardens( slices of tuna,salmon and yellow tail made into roses),Soba noodles,Avocado Arugala salad and the Hijiki salad. A good friend brought me here for dinner about 13 years ago and have been enjoying ever since.

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i frequent sushi/sashimi/japanese places. i don't know what's authentic, but i know what's good. the food here is really good. my mouth is watering just thinking about it, to be honest. the yellow fin is so delicious. the freshness of everything is unfathomable. the sushi chef, Tom, is so nice and somehow manages to make conversation while preparing dozens of dishes simultaneously. the waiters are extremely nice. things aren't cheap here, but everything is well worth the cost. it could be much more expensive and still be worth it... the best sea urchin i've ever had... the vegetables are all so delicious... decent sake menu (with silly little letter designations like P for Peachy, stuff like that). lots of other non-sushi/sashimi options... i really want to return QUITE SOON because i'm so excited to try out absolutely EVERYTHING.

2
★★★★★

i frequent sushi/sashimi/japanese places. i don't know what's authentic, but i know what's good. the food here is really good. my mouth is watering just thinking about it, to be honest. the yellow fin is so delicious. the freshness of everything is unfathomable. the sushi chef, Tom, is so nice and somehow manages to make conversation while preparing dozens of dishes simultaneously. the waiters are extremely nice. things aren't cheap here, but everything is well worth the cost. it could be much more expensive and still be worth it... the best sea urchin i've ever had... the vegetables are all so delicious... decent sake menu (with silly little letter designations like P for Peachy, stuff like that). lots of other non-sushi/sashimi options... i really want to return QUITE SOON because i'm so excited to try out absolutely EVERYTHING.

Pros: great location, love the design, great clientelle, awesome service, best sushi/sashimi to my taste

Cons: NONE

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This place is definitely on my list of all-time favs. Kaiseki , the style of cuisine at Omen, is hard to find even in NYC. This is a culinary experience that everyone should try at least once! The sake selection and advice give at Omen is also superb. The prix fixe meal is very large, however, the restaurant was very nice about some people ordering a la carte and some order the set meals. We were able to share a lot of things. Although the prices are high, you really get your money's worth.

2
★★★★★

This place is definitely on my list of all-time favs. Kaiseki , the style of cuisine at Omen, is hard to find even in NYC. This is a culinary experience that everyone should try at least once! The sake selection and advice give at Omen is also superb. The prix fixe meal is very large, however, the restaurant was very nice about some people ordering a la carte and some order the set meals. We were able to share a lot of things. Although the prices are high, you really get your money's worth.

Pros: Food, Sake, No-Hype

Cons: NONE

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This is the real deal. Not some Japanese restaurant run by non-Japanese asians. I was introduced by a Japanese friend of mine. The food is authentic and unique to New York. I recommend getting the sesaonal menu the first time. It changes every season. The most amazing part is the young chef. He is one to watch - i dont mean literaly watch as he prepares the food, but his career. This is better than Nobu and without the fuss/attitude.

2
★★★★★

This is the real deal. Not some Japanese restaurant run by non-Japanese asians. I was introduced by a Japanese friend of mine. The food is authentic and unique to New York. I recommend getting the sesaonal menu the first time. It changes every season. The most amazing part is the young chef. He is one to watch - i dont mean literaly watch as he prepares the food, but his career. This is better than Nobu and without the fuss/attitude.

Pros: Some of the best Japanese food in New York

Cons: Decor is not great, but not bad either.

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A best known and extraordinarily popular Kyoto restaurant, Omen is famous for its namesake: noodles (o-men meaning honorable noodles), but it is also known for its fresh, bold combinations of ingredients in its "okazu" (the getting-the-rice-down things). The best of Omen's cuisine is not Americanized Japanese, or even as one reviewer stated, "country Japanese." Rather, Kyoto's Omen serves seasonal dishes with the subtle blending of textures and tastes that mark authentic Japanese cookery using traditional ingredients. To experience the best of this restaurant, venture into the a la carte menu, open your mind and your palate, and savor each morsel, small and savory, at the tip of your hashi. New Yorkers and visitors can revel in a real culinary trip to Japan's ancient capital via Soho. The proprietors have even imported their own tofu recipe (Kyoto, being inland, is famous for tofu rather than for fish), and has shared its secret with one of NY's Chinatown tofu makers in the production of its delectible silken variety. In Japan, eating is a cerebral and sensory art which blends presentation, history, anecdotes and taste in an ultimate appreciation of the dishes presented. Have such an experience at Omen, and for that, you cannot beat the price. -- by a former American resident of Kyoto who visits Omen EVERY time I travel to NY

2
★★★★★

A best known and extraordinarily popular Kyoto restaurant, Omen is famous for its namesake: noodles (o-men meaning honorable noodles), but it is also known for its fresh, bold combinations of ingredients in its "okazu" (the getting-the-rice-down things). The best of Omen's cuisine is not Americanized Japanese, or even as one reviewer stated, "country Japanese." Rather, Kyoto's Omen serves seasonal dishes with the subtle blending of textures and tastes that mark authentic Japanese cookery using traditional ingredients. To experience the best of this restaurant, venture into the a la carte menu, open your mind and your palate, and savor each morsel, small and savory, at the tip of your hashi. New Yorkers and visitors can revel in a real culinary trip to Japan's ancient capital via Soho. The proprietors have even imported their own tofu recipe (Kyoto, being inland, is famous for tofu rather than for fish), and has shared its secret with one of NY's Chinatown tofu makers in the production of its delectible silken variety. In Japan, eating is a cerebral and sensory art which blends presentation, history, anecdotes and taste in an ultimate appreciation of the dishes presented. Have such an experience at Omen, and for that, you cannot beat the price. -- by a former American resident of Kyoto who visits Omen EVERY time I travel to NY

Pros: Genuine cuisine

Cons: Amex or cash only

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We were walking around SOHO and it seemed that all of the Japanese Restaurants that we knew were closed on Labor day. We found this one and thank g-d! The food was simply amazing! Everything, starting from the Miso soup to Green Tea ice-cream was great. Staff was friendly and attentive. Usually you will need a reservation but you could try walking in if there are only 2-3 of you and you will be seated. I will definitely go back.

2
★★★★★

We were walking around SOHO and it seemed that all of the Japanese Restaurants that we knew were closed on Labor day. We found this one and thank g-d! The food was simply amazing! Everything, starting from the Miso soup to Green Tea ice-cream was great. Staff was friendly and attentive. Usually you will need a reservation but you could try walking in if there are only 2-3 of you and you will be seated. I will definitely go back.

Pros: Delicious

Cons: Expensive

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Omen does not serve your typical take-out, aluminum-and-plastic-container Japanese food. It serves Kyoto-style Japanese, which means not just incredibly fresh and generous portions of fish (their "Gardens" is a wonderful medley of raw salmon, yellowtail, and tuna), but also more unique and beautifully-presented items, such as a watercress-crab-scallop house salad, filet mignon, broiled fish with miso glaze, etc. The portions are small, in true Japanese form, so if you are looking for an all-you-can-eat type of establishment, this is the wrong place. Plus, Omen is fairly expensive (5-mini-course prix fixe start at around $43), but if you stick with the a la carte menu in the back, a few of the delicious appetizers (the soba appetizer is amazingly good, but simple) can be a good value.

2
★★★★☆

Omen does not serve your typical take-out, aluminum-and-plastic-container Japanese food. It serves Kyoto-style Japanese, which means not just incredibly fresh and generous portions of fish (their "Gardens" is a wonderful medley of raw salmon, yellowtail, and tuna), but also more unique and beautifully-presented items, such as a watercress-crab-scallop house salad, filet mignon, broiled fish with miso glaze, etc. The portions are small, in true Japanese form, so if you are looking for an all-you-can-eat type of establishment, this is the wrong place. Plus, Omen is fairly expensive (5-mini-course prix fixe start at around $43), but if you stick with the a la carte menu in the back, a few of the delicious appetizers (the soba appetizer is amazingly good, but simple) can be a good value.

Pros: Unique Food, Unobtrusive Service, Fresh Fish on Sundays

Cons: Decor is Lacking, Amex Only

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Our Ikura arrived as a pile of shredded sea-wheat some loose salmon roe eggs sprinkled over an artfully cut radish with an open quail egg on the side. There was no way to maneuver the quail egg onto the salmon row and eat it as intended.

When, presented with a $400.00 bill we were told that only Amex was accepted. No one told us while making the reservation. The note on the handwritten menu in 8 point writing is hard to decipher. A sign on the front door is placed so low, it can only be seen when approaching the restaurant on all fours.

There are better options in that price range. Spare yourself the trouble to run out to the ATM as recommended by the staff , it will give you a max. of $ 100.00 .

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★☆☆☆☆

Our Ikura arrived as a pile of shredded sea-wheat some loose salmon roe eggs sprinkled over an artfully cut radish with an open quail egg on the side. There was no way to maneuver the quail egg onto the salmon row and eat it as intended.

When, presented with a $400.00 bill we were told that only Amex was accepted. No one told us while making the reservation. The note on the handwritten menu in 8 point writing is hard to decipher. A sign on the front door is placed so low, it can only be seen when approaching the restaurant on all fours.

There are better options in that price range. Spare yourself the trouble to run out to the ATM as recommended by the staff , it will give you a max. of $ 100.00 .

Pros: promt service, nice ambience

Cons: only amex, pice/quality gap

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Head up a flight of stairs from the street to find this long, narrow Japanese dining room with brick walls and wood floors. As with its family-owned counterparts in Kobe and Kyoto, people come to Omen for the specialty dish of the same…

 

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