Shima Japanese Restaurant

★★★★★

About Shima Japanese Restaurant

Hours
Mon. - Sun. 12am - 12pm

Food

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Sushi was good and the service is polite and attentive. Prices are good as well. Definitely would recommend.

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★★★★★

Sushi was good and the service is polite and attentive. Prices are good as well. Definitely would recommend.

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Best part is proximity to east village theatre directly across the street. Sushi is nothing to write home about but is servicable. basically on par with any other reasonably fresh sushi in NY. Have to say the miso soup wss particularly

3
★★★★★

Best part is proximity to east village theatre directly across the street. Sushi is nothing to write home about but is servicable. basically on par with any other reasonably fresh sushi in NY. Have to say the miso soup wss particularly

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Another neighborhood sushi restaurant that I have never visited since I moved here but finally paid my visit tonight.

I was skeptical because it was right on 2nd Ave. and I suspected it to be a tourist trap. However, after tonight's dinner I was actually surprised. I got the sushi combo, which has 7 pieces of sushi and 1 roll of my choice. The sashimi is not the best quality I have had but it is pretty big and decent. The spicy tuna roll I got is spicy and roll is made well.

My friend got their udon soup and it comes in a big pot. It has a lot of ingredients inside and it is very savory too.

The total bill came down to about $36 after tax. Not too bad for dinner for two.

2
★★★★☆

Another neighborhood sushi restaurant that I have never visited since I moved here but finally paid my visit tonight.

I was skeptical because it was right on 2nd Ave. and I suspected it to be a tourist trap. However, after tonight's dinner I was actually surprised. I got the sushi combo, which has 7 pieces of sushi and 1 roll of my choice. The sashimi is not the best quality I have had but it is pretty big and decent. The spicy tuna roll I got is spicy and roll is made well.

My friend got their udon soup and it comes in a big pot. It has a lot of ingredients inside and it is very savory too.

The total bill came down to about $36 after tax. Not too bad for dinner for two.

Pros: Good selection of Japanese food, Fresh sushi

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Shima is so my regular spot!!! So when i say this it has nothing to do with the restaurant
at all... I love the food, the people (staff) and location...
There's this frizzy haired older woman that sits by the sushi bar occasionally by herself if you see
her.... sit somewhere else.
She is grouchy and swears shes like best friends with the owners she obnoxious!! She should really
order delivery and do us all a favor..
I figured out the days she's not there, and thats when i go, then it's perfectvno frizzy hair.... just sushi!!!

2
★★★★★

Shima is so my regular spot!!! So when i say this it has nothing to do with the restaurant
at all... I love the food, the people (staff) and location...
There's this frizzy haired older woman that sits by the sushi bar occasionally by herself if you see
her.... sit somewhere else.
She is grouchy and swears shes like best friends with the owners she obnoxious!! She should really
order delivery and do us all a favor..
I figured out the days she's not there, and thats when i go, then it's perfectvno frizzy hair.... just sushi!!!

Pros: Fresh fish

Cons: frizzy lady on the loose

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We went to Shima before a movie as a last resort but it turned out to be such a great experience we're making it our "usual"!!! The grilled chilean sea bass was grilled perfectly, totally delicious and the portion was more than generous. The chirashi in any restaurant is a good measure of a good japanese place, the sushi is scattered and often times the "chef's choice". If the chef is choosing good, presentable fish in this entree then you know they got it right. We ordered three other appetizers; a chicken dipped in rice cracker and deep fried with green tea dipping salt (amazing), kinpira gobo (marinade lotus roots) and a grilled whole squid. I'm looking forward to having another meal at Shima!

2
★★★★☆

We went to Shima before a movie as a last resort but it turned out to be such a great experience we're making it our "usual"!!! The grilled chilean sea bass was grilled perfectly, totally delicious and the portion was more than generous. The chirashi in any restaurant is a good measure of a good japanese place, the sushi is scattered and often times the "chef's choice". If the chef is choosing good, presentable fish in this entree then you know they got it right. We ordered three other appetizers; a chicken dipped in rice cracker and deep fried with green tea dipping salt (amazing), kinpira gobo (marinade lotus roots) and a grilled whole squid. I'm looking forward to having another meal at Shima!

Pros: Amazing sushi, great service, never a wait because people have no clue what they're missing!

Cons: NONE

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Every piece of sushi, sashimi, bento, eda mame, this is to say, absolutely everything has been perfect from the first day - over 7 years ago - I started dining at Shima. A real East Village institution, don't miss eating at Shima.

2
★★★★★

Every piece of sushi, sashimi, bento, eda mame, this is to say, absolutely everything has been perfect from the first day - over 7 years ago - I started dining at Shima. A real East Village institution, don't miss eating at Shima.

Pros: fresh fish

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great atmosphere, great and fresh food. Easy going restaurant. I am a returning customer at Shima for over 10 yrs. That should say it all...!

2
★★★★★

great atmosphere, great and fresh food. Easy going restaurant. I am a returning customer at Shima for over 10 yrs. That should say it all...!

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Service was good and the food came promptly. I feel it's a bit pricey for its niche, but will definitely visit this place again.

1
★★★☆☆

Service was good and the food came promptly. I feel it's a bit pricey for its niche, but will definitely visit this place again.

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My first experience with Shima Restaurant was 16 years ago as a college student. The restaurant used to be located on Waverly by NYU. It was the freshest, most affordable Japanese around. My dad had his first Japanese dining experience there and loved it. After college, I went back to Waverly and, much to my chagrin, found it was gone. By chance I found it again about six years ago. I'm so happy to say the food is just as good with a few fusion-inspired flourishes. The location is tightly spaced, but room size be damned, the food and service is so worth it. I highly recommend: Sashimi Salad with Soy Vinegarette, Ring Ring Ring Calamari appetizer and Foie Gras of the Sea appetizer (winter months only). All of their special rolls are worth a try.

2
★★★★★

My first experience with Shima Restaurant was 16 years ago as a college student. The restaurant used to be located on Waverly by NYU. It was the freshest, most affordable Japanese around. My dad had his first Japanese dining experience there and loved it. After college, I went back to Waverly and, much to my chagrin, found it was gone. By chance I found it again about six years ago. I'm so happy to say the food is just as good with a few fusion-inspired flourishes. The location is tightly spaced, but room size be damned, the food and service is so worth it. I highly recommend: Sashimi Salad with Soy Vinegarette, Ring Ring Ring Calamari appetizer and Foie Gras of the Sea appetizer (winter months only). All of their special rolls are worth a try.

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: Size

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We lived a few blocks from Shima and consider ourselves extremely lucky. We ate here at least 2-3 times per week and I am sure put someone's kid through college. For each of our over 100 meals (easy), the food was always delicious and the waitress extremely friendly. If you are looking for an outstanding meal at a very reasonable price, Shima is the place. I highly recommend the New York, New York platter; it is so good, one does not even need the traditional soy sauce/wasabi mix. If you are having sushi, do not forget to ask for the cilantro sauce accompaniment.

2
★★★★★

We lived a few blocks from Shima and consider ourselves extremely lucky. We ate here at least 2-3 times per week and I am sure put someone's kid through college. For each of our over 100 meals (easy), the food was always delicious and the waitress extremely friendly. If you are looking for an outstanding meal at a very reasonable price, Shima is the place. I highly recommend the New York, New York platter; it is so good, one does not even need the traditional soy sauce/wasabi mix. If you are having sushi, do not forget to ask for the cilantro sauce accompaniment.

Pros: Great food, reasonable price

Cons: none

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I was pleasantly surprised when I happened to stop in here with a friend one night after our reservation at a place nearby was mysteriously canceled. The food was really good. I remember we both remarked on the freshness of the fish, and how lovely the decor was. The service could be better, perhaps a little more attentive. But the tuna tataki and the sushi rolls (we ordered 4 different ones) were all delicious. And the price was right. I had never heard of this restaurant before that night, but I am not surprised to find the place full every time I pass by.

2
★★★★★

I was pleasantly surprised when I happened to stop in here with a friend one night after our reservation at a place nearby was mysteriously canceled. The food was really good. I remember we both remarked on the freshness of the fish, and how lovely the decor was. The service could be better, perhaps a little more attentive. But the tuna tataki and the sushi rolls (we ordered 4 different ones) were all delicious. And the price was right. I had never heard of this restaurant before that night, but I am not surprised to find the place full every time I pass by.

Pros: great sushi, interesting decor, reasonably-priced

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I love this restaurant! I have lived around the corner for the past 2 and 1/2 years and I have both dined in the restaurant and ordered take out a million times. The staff is incredibly nice and always very accomodating and the sushi is amazing! I am obsessed with the "shima roll" and i get it almost every single time. Watch for the Kirin festivals too, which are awesome because they have $2 pints and unlimited edamame.

2
★★★★★

I love this restaurant! I have lived around the corner for the past 2 and 1/2 years and I have both dined in the restaurant and ordered take out a million times. The staff is incredibly nice and always very accomodating and the sushi is amazing! I am obsessed with the "shima roll" and i get it almost every single time. Watch for the Kirin festivals too, which are awesome because they have $2 pints and unlimited edamame.

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Great sushi at moderate prices ! They do not take reservations and it's always crowded, the service was somewhat slow but not terrible but the only thing I really did not enjoy was the fact that the food to our table ( party of 8) was all delivered at different times and was certainly akward. However, the excellent sushi and the prices makes up for everything!

2
★★★★☆

Great sushi at moderate prices ! They do not take reservations and it's always crowded, the service was somewhat slow but not terrible but the only thing I really did not enjoy was the fact that the food to our table ( party of 8) was all delivered at different times and was certainly akward. However, the excellent sushi and the prices makes up for everything!

Pros: excellent food, good presentation, good ambiance

Cons: slow service

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Shima delivers excellent sushi at very reasonable prices. They offer Edo-style sushi, where the pieces are already seasoned. It can get crowded, but it's one of the best places in the East Village.

2
★★★★★

Shima delivers excellent sushi at very reasonable prices. They offer Edo-style sushi, where the pieces are already seasoned. It can get crowded, but it's one of the best places in the East Village.

Pros: fresh sushi, Edo style sushi avail, price

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i lived for five years in the area around Shima and the restaurant became a favorite place for me to have birthdays and special occasions. i believe they have the best california roll i have ever had and I enjoy their tuna tataki. i especially enjoy the waitstaff whom treat each table with care and time. yuki and mi hoh are great hosts and the sushi chefs know what they are doing. try the sake sampler for a treat.

2
★★★★☆

i lived for five years in the area around Shima and the restaurant became a favorite place for me to have birthdays and special occasions. i believe they have the best california roll i have ever had and I enjoy their tuna tataki. i especially enjoy the waitstaff whom treat each table with care and time. yuki and mi hoh are great hosts and the sushi chefs know what they are doing. try the sake sampler for a treat.

Pros: , good food

Cons: , can be crowded

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i am enticed by reading all the great reviews but again i have been disappointed. the sushi & rolls are good, not great as raved by other reviewers. they are busy so the person who rated this a 3 for pick up had a poor experience. i would agree with their poor impression, but should not be an indictment on their food. SUM IT: i always say try it once but don't read the overly hi rated reviews until you can judge for yourself.

2
★★★★☆

i am enticed by reading all the great reviews but again i have been disappointed. the sushi & rolls are good, not great as raved by other reviewers. they are busy so the person who rated this a 3 for pick up had a poor experience. i would agree with their poor impression, but should not be an indictment on their food. SUM IT: i always say try it once but don't read the overly hi rated reviews until you can judge for yourself.

Pros: specials

Cons: busy busy busy

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It's a wonder why this place is relatively unknown, the sushi is delicious. So is the tuna tartar appetizer and the miso soup. Mmmm.. I'd recommend the Shima roll. It's great. The only bad thing is the absense of tempura icecream..but then again, the sushi is more then worth it.

2
★★★★★

It's a wonder why this place is relatively unknown, the sushi is delicious. So is the tuna tartar appetizer and the miso soup. Mmmm.. I'd recommend the Shima roll. It's great. The only bad thing is the absense of tempura icecream..but then again, the sushi is more then worth it.

Pros: Great Food, Good Service

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Ahhh...Shima. My favorite restaurant. The crunchy tuna tartar is spectacular, the salmon soup is so filling, cheap and delicious, their traditionally marinated sashimi practically melts in your mouth and don't get me started on the "ring ring ring" (that's fried calamari to you newbies). Fast friendly service, freshest fish, huge variety (try the spicy california or tuna rolls) and extremely reasonably prices. Romantic lighting but also great for larger groups (8-10 max). Highly recommended.

2
★★★★★

Ahhh...Shima. My favorite restaurant. The crunchy tuna tartar is spectacular, the salmon soup is so filling, cheap and delicious, their traditionally marinated sashimi practically melts in your mouth and don't get me started on the "ring ring ring" (that's fried calamari to you newbies). Fast friendly service, freshest fish, huge variety (try the spicy california or tuna rolls) and extremely reasonably prices. Romantic lighting but also great for larger groups (8-10 max). Highly recommended.

Pros: affordable, large menu, great specials

Cons: crowded

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Shima's Spiny Tuna TarTar is officially the greatest appetizer in human civilization. This has prevented me from eating almost anything else in the restaurant. :) Their sake is also QUITE tasty....maybe one day I will try something else on the menu.....nah..... :)

2
★★★★★

Shima's Spiny Tuna TarTar is officially the greatest appetizer in human civilization. This has prevented me from eating almost anything else in the restaurant. :) Their sake is also QUITE tasty....maybe one day I will try something else on the menu.....nah..... :)

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I absolutely love this place....and so do all my friends I have taken there. The atmosphere is cosy and relaxed, the service is fantastic (very friendly, polite, and fast), the prices are very good (about $15-20 a person) and the food is delicious! I love sushi so I've been to LOTS in NYC and even on the west coast- where sushi is even more popular than here- and I have to admit that this is the cream of the crop. Don't miss it!

2
★★★★★

I absolutely love this place....and so do all my friends I have taken there. The atmosphere is cosy and relaxed, the service is fantastic (very friendly, polite, and fast), the prices are very good (about $15-20 a person) and the food is delicious! I love sushi so I've been to LOTS in NYC and even on the west coast- where sushi is even more popular than here- and I have to admit that this is the cream of the crop. Don't miss it!

Pros: great service, delicious food, good location

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I eat at Shima periodically, and it usually is a pleasant experience. Yesterday I was in a bit of a hurry, so I decided to take out. I ended up waiting on my feet in the restaurant for 30 minutes waiting for a simple sushi deluxe to take out! People who came in after me walked out with their orders before I did. The person who helped me obviously knew I was upset about this and did nothing to update me or try to reassure my order was being taken care of. Whether or not they were short staffed is irrelevant, because they're customer service that day was horrible, and I wouldn't return to treated the way I was.

1
★★☆☆☆

I eat at Shima periodically, and it usually is a pleasant experience. Yesterday I was in a bit of a hurry, so I decided to take out. I ended up waiting on my feet in the restaurant for 30 minutes waiting for a simple sushi deluxe to take out! People who came in after me walked out with their orders before I did. The person who helped me obviously knew I was upset about this and did nothing to update me or try to reassure my order was being taken care of. Whether or not they were short staffed is irrelevant, because they're customer service that day was horrible, and I wouldn't return to treated the way I was.

 

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