Sugiyama Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 251 W 55th St

    New York, NY 10019

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  • 212-956-0670

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Exquisite food, perfect service. Atmosphere is basic but calm and pleasant. Lived up to the hype, and worth every penny. Brought boyfriend there for dinner -- he had the modern 8 course omakase with kobe -- and he's still talking about the meal.

2
★★★★★

Exquisite food, perfect service. Atmosphere is basic but calm and pleasant. Lived up to the hype, and worth every penny. Brought boyfriend there for dinner -- he had the modern 8 course omakase with kobe -- and he's still talking about the meal.

Pros: Attentive and friendly service

Cons: Fairly basic atmosphere (not a con, but FYI)

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If you want to taste true (non-family style) Japanese food, this is it. They use finest ingredients from all over the world and cook them with excellent skill. You might feel it a little expensive and indeed it is, but you have to pay twice if you were to eat the same food in Tokyo. I strongly recommend this place.

2
★★★★★

If you want to taste true (non-family style) Japanese food, this is it. They use finest ingredients from all over the world and cook them with excellent skill. You might feel it a little expensive and indeed it is, but you have to pay twice if you were to eat the same food in Tokyo. I strongly recommend this place.

Pros: Uses finest and fresh ingredient. Has true Japanese flavor

Cons: A little pricy

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Words cannot express how much I love this place. Go to sushi samba if you're looking for gimmicky fusiony "inventive" sushi. This is back to basics.

Staff is friendly, Sachiko herself makes the rounds and can make great seasonal recommendations if you choose not to get the omakase. Their gomadofu is homemade and is one of the best in the city-in fact, based solely on their gomadofu I would give the place 5 stars. I'm no vegetarian but this is one of the menu highlights for me. Honestly no matter what you order, it's difficult to go wrong here. And bonus, they have kushiage.

Great sake selection, they can also arrange for private sake tastings, which is fun (and informative). And like Peter D said, it's not a huge selection, but every time I've asked Sachi for a recommendation, it's been spot on.

4
★★★★☆

Words cannot express how much I love this place. Go to sushi samba if you're looking for gimmicky fusiony "inventive" sushi. This is back to basics.

Staff is friendly, Sachiko herself makes the rounds and can make great seasonal recommendations if you choose not to get the omakase. Their gomadofu is homemade and is one of the best in the city-in fact, based solely on their gomadofu I would give the place 5 stars. I'm no vegetarian but this is one of the menu highlights for me. Honestly no matter what you order, it's difficult to go wrong here. And bonus, they have kushiage.

Great sake selection, they can also arrange for private sake tastings, which is fun (and informative). And like Peter D said, it's not a huge selection, but every time I've asked Sachi for a recommendation, it's been spot on.

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I came here on the recommendation of an American friend who lived in Japan for a year. The place has a wonderful combination of intimacy, ambience, service and quality food.

My friend and I ordered the grilled fish and left our dining experience in the hands of a master.

The dishes came out at a steady pace, and our server was so cute and sensitive to our needs. Each dish was beautiful, elegant and delicious. At the end of the meal, I was totally satisfied with a culinary experience that was delightful both visually and gustatorily.

2
★★★★☆

I came here on the recommendation of an American friend who lived in Japan for a year. The place has a wonderful combination of intimacy, ambience, service and quality food.

My friend and I ordered the grilled fish and left our dining experience in the hands of a master.

The dishes came out at a steady pace, and our server was so cute and sensitive to our needs. Each dish was beautiful, elegant and delicious. At the end of the meal, I was totally satisfied with a culinary experience that was delightful both visually and gustatorily.

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This restaurant was recommended by a friend who I believe has a sophisticated palate. Boy was I disappointed. Having recently had a meal of a lifetime at Nobu I was hoping for more of the luxury shown there. I cannot tell you how bad this place is. Five of us ordered the $160 meal which had six or seven courses. All bad. We could not wait for it to be over. To top it off the wait staff was rude. Please do not waste your money. I have enjoyed sushi and Japanese food around the world and this was the worst. I have had better sushi at cheap rotating carousels in San Francisco and in Melbourne.

0
★☆☆☆☆

This restaurant was recommended by a friend who I believe has a sophisticated palate. Boy was I disappointed. Having recently had a meal of a lifetime at Nobu I was hoping for more of the luxury shown there. I cannot tell you how bad this place is. Five of us ordered the $160 meal which had six or seven courses. All bad. We could not wait for it to be over. To top it off the wait staff was rude. Please do not waste your money. I have enjoyed sushi and Japanese food around the world and this was the worst. I have had better sushi at cheap rotating carousels in San Francisco and in Melbourne.

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We scheduled a 6pm reservation, and arrived fifteen minutes early to an empty restaurant. Apparently my family isn't good enough for Sugiyama - we were told that the food was "too hot" for children, that they require a quiet atmosphere, and to please leave. My daughters can handle omakase at the bar with Yasuda-san, nine courses at Per Se, but now I'm told that kaiseke is out of their reach. That's unfortunate for Sugiyama, as I will make sure never to return.

0
★☆☆☆☆

We scheduled a 6pm reservation, and arrived fifteen minutes early to an empty restaurant. Apparently my family isn't good enough for Sugiyama - we were told that the food was "too hot" for children, that they require a quiet atmosphere, and to please leave. My daughters can handle omakase at the bar with Yasuda-san, nine courses at Per Se, but now I'm told that kaiseke is out of their reach. That's unfortunate for Sugiyama, as I will make sure never to return.

Pros: None

Cons: Ambience, Service

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Sugiyama is a diamond in the rough. I would never have expected such a unique restaurant of this caliber in this neighborhood, behind its unassuming exterior. The dining experience is also of unparalleled value, if I recall correctly, the 8 course tasting menu is under $70 and so delightful. Everything was delicious and beautifully presented. The service was exactly on point and not fussy. The server explained each course in detail as it was served and also suggested the best way in which to enjoy them.

The sashimi course is served with an oyster and accented with gold foil. In one of the later courses, red hot stones are brought to the table and guests are able to sear their choice of beef or seafood. Dessert is a grapefruit wine jelly with cream... it sounds bizarre but is absolutely indulgent. This place has been one of the top finds in the city.

A side note... this dining experience is not one for the timid. There is no a la carte option on the menu, you choose the number of courses and the rest is left in the capable chef's hands. Some notable eats have been peekytoe crabs (a small crab that you eat in its entirety, shell and all), a clear soup with little white fish and whole baby octopus.

2
★★★★★

Sugiyama is a diamond in the rough. I would never have expected such a unique restaurant of this caliber in this neighborhood, behind its unassuming exterior. The dining experience is also of unparalleled value, if I recall correctly, the 8 course tasting menu is under $70 and so delightful. Everything was delicious and beautifully presented. The service was exactly on point and not fussy. The server explained each course in detail as it was served and also suggested the best way in which to enjoy them.

The sashimi course is served with an oyster and accented with gold foil. In one of the later courses, red hot stones are brought to the table and guests are able to sear their choice of beef or seafood. Dessert is a grapefruit wine jelly with cream... it sounds bizarre but is absolutely indulgent. This place has been one of the top finds in the city.

A side note... this dining experience is not one for the timid. There is no a la carte option on the menu, you choose the number of courses and the rest is left in the capable chef's hands. Some notable eats have been peekytoe crabs (a small crab that you eat in its entirety, shell and all), a clear soup with little white fish and whole baby octopus.

Pros: A once-in-my-lifetime experience

Cons: Not food for the timid

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I was in Sugiyama last year. As I just browsing and see their restaurant in the list. I can help but to remember how great their food and service. The lobster, sea urchin, even the way they do the tomato is unbelievable. You go try for yourself.

2
★★★★★

I was in Sugiyama last year. As I just browsing and see their restaurant in the list. I can help but to remember how great their food and service. The lobster, sea urchin, even the way they do the tomato is unbelievable. You go try for yourself.

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We came here for dinner. A reservation was absolutely necessary as the place was packed. I have been told that the expensive $150+ Kaiseki dinners here are amazing. I cannot speak to that. We had the $68 - 8 course Kaiseki. I must say that I can understand why some people rave about this restaurant. To a New Yorker with adventurous tastes, this restaurant can be fresh and exciting. However, the 8 course Kaiseki here is no different from a typical meal of this type for which I paid just over half the price in Japan. You do get some more expensive items such as Monkfish liver and Sea Urchin. However, overall, I would consider this an average Japanese meal for Japan, albeit an above average one for New York. I would suggest taking the beef on the hot stone over the seafood option. The service has been mostly effective, though not everyone spoke English and some of our orders were misunderstood. They were also a touch slow to refill the tea. I might try to Omakase Kaiseki on some special occasion. However, I won't be back for the regular menu. Still, I can recommend that those who love Japanese food or have nostalgia for Japan try this place once.

2
★★★★☆

We came here for dinner. A reservation was absolutely necessary as the place was packed. I have been told that the expensive $150+ Kaiseki dinners here are amazing. I cannot speak to that. We had the $68 - 8 course Kaiseki. I must say that I can understand why some people rave about this restaurant. To a New Yorker with adventurous tastes, this restaurant can be fresh and exciting. However, the 8 course Kaiseki here is no different from a typical meal of this type for which I paid just over half the price in Japan. You do get some more expensive items such as Monkfish liver and Sea Urchin. However, overall, I would consider this an average Japanese meal for Japan, albeit an above average one for New York. I would suggest taking the beef on the hot stone over the seafood option. The service has been mostly effective, though not everyone spoke English and some of our orders were misunderstood. They were also a touch slow to refill the tea. I might try to Omakase Kaiseki on some special occasion. However, I won't be back for the regular menu. Still, I can recommend that those who love Japanese food or have nostalgia for Japan try this place once.

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First, let me explain this restaurant if you haven't been there. This is NOT a sushi place, its a kaiseki restaurant. Basically all items on the menu are variations of a tasting menu: several smaller dishes. Also, the flavors will not always be familar to someone with standard, unadventurous western palette.

Ok, so now that that is out the way, this is *such* an incredible restaurant if you understand and enjoy japanese flavors. The sashimi course is hands down the best in NYC, with much of the fish flown in from japan that day. The lobster with uni is glorious. The beef seared on the rock so satisfying and delicious, with the meat just needing the slightest of searing. The broth courses are perfected (the other chef actually makes the soups -- he just keeps getting better and better). The first course is usually a monk fish liver pate, and other treats. Last time we went it was blowfish milt. That is basically fish testicle. Think its gross? It was amazing, smooth and creamy. Where the hell else are you going to get something like that in NYC? Ironically the sushi course, although good, is the weakest course, so go for the 6 course if you want to eat a little less since it doesnt have the sushi course. I've eaten at Masa and there is no comparison to the sushi there -- that is the best ever-- but I would say that all the other food at Sugiyama is better than Masa.

Someone said they weren't full after eating the 8 course. That is ABSURD. I have a big appetite, male, and finishing the 8 course makes me feel like I'm going to explode. it is a lot of food.

Granted the decor is not going to win any interior decorating awards, although it is tasteful. Staff is excellent and friendly. Sitting at the bar is highly recommended.

2
★★★★★

First, let me explain this restaurant if you haven't been there. This is NOT a sushi place, its a kaiseki restaurant. Basically all items on the menu are variations of a tasting menu: several smaller dishes. Also, the flavors will not always be familar to someone with standard, unadventurous western palette.

Ok, so now that that is out the way, this is *such* an incredible restaurant if you understand and enjoy japanese flavors. The sashimi course is hands down the best in NYC, with much of the fish flown in from japan that day. The lobster with uni is glorious. The beef seared on the rock so satisfying and delicious, with the meat just needing the slightest of searing. The broth courses are perfected (the other chef actually makes the soups -- he just keeps getting better and better). The first course is usually a monk fish liver pate, and other treats. Last time we went it was blowfish milt. That is basically fish testicle. Think its gross? It was amazing, smooth and creamy. Where the hell else are you going to get something like that in NYC? Ironically the sushi course, although good, is the weakest course, so go for the 6 course if you want to eat a little less since it doesnt have the sushi course. I've eaten at Masa and there is no comparison to the sushi there -- that is the best ever-- but I would say that all the other food at Sugiyama is better than Masa.

Someone said they weren't full after eating the 8 course. That is ABSURD. I have a big appetite, male, and finishing the 8 course makes me feel like I'm going to explode. it is a lot of food.

Granted the decor is not going to win any interior decorating awards, although it is tasteful. Staff is excellent and friendly. Sitting at the bar is highly recommended.

Pros: some of the best food in NYC

Cons: decor somewhat uninspired, very occasionally uneven, food wise

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I live in the area and have been there many times over the past year. I love this place! The food is great and the service is impeccable. I cant wait to go back!

2
★★★★★

I live in the area and have been there many times over the past year. I love this place! The food is great and the service is impeccable. I cant wait to go back!

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: Small

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I've been here several times, and I really think that they serve best traditional Japanese food in New York. You may enjoy the meals if you seat at the counter.

2
★★★★★

I've been here several times, and I really think that they serve best traditional Japanese food in New York. You may enjoy the meals if you seat at the counter.

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This place is highly overrated. We went there as a party of 8 and since then, this restaurant became an inside joke, referring to the horrible experience we all had there. Each course in the prix-fixe menu was tiny and unappetising. Nothing is cooked (unless you get the $125 Kobe beef menu, in which case you get 4 tiny squares that you fry yourself). Atmosphere is no better than any cheap dine-in pizza place. And don't expect a lot of class from the waiters. After dishing out about a thousand bucks (for all 8) we all left hungry.

0
★☆☆☆☆

This place is highly overrated. We went there as a party of 8 and since then, this restaurant became an inside joke, referring to the horrible experience we all had there. Each course in the prix-fixe menu was tiny and unappetising. Nothing is cooked (unless you get the $125 Kobe beef menu, in which case you get 4 tiny squares that you fry yourself). Atmosphere is no better than any cheap dine-in pizza place. And don't expect a lot of class from the waiters. After dishing out about a thousand bucks (for all 8) we all left hungry.

Pros: Very unique food

Cons: Bad food, Overpriced

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We had the $112, 8 course Modern Kaiseki but the only dish that we really enjoyed was the sashimi bowl, everything else was a disappointment. Not worth the money and definitely overrated.

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★★★☆☆

We had the $112, 8 course Modern Kaiseki but the only dish that we really enjoyed was the sashimi bowl, everything else was a disappointment. Not worth the money and definitely overrated.

Pros: Uni's are very good!, Staff was courteous

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Because of the 9.8 rating we went with high expectations. When walked in was the impression of is this it? However, the place started growing from Maiko-san attention to the cute decoration, the open chef kichen to the great food. Was mainly impressed with the mushroom salad, incredible for a solid eater like me. Also, great Kubota-manju, $53 though. However, the Manju was enough for my fiancee and me. Excellent sachimi, great traditional Kaiseki (adds a great presentation touch). Friendly cooks and service. Good dessert.

2
★★★★★

Because of the 9.8 rating we went with high expectations. When walked in was the impression of is this it? However, the place started growing from Maiko-san attention to the cute decoration, the open chef kichen to the great food. Was mainly impressed with the mushroom salad, incredible for a solid eater like me. Also, great Kubota-manju, $53 though. However, the Manju was enough for my fiancee and me. Excellent sachimi, great traditional Kaiseki (adds a great presentation touch). Friendly cooks and service. Good dessert.

Pros: Food, Service, Decor

Cons: Expensive

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This was my first time eating Kaiseki- I guess best described as a Japanese ceremonial type tasting menu. And I loved every bit of it. The food was unique, from sushi to uni shots to seafood grilled over a hot rock on my table. It was absolutely delicious and artistically arranged. The ambiance is beautiful and the waitstaff extremely knowledgeble on the menu. I reccomend the 6 course menu for two people- I didn't leave stuffed to the gills, but satisfied. The chef (as stated below) is incredibly fond of uni and used it in more than half our dishes. However, the price is high, but I felt that it was worth it for the experience and the quality.

2
★★★★★

This was my first time eating Kaiseki- I guess best described as a Japanese ceremonial type tasting menu. And I loved every bit of it. The food was unique, from sushi to uni shots to seafood grilled over a hot rock on my table. It was absolutely delicious and artistically arranged. The ambiance is beautiful and the waitstaff extremely knowledgeble on the menu. I reccomend the 6 course menu for two people- I didn't leave stuffed to the gills, but satisfied. The chef (as stated below) is incredibly fond of uni and used it in more than half our dishes. However, the price is high, but I felt that it was worth it for the experience and the quality.

Pros: considerate staff, unique, beautiful

Cons: cost

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My husband and I lived in Japan for 3 years and love quality Japanese cuisine and decided to try Sugiyama for our anniversary. It was a lovely experience. For $68 each, you get an 8 course meal, which is very filling, plus dessert. You can cook seafood or beef on the hot stone, get a variety of small delicacies, service was excellent, knowledgeable and friendly. If you are looking for sashimi only, this is not the place, if you are looking for fusion japanese like Nobu, this is not the place. If you just enjoy good quality japanese food and alot of variety, in a nice traditional but not stuffy atmosphere, this is the place.

2
★★★★★

My husband and I lived in Japan for 3 years and love quality Japanese cuisine and decided to try Sugiyama for our anniversary. It was a lovely experience. For $68 each, you get an 8 course meal, which is very filling, plus dessert. You can cook seafood or beef on the hot stone, get a variety of small delicacies, service was excellent, knowledgeable and friendly. If you are looking for sashimi only, this is not the place, if you are looking for fusion japanese like Nobu, this is not the place. If you just enjoy good quality japanese food and alot of variety, in a nice traditional but not stuffy atmosphere, this is the place.

Pros: food, service

Cons: expensive, location

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fine japanease food not sushi restaurant
omakase is best meal

2
★★★★★

fine japanease food not sushi restaurant
omakase is best meal

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If you want a true kaiseki dining experience, this is the place to go in NYC. The restaurant features several different kaiseki dining options from under $50 to above $150. The standard 8 course modern kaiseki for $68 is the best value on the menu. Chef Sugiyama will take you on a diverse tasting course from raw to cooked, rich to refreshing with his perfectly balanced dishes. Each meal is paced to perfection with just the right amount of time between each course to both reflect on what was just enjoyed and what is coming up next.

Service was the best I can recall experiencing in a long time. The restaurant is small and the ambience is almost family like. If there is a better kaiseki experience in NYC, I have not found it.

2
★★★★★

If you want a true kaiseki dining experience, this is the place to go in NYC. The restaurant features several different kaiseki dining options from under $50 to above $150. The standard 8 course modern kaiseki for $68 is the best value on the menu. Chef Sugiyama will take you on a diverse tasting course from raw to cooked, rich to refreshing with his perfectly balanced dishes. Each meal is paced to perfection with just the right amount of time between each course to both reflect on what was just enjoyed and what is coming up next.

Service was the best I can recall experiencing in a long time. The restaurant is small and the ambience is almost family like. If there is a better kaiseki experience in NYC, I have not found it.

Pros: Kaiseki, Service

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This is an experience to be had. Everything was interesting. The Uni selection was very good but they couldn't tell us where they get their uni except they get it fresh (whether from Maine, California, Oregon, etc.). But the total cost is an eye popper. Go here only if you can afford to but do not expect your normal sushi fare. But for my $$$ I have found another home in Raku - It's Japanese! on 47th. Their Uni is from Santa Barbara - sweet & mild! And for much less $$$ we can get the Love Boat & have the best sushi in town.

1
★★★☆☆

This is an experience to be had. Everything was interesting. The Uni selection was very good but they couldn't tell us where they get their uni except they get it fresh (whether from Maine, California, Oregon, etc.). But the total cost is an eye popper. Go here only if you can afford to but do not expect your normal sushi fare. But for my $$$ I have found another home in Raku - It's Japanese! on 47th. Their Uni is from Santa Barbara - sweet & mild! And for much less $$$ we can get the Love Boat & have the best sushi in town.

Pros: interesting selection, uni, service

Cons: $$$$

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I have never been moved to review an restaurant after eating there, but after my experience last night at Sugiyama, I have no choice.

This was, by far, the most comprehensive dining experience I have ever had. The food, the presentation, the explanation and descriptions of the courses were are perfect. The meal was flawless. I cannot stress enough that you must try this place...and return often. I know I will.

2
★★★★★

I have never been moved to review an restaurant after eating there, but after my experience last night at Sugiyama, I have no choice.

This was, by far, the most comprehensive dining experience I have ever had. The food, the presentation, the explanation and descriptions of the courses were are perfect. The meal was flawless. I cannot stress enough that you must try this place...and return often. I know I will.

Pros: Presentation, Quality, Variety

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To give a maximum value rating for a $100+/ head restaurant gives a fairly good indication of the amazing quality and quantity of food that you get here. This is definitely not the place for the culinarily-cautious or for anyone who doesn't like Sea Urchin. But if you want to eat varied, delicious, fresh, original food with plenty of sea urchin, then I cannot think of anywhere better. The decor / atmosphere is pretty ordinary, but it is generally irrelevant as one becomes utterly consumed with the consumption of course after course. The staff - in particular in the booking process are very friendly too.

2
★★★★★

To give a maximum value rating for a $100+/ head restaurant gives a fairly good indication of the amazing quality and quantity of food that you get here. This is definitely not the place for the culinarily-cautious or for anyone who doesn't like Sea Urchin. But if you want to eat varied, delicious, fresh, original food with plenty of sea urchin, then I cannot think of anywhere better. The decor / atmosphere is pretty ordinary, but it is generally irrelevant as one becomes utterly consumed with the consumption of course after course. The staff - in particular in the booking process are very friendly too.

Pros: Amazing food, Uni, uni, uni, Tasting Menu

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A true NYC treasure of finest quality gourmet cuisine. In the japanese tradition of a kaiseki course meal, each serving is as a gift from this world class chef - combining fine, rare and seaonal ingredients - each presented on beautiful japanese dishes. This fine meal is complemented with an excellent selection of sake and finished off with surprizingly wonderful grapefruit jello. The refined, elegant setting with beautiful floral designs, will satisfy your most sybratic yearnings...

2
★★★★★

A true NYC treasure of finest quality gourmet cuisine. In the japanese tradition of a kaiseki course meal, each serving is as a gift from this world class chef - combining fine, rare and seaonal ingredients - each presented on beautiful japanese dishes. This fine meal is complemented with an excellent selection of sake and finished off with surprizingly wonderful grapefruit jello. The refined, elegant setting with beautiful floral designs, will satisfy your most sybratic yearnings...

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Put simply, this is the most authentic, most delicious, most colorful Japanese restaurant I have ever been to. Easily outrivals opponent Nobu - the food is delicate, creative, an experience like any other. This has my highest recommendation. An amazing restaurant hands down!

2
★★★★★

Put simply, this is the most authentic, most delicious, most colorful Japanese restaurant I have ever been to. Easily outrivals opponent Nobu - the food is delicate, creative, an experience like any other. This has my highest recommendation. An amazing restaurant hands down!

Pros: Original, Delicious, Delicate

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My boyfriend took me here for my birthday and I absolutely loved it. I've tried dozens of sushi places and this is by far, the best. Don't expect typical sushi dishes, for you will be disappointed. My boyfriend and I both got the chef's 8 course recommendation (he also got it with kobe beef) and it was an unbelievably filling amount (and trust me, my boyfriend can eat =P). The chef creates tantalizing dishes and delicacies including monkfish, fatty tuna, and uni, and it all just melts in your mouth. The service was impeccable - they were always there to help you with anything, especially with explaining everything on your dish. Their friendly nature was always courteous and had definately made the meal more enjoyable but beware and make sure you bring out your paycheck...it can be expensive. It's definately an experience everyone should try on a special occasion. A++++++++

2
★★★★★

My boyfriend took me here for my birthday and I absolutely loved it. I've tried dozens of sushi places and this is by far, the best. Don't expect typical sushi dishes, for you will be disappointed. My boyfriend and I both got the chef's 8 course recommendation (he also got it with kobe beef) and it was an unbelievably filling amount (and trust me, my boyfriend can eat =P). The chef creates tantalizing dishes and delicacies including monkfish, fatty tuna, and uni, and it all just melts in your mouth. The service was impeccable - they were always there to help you with anything, especially with explaining everything on your dish. Their friendly nature was always courteous and had definately made the meal more enjoyable but beware and make sure you bring out your paycheck...it can be expensive. It's definately an experience everyone should try on a special occasion. A++++++++

Pros: service, fresh food

Cons: expensive

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I went for the $150 kobe tasting menu. It was way too much food. Would recommend 4 course tasting, 5 max. With sake and tip it rang in at nearly $500 for two people. Worth it? Maybe once.

2
★★★★☆

I went for the $150 kobe tasting menu. It was way too much food. Would recommend 4 course tasting, 5 max. With sake and tip it rang in at nearly $500 for two people. Worth it? Maybe once.

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This place is overrated and expensive. Sure the chef takes you on his adventure with his food and it was unique, but the portions were so little that I left the place still hungry. I personally didn't find the food that great either.. good luck if u go here.

1
★★★☆☆

This place is overrated and expensive. Sure the chef takes you on his adventure with his food and it was unique, but the portions were so little that I left the place still hungry. I personally didn't find the food that great either.. good luck if u go here.

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This is NOT a sushi restaurant. You might get some sushi with your meal, and it will be among the very best you will ever have, but you will pay for it.

This is the restaurant that changed my previously negative views on uni (sea urchin roe) by serving up a truly exquisite piece.

2
★★★★☆

This is NOT a sushi restaurant. You might get some sushi with your meal, and it will be among the very best you will ever have, but you will pay for it.

This is the restaurant that changed my previously negative views on uni (sea urchin roe) by serving up a truly exquisite piece.

Pros: Quality, Unique

Cons: Expensive

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For $60 bucks at Sugiyama you will get food that you have never eaten before, food that is rare, delicate, gorgeous, and simple. Sugiyama is truly amazing!

2
★★★★★

For $60 bucks at Sugiyama you will get food that you have never eaten before, food that is rare, delicate, gorgeous, and simple. Sugiyama is truly amazing!

Pros: Menu is a treasure, Chef is a deity

Cons: location so-so

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So good it almost can't be put into words. Tantalizing, Different, Delicious, A fair Price, Wonderful!

2
★★★★★

So good it almost can't be put into words. Tantalizing, Different, Delicious, A fair Price, Wonderful!

Pros: AMAZING food, Utter Master Chef, immaculate

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I was lucky enough to have dinner at this restaurant recently. I think I can safely say it was one of the best meals of my life. The chef, who is a genius, took me and my date on a journey. It's hard to believe someone could be that clever with food. It defied understanding. Sometimes you realize that food, in the hands of the right person, is an artform of personal expression. I cant wait to go back.

2
★★★★★

I was lucky enough to have dinner at this restaurant recently. I think I can safely say it was one of the best meals of my life. The chef, who is a genius, took me and my date on a journey. It's hard to believe someone could be that clever with food. It defied understanding. Sometimes you realize that food, in the hands of the right person, is an artform of personal expression. I cant wait to go back.

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What Nao Sugiyama achieves at his eponymous restaurant cannot simply be called cooking, but edible art. At this small and surprisingly casual spot, diners gather in booths or sit at the counter and gaze into the open kitchen. Sugiyama, who…

 

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