Yama

★★★★☆
  • 49 Irving Pl

    New York, NY 10003

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  • 212-475-0969

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I live in the neighborhood and wanted to try a new place for lunch. I had the sashimi for one. Very disappointing. The pieces of fish were both large and tasteless. To my surprise, they served surimi with my sashimi. Need I say more.

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★☆☆☆☆

I live in the neighborhood and wanted to try a new place for lunch. I had the sashimi for one. Very disappointing. The pieces of fish were both large and tasteless. To my surprise, they served surimi with my sashimi. Need I say more.

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I've lived in NYC for 17 years and have tried many sushi places, from Nobu (I'd put a "Boo!" in Nobu) to the local low-end joint. Yama is hands down the best. For a humorous but insightful review of Yama, go to this site: lgreport.blogspot(dot com)/2010/01/lg-report-restaurant-review-best-sushi and you'll see why this place rocks. I shouldn't be telling you this since it will only increase my waiting time but it's just a great place....enjoy!

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★★★★★

I've lived in NYC for 17 years and have tried many sushi places, from Nobu (I'd put a "Boo!" in Nobu) to the local low-end joint. Yama is hands down the best. For a humorous but insightful review of Yama, go to this site: lgreport.blogspot(dot com)/2010/01/lg-report-restaurant-review-best-sushi and you'll see why this place rocks. I shouldn't be telling you this since it will only increase my waiting time but it's just a great place....enjoy!

Pros: Big Fresh Pieces, Awesome Spicy Mayo

Cons: Doesn't Take Reservations, Waits Can Be Long - But Worth It

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Ordering take-out from this restaurant without looking at the food before I left was a big mistake. If I had opened the bag while still inside the restaurant I would have immediately asked to speak to their manager, the sushi I received (if you can even call it that) wasn??t at all what I had asked for, nor did it look like it was prepared for human consumption. The rolls were small, the fish looked as if it had been cut by a three year old and to make matters worse, there were chunks of what looked like recycled fish thrown on top of the rolls. The fish was greasy (not at all fresh) and the rice looked as if the had put some type of sauces on to of it. I wouldn??t be surprised if they took these rolls off someone else??s plate after they mutilated it. I think it is truly insulting that they would hand me such terrible quality food, I was absolutely disgusted at what I saw. I??m amazing that this place hasn??t been closed down because of health complaints; I could only imagine what this food would do to someone??s stomach. This place doesn??t deserve a single star.

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★☆☆☆☆

Ordering take-out from this restaurant without looking at the food before I left was a big mistake. If I had opened the bag while still inside the restaurant I would have immediately asked to speak to their manager, the sushi I received (if you can even call it that) wasn??t at all what I had asked for, nor did it look like it was prepared for human consumption. The rolls were small, the fish looked as if it had been cut by a three year old and to make matters worse, there were chunks of what looked like recycled fish thrown on top of the rolls. The fish was greasy (not at all fresh) and the rice looked as if the had put some type of sauces on to of it. I wouldn??t be surprised if they took these rolls off someone else??s plate after they mutilated it. I think it is truly insulting that they would hand me such terrible quality food, I was absolutely disgusted at what I saw. I??m amazing that this place hasn??t been closed down because of health complaints; I could only imagine what this food would do to someone??s stomach. This place doesn??t deserve a single star.

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Greasy Recycled fish, Disgusting presentation

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Love this place! Great service. Amazing sushie. Creative rolls no one else has.

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★★★★★

Love this place! Great service. Amazing sushie. Creative rolls no one else has.

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I have been in love with Yama for quite a long time now. The sashimi/nigiri sushi comes with quite a big piece of delicately cut fish - custom that I've heard is from a particular region in Japanese. The fish is always fresh and I have never been disappointed with it. The eel here is also quite delicious, they prepare it extremely well, with minimal bones. I oftentimes get my sushi to-go on the way home and savour it there, but the cramped style within the restaurant is just part of its personality. Lunches are as busy as dinner, and its much easier to get a table, with the same menu plus the lunch specials. Yes, you can hear the conversations all around you because of its tiny-proportions, but so many a times people have joined into my table's conversations, and it's all in good fun. Its not a restaurant for romance, its a restaurant for good food. The waitresses and sushi chefs are not all Japanese, but then again, are they ever in today's sushi restaurants? Its getting fewer and fewer. Actually, I know the origins of most of the staff, and I can't at the moment think of any particular Japanese staff member.

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★★★★★

I have been in love with Yama for quite a long time now. The sashimi/nigiri sushi comes with quite a big piece of delicately cut fish - custom that I've heard is from a particular region in Japanese. The fish is always fresh and I have never been disappointed with it. The eel here is also quite delicious, they prepare it extremely well, with minimal bones. I oftentimes get my sushi to-go on the way home and savour it there, but the cramped style within the restaurant is just part of its personality. Lunches are as busy as dinner, and its much easier to get a table, with the same menu plus the lunch specials. Yes, you can hear the conversations all around you because of its tiny-proportions, but so many a times people have joined into my table's conversations, and it's all in good fun. Its not a restaurant for romance, its a restaurant for good food. The waitresses and sushi chefs are not all Japanese, but then again, are they ever in today's sushi restaurants? Its getting fewer and fewer. Actually, I know the origins of most of the staff, and I can't at the moment think of any particular Japanese staff member.

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I have been a devout fan of Yama and have ONLY eaten sushi here for years - my last visit here, however, I realized that the quality of the food as well as the service is diminishing. The sushi presentation is, without a doubt, unique and interesting compared to an average sushi restaurant - but the space is VERY small and cramped. If you sit at a table you can hear your neighbor's conversation. My boyfriend and I spent over a $100 for food alone (we did not order drinks or dessert - just an appetizer and sushi) and walked out of the restaurant dissatisfied. This past weekend we tried Matsuri and this is our new favorite sushi spot - the food, service, and ambiance was great!

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★★★☆☆

I have been a devout fan of Yama and have ONLY eaten sushi here for years - my last visit here, however, I realized that the quality of the food as well as the service is diminishing. The sushi presentation is, without a doubt, unique and interesting compared to an average sushi restaurant - but the space is VERY small and cramped. If you sit at a table you can hear your neighbor's conversation. My boyfriend and I spent over a $100 for food alone (we did not order drinks or dessert - just an appetizer and sushi) and walked out of the restaurant dissatisfied. This past weekend we tried Matsuri and this is our new favorite sushi spot - the food, service, and ambiance was great!

Pros: large sushi portions

Cons: cramped space, bland sushi, expensive

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I?ve been to Yama a couple of times but I think the appeal of it being hard to find over shadowed the fact that this place has very poor service, bland fish, and mediocre rolls that are not at all creative. This place is also completely over priced for the quality and for the location (in the lower level of the building). Prices reflect the fact that the rolls are big but only because it?s filled with rice, not fish. I will not be returning for this tasteless, expensive sushi.

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★★☆☆☆

I?ve been to Yama a couple of times but I think the appeal of it being hard to find over shadowed the fact that this place has very poor service, bland fish, and mediocre rolls that are not at all creative. This place is also completely over priced for the quality and for the location (in the lower level of the building). Prices reflect the fact that the rolls are big but only because it?s filled with rice, not fish. I will not be returning for this tasteless, expensive sushi.

Pros: filling

Cons: price, taste and service

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Just went there yesterday with my wife. I couldn't find the place so I called them. someone came outside and actually looked for me. The service is great..the sushi is awesome. very fresh.

i also had the fried green tea ice cream.. it was the best i've had. the center it was nice and frozen while the outside was puffy. some places i've been to over cook it and the center turns out too melted.

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★★★★★

Just went there yesterday with my wife. I couldn't find the place so I called them. someone came outside and actually looked for me. The service is great..the sushi is awesome. very fresh.

i also had the fried green tea ice cream.. it was the best i've had. the center it was nice and frozen while the outside was puffy. some places i've been to over cook it and the center turns out too melted.

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I had to create a citysearch account just to refute the recent complaints about Yama. I eat sushi at least once a week and Yama is still the best sushi I've found in New York for the price. The quality of the fish is extremely high, and the size of the pieces is unbelievable. Go to Yama if you appreciate good fish and well prepared rice; that's where it is best--in nigiri and sashimi. Many other places make flamboyant Americanized rolls, with elaborate sauces and presentation, but that's not true Japanese sushi, and it masks the flavor of the fish. Yama is authentic, and the quality of the fish can't be beat unless you're willing to break your pocketbook.

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★★★★★

I had to create a citysearch account just to refute the recent complaints about Yama. I eat sushi at least once a week and Yama is still the best sushi I've found in New York for the price. The quality of the fish is extremely high, and the size of the pieces is unbelievable. Go to Yama if you appreciate good fish and well prepared rice; that's where it is best--in nigiri and sashimi. Many other places make flamboyant Americanized rolls, with elaborate sauces and presentation, but that's not true Japanese sushi, and it masks the flavor of the fish. Yama is authentic, and the quality of the fish can't be beat unless you're willing to break your pocketbook.

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Okay, I used to be a BIG fan of Yama, but something been happening with the place this past year or so. I agree with the other poster that said that we should removed outdated reviews 'cause Yama is definitely not the way it was.

Yes, the sushi is a big chunk of fish, but you are paying for it, they just don't cut it up in little pieces like the other sushi restaurants. But you are still paying for it. And the fish is just not as fresh or buttery or whatever as it used to me. I feel like they are using a lower grade sushi, but I don't know for sure.

Even given all that, I would still go back except now the service is so bad. Well, waiting for a table has always been a pain. They don't take reservations and you can't call and leave your name on the waiting list. You have to physically be there to put your name on the list and wait 45 to 1 hour for a table. I am sorry, but the food is NOT worth the wait.

Once you get in, they are just nice to you and get upset if you ask them too many questions. They rush you the whole entire time so you can't even enjoy your meal. And of course when you see the bill, you just want to run out of the restaurant anyways.

Never again, I hope more people update their reviews so maybe

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★☆☆☆☆

Okay, I used to be a BIG fan of Yama, but something been happening with the place this past year or so. I agree with the other poster that said that we should removed outdated reviews 'cause Yama is definitely not the way it was.

Yes, the sushi is a big chunk of fish, but you are paying for it, they just don't cut it up in little pieces like the other sushi restaurants. But you are still paying for it. And the fish is just not as fresh or buttery or whatever as it used to me. I feel like they are using a lower grade sushi, but I don't know for sure.

Even given all that, I would still go back except now the service is so bad. Well, waiting for a table has always been a pain. They don't take reservations and you can't call and leave your name on the waiting list. You have to physically be there to put your name on the list and wait 45 to 1 hour for a table. I am sorry, but the food is NOT worth the wait.

Once you get in, they are just nice to you and get upset if you ask them too many questions. They rush you the whole entire time so you can't even enjoy your meal. And of course when you see the bill, you just want to run out of the restaurant anyways.

Never again, I hope more people update their reviews so maybe

Cons: poor service, expect to wait a long time outside during the busy times, average sushi

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they deserve 5 starts for attitude but 0 for food quality and service
My friend ordered Yuni, it was fresh at all. so we decided to return it and they everything went downhill.
Stay away from this place. Not worth a penny.
No one smiles in that place, they presented the bill even before we even looked @ deserts... like you get the message
They should be evicted from NY.

YAMA you are the WORST!

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★☆☆☆☆

they deserve 5 starts for attitude but 0 for food quality and service
My friend ordered Yuni, it was fresh at all. so we decided to return it and they everything went downhill.
Stay away from this place. Not worth a penny.
No one smiles in that place, they presented the bill even before we even looked @ deserts... like you get the message
They should be evicted from NY.

YAMA you are the WORST!

Pros: None

Cons: ALL

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I was walking up Irving Place one day, and I heard some guy say to his friend "that place over there is the best sushi in Manhattan". I had never been there, my Uncle is a Sushi Guru. So I mentioned it to him, and he agreed- that it was the best Sushi in Manhattan. He picked me up this past Thursday to take me out to his house in the Hamptons. He said he wanted to make one little detour. We stopped at Yama, he has some amazing connections. There was an hour wait, and we were seated right away. The sushi was AMAZING... espically the Spicy Tuna Hand Roll!!!! A MUST TRY!!!!!

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★★★★★

I was walking up Irving Place one day, and I heard some guy say to his friend "that place over there is the best sushi in Manhattan". I had never been there, my Uncle is a Sushi Guru. So I mentioned it to him, and he agreed- that it was the best Sushi in Manhattan. He picked me up this past Thursday to take me out to his house in the Hamptons. He said he wanted to make one little detour. We stopped at Yama, he has some amazing connections. There was an hour wait, and we were seated right away. The sushi was AMAZING... espically the Spicy Tuna Hand Roll!!!! A MUST TRY!!!!!

Pros: sushi is amazing.

Cons: I expected the ambience to be more sophisticated, it's very "Plain Jane".

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I went to Yama last evening, and I was surprised at how awful it's become. I had last been to Yama about 6 years ago. This time, as back then, there was a line to get in - I would have thought that this was a sign of quality. Well, after waiting the half hour to get in (no big deal) and sitting in a dull interior room that had little decor (still no big deal because you come for the sushi) - we were served extremely sub-par food. The only "positive" about the experience is that the sushi rolls were big - but the fish itself was fatty and did not go down like "butter" - the rolls were poorly made (they fell apart consistently - no joke! - you'll see) - the spicy mayo had little taste. The entire experience was lame. Now, the problem with Yama is that if you know good sushi, you will be very disappointed because other than size of the rolls (which were just large, uneven cut chunks of fish) a place like Yama has no redeeming qualities -- lines to get in, a dull interior, a very limited selection of rolls, so when the Sushi fails, it's noticeable.
Now if you don't know good sushi, perhaps Yama will pull off something in appearances -- they make large rolls and there really is a line to get in. But if you've had enough sushi to have any sort of discriminating palate, you will be really disappointed!
By the way, I've read the other reviews here. Yama, on this site, seems to get a relatively high rating. So, you're going to have a tough choice to make whether to go. I do see that many of the reviews are years old -perhaps Citysearch should remove reviews when they're more than a few years old. I think before going to Yama, you should decide (a) that you're going just for sushi (Yama never offered anything but its sushi ); and then (b) that you (and your company) are not particularly selective when it comes to sushi :)

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to Yama last evening, and I was surprised at how awful it's become. I had last been to Yama about 6 years ago. This time, as back then, there was a line to get in - I would have thought that this was a sign of quality. Well, after waiting the half hour to get in (no big deal) and sitting in a dull interior room that had little decor (still no big deal because you come for the sushi) - we were served extremely sub-par food. The only "positive" about the experience is that the sushi rolls were big - but the fish itself was fatty and did not go down like "butter" - the rolls were poorly made (they fell apart consistently - no joke! - you'll see) - the spicy mayo had little taste. The entire experience was lame. Now, the problem with Yama is that if you know good sushi, you will be very disappointed because other than size of the rolls (which were just large, uneven cut chunks of fish) a place like Yama has no redeeming qualities -- lines to get in, a dull interior, a very limited selection of rolls, so when the Sushi fails, it's noticeable.
Now if you don't know good sushi, perhaps Yama will pull off something in appearances -- they make large rolls and there really is a line to get in. But if you've had enough sushi to have any sort of discriminating palate, you will be really disappointed!
By the way, I've read the other reviews here. Yama, on this site, seems to get a relatively high rating. So, you're going to have a tough choice to make whether to go. I do see that many of the reviews are years old -perhaps Citysearch should remove reviews when they're more than a few years old. I think before going to Yama, you should decide (a) that you're going just for sushi (Yama never offered anything but its sushi ); and then (b) that you (and your company) are not particularly selective when it comes to sushi :)

Pros: large portions, so you won't go hungry

Cons: limited selection of rolls; rolls that fall apart; poor quality sushi (chunks, fatty); a poorly coordinated line to get in; loud environment; seating close to other tables; no decor; minimal service

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I have tried all sorts of sushi places in NYC (yo, choshi, bond, east, samba, hiro, butai, ginger, mizu and the like) and nobody comes close to Yama's fresh sushi and decent prices. The sushi pieces are of bigger than average portions and they just melt in your mouth! You have got to try the Shiro Maguro and Hamachi! YUMMY!!! I've tried so many other places and feel like they all come from the same crappy fish distributor. But Yama has by far some of the freshest fish!!! Don't come here if you are looking for a "New York experience". It's a low key, homely Japanese joint where you can dine in peace and quiet and it won't burn a hole through your wallet. LOVE IT!!!

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★★★★★

I have tried all sorts of sushi places in NYC (yo, choshi, bond, east, samba, hiro, butai, ginger, mizu and the like) and nobody comes close to Yama's fresh sushi and decent prices. The sushi pieces are of bigger than average portions and they just melt in your mouth! You have got to try the Shiro Maguro and Hamachi! YUMMY!!! I've tried so many other places and feel like they all come from the same crappy fish distributor. But Yama has by far some of the freshest fish!!! Don't come here if you are looking for a "New York experience". It's a low key, homely Japanese joint where you can dine in peace and quiet and it won't burn a hole through your wallet. LOVE IT!!!

Pros: affordable prices, fresh fish, low-key atmosphere

Cons: location is a bit difficult to find.

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I went to Yama last week, on a wednesday evening, and the place was not packed at all. I was seated immediately and the service was very attentive. The food was delicious. I tried the fried baby octopus appetizer, really good and several of the special rolls, which were all excellent. I would definetely go back to Yama.

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★★★☆☆

I went to Yama last week, on a wednesday evening, and the place was not packed at all. I was seated immediately and the service was very attentive. The food was delicious. I tried the fried baby octopus appetizer, really good and several of the special rolls, which were all excellent. I would definetely go back to Yama.

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i like this place, always consistent,serve large pieces, and large rolls, prices are decent also, not much of an atmosphere, u can show up in a tshirt and wont feel out of place. its a small undergorund restaurant that always has a wait, so be prepared to wait for a half hour if u go during normal dinner hours.

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★★★★☆

i like this place, always consistent,serve large pieces, and large rolls, prices are decent also, not much of an atmosphere, u can show up in a tshirt and wont feel out of place. its a small undergorund restaurant that always has a wait, so be prepared to wait for a half hour if u go during normal dinner hours.

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Those who flock to this restaurant will invariably find fresh fish beckoning to them to take a seat and dine on the mammoth-sized portions of sushi. To some, the size of the fish is offensive as it is not properly sized to convention. To others, they come for exactly that reason. But unfortunately, there's a problem. On 3 separate dining occassions, as we would reach for them, the rolls, as if on cue, would unfurl themselves so that one would have to pick at it. Your pleasant dining experience has now then turned into a labor intensive race against the clock to finish the meal before you lost interest. Apart from the rolls dissecting themelves, some may also be deterred from the crowded atmosphere. One can literally reach across mere inches and sample someone else's dinner, but by then, would they really care? If you are accustomed to 'blossoming' sushi rolls and revel in the experience, then by all means, come on down and enjoy the show. If not, Tomoe is just as crowded, just as tasty but with less 'energetic' sushi.

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★★★☆☆

Those who flock to this restaurant will invariably find fresh fish beckoning to them to take a seat and dine on the mammoth-sized portions of sushi. To some, the size of the fish is offensive as it is not properly sized to convention. To others, they come for exactly that reason. But unfortunately, there's a problem. On 3 separate dining occassions, as we would reach for them, the rolls, as if on cue, would unfurl themselves so that one would have to pick at it. Your pleasant dining experience has now then turned into a labor intensive race against the clock to finish the meal before you lost interest. Apart from the rolls dissecting themelves, some may also be deterred from the crowded atmosphere. One can literally reach across mere inches and sample someone else's dinner, but by then, would they really care? If you are accustomed to 'blossoming' sushi rolls and revel in the experience, then by all means, come on down and enjoy the show. If not, Tomoe is just as crowded, just as tasty but with less 'energetic' sushi.

Pros: Fresh fish

Cons: Tight seating, poorly executed rolls

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The sushi was good, but the customer service and atmosphere were horrible. Went with two other people. One person does not eat raw fish so she ordered the crunchy "shrimp roll." When she received her sushi it was a tuna roll with a piece of shrimp sashimi on top. She explained to the waitress that it was not explained to her and how should she know that it had raw tuna inside of it. The waitress refused to exchange the roll for one that she would eat. The waitress actually laughed in her face. A waiter came by and she tried to explain the situation and that waiter said, sorry that is how it is made and there is no manager here to talk to. So my friend left hungry and there was no music and a very loud obnoxious girl who took over the room and we were not able to enjoy our meal.

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★☆☆☆☆

The sushi was good, but the customer service and atmosphere were horrible. Went with two other people. One person does not eat raw fish so she ordered the crunchy "shrimp roll." When she received her sushi it was a tuna roll with a piece of shrimp sashimi on top. She explained to the waitress that it was not explained to her and how should she know that it had raw tuna inside of it. The waitress refused to exchange the roll for one that she would eat. The waitress actually laughed in her face. A waiter came by and she tried to explain the situation and that waiter said, sorry that is how it is made and there is no manager here to talk to. So my friend left hungry and there was no music and a very loud obnoxious girl who took over the room and we were not able to enjoy our meal.

Pros: Food

Cons: Ambience, Service, Atmosphere

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I was impressed with the size of the sushi rolls and even sashimi... very big.

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★★★★☆

I was impressed with the size of the sushi rolls and even sashimi... very big.

Pros: tasty, new styles

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Yama is by far the most consistent place for good quality sushi in NYC! Although the price (average $5-7 each piece) is more on the high side, their Special Rolls ($7.50 for hand roll or cut up) is a great way to get full (and won't empty your wallet). Lastly, this place is always pack! But, you can avoid long waits (30+ minutes) by showing up either slightly before 7pm or 9pm.

2
★★★★★

Yama is by far the most consistent place for good quality sushi in NYC! Although the price (average $5-7 each piece) is more on the high side, their Special Rolls ($7.50 for hand roll or cut up) is a great way to get full (and won't empty your wallet). Lastly, this place is always pack! But, you can avoid long waits (30+ minutes) by showing up either slightly before 7pm or 9pm.

Pros: Food, Value

Cons: Long waits, No Reservation

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Decor wise Yama is your typical local Japanese restaurant with light, wooded trimming and a clean, simplistic interior. What really sets it apart is its sushi. Not only is the sushi fresh and good, it is served in large portions and decently priced. Everything I had from the sashimi to my dragon roll surprised me both in taste and portion size. This is a great place to go with friends who really love sushi. The only con? It is ALWAYS packed at any respectable dining hour so apparently the secret is out. I would recommend making reservations but even then you may be waiting 10-15 mins to actually get seated. In the end, I think it's worth it.

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★★★★☆

Decor wise Yama is your typical local Japanese restaurant with light, wooded trimming and a clean, simplistic interior. What really sets it apart is its sushi. Not only is the sushi fresh and good, it is served in large portions and decently priced. Everything I had from the sashimi to my dragon roll surprised me both in taste and portion size. This is a great place to go with friends who really love sushi. The only con? It is ALWAYS packed at any respectable dining hour so apparently the secret is out. I would recommend making reservations but even then you may be waiting 10-15 mins to actually get seated. In the end, I think it's worth it.

Pros: Large Portions, Decently priced, for quality

Cons: Always packed, Def need reservations

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If you like large pieces of sushi, this is the place to go. Get there early or plan to wait a long time.

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★★★★★

If you like large pieces of sushi, this is the place to go. Get there early or plan to wait a long time.

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Reviews are right, portions are generous. Sushi was overall very good, nothing spectacular, but I liked the overall no-nonsense and casual atmosphere of the place. Luckily got their early and had no wait, by the time we left there was a long line. The waitress of very efficient and pretty courteous. The lobster tempura was ok but my girlfriend really liked it. The gyoza was fantastic in my opinion.

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★★★★☆

Reviews are right, portions are generous. Sushi was overall very good, nothing spectacular, but I liked the overall no-nonsense and casual atmosphere of the place. Luckily got their early and had no wait, by the time we left there was a long line. The waitress of very efficient and pretty courteous. The lobster tempura was ok but my girlfriend really liked it. The gyoza was fantastic in my opinion.

Pros: Great value, Casual atmosphere

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love sushi... but always feel like you can eat 10 more pieces then try it here... the cuts are Huge!
the fish has a great taste... this is a straight up sushi place... nothing fancy and it wont leave you broke.
Get there early since they dont take reservations over the phone and I've never seen it without a line/wait.

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★★★★★

love sushi... but always feel like you can eat 10 more pieces then try it here... the cuts are Huge!
the fish has a great taste... this is a straight up sushi place... nothing fancy and it wont leave you broke.
Get there early since they dont take reservations over the phone and I've never seen it without a line/wait.

Pros: prices, location, SIZE of the SUSHI

Cons: , size of the resturant

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Yama offers good sushi without robbing the bank. It's become a popular restaurant when I need comfort food. Food with good value with no pretense. The ice-cream tempura is a must-try.

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★★★★☆

Yama offers good sushi without robbing the bank. It's become a popular restaurant when I need comfort food. Food with good value with no pretense. The ice-cream tempura is a must-try.

Pros: Good value, Fresh sushi

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Yama seems to have lost its edge. Multiple cuts of fish lacked any noticeable flavor or edge to them. Though the cuts were huge, who cares when the taste is so unmoving? The tempura was soggy and contained too much squash. The shumai were pastey and greasy.
All in all, a pretty disappointing visit. As per another reviewer, Mishima over on Lex and 30 is superior in terms of both food and service. A bit more pricey, but you won't feel like you've just sucked down raw cardboard for an hour.

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★★★☆☆

Yama seems to have lost its edge. Multiple cuts of fish lacked any noticeable flavor or edge to them. Though the cuts were huge, who cares when the taste is so unmoving? The tempura was soggy and contained too much squash. The shumai were pastey and greasy.
All in all, a pretty disappointing visit. As per another reviewer, Mishima over on Lex and 30 is superior in terms of both food and service. A bit more pricey, but you won't feel like you've just sucked down raw cardboard for an hour.

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generous portion and tastes good. I think the price is a tad bit too high.. but then look at the location.

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★★★★☆

generous portion and tastes good. I think the price is a tad bit too high.. but then look at the location.

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After reading the reviews about Yama, I was wary to try it, but both my sushi-snob Japanese fiance and myself enjoyed it. The rolls were big and flavorful, the sashimi generously cut, and the special rolls uniquely designed. I really enjoyed the white tuna tataki (the sauce was scrumptuous), and the hijiki. My fiance thought the large proportions were good, that the other ratings were way too low, but that he still prefers Tomoe sushi. I could go either way... they were both pretty tasty and we actually got seated faster at Yama. (don't bother for a table, the sushi bar is just as pleasant).

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★★★★★

After reading the reviews about Yama, I was wary to try it, but both my sushi-snob Japanese fiance and myself enjoyed it. The rolls were big and flavorful, the sashimi generously cut, and the special rolls uniquely designed. I really enjoyed the white tuna tataki (the sauce was scrumptuous), and the hijiki. My fiance thought the large proportions were good, that the other ratings were way too low, but that he still prefers Tomoe sushi. I could go either way... they were both pretty tasty and we actually got seated faster at Yama. (don't bother for a table, the sushi bar is just as pleasant).

Pros: Big servings, "A good meal"

Cons: long wait, Nothing cutting-edge

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Here is one of the overrated Japanese restaurants where most Japanese do not want to go. Americans tend to think big sushi is better. If you think so, you do not know the difference between rice ball and sushi. Cooking sushi is very difficult and it takes time. As far as I know, chefs of Yama and Blue Ribbon Sushi (among Top 10 Sushi nominees: forget Sushi Samba which offers totally diffenrent food) are not trained to cook sushi at all.

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★☆☆☆☆

Here is one of the overrated Japanese restaurants where most Japanese do not want to go. Americans tend to think big sushi is better. If you think so, you do not know the difference between rice ball and sushi. Cooking sushi is very difficult and it takes time. As far as I know, chefs of Yama and Blue Ribbon Sushi (among Top 10 Sushi nominees: forget Sushi Samba which offers totally diffenrent food) are not trained to cook sushi at all.

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If a restaurant is going to make you wait a couple of hours, mix up the waiting parties, and give you cramped service in a cramped space, the sushi better be good. But Yama's sushi isn't good; its just big.

Yes, the pieces are gargantuan but the fish is tasteless, the rice even more so, dried out with rice kernels falling all over the place, not memorably melting in your mouth. Its sushi on an assembly line.

For good sushi, a cramped and crowded space is worth it. Just try Mishimi, you'll forget you're eating in a shoebox. You don't mind a long wait and the waiters getting the parties mixed up once you taste the bluefin toro at Nada.

Next time I want excellent sushi, I'll be inconvenienced by Nada or Mishimi and at least get good fish.

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★☆☆☆☆

If a restaurant is going to make you wait a couple of hours, mix up the waiting parties, and give you cramped service in a cramped space, the sushi better be good. But Yama's sushi isn't good; its just big.

Yes, the pieces are gargantuan but the fish is tasteless, the rice even more so, dried out with rice kernels falling all over the place, not memorably melting in your mouth. Its sushi on an assembly line.

For good sushi, a cramped and crowded space is worth it. Just try Mishimi, you'll forget you're eating in a shoebox. You don't mind a long wait and the waiters getting the parties mixed up once you taste the bluefin toro at Nada.

Next time I want excellent sushi, I'll be inconvenienced by Nada or Mishimi and at least get good fish.

Pros: size????

Cons: tasteless fish, rice that fell apart, long wait/bad service

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I've been going to Yama now for about 4 years...I used to go there sometimes and try other places occasionally. Recently I've realized that I don't even enjoy any sushi besides for Yama. It's that damn good!

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★★★★★

I've been going to Yama now for about 4 years...I used to go there sometimes and try other places occasionally. Recently I've realized that I don't even enjoy any sushi besides for Yama. It's that damn good!

Pros: HUGE SUSHI, HUGE SUSHI, HUGE SUSHI

Cons: Long Wait, Crowded and Small

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Fresh fish, great rolls. My personal fave location of yama is on Carmine, do NOT go to the Houston location, but this one and Carmine are really good!

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★★★★☆

Fresh fish, great rolls. My personal fave location of yama is on Carmine, do NOT go to the Houston location, but this one and Carmine are really good!

Pros: Super Fresh, Good Value, Prompt Service

Cons: Cramped, Long wait outside

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The fresh sashimi portions were gigantic, but the maki rolls that i ordered had more vegetables than fish inside. It can take awhile to get a table and once you're in, you might be squished between other closely oriented tables. A small restaurant with huge portions.

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★★★★☆

The fresh sashimi portions were gigantic, but the maki rolls that i ordered had more vegetables than fish inside. It can take awhile to get a table and once you're in, you might be squished between other closely oriented tables. A small restaurant with huge portions.

Pros: generous portions

Cons: cramped space

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Sushi rolls are not fresh at all! I think the restaurants are trying to be a fusion, but it not even close to the flavor.
Fish are not fresh enough because, it's rather warmer than cool to keep the taste up. Rolls are too much with other mayonaise and other rare sause.
For that money I will afford to other sushi place.

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★☆☆☆☆

Sushi rolls are not fresh at all! I think the restaurants are trying to be a fusion, but it not even close to the flavor.
Fish are not fresh enough because, it's rather warmer than cool to keep the taste up. Rolls are too much with other mayonaise and other rare sause.
For that money I will afford to other sushi place.

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Yes the atmosphere could be better. Yes the place is always crowded. Yes you sit close to other couples. But this place is all about Sushi, Sushi, Sushi. The pieces are 2-3x the size you get at a normal high end joint and the freshness simply can't be beat. So put your name down and then go across the street for a beer. It will be worth the wait!

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★★★★★

Yes the atmosphere could be better. Yes the place is always crowded. Yes you sit close to other couples. But this place is all about Sushi, Sushi, Sushi. The pieces are 2-3x the size you get at a normal high end joint and the freshness simply can't be beat. So put your name down and then go across the street for a beer. It will be worth the wait!

Pros: Food, Food, Food

Cons: Small Dining Room

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Although the sushi was extremely delicious, albeit expensive, I couldn't help but wish that I was at the other Yama on Carmine street since I was forced to listen to the 2 conversations around me b/c of the unbelievably small dining area.

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★★★☆☆

Although the sushi was extremely delicious, albeit expensive, I couldn't help but wish that I was at the other Yama on Carmine street since I was forced to listen to the 2 conversations around me b/c of the unbelievably small dining area.

Pros: Fresh sushi

Cons: Small, Expensive

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I have been to Nobu, Bond Street and all the others...if you have the time to swing by check in and come back 15 minutes after he tells you too. The Fresh large portions of Sushi are worth the wait...

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★★★★★

I have been to Nobu, Bond Street and all the others...if you have the time to swing by check in and come back 15 minutes after he tells you too. The Fresh large portions of Sushi are worth the wait...

Pros: Portions, Freshness

Cons: Long Wait, Crowded

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Went for the first time and thought the special rolls I ordered were delicious. Yes, the pieces are big or even super-sized and while this may not be 100% "authentic" it is yummy. and for the prices they charge the roll should be very large. One portion that was small was the edamame. Vegetable sushi choices are limited but those offered are very tasty. I would go back if a friend wanted to but I woulndt go out of my way to go there. If I were in the market for pricy upscale sushi I would go to Haru instead. At least the tables there aren't on top of each other and they take reservations.

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★★★★☆

Went for the first time and thought the special rolls I ordered were delicious. Yes, the pieces are big or even super-sized and while this may not be 100% "authentic" it is yummy. and for the prices they charge the roll should be very large. One portion that was small was the edamame. Vegetable sushi choices are limited but those offered are very tasty. I would go back if a friend wanted to but I woulndt go out of my way to go there. If I were in the market for pricy upscale sushi I would go to Haru instead. At least the tables there aren't on top of each other and they take reservations.

Pros: large sushi rolls, daily special rolls

Cons: cramped, expensive

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Amazing! Don't go here for the atmosphere, don't go here for the specialty drinks, don't go here for a waitstaff that will kiss your feet - go here for the unbelievable sushi. This is the best you will ever have - stop whining and grab a drink across the street - it's totally worth the wait!

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★★★★★

Amazing! Don't go here for the atmosphere, don't go here for the specialty drinks, don't go here for a waitstaff that will kiss your feet - go here for the unbelievable sushi. This is the best you will ever have - stop whining and grab a drink across the street - it's totally worth the wait!

Pros: excellent food

Cons: long wait, cramped

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there is almost always a line and a min. of 20 minute wait time for a table. def. not a good place for groups - best in pairs as you will get seated faster. it's a rushed kind of dinner but worth it - the rolls and the sashimi are very good, better than most of the NY Japanese restaurants in the same price range. and you MUST try the fried ice cream dessert!

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★★★★☆

there is almost always a line and a min. of 20 minute wait time for a table. def. not a good place for groups - best in pairs as you will get seated faster. it's a rushed kind of dinner but worth it - the rolls and the sashimi are very good, better than most of the NY Japanese restaurants in the same price range. and you MUST try the fried ice cream dessert!

Pros: fresh fish, huge pieces

Cons: rushed service

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I'm shocked any REAL sushi lover would call this place OK. Excellent, sometimes a wait, but always worth it. Amateurs should quit taking up space!

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★★★★★

I'm shocked any REAL sushi lover would call this place OK. Excellent, sometimes a wait, but always worth it. Amateurs should quit taking up space!

Pros: great prices, great portions

Cons: waiting time, no bar, no reservations

 

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