Yama Restaurant

★★★★☆

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I love sushi. All kinds. It really doesn't matter. Give me some sticky rice, semi decent fish, and seaweed and I'm happy. Hell, I'l even eat that organic brown rice cardboard sushi from Whole Foods. I'd prefer mediocre sushi any day to Italian or Chinese food. That's why eating at Yama was such an important milestone in my life. Yama managed to create a yard stick that separated my love for sushi, from inedible garbage.

Now being from LA I've never had much respect for NY sushi. New Yorkers rave about Blue Ribbon sushi and Bond Street which in all honesty wouldn't survive more than a couple months in the San Fernando Valley. Whereas in LA we actually care about the taste of the fish, New Yorkers still need cheesy Disney Land like Japanese decor and lame boat presentations to enjoy their sushi. That being said, I lived in NY and love sushi and thus had to eat it.

My roommate and I were walking down Bleeker street one day and stumbled upon Yama. It looked nondescript and busy enough to warrant a try. We quickly learned Yama has a special strategy for its embarrassingly disgusting fish selection: spicy mayonnaise sauce. Now I actually like spicy mayonnaise sauce. It plays an integral role in the development of non-Japanese style sushi and I have embraced it whole heartily. However, at Yama, they take this sauce to a new level. Every single roll on the menu is pretty much bathed with this sauce to the point that you can't taste anything but the mayo. Eel avocado roll with mayo, tuna with mayo, salmon with mayo, albacore with mayo, shrimp tempura with mayo. After a couple rolls I needed a nap to just digest all the white goo. Now you might be saying "Come on, just order the sauce on the side." Good call and that's exactly what we did. Needless to say, the sushi was so bad that after our soy sauce failed to disguise the fish we turned to our mayo for round two.

Thus, if you like mayo, go to Yama. They have great mayo.
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★☆☆☆☆

I love sushi. All kinds. It really doesn't matter. Give me some sticky rice, semi decent fish, and seaweed and I'm happy. Hell, I'l even eat that organic brown rice cardboard sushi from Whole Foods. I'd prefer mediocre sushi any day to Italian or Chinese food. That's why eating at Yama was such an important milestone in my life. Yama managed to create a yard stick that separated my love for sushi, from inedible garbage.

Now being from LA I've never had much respect for NY sushi. New Yorkers rave about Blue Ribbon sushi and Bond Street which in all honesty wouldn't survive more than a couple months in the San Fernando Valley. Whereas in LA we actually care about the taste of the fish, New Yorkers still need cheesy Disney Land like Japanese decor and lame boat presentations to enjoy their sushi. That being said, I lived in NY and love sushi and thus had to eat it.

My roommate and I were walking down Bleeker street one day and stumbled upon Yama. It looked nondescript and busy enough to warrant a try. We quickly learned Yama has a special strategy for its embarrassingly disgusting fish selection: spicy mayonnaise sauce. Now I actually like spicy mayonnaise sauce. It plays an integral role in the development of non-Japanese style sushi and I have embraced it whole heartily. However, at Yama, they take this sauce to a new level. Every single roll on the menu is pretty much bathed with this sauce to the point that you can't taste anything but the mayo. Eel avocado roll with mayo, tuna with mayo, salmon with mayo, albacore with mayo, shrimp tempura with mayo. After a couple rolls I needed a nap to just digest all the white goo. Now you might be saying "Come on, just order the sauce on the side." Good call and that's exactly what we did. Needless to say, the sushi was so bad that after our soy sauce failed to disguise the fish we turned to our mayo for round two.

Thus, if you like mayo, go to Yama. They have great mayo.
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Pros: mayo sauce

Cons: mayo sauce

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I always order the sushi sashimi combo and I am suffed in a good way when I'm done. The food is always the same, fresh and plentyful. During the summer they have a hidden patio in the back that is nice and relaxing.

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★★★★★

I always order the sushi sashimi combo and I am suffed in a good way when I'm done. The food is always the same, fresh and plentyful. During the summer they have a hidden patio in the back that is nice and relaxing.

Pros: Good sushi

Cons: ambience

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The first time I went to Yama it was amazing, and I was so excited to have another great sushi place in the city. But I went back about a month later and the quality of food had slipped. It was not terrible, but it lost the quality from my first visit.

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★★★☆☆

The first time I went to Yama it was amazing, and I was so excited to have another great sushi place in the city. But I went back about a month later and the quality of food had slipped. It was not terrible, but it lost the quality from my first visit.

Pros: Decent sushi and pleasant atmosphere

Cons: Inconsistent quality

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I had a lovely dinner here with friends, big pieces of sashimi were a delight. However, as soon as it became apparent that we were finished eating, our plates were cleared, the bill was served, and we were literally asked to leave so that the other customers waiting for tables could begin their meal!

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★★★☆☆

I had a lovely dinner here with friends, big pieces of sashimi were a delight. However, as soon as it became apparent that we were finished eating, our plates were cleared, the bill was served, and we were literally asked to leave so that the other customers waiting for tables could begin their meal!

Pros: Great sushi

Cons: When you are asked to leave as soon as the bill is paid, it suddenly feels unwelcome here

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I can see management at Yama is not great. If I remember correctly, there was a male manager before. Anyway I had a little problem about reservation and tried to talk to manager. She wasn't taking care of the problem that she made instead she tried to ignore me saying that we had a miscommunication! A hostess next to her was helpful. She arranged my table right away. I think Yama is becoming chain restaurant. I used to like Yama Carmine. Food, price, service..etc. Too bad.

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★★☆☆☆

I can see management at Yama is not great. If I remember correctly, there was a male manager before. Anyway I had a little problem about reservation and tried to talk to manager. She wasn't taking care of the problem that she made instead she tried to ignore me saying that we had a miscommunication! A hostess next to her was helpful. She arranged my table right away. I think Yama is becoming chain restaurant. I used to like Yama Carmine. Food, price, service..etc. Too bad.

Pros: rolls, price, good service, right priced

Cons: management, sushi pieces are too big, overcrowded, poor interior

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This particular location of Yama is good because it takes reservations. I always take visitors here and go there regularly on my own. You get a lot for your money - the rolls and pieces are big! For desert, the fried green tea ice cream can't be beat.

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★★★☆☆

This particular location of Yama is good because it takes reservations. I always take visitors here and go there regularly on my own. You get a lot for your money - the rolls and pieces are big! For desert, the fried green tea ice cream can't be beat.

Pros: Takes reservations, great food, good pricing

Cons: Sometimes overcrowded

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I actually order food from here quite a bit but don't usually order the sushi pieces because in my opinion they're just too big! I think there's a school of people who are a little freaked out by big sushi and I am one of them for sure. The pieces are too huge, just doesn't seem right.
otherwise, great fresh sushi + rolls, I really like this place but the sushi and sashimi is cut too big for my liking.

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★★★★☆

I actually order food from here quite a bit but don't usually order the sushi pieces because in my opinion they're just too big! I think there's a school of people who are a little freaked out by big sushi and I am one of them for sure. The pieces are too huge, just doesn't seem right.
otherwise, great fresh sushi + rolls, I really like this place but the sushi and sashimi is cut too big for my liking.

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Great fresh sushi that's moderately priced. You'll leave satisfied, I love to take my friends here and the ones that have gone have really liked the place and the food.

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★★★★☆

Great fresh sushi that's moderately priced. You'll leave satisfied, I love to take my friends here and the ones that have gone have really liked the place and the food.

Pros: Great tasting sushi

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Although the title of my review tells you how I feel about the path of this restaurant, I have dined here many times before and have enjoyed all of my meals. However, the service has been going downhill recently. We had a very rude hostess last week. Go for the food and just that.

2
★★★★☆

Although the title of my review tells you how I feel about the path of this restaurant, I have dined here many times before and have enjoyed all of my meals. However, the service has been going downhill recently. We had a very rude hostess last week. Go for the food and just that.

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Yama's decor is simple... VERY simple. But you're not waiting around for 40 minutes (b/c they don't take reservations) for the decor. You're waiting around for the massive and freshest sashimi you have ever seen and tasted! Definately try the black sake cod fish as an appetizer and yellowtail sashimi - they will MELT in your mouth. Yama has other locations (Houston and Irving Place), however, I prefer the service @ Carmine.

PROS: Size, freshness, service
CONS: Pricey but worth it!

5
★★★★★

Yama's decor is simple... VERY simple. But you're not waiting around for 40 minutes (b/c they don't take reservations) for the decor. You're waiting around for the massive and freshest sashimi you have ever seen and tasted! Definately try the black sake cod fish as an appetizer and yellowtail sashimi - they will MELT in your mouth. Yama has other locations (Houston and Irving Place), however, I prefer the service @ Carmine.

PROS: Size, freshness, service
CONS: Pricey but worth it!

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The sashimi at Yama is the largest I have ever seen, and the quality is pretty good as well. The rolls are also decently sized in the age of ever shrinking sushi pieces. The owners are actually Japanese, so you know this place is somewhat authentic. The sake selection accompanies the menu well, and you always leave full (for the next hour or so, anyway). While not as spectacular as Tomoe Sushi or Jewel Bako, at these reasonable prices and lower waiting times, you will easily become a regular at Yama.

PROS: Big, fresh pieces of fish.
CONS:

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★★★★☆

The sashimi at Yama is the largest I have ever seen, and the quality is pretty good as well. The rolls are also decently sized in the age of ever shrinking sushi pieces. The owners are actually Japanese, so you know this place is somewhat authentic. The sake selection accompanies the menu well, and you always leave full (for the next hour or so, anyway). While not as spectacular as Tomoe Sushi or Jewel Bako, at these reasonable prices and lower waiting times, you will easily become a regular at Yama.

PROS: Big, fresh pieces of fish.
CONS:

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My fiancee and I went last night and left stuffed! The sushi rolls were huge, with lots of fish in each, but some of them fell apart when picked up. NOT a problem! The food is still there! The Eel was fantastic, the spicy tuna rolls were great. and the large hot sake is enough for two, easily. We were seated immediately at 8:00pm on a Friday night, after making a same-day reservation.

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★★★★★

My fiancee and I went last night and left stuffed! The sushi rolls were huge, with lots of fish in each, but some of them fell apart when picked up. NOT a problem! The food is still there! The Eel was fantastic, the spicy tuna rolls were great. and the large hot sake is enough for two, easily. We were seated immediately at 8:00pm on a Friday night, after making a same-day reservation.

Pros: Fish Quality, Service, Priced right

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Just recently moved to the West Coast, I've been trying desperately to find ANY sushi restaurant that even comes close to Yama on Carmine in NYC!! The fish is impeccable, the service unforgettable and the prices are so reasonable. I can't wait to come back to visit - just to hit my favorite sushi joint! The Crispy Shrimpy is by far my favorite (no one can do it right out here in Cali) - followed by any selection of sashimi! Outstanding and a truly missed aspect of New York for me!!

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★★★★★

Just recently moved to the West Coast, I've been trying desperately to find ANY sushi restaurant that even comes close to Yama on Carmine in NYC!! The fish is impeccable, the service unforgettable and the prices are so reasonable. I can't wait to come back to visit - just to hit my favorite sushi joint! The Crispy Shrimpy is by far my favorite (no one can do it right out here in Cali) - followed by any selection of sashimi! Outstanding and a truly missed aspect of New York for me!!

Pros: GREAT FISH!!, Reasonable priced, Good service

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For someone with a large appetite who loves sushi, this place is a dream come true. And the fish is pretty much top notch. No grade B fish here. Reasonably priced for what you get.

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★★★★★

For someone with a large appetite who loves sushi, this place is a dream come true. And the fish is pretty much top notch. No grade B fish here. Reasonably priced for what you get.

Pros: large portions

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Yama serves some of the freshest sushi around. However, another important factor in any assesment of sushi is the "meat cut." This is where Yama faulters. The fish/rice combination is best suited for bite sized morsels, not "monster" sized peices and enough rice to warrant the use of knife, fork and spoon. Oversized sushi atop too much rice has one usual result: a messy plate of raw fish and rice. In that case, why not just order sashimi?

I praise Yama for its freshness and its aesthetic, at least in terms of appearance, but appearance isn't eveything and I criticise Yama for it's "bigger is better" gimick.

2
★★★★☆

Yama serves some of the freshest sushi around. However, another important factor in any assesment of sushi is the "meat cut." This is where Yama faulters. The fish/rice combination is best suited for bite sized morsels, not "monster" sized peices and enough rice to warrant the use of knife, fork and spoon. Oversized sushi atop too much rice has one usual result: a messy plate of raw fish and rice. In that case, why not just order sashimi?

I praise Yama for its freshness and its aesthetic, at least in terms of appearance, but appearance isn't eveything and I criticise Yama for it's "bigger is better" gimick.

Pros: fresh, fresh, fresh

Cons: too big, too big, too big

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Nothing fancy, but the sushi was all fresh and extremely good.
Highly recommended!

2
★★★★☆

Nothing fancy, but the sushi was all fresh and extremely good.
Highly recommended!

Pros: fresh fish

Cons: (Lack of) Decor

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I don't understand the negative reviews. I think this place is great. Sure, the pieces are huge, but they are very fresh and of good quality. The rolls are amazing! Definitely try it!

2
★★★★★

I don't understand the negative reviews. I think this place is great. Sure, the pieces are huge, but they are very fresh and of good quality. The rolls are amazing! Definitely try it!

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Ok i do see many negative reviews, but my experiance here was a good one.. sure the sushi is cut big but it was very fresh and juicy to me. The rolls are stuffed with a lot of fish which I think is a good thing, better then stuffed with a lot of rice and a thread of fish right? the handrolls are huge and worth every penny. Go, try this place out, just don't order too much like I did! Remember the cut BIG pieces! enjoy!

2
★★★★☆

Ok i do see many negative reviews, but my experiance here was a good one.. sure the sushi is cut big but it was very fresh and juicy to me. The rolls are stuffed with a lot of fish which I think is a good thing, better then stuffed with a lot of rice and a thread of fish right? the handrolls are huge and worth every penny. Go, try this place out, just don't order too much like I did! Remember the cut BIG pieces! enjoy!

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Don't be fooled by the oversized pieces of fish. The quality is above average, but not top notch.

2
★★★★☆

Don't be fooled by the oversized pieces of fish. The quality is above average, but not top notch.

Pros: Value

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the sushi here was so big it could have been served with a pitchfork, there was no sense of delicacy or finese

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★★☆☆☆

the sushi here was so big it could have been served with a pitchfork, there was no sense of delicacy or finese

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The only thing that seems to make this popular is the size of sushi-but I find that to be one of the reasons to stay away. There's too much rice for the fish. I guess to cut cost?!?!? I'd rather pay more and eat quality.

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★☆☆☆☆

The only thing that seems to make this popular is the size of sushi-but I find that to be one of the reasons to stay away. There's too much rice for the fish. I guess to cut cost?!?!? I'd rather pay more and eat quality.

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...Yama will be voted best sushi in 2003, and every year following so long as the restaurant continues to place large, fresh, melt-in-your-mouth pieces of fish on balls of rice. Sushi-lovers in any borough including LI and Westchester should make the trip for the best tasting, best-valued sushi I have ever eaten. Enjoy some extra elbow room at the Carmine St. locale...don't forget to make a reservation.

2
★★★★★

...Yama will be voted best sushi in 2003, and every year following so long as the restaurant continues to place large, fresh, melt-in-your-mouth pieces of fish on balls of rice. Sushi-lovers in any borough including LI and Westchester should make the trip for the best tasting, best-valued sushi I have ever eaten. Enjoy some extra elbow room at the Carmine St. locale...don't forget to make a reservation.

Pros: Best Sushi in NYC, Greatest Value, Creative Sushi Rolls

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So it is a bit expensive..so what.. When I feel the need to indulge myself with sushi I always go here. The rolls are spicy and excellent, sushimi is delicious and the service is pretty fast for such a packed place. The only word of caution is that it gets extremely crowded on Fri-Sat nights and to get a table usually takes a while.

2
★★★★★

So it is a bit expensive..so what.. When I feel the need to indulge myself with sushi I always go here. The rolls are spicy and excellent, sushimi is delicious and the service is pretty fast for such a packed place. The only word of caution is that it gets extremely crowded on Fri-Sat nights and to get a table usually takes a while.

Pros: Great Food

Cons: Crowded, Plain Interior

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It's been 3 months since my visit, and I am still craving sushi from this restaurant! The food was absolutely delicious, altho I have no idea what I ate. We had dinner in the 'garden', so the wait wasn't long at all; for August the weather was perfect. That said, my dining companion probably will not return; our waitress was very attentive to me (because I ordered the deluxe special, literally) but royally snubbed my best friend the whole night. They have a minimum purchase requirement -per person- but my dish alone should've covered both of us in cost. The waitress waited until I went to the bathroom to ask my friend to order more food. She'd have been nicer if she'd realized who was paying the bill! My best friend was pretty peeved for the rest of dinner...

2
★★★★★

It's been 3 months since my visit, and I am still craving sushi from this restaurant! The food was absolutely delicious, altho I have no idea what I ate. We had dinner in the 'garden', so the wait wasn't long at all; for August the weather was perfect. That said, my dining companion probably will not return; our waitress was very attentive to me (because I ordered the deluxe special, literally) but royally snubbed my best friend the whole night. They have a minimum purchase requirement -per person- but my dish alone should've covered both of us in cost. The waitress waited until I went to the bathroom to ask my friend to order more food. She'd have been nicer if she'd realized who was paying the bill! My best friend was pretty peeved for the rest of dinner...

Pros: yummy!, nice garden, attentive staff

Cons: snooty waitress, crowded inside, minimum purchase req

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Great selection for all - vegetarians included. Both the sushi and regularg menu items are delicious!

2
★★★★★

Great selection for all - vegetarians included. Both the sushi and regularg menu items are delicious!

Pros: fresh ingredients, large portions

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Yama has gone downhill since they've become a little chain. The fish selection is limited, the quality varies from day to day, and usually mediocre to good, never great. Service is ok.

Most of the sushi chefs are Chinese. You wouldn't spend good money and have a Chinese chef making your Italian food, why would you settle for them making your sushi?

1
★★★☆☆

Yama has gone downhill since they've become a little chain. The fish selection is limited, the quality varies from day to day, and usually mediocre to good, never great. Service is ok.

Most of the sushi chefs are Chinese. You wouldn't spend good money and have a Chinese chef making your Italian food, why would you settle for them making your sushi?

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every other uber-expensive sushi joint in town...portions and quality are unparalleled

2
★★★★★

every other uber-expensive sushi joint in town...portions and quality are unparalleled

Pros: huge, fresh fish

Cons: what else do you want

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I took my girlfriend to Yama for a special occasion, expecting whale-sized melt in your mouth sushi. What we got instead was sardine sized disappointment. Don't get me wrong, the sushi was fine. But it was certainly not any better (at twice the price) than the 50 restaurants within a block of our apartment. If you're looking for standard sushi at high prices, Yama's your place. If you're looking for huge pieces of fresh sushi, though, don't waste your time.

1
★★★☆☆

I took my girlfriend to Yama for a special occasion, expecting whale-sized melt in your mouth sushi. What we got instead was sardine sized disappointment. Don't get me wrong, the sushi was fine. But it was certainly not any better (at twice the price) than the 50 restaurants within a block of our apartment. If you're looking for standard sushi at high prices, Yama's your place. If you're looking for huge pieces of fresh sushi, though, don't waste your time.

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You get large quantities however the fish is very bland. Texture and taste not impressive.

1
★★★☆☆

You get large quantities however the fish is very bland. Texture and taste not impressive.

Cons: bland fish

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Clearly this restaurant serves the freshest sushi in the city. Once you eat here, you will hestitate before going to any other. The size alone of the sushi is astounding. The salads, appetizers are excellent. The waiters are helpful, friendly. You begin to resent other sushi spots after eating here because the food is outstanding.

2
★★★★★

Clearly this restaurant serves the freshest sushi in the city. Once you eat here, you will hestitate before going to any other. The size alone of the sushi is astounding. The salads, appetizers are excellent. The waiters are helpful, friendly. You begin to resent other sushi spots after eating here because the food is outstanding.

Pros: sushi is outstanding, reservations at this location only

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the sushi is good. but not the best. the atmosphere may need improvement.

2
★★★★☆

the sushi is good. but not the best. the atmosphere may need improvement.

Pros: good food

Cons: decoration, too bad manner kids

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This restaurant transcends its genre with heaping helpings of melt in your mouth love, I mean fish. Still, I can't help but wince a little when the tab comes to 170 dollars for a table of four, without drinks.

2
★★★★☆

This restaurant transcends its genre with heaping helpings of melt in your mouth love, I mean fish. Still, I can't help but wince a little when the tab comes to 170 dollars for a table of four, without drinks.

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I have been to Yama 20 or more times, and what i started to realize after hours of waiting outside in the cold is... its so not worth the wait. More than one time Ive had fish that was slimy and off tasting. In addition the tables are SOOO close, that I it crossed my mind more than once to reach my chopstick over to my neighbor and swipe a piece.!!! If you want way better sushi, at a more reasonble price, and half the wait, go to Taste of Tokyo on 13th btw 5th and 6th.... You will not regret it....!!!!!1

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★★★☆☆

I have been to Yama 20 or more times, and what i started to realize after hours of waiting outside in the cold is... its so not worth the wait. More than one time Ive had fish that was slimy and off tasting. In addition the tables are SOOO close, that I it crossed my mind more than once to reach my chopstick over to my neighbor and swipe a piece.!!! If you want way better sushi, at a more reasonble price, and half the wait, go to Taste of Tokyo on 13th btw 5th and 6th.... You will not regret it....!!!!!1

Pros: big pieces

Cons: not consistent, long wait, too crowded

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The Yama in the Village was nowhere near the experiences I've had with the one downtown. I wouldn't recommend it. Yama downtown is still pretty good, though they've become so popular its like an assembly line. They rush you in and out the door as quickly as possible since the restaurant is so small. Everything is extra, even ginger. For value and price, go to Monster Sushi. You won't be disappointed, though it doesn't have much of an atmosphere.

1
★★★☆☆

The Yama in the Village was nowhere near the experiences I've had with the one downtown. I wouldn't recommend it. Yama downtown is still pretty good, though they've become so popular its like an assembly line. They rush you in and out the door as quickly as possible since the restaurant is so small. Everything is extra, even ginger. For value and price, go to Monster Sushi. You won't be disappointed, though it doesn't have much of an atmosphere.

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The sushi is everything everybody says it is...there are huge pieces of fish and its incredibly fresh. But after you try the great sushi, try their tempora green tea ice cream. Its a really good and unique dessert.

2
★★★★★

The sushi is everything everybody says it is...there are huge pieces of fish and its incredibly fresh. But after you try the great sushi, try their tempora green tea ice cream. Its a really good and unique dessert.

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Yama has incredible sushi! The pieces and rolls are always fresh and tasty! I am a very particular and picky person and this place rocks!

2
★★★★★

Yama has incredible sushi! The pieces and rolls are always fresh and tasty! I am a very particular and picky person and this place rocks!

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Very good food, but very pricey menu, long waits when crowded, and not alot of elbow space during busy hours. Overall this is my favorite Japanese eatery, but I try to go during offpeek hours.

2
★★★★★

Very good food, but very pricey menu, long waits when crowded, and not alot of elbow space during busy hours. Overall this is my favorite Japanese eatery, but I try to go during offpeek hours.

Pros: fresh food, kindly service, great menu

Cons: very pricey, tight when crowded, lng waits whn crowded

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If you love Sushi, you can't miss this place. I adore Yama's greatest sushi several times a month!

2
★★★★★

If you love Sushi, you can't miss this place. I adore Yama's greatest sushi several times a month!

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The pieces of fish are huge, fresh and fabulous. However, the ambiance is not much better than being on the subway at rush hour. Go for the food, return for the food. You'll wait for it as long as you'll wait on the platform for an open spot on the train.

2
★★★★★

The pieces of fish are huge, fresh and fabulous. However, the ambiance is not much better than being on the subway at rush hour. Go for the food, return for the food. You'll wait for it as long as you'll wait on the platform for an open spot on the train.

Pros: HUGE pieces of fish, Fresh, Fabulous

Cons: Crowded, Long wait, Brightly lit

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...oh, what a dish!

But I've had better than Yama. Yama focuses more on size than quality, which is variable. And the rice could be better.

My Japanese business friends with expense accounts all go to Sushi Sei. Who would know better than them?

2
★★★★☆

...oh, what a dish!

But I've had better than Yama. Yama focuses more on size than quality, which is variable. And the rice could be better.

My Japanese business friends with expense accounts all go to Sushi Sei. Who would know better than them?

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The portions were way too big for sushi and the rice was awful. The rice is important in sushi--and not that difficult!

1
★★☆☆☆

The portions were way too big for sushi and the rice was awful. The rice is important in sushi--and not that difficult!

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Good sushi - not great. Service was excellent, recommend the spicy tuna

2
★★★★☆

Good sushi - not great. Service was excellent, recommend the spicy tuna

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OH, YEAH, good eats! This is the freshest sushi I've ever tasted. Plus, you could always take a date and impress them on how WIDE you could open up as you attempt to stuff in the whole pieces. Obscene!

2
★★★★★

OH, YEAH, good eats! This is the freshest sushi I've ever tasted. Plus, you could always take a date and impress them on how WIDE you could open up as you attempt to stuff in the whole pieces. Obscene!

Pros: Fresh, Gigantic

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Wonderfull restaurant in a cellar in Downtown New York. You have the stay outside a long time because it is always full. But if you arrive they tell you what time to come back so it is not that bad.
It is the best sushi in New York and maybe af the whole east coast. it is just wonderfull.

2
★★★★★

Wonderfull restaurant in a cellar in Downtown New York. You have the stay outside a long time because it is always full. But if you arrive they tell you what time to come back so it is not that bad.
It is the best sushi in New York and maybe af the whole east coast. it is just wonderfull.

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This was the freshest sushi I've had in New York. Between Tomoe and Yama, Yama is hands down superior (and more affordable). The sushi deluxe and four rolls were more than enough food for two. The Carmine street location, while not as historically significant as the one off Irving Place, gets the nod because it takes reservations.

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★★★★★

This was the freshest sushi I've had in New York. Between Tomoe and Yama, Yama is hands down superior (and more affordable). The sushi deluxe and four rolls were more than enough food for two. The Carmine street location, while not as historically significant as the one off Irving Place, gets the nod because it takes reservations.

Pros: yellowtail, spicy tuna, sushi deluxe

Cons: red wine, sake

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I don't want to start preaching, but sushi is all about the balance between rice and fish and Yama is the distortion of everything holy about sushi. Plus, they don't even serve fresh fish like Tomoe which is another breach in and of itself.

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★★☆☆☆

I don't want to start preaching, but sushi is all about the balance between rice and fish and Yama is the distortion of everything holy about sushi. Plus, they don't even serve fresh fish like Tomoe which is another breach in and of itself.

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i'm surprised so many people love yama. i went to the one on irving place, and i agree- the fish is HUGE, but it's not very good. sure, it probably beats eating spicy tuna rolls from your nearby grocery store, but that's about it. if you're going to wait (possibly for a LONG while) for a table and dish out the $, do it right. go to one of the real 'best sushi' joints in nyc: sushi yasuda, jewel bako, karuma zushi, sushisay-- anywhere but yama. honestly, it's big fish, no taste.

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★★★☆☆

i'm surprised so many people love yama. i went to the one on irving place, and i agree- the fish is HUGE, but it's not very good. sure, it probably beats eating spicy tuna rolls from your nearby grocery store, but that's about it. if you're going to wait (possibly for a LONG while) for a table and dish out the $, do it right. go to one of the real 'best sushi' joints in nyc: sushi yasuda, jewel bako, karuma zushi, sushisay-- anywhere but yama. honestly, it's big fish, no taste.

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This is by far the best Yama of the bunch, especially since they take reservations. The sushi is sublime - large, fresh pieces that practially melt in your mouth. The outside seating in the back is a plus - if you can get it, take it!

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★★★★★

This is by far the best Yama of the bunch, especially since they take reservations. The sushi is sublime - large, fresh pieces that practially melt in your mouth. The outside seating in the back is a plus - if you can get it, take it!

Pros: Take Reservations, Fresh Seafood, Various Specials

Cons: Crowded, Small

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I have never had sub-par sushi here. It has always been gigantic and deliciously fresh, all four times that I've been. Can't wait to go back. Be prepared to wait, however, Cibar across the street and up a block makes a mean pre-dinner martini stop....

2
★★★★★

I have never had sub-par sushi here. It has always been gigantic and deliciously fresh, all four times that I've been. Can't wait to go back. Be prepared to wait, however, Cibar across the street and up a block makes a mean pre-dinner martini stop....

Pros: Large Sushi, Fresh Sushi, Great Sushi

Cons: Crowded, Long wait

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the pieces of sushi are so big you'll wonder why you never went to yama before. the rolls are creative and generously sized. worth every penny.

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★★★★★

the pieces of sushi are so big you'll wonder why you never went to yama before. the rolls are creative and generously sized. worth every penny.

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Given a quick makeover, this Carmine Street outpost of the popular Yama chain could easily pass for a trattoria, as fireplaces and exposed brick walls lend the space a rustic country-home vibe. Night after night, the…

 

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