Tomoe Sushi

★★★★☆
  • 172 Thompson St

    New York, NY 10012

    Cross street: nr. Houston St.

    Map & Directions
  • 212-777-9346

About Tomoe Sushi

Hours
Sun-Mon, 5pm-11pm; Tue-Sat, 1pm-3pm and 5pm-11pm

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A friend took me here once. It was a splendid experience. Extremely crowded but I guess it was because it is so popular. The sashimi slices were very filling and when the check came I was glad I wasn't picking up the tab!

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★★★★★

A friend took me here once. It was a splendid experience. Extremely crowded but I guess it was because it is so popular. The sashimi slices were very filling and when the check came I was glad I wasn't picking up the tab!

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Fresh fish, Nice portions. A little pricey but well worth it!
The ambiance is a little tight and there is usually a long wait to be seated.. but that is because this place is fantastic.

3
★★★★★

Fresh fish, Nice portions. A little pricey but well worth it!
The ambiance is a little tight and there is usually a long wait to be seated.. but that is because this place is fantastic.

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OK so maybe one look at this place will make you want to turn around but they really do have the BEST sushi/sahimi in NYC. I don't love the maguro sashimi, too red and not as fresh as I'd like but their Yellowtail and Salmon are to die

3
★★★★★

OK so maybe one look at this place will make you want to turn around but they really do have the BEST sushi/sahimi in NYC. I don't love the maguro sashimi, too red and not as fresh as I'd like but their Yellowtail and Salmon are to die

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This place does serve really good food. You can taste the effort. The sashimi is fresh, the cooked dishes are small but delicious. Come early to beat the line and make friends with the waiter for next time.

2
★★★★☆

This place does serve really good food. You can taste the effort. The sashimi is fresh, the cooked dishes are small but delicious. Come early to beat the line and make friends with the waiter for next time.

Pros: food

Cons: lines/wait, pricey

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This was BY FAR...THE BEST sashimi that I have EVER eaten. For appetizers, my wife and I ordered the baked Sea Bass with a fresh tomato and red chili pepper sauce. (UNREAL!!!) We each ordered the Sashimi Deluxe platter. The pieces of fish were HUGE which usually occurs when quality is replaced by quantity. Nothing could be further from the truth at Tomoe. This sashimi was so jaw droppingly tender and fresh...that it could be described as something of a religious experience!!! This was definitely one of the top 10 food experiences I have EVER had.

Don't let the lines deter you....It is DEFINITELY well worth the wait!

2
★★★★★

This was BY FAR...THE BEST sashimi that I have EVER eaten. For appetizers, my wife and I ordered the baked Sea Bass with a fresh tomato and red chili pepper sauce. (UNREAL!!!) We each ordered the Sashimi Deluxe platter. The pieces of fish were HUGE which usually occurs when quality is replaced by quantity. Nothing could be further from the truth at Tomoe. This sashimi was so jaw droppingly tender and fresh...that it could be described as something of a religious experience!!! This was definitely one of the top 10 food experiences I have EVER had.

Don't let the lines deter you....It is DEFINITELY well worth the wait!

Pros: Fresh, large and oh so tender pieces of fish

Cons: No reservations... long lines out the door.

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Tuna and Yellow tail are great Horse macreal is great
best squid in NYC fantastic rolls and the best salmon skin roll in the world

2
★★★★★

Tuna and Yellow tail are great Horse macreal is great
best squid in NYC fantastic rolls and the best salmon skin roll in the world

Pros: great fish great service priced right

Cons: NONE the place is FANTASTIC

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There's a reason why there is ALWAYS a line outside this place, sushi is always fresh and tasty! I usually get there early so the wait is not so long. I've never had a problem with service but again, I time my visits so it's right before the dinner rush.

2
★★★★☆

There's a reason why there is ALWAYS a line outside this place, sushi is always fresh and tasty! I usually get there early so the wait is not so long. I've never had a problem with service but again, I time my visits so it's right before the dinner rush.

Pros: It can be pricey

Cons: There is usually a line outside

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People spoke of Tomoe as the Volkswagen of restaurants - priced for the masses but with the same German engineering as the luxury brands. Well, we stood forty minutes in line to find out and we were not impressed. The sushi pieces were huge - so big you could not eat them in one bite. The fish is fresh, but as people who love sushi know, fresh is by far not the only thing fish should be. At Tomoe, every piece was just like every other piece. You could not tell you were eating different fish. The prices were very high - no lower than at some of the top places in NY. Overall, I thought this was a waste of time and money. Tomoe is better than your corner sushi place, but it cannot stand up to the competition in this great city.

1
★★★☆☆

People spoke of Tomoe as the Volkswagen of restaurants - priced for the masses but with the same German engineering as the luxury brands. Well, we stood forty minutes in line to find out and we were not impressed. The sushi pieces were huge - so big you could not eat them in one bite. The fish is fresh, but as people who love sushi know, fresh is by far not the only thing fish should be. At Tomoe, every piece was just like every other piece. You could not tell you were eating different fish. The prices were very high - no lower than at some of the top places in NY. Overall, I thought this was a waste of time and money. Tomoe is better than your corner sushi place, but it cannot stand up to the competition in this great city.

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The line was long and the food was really really good. The fish is very fresh and all the small dishes are excellent. You'll eat alot and it could be a pricey evening and don't forget to finish with the green tea ice cream.

5
★★★★★

The line was long and the food was really really good. The fish is very fresh and all the small dishes are excellent. You'll eat alot and it could be a pricey evening and don't forget to finish with the green tea ice cream.

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This is by far my favorite sushi place ever!!!! I am not a food expert by any means, but I have eaten in many different sushi restaurants, and all I have to say is that this restaurant has the freshest fish I have ever tried. If you eat here, you have to come here for the sushi or sashimi, the rolls have extra ingredient that take away from the amazing taste of the fish. The toro (tuna) melts in your mouth. You will probably have to wait before getting into the restaurant, but trust me, the wait is well worth it!

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★★★★★

This is by far my favorite sushi place ever!!!! I am not a food expert by any means, but I have eaten in many different sushi restaurants, and all I have to say is that this restaurant has the freshest fish I have ever tried. If you eat here, you have to come here for the sushi or sashimi, the rolls have extra ingredient that take away from the amazing taste of the fish. The toro (tuna) melts in your mouth. You will probably have to wait before getting into the restaurant, but trust me, the wait is well worth it!

Pros: Amazingly fresh Fish

Cons: It's pricey, but worth the money.

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I love this place for Sushi though it can be really crowded. First my Japanese friend introduced this place to me, and I found it so good. Price is good and the fish is so fresh.

It is hard to find this good sushi place in Philadelphia, and I try to stop by whenever I get a chance in NY.

4
★★★★☆

I love this place for Sushi though it can be really crowded. First my Japanese friend introduced this place to me, and I found it so good. Price is good and the fish is so fresh.

It is hard to find this good sushi place in Philadelphia, and I try to stop by whenever I get a chance in NY.

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Expect to wait a bit for a table - the restaurant is tiny.

The sushi is extremely fresh - the nigiri can be on the large size (3 or 4 bites)

Unique sushi experience - Highly recommend

4
★★★★☆

Expect to wait a bit for a table - the restaurant is tiny.

The sushi is extremely fresh - the nigiri can be on the large size (3 or 4 bites)

Unique sushi experience - Highly recommend

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This sushi place is very authentic. The food is delicious but its not a romantic date spot. Check out all the menus around the walls

2
★★★★★

This sushi place is very authentic. The food is delicious but its not a romantic date spot. Check out all the menus around the walls

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After we had been there only 55 minutes, the waitress asked us to leave because there was a long line outside. The sushi is good, but the service is so bad that it's not worth it.

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★☆☆☆☆

After we had been there only 55 minutes, the waitress asked us to leave because there was a long line outside. The sushi is good, but the service is so bad that it's not worth it.

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I absolutely love Tomoe. When I get the chance, I come here often because it is right around the corner from my school, NYU Stern. The maki seems to always be negi- style and the fish seems extra oily but not fishy. Particularly fresh. It is a nice change-up from my normal places Blue Ribbon and Yama. If they have the fresh soft-shell crab I recommend it, but be weary, the one in the roll is not the freshest one, its the frozen one, so get the appetizer version. It isn't too heavy on the batter and comes with the typical ponzu sauce. Get there early if you don't want to wait on the line. They do play favorites, mostly they do not seat parties that are not entirely there, but if they recognize you, expect to get special treatment.

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★★★★★

I absolutely love Tomoe. When I get the chance, I come here often because it is right around the corner from my school, NYU Stern. The maki seems to always be negi- style and the fish seems extra oily but not fishy. Particularly fresh. It is a nice change-up from my normal places Blue Ribbon and Yama. If they have the fresh soft-shell crab I recommend it, but be weary, the one in the roll is not the freshest one, its the frozen one, so get the appetizer version. It isn't too heavy on the batter and comes with the typical ponzu sauce. Get there early if you don't want to wait on the line. They do play favorites, mostly they do not seat parties that are not entirely there, but if they recognize you, expect to get special treatment.

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I've been a fan of Tomoe for over 10 years and I have to say that I will NOT go back there again. I have noticed a gradual decline in food quality, service and an increase in prices. There are plenty of sushi options in this city and I would rather spend my money elsewhere.

About two weeks ago, I visited Tomoe with a friend, we were seated quickly but then the experience started to go downhill. After we were seated, we were ignored by the wait staff, we had to flag down 2 different guys before we could order drinks, then the ordeal repated itself when we tried to order food. Once the food was served, we were ignored the entire time until we were ready for our check. We paid with cash and then waiting began, 10 min, 15 min, 20 min...we kept flagging down the waiter to bring out change but they just ignored us. Finally we went to the cash register and asked for our change. After another 5 min, they told us they had already given us our change. We of course protested, they owe us about $45 in change; after another 5 min, they finally brought over our change. We were so annoyed, we left a 5% tip (as a sign of our discontent ) and walked out.

Half way down the block, the waiter came out screaming at us because the tip was too low. We told him about the bad service and he just kept repeating: "you were at my table, i brought you your food". We again told him that he didn't do his job, we had to flag him down repeatedly to order drinks, food, and to get our check...and on top of it all, we did not appreciate feeling like we were being ripped off when we had to fight to get our $45 change back. He just kept yelling...ridiculous.

Interestly enough, the same waiter was yelling at another couple when we arrived at the restaurant; only in retrospect did I realize that the waiter was harrasing someone else for leaving too small of a tip. Here's a tip waiter...do a better job and the good tips will follow!

1
★★☆☆☆

I've been a fan of Tomoe for over 10 years and I have to say that I will NOT go back there again. I have noticed a gradual decline in food quality, service and an increase in prices. There are plenty of sushi options in this city and I would rather spend my money elsewhere.

About two weeks ago, I visited Tomoe with a friend, we were seated quickly but then the experience started to go downhill. After we were seated, we were ignored by the wait staff, we had to flag down 2 different guys before we could order drinks, then the ordeal repated itself when we tried to order food. Once the food was served, we were ignored the entire time until we were ready for our check. We paid with cash and then waiting began, 10 min, 15 min, 20 min...we kept flagging down the waiter to bring out change but they just ignored us. Finally we went to the cash register and asked for our change. After another 5 min, they told us they had already given us our change. We of course protested, they owe us about $45 in change; after another 5 min, they finally brought over our change. We were so annoyed, we left a 5% tip (as a sign of our discontent ) and walked out.

Half way down the block, the waiter came out screaming at us because the tip was too low. We told him about the bad service and he just kept repeating: "you were at my table, i brought you your food". We again told him that he didn't do his job, we had to flag him down repeatedly to order drinks, food, and to get our check...and on top of it all, we did not appreciate feeling like we were being ripped off when we had to fight to get our $45 change back. He just kept yelling...ridiculous.

Interestly enough, the same waiter was yelling at another couple when we arrived at the restaurant; only in retrospect did I realize that the waiter was harrasing someone else for leaving too small of a tip. Here's a tip waiter...do a better job and the good tips will follow!

Pros: nothing

Cons: zero ambiance, rude waiters, long lines, dingy and old (need a new coat of paint and a good cleaning job)

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I had high expectations for this place, seeing that its a local favorite with 4 1/2 stars. From the minute I walked in, I thought I was in the wrong place. This place is way too cramped. I was forced to sit next to somone who was maybe 6 inches away from me (not in my party) who ate the smelliest food I've ever smelled. I like to be able to eat my meal without hitting someone at the table next to me with my elbows.

The waiters were rude, the food was barely average and the prices were too high. On top of all that, I felt that the place could have been a little cleaner.

Examples... The "Avocado Salad" was some skimpy slices of tasteless avocado on top of raggedy lettuce. The dumplings were good, but they probably buy them from an outside vendor. The rolls were average. They were put together horribly and the fish really didnt have a super fresh taste. The sushi pieces were pretty big, but again lacked that unbelievable flavor.

Do yourself a favor and stay away. This is Manhattan, there are thousands of other places where you can spend $75 for two people for dinner and actually walk out saying that was delicious.

Oh yeah, the dirty plastic covering outside the front door is disgusting.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I had high expectations for this place, seeing that its a local favorite with 4 1/2 stars. From the minute I walked in, I thought I was in the wrong place. This place is way too cramped. I was forced to sit next to somone who was maybe 6 inches away from me (not in my party) who ate the smelliest food I've ever smelled. I like to be able to eat my meal without hitting someone at the table next to me with my elbows.

The waiters were rude, the food was barely average and the prices were too high. On top of all that, I felt that the place could have been a little cleaner.

Examples... The "Avocado Salad" was some skimpy slices of tasteless avocado on top of raggedy lettuce. The dumplings were good, but they probably buy them from an outside vendor. The rolls were average. They were put together horribly and the fish really didnt have a super fresh taste. The sushi pieces were pretty big, but again lacked that unbelievable flavor.

Do yourself a favor and stay away. This is Manhattan, there are thousands of other places where you can spend $75 for two people for dinner and actually walk out saying that was delicious.

Oh yeah, the dirty plastic covering outside the front door is disgusting.

Pros: The shumai dumplings

Cons: Everything else about the restaurant.

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This is the worst sushi expereince I had in NYC. I am a japanese who have high standard for sushi. Tomoe sushi is horrible. The fishes at the sushi bar are fresh. However, it's the amazingly bad sushi chef who ruined everything. The sushi at supermarket are even better.

The day I went, there were 3 inexperienced sushi chef.(One Mexican, one Chinese, one unknown). No offense, but the way they handled sushi is humuliating to sushi. If you have a second and go take a look at bar, how the 3 chef made sushi is exactly like how those fish workers at supermarket cut and clean up fishes for you. Messy and disgesting.

1) all the fishes at the storage are piled together, instead of seperating them properly. Thus. while you eat Tuna, you can taste Salmon.
2) The chef held the raw fishes in their hand so long that the fishes turns warm and unfresh while u ate it. And the cut of the fish are miserable.
3)The chef have no idea how to make sushi. They used their "palm" to shape the rice..Not only it will make the rice too warm and affect the freshness of fishes, it's also not clean to use your whole palm to handle food that people will eat raw. I am really not sure why the restaurant manager hire someone who don't understand sushi to be chef. Maybe save more cost than hiring real chef?

I personally will only recommend people who never have good sushi before to go there as the price is reasonable. For me, i would rather pay more to have real sushi and not to watch the chef turn some great fishes/seafood into garbage.

0
★☆☆☆☆

This is the worst sushi expereince I had in NYC. I am a japanese who have high standard for sushi. Tomoe sushi is horrible. The fishes at the sushi bar are fresh. However, it's the amazingly bad sushi chef who ruined everything. The sushi at supermarket are even better.

The day I went, there were 3 inexperienced sushi chef.(One Mexican, one Chinese, one unknown). No offense, but the way they handled sushi is humuliating to sushi. If you have a second and go take a look at bar, how the 3 chef made sushi is exactly like how those fish workers at supermarket cut and clean up fishes for you. Messy and disgesting.

1) all the fishes at the storage are piled together, instead of seperating them properly. Thus. while you eat Tuna, you can taste Salmon.
2) The chef held the raw fishes in their hand so long that the fishes turns warm and unfresh while u ate it. And the cut of the fish are miserable.
3)The chef have no idea how to make sushi. They used their "palm" to shape the rice..Not only it will make the rice too warm and affect the freshness of fishes, it's also not clean to use your whole palm to handle food that people will eat raw. I am really not sure why the restaurant manager hire someone who don't understand sushi to be chef. Maybe save more cost than hiring real chef?

I personally will only recommend people who never have good sushi before to go there as the price is reasonable. For me, i would rather pay more to have real sushi and not to watch the chef turn some great fishes/seafood into garbage.

Pros: Price

Cons: Bad sushi, worst chef ever

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The line outside is worth it. I love taking people visiting NYC to this restaurant, this is a "local's place." The sushi is not the best there is - but for the price it's terrific.

2
★★★★★

The line outside is worth it. I love taking people visiting NYC to this restaurant, this is a "local's place." The sushi is not the best there is - but for the price it's terrific.

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The ultimate sushi place!! I have never had sushi that melts in your mouth like I've had at Tomoe. The food was awesome and sooo fresh! The presentation, service and food were outstanding. Place is small but cozy with no frills. I came here with a Tomoe regular who has been coming here since back in his college days. Come here early, as I've seen the tables fill up quickly and heard there's a line that usually is out the door and down the street...

2
★★★★★

The ultimate sushi place!! I have never had sushi that melts in your mouth like I've had at Tomoe. The food was awesome and sooo fresh! The presentation, service and food were outstanding. Place is small but cozy with no frills. I came here with a Tomoe regular who has been coming here since back in his college days. Come here early, as I've seen the tables fill up quickly and heard there's a line that usually is out the door and down the street...

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It seems as though this place is packed every night of the week. The sashimi, fried soft shell crab, giant clam soup, and spicy toro tartar are always fresh and definitely what I keep going back there for. I have yet to explore the whole menu, but almost everything I have tried is outstanding! If you haven't tried it, you must. You're definitely missing out on a great find.

2
★★★★★

It seems as though this place is packed every night of the week. The sashimi, fried soft shell crab, giant clam soup, and spicy toro tartar are always fresh and definitely what I keep going back there for. I have yet to explore the whole menu, but almost everything I have tried is outstanding! If you haven't tried it, you must. You're definitely missing out on a great find.

Pros: The best sushi restaurant in nyc

Cons: Not for groups larger than 6

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I'm a Los Angeles native who is used to the unbelievable abundance of exceptional sushi out west. I've spent 2 years sampling the various sushi spots all over the NYC, and nothing really came close to the high quality that is so pervasive in LA. That is, until I went to Tomoe. This tasty spot had some of the best Toro I've ever had, and it wasn't a den of hobnobery and snobish pretension as is common on the upper east. Anyone who complains about waiting in line isn't a true New Yorker, as all good things get mobbed in this overly cramped city. So toughen up, wait in line for 20 minutes and have the best sushi around. Cheers

2
★★★★★

I'm a Los Angeles native who is used to the unbelievable abundance of exceptional sushi out west. I've spent 2 years sampling the various sushi spots all over the NYC, and nothing really came close to the high quality that is so pervasive in LA. That is, until I went to Tomoe. This tasty spot had some of the best Toro I've ever had, and it wasn't a den of hobnobery and snobish pretension as is common on the upper east. Anyone who complains about waiting in line isn't a true New Yorker, as all good things get mobbed in this overly cramped city. So toughen up, wait in line for 20 minutes and have the best sushi around. Cheers

Pros: friendly service, quality sushi, amazing toro

Cons: brief wait outside

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Went there EARLY (immediately after work) on a weeknight near the end of 2006. No problems getting a table (but be warned - you will NOT get seated until everyone in your party is there, even for a table for 2!!). The sushi rolls were fresh and quite flavorful. My friend suggested the fish soup (sounded "odd") but I tried it. Huge chunks of salmon and something else (cod?) swimming in a rich miso soup. What a delight on a cold night!

You aren't coming here for the ambiance or decor. Face it - you are coming for fresh sushi, whether sashimi, sushi or rolls. The sushi is aptly priced (a weee bit on the high side), and while you won't get ginormous portions, you will have astoundingly fresh cuts of fish. And most importantly, your stomach will leave happier!!

2
★★★★☆

Went there EARLY (immediately after work) on a weeknight near the end of 2006. No problems getting a table (but be warned - you will NOT get seated until everyone in your party is there, even for a table for 2!!). The sushi rolls were fresh and quite flavorful. My friend suggested the fish soup (sounded "odd") but I tried it. Huge chunks of salmon and something else (cod?) swimming in a rich miso soup. What a delight on a cold night!

You aren't coming here for the ambiance or decor. Face it - you are coming for fresh sushi, whether sashimi, sushi or rolls. The sushi is aptly priced (a weee bit on the high side), and while you won't get ginormous portions, you will have astoundingly fresh cuts of fish. And most importantly, your stomach will leave happier!!

Pros: AMAZINGLY fresh sushi!, Hidden gem of a restaurant

Cons: small location; CAN BE long wait sometimes, esp for a large group, no reservations accepted

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Friends and I treat ourselves to Tomoe when we are in the mood for perfect sushi/sashimi. This place is spot on with fresh and delicious food every visit. The lines are long but worth the wait. The green tea is excellent and not overpowering as at some other restaurants. Despite the hoards waiting, wait staff never rushes you out if you want to order some to start and more as dinner progresses. Sashimi is nicely sized but nothing grossly out of proportion that you can't consume in one bite. Sushi lovers should endure the line and will find another place to put on their discerning lists.

2
★★★★★

Friends and I treat ourselves to Tomoe when we are in the mood for perfect sushi/sashimi. This place is spot on with fresh and delicious food every visit. The lines are long but worth the wait. The green tea is excellent and not overpowering as at some other restaurants. Despite the hoards waiting, wait staff never rushes you out if you want to order some to start and more as dinner progresses. Sashimi is nicely sized but nothing grossly out of proportion that you can't consume in one bite. Sushi lovers should endure the line and will find another place to put on their discerning lists.

Pros: fresh fish, friendly service, good green tea

Cons: long lines, cramped seating

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The fish is sooo fresh and juicy. Waiters are nice. No rushing out. Very nice experience!! Will go back again no matter how long is the waiting.

2
★★★★★

The fish is sooo fresh and juicy. Waiters are nice. No rushing out. Very nice experience!! Will go back again no matter how long is the waiting.

Pros: food, service

Cons: long waiting

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I don't know how they do it, but every bite of almost every piece of sashimi resulted in a little piece of heaven melting in my mouth. The cooked appetizers were great as well, definitely try the grilled yellowtail neck & the sea bass. Very friendly service as well, as we sat down & ate for almost 2 hours without being rushed, even though there was a line forming outside.

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★★★★★

I don't know how they do it, but every bite of almost every piece of sashimi resulted in a little piece of heaven melting in my mouth. The cooked appetizers were great as well, definitely try the grilled yellowtail neck & the sea bass. Very friendly service as well, as we sat down & ate for almost 2 hours without being rushed, even though there was a line forming outside.

Pros: great sushi/sashimi, surprisingly good cooked food, very friendly staff

Cons: no reservations, can be a long wait

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i love this place..and its absolutely worth the wait. anyone who suggests Sushi Samba over Tomoe has absolutely no clue what theyre talking about. I have never experienced a insect problem there..but then again i may not try as hard to be high society as some of the other reviewers.

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★★★☆☆

i love this place..and its absolutely worth the wait. anyone who suggests Sushi Samba over Tomoe has absolutely no clue what theyre talking about. I have never experienced a insect problem there..but then again i may not try as hard to be high society as some of the other reviewers.

Pros: Everything..from the appz to the rolls to the sashimi..excellent

Cons: the wait in line..but its inevitable

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i tried to turn a blind eye to the conditions but it's almost impossible. Gnats by the 100's buzzing, hovering, and landing on your food, face, and drink, make it difficult to concentrate on anything else. If layers of dust, dirt, and insects tend to bother you, then either don't look up or down or take the trek down to sushi samba. If you feel it makes it authentic to have broken edged glasses and the prior patron's food on your table, then by all means get in that line now and enjoy. The food itself was o.k., some good some average. We really left there scratching our heads after hearing friends and reading reviews on how great this place was. Feel better now knowing i'll never have to go back.

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★★★☆☆

i tried to turn a blind eye to the conditions but it's almost impossible. Gnats by the 100's buzzing, hovering, and landing on your food, face, and drink, make it difficult to concentrate on anything else. If layers of dust, dirt, and insects tend to bother you, then either don't look up or down or take the trek down to sushi samba. If you feel it makes it authentic to have broken edged glasses and the prior patron's food on your table, then by all means get in that line now and enjoy. The food itself was o.k., some good some average. We really left there scratching our heads after hearing friends and reading reviews on how great this place was. Feel better now knowing i'll never have to go back.

Pros: spicy crab appetizer

Cons: substandard cleanliness/atmosphere

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As you enter this restaurant you feel as if you are enetering Japan. I would the sushi is absolutely amazing, nothing I ever tasted before. I love trying different Japanese restaurants and this one is one of my favorites.

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★★★☆☆

As you enter this restaurant you feel as if you are enetering Japan. I would the sushi is absolutely amazing, nothing I ever tasted before. I love trying different Japanese restaurants and this one is one of my favorites.

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PHENOMENAL SUSHI AND SASHIMI! For an appetizer, I recommend the soft shell crab with ponzu sauce, which was excellent - the perfect contrast of texture and flavor. We also ordered the yellow tail and toro sashimi, both were huge pieces of fish were sliced perfectly! The toro (fatty tuna) was the highlight of the meal - an exquisite piece of fish that melts in your mouth like filet mignon. The maki rolls were all incredibly fresh and delicious - DEFINITELY WORTH THE WAIT!

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★★★★★

PHENOMENAL SUSHI AND SASHIMI! For an appetizer, I recommend the soft shell crab with ponzu sauce, which was excellent - the perfect contrast of texture and flavor. We also ordered the yellow tail and toro sashimi, both were huge pieces of fish were sliced perfectly! The toro (fatty tuna) was the highlight of the meal - an exquisite piece of fish that melts in your mouth like filet mignon. The maki rolls were all incredibly fresh and delicious - DEFINITELY WORTH THE WAIT!

Pros: excellent sashimi (especially fatty tuna), incredibly fresh fish

Cons: long wait

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Yes, sushi was fresh and tasty. Just like in a lot more other restaurants where you don't have to wait outside for 30 minutes and then sit in a crammy tiny room. So if you want to enjoy your dinner, eat elsewhere. But if you believe in the so-called "hipness" - then join the queue!

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★★★☆☆

Yes, sushi was fresh and tasty. Just like in a lot more other restaurants where you don't have to wait outside for 30 minutes and then sit in a crammy tiny room. So if you want to enjoy your dinner, eat elsewhere. But if you believe in the so-called "hipness" - then join the queue!

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Believe the hype! Tomoe Sushi is one of, if not the best, sushi restaurants in NYC. If you want to avoid the long lines, arrive at 5:00 PM and have an early dinner. There's nothing fancy about the interior, but the sushi makes up for the lack of ambience. I have sushi several times a week, and I have to say the Tomoe Sushi is freshest sushi in all of New York.

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★★★★★

Believe the hype! Tomoe Sushi is one of, if not the best, sushi restaurants in NYC. If you want to avoid the long lines, arrive at 5:00 PM and have an early dinner. There's nothing fancy about the interior, but the sushi makes up for the lack of ambience. I have sushi several times a week, and I have to say the Tomoe Sushi is freshest sushi in all of New York.

Pros: Sushi

Cons: No-reservations policy makes for long waits

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Tomoe definitely provides its diners with excellent quality sushi and sashimi, although the quality does not justify the exhobitant costs. Without appetizers or desserts, we spent $100 for two people. While impressed with the flavor and tenderness of the fish, the quality is not so much higher than other nearby sushi restaurants and significantly pricier (for a more reasonably-priced alternative and a far better overall dining experience, try Yama on Carmine Street). If you dine as I do, the moment you leave a restaurant is the you know whether the experience justifies the cost. For Tomoe, it does not.

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★☆☆☆☆

Tomoe definitely provides its diners with excellent quality sushi and sashimi, although the quality does not justify the exhobitant costs. Without appetizers or desserts, we spent $100 for two people. While impressed with the flavor and tenderness of the fish, the quality is not so much higher than other nearby sushi restaurants and significantly pricier (for a more reasonably-priced alternative and a far better overall dining experience, try Yama on Carmine Street). If you dine as I do, the moment you leave a restaurant is the you know whether the experience justifies the cost. For Tomoe, it does not.

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This is definitely one of my all time favorite Japanese restaurant. The line outside can be outrageous at times but once inside your mouth will water as dish after dish of the freshest sushi is served (not necessarily at your table.. haha). Its just fabulous! Don't let the long wait scare you.. its a must try!

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★★★★★

This is definitely one of my all time favorite Japanese restaurant. The line outside can be outrageous at times but once inside your mouth will water as dish after dish of the freshest sushi is served (not necessarily at your table.. haha). Its just fabulous! Don't let the long wait scare you.. its a must try!

Pros: Great sushi/sashimi

Cons: Long wait

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i've dined here twice and both times were absolutely satisfying. try going there for early dinner to avoid the long wait.

2
★★★★★

i've dined here twice and both times were absolutely satisfying. try going there for early dinner to avoid the long wait.

Pros: food

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I should've taken the advice of the previous reviewer and skipped this place, but I was hopeful. The wait was only half an hour on a Friday night. We sat at the sushi bar, which was more private than the tables. Having started with a great cooked toro appetizer, we looked forward to the entrees. I ordered the sushi-sashimi combo and my husband ordered 9 pieces a la carte. Size-wise, I was impressed, but to our disappointment, nothing was good. We are sushi connesuiers and know what different types of fresh raw fish should taste like. The fish ranged from ok to somewhat off. The only thing I really enjoyed was the octopus. Our bill was a reasonable $50 a person, but even at that value we will not be coming back.

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★★★☆☆

I should've taken the advice of the previous reviewer and skipped this place, but I was hopeful. The wait was only half an hour on a Friday night. We sat at the sushi bar, which was more private than the tables. Having started with a great cooked toro appetizer, we looked forward to the entrees. I ordered the sushi-sashimi combo and my husband ordered 9 pieces a la carte. Size-wise, I was impressed, but to our disappointment, nothing was good. We are sushi connesuiers and know what different types of fresh raw fish should taste like. The fish ranged from ok to somewhat off. The only thing I really enjoyed was the octopus. Our bill was a reasonable $50 a person, but even at that value we will not be coming back.

Pros: reasonably priced, filling, if not tasty, short wait

Cons: sushi is average, suffocatingly crowded

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very fresh, very large pieces of fish. long wait to get in but worth the wait

2
★★★★☆

very fresh, very large pieces of fish. long wait to get in but worth the wait

Pros: price, fresh

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We went to this restaurant based on CitySearch recommendations and I am bummed that they were not more accurate.

We stood outside in the cold for an hour-and-a-half, (no joke), to be seated at a tiny table for two, smack next to two other couples. We could all hear one another's conversations as well as reach over and pick food off one another's plates if we were so inclined.

Our waiter was very nice and accommodating, but we really came here to have good raw fish, and we DID NOT find it. The tuna was stringy and not sliced well.....salmon was not pink enough. Very small choice of rolls.

Overall, BIG disappointment. I have had much better experiences elsewhere.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went to this restaurant based on CitySearch recommendations and I am bummed that they were not more accurate.

We stood outside in the cold for an hour-and-a-half, (no joke), to be seated at a tiny table for two, smack next to two other couples. We could all hear one another's conversations as well as reach over and pick food off one another's plates if we were so inclined.

Our waiter was very nice and accommodating, but we really came here to have good raw fish, and we DID NOT find it. The tuna was stringy and not sliced well.....salmon was not pink enough. Very small choice of rolls.

Overall, BIG disappointment. I have had much better experiences elsewhere.

Pros: Nice waitstaff

Cons: Fish not fresh, Overpriced, LONG wait

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i could be sitting with the devil and still be in heaven!!! i would even sit with my dad again if i were here! I love this place and everyone i took here has made to a point that this is the "best sushi" and we need to go again. i think i was 9 when i first came here now i'm 25. i've travelled and tried to find better but nothing comes close, especially for the quality and price. there are no words to describe it!!! growing up i told myself i need to get an amex card.. that's the only thing they accept.whenever i have a bad day, this is the place to go, not only for fod but it's a part of me loving new york city!! my brother couldn't agree more!!!

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★★★★★

i could be sitting with the devil and still be in heaven!!! i would even sit with my dad again if i were here! I love this place and everyone i took here has made to a point that this is the "best sushi" and we need to go again. i think i was 9 when i first came here now i'm 25. i've travelled and tried to find better but nothing comes close, especially for the quality and price. there are no words to describe it!!! growing up i told myself i need to get an amex card.. that's the only thing they accept.whenever i have a bad day, this is the place to go, not only for fod but it's a part of me loving new york city!! my brother couldn't agree more!!!

Pros: excellent quality, great service, inexpensive

Cons: waiting on line, only sits 5, amex only

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Sushi was fresh -- the sushi / sashimi combination offers such a variety of fish - yellowtail, tuna, salmon, salmon tar-tar, rolls, shrimp, squids, scallops, etc. It was definitely worth every dime.

2
★★★★★

Sushi was fresh -- the sushi / sashimi combination offers such a variety of fish - yellowtail, tuna, salmon, salmon tar-tar, rolls, shrimp, squids, scallops, etc. It was definitely worth every dime.

Pros: Fresh fish

Cons: Small restaurant

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This is the best sushi in NYC. There is a huge line, usually a 45 minute wait; they take no reservations and no tables of more than five people. The sushi, is out of this world. Ive had sushi in Tokyo and this is by far better than that. Nothing is like Tomoe. The portion sizes are generous and the service is amiable and attentive.

2
★★★★★

This is the best sushi in NYC. There is a huge line, usually a 45 minute wait; they take no reservations and no tables of more than five people. The sushi, is out of this world. Ive had sushi in Tokyo and this is by far better than that. Nothing is like Tomoe. The portion sizes are generous and the service is amiable and attentive.

Pros: everything

Cons: small groups, long wait

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Fresh and tasty sushi. Not cheap, but not expensive. Amex only, and a funky schedule early in the week (no lunch on Mon or Tue. closed Sunday). Still, my favourite sushi restaurant in North America.

2
★★★★★

Fresh and tasty sushi. Not cheap, but not expensive. Amex only, and a funky schedule early in the week (no lunch on Mon or Tue. closed Sunday). Still, my favourite sushi restaurant in North America.

Pros: the food

Cons: too popular

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always crowded but worth the wait. the fish is cut in giant chunks, but is SO very tasty and fresh. the spicy toro tartar is great as well. i was surprised, given the atmosphere of the place -- inside it's very homey and busy and not trendy, but the food is excellent and worth the price.

2
★★★★★

always crowded but worth the wait. the fish is cut in giant chunks, but is SO very tasty and fresh. the spicy toro tartar is great as well. i was surprised, given the atmosphere of the place -- inside it's very homey and busy and not trendy, but the food is excellent and worth the price.

Pros: very fresh fish, nice waitstaff

Cons: waiting!

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This place was recommended to me by a friend of mine who is Japanese. She told me that it is the best sushi she has had in NY (price was not a factor for her). I was very skeptical when I had to wait in line for a while before I could order, but once my food arrived I was in DISBELIEF as to how fresh the sushi was. This stuff MELTS like butter in your mouth and it is truely UNBELIEVEABLE! There IS a reason why there is ALWAYS a line outside this restaurant. Some may say the "ambience" is not the greatest, but I consider it to be true Asian style dining (intimate). Tomoe is the place to go for great sushi. Anywhere else, then you are just paying for the ambience and not the quality of the sushi!

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★★★★★

This place was recommended to me by a friend of mine who is Japanese. She told me that it is the best sushi she has had in NY (price was not a factor for her). I was very skeptical when I had to wait in line for a while before I could order, but once my food arrived I was in DISBELIEF as to how fresh the sushi was. This stuff MELTS like butter in your mouth and it is truely UNBELIEVEABLE! There IS a reason why there is ALWAYS a line outside this restaurant. Some may say the "ambience" is not the greatest, but I consider it to be true Asian style dining (intimate). Tomoe is the place to go for great sushi. Anywhere else, then you are just paying for the ambience and not the quality of the sushi!

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their sashimi melts in your mouth. pricy, but so worth it!

2
★★★★★

their sashimi melts in your mouth. pricy, but so worth it!

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The sushi is comparable to the best of Japan. No exaggeration. It, literally, melts in your mouth leaving your taste buds wanting more. The sushi is just heavenly!!

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★★★★★

The sushi is comparable to the best of Japan. No exaggeration. It, literally, melts in your mouth leaving your taste buds wanting more. The sushi is just heavenly!!

Pros: Sushi, Sushi, Sushi

Cons: waiting outside

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I would recommend ordering take out because the place is always crowded. FOOD is EXCELLENT and FRESH!!! a must try

2
★★★★★

I would recommend ordering take out because the place is always crowded. FOOD is EXCELLENT and FRESH!!! a must try

Pros: FOOD, Value

Cons: ambience, street parking

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Very busy restaurant, waits are usually 30 min. minimum. Qulaity of the seafood is EXCELLENT!! Nothing fancy, but great skills of selecting the fish. Space are jammed, the Portion are huge, not like the other traditional sushi places, although house is obviously too small for the size of the portion cuts of the SUSHI!!

2
★★★★☆

Very busy restaurant, waits are usually 30 min. minimum. Qulaity of the seafood is EXCELLENT!! Nothing fancy, but great skills of selecting the fish. Space are jammed, the Portion are huge, not like the other traditional sushi places, although house is obviously too small for the size of the portion cuts of the SUSHI!!

Pros: Inexpensive, Crowded

Cons: Reservation N/A, Old school environmen

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Best Sushi/Sashimi in the city - two thumbs . Reservations are not accepted

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★★★★★

Best Sushi/Sashimi in the city - two thumbs . Reservations are not accepted

Pros: Superb Sushi

Cons: Ambiance

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When my friend and I got the sushi deluxe, we were rather appalled at the presentation. The sushi looked less clean cut and a bit rushed. And yet, upon tasting it, the sushi was by far, one of the freshest I've ever had. We deduced the sloppy presentation to the rush of people and the fact the Tomoe actually filleted their own fish! The sushi is a tad expensive, but everything else on the menu is reasonably priced. And even though we got there at 5:30, by 6, there was already a line waiting outside for our table! The service wasn't as bad as previous reviews make them out to be. The key is your own timing. Good sushi, but get there early!

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★★★☆☆

When my friend and I got the sushi deluxe, we were rather appalled at the presentation. The sushi looked less clean cut and a bit rushed. And yet, upon tasting it, the sushi was by far, one of the freshest I've ever had. We deduced the sloppy presentation to the rush of people and the fact the Tomoe actually filleted their own fish! The sushi is a tad expensive, but everything else on the menu is reasonably priced. And even though we got there at 5:30, by 6, there was already a line waiting outside for our table! The service wasn't as bad as previous reviews make them out to be. The key is your own timing. Good sushi, but get there early!

Pros: sushi, good green tea!

Cons: line, small

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This Greenwich Village sushi spot is no secret---evidenced by a perpetual line outside the door. But neither is it as well known as, say, Nobu, which gives it a "hidden gem" sort of feel. Tomoe offers high-quality fish that is included on…

 

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