175 2nd Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.730712 -73.986565
Sun-Mon 5-11 pm, Tues-Sat 5:30-midnight
Neighborhoods: Downtown, East Village
TERRIBLE FOOD & SERVICE!! – LONG wait for terrible food....so you judge for yourself. is it worth it? If your smart, you know NOT TO GO THERE!
Service has degraded – I used to be a big fan back when this place was called Koi. Nothing should have changed with the alteration of a name, but the passage of time has eroded their common sense. I went in earlier this week and the place was more than half empty. Snow outside. No crowds waiting to get in. I get offered a seat at the bar in front of the waiter station. All the other seats are "reserved." No thank you! Then I get offered a seat at the table directly in front of the door (the door that opens on to the 20 degree freeze). Uh...nope. There were PLENTY of tables, but I just walked out. "I'll come back another time," I said, and they didn't try to stop me! Forget this place. I went across the street and had a reasonable sushi meal. Perhaps not quite as good, but close. Granted, the last time they actually gave me a decent seat, the fish was very fresh, but it's not Sushi of Gari. It's not really much better than Haru. Maybe comparable.
Overrated – True, Kanoyama has a large variety of fish. However this does not mean its a top echelon sushi joint. Ignore the superlative Zagats and Menupages ratings, Kanoyama is only moderately better than average at best. I really don't understand what all the fuss is about, there are so many better places in the city.
Tranquil setting - very good sushi – This place surpassed my expectations. I used to go to Iso all the time but haven't been back to this place in many years. The staff was professional and pleasant, but i agree with others that the waits seemed long. The restaurant was only about 40% full when i was there on a sunday.
i had an eel avocado roll that i loved b/c it actually had seaweed on the outside, which i love. I used to get the lobster tail tempura at Iso, so i tried the lobster tail roll here as an homage to Iso, but it wasn't that great - a bit too much mayo sauce in it. The sashimi was excellent quality. Toro was to die for - and a generous portion.
There is something very zen and serene about that space. I really like being in this restaurant. I wish they would put some more art on the walls so there is more to look at. The centerpiece vase was looking a little feeble. But the soft pink hues against black, with the soft pink spotlights - it's all good. feng shui i guess!
Overall its a great little place. better than your run of the mill neighborhood sushi joint.
A serene spot serving Japanese favorites including sushi, sake and daily specials. – In Short
Founded by staff of the late, lamented Iso, which long occupied the same prime corner location, Kanoyama continues its predecessor's legacy of popular, stylish sushi. Rose-hued track lighting overhead casts a pleasing glow on the small, spare room. In addition to a large and distinctive assortment of daily sushi and sashimi, a la carte or in combinations, the kitchen offers dishes like sake-marinated black cod, sliced duck with scallions, and "sea foie gras" made with monkfish liver.
Average Food, Long Waits – This place is overated. The food was OK, but the portions are miniauture. Service was friendly but slow. Overall experience was disappointing. There are much better Japanese restaurants in the same neighborhood.
highest quality sushi in NYC – A great favourite, especially in terms of the neighbourhood. We have been coming here for a few years now. The food is unbelievable and the waitstaff is relaxed and knowledgeable, especially Marie, Abby and Nick. My personal favourite include the aji tataki, hamachi carpaccio, the corn tempura and the seared toro.
Anything you get here will be worth the wait, and was recommended to us by japanese friends.
food not worth it for the long wait – this place looks good from the outside and had a good zagat rating (25), so my friend and i decided to give it a try. we went relatively early (around 7pm), but the place was already about 85% full. its very small and the seating is pretty cramped. they have 3 sushi chefs lined up at the sushi counter and 2 cute waitresses for the entire place.
they have an early bento box special daily before 7:30 mon-wed & before 7:00 thur-sun, so we both decided to try that. for $13, you get to choose either the 5pc sushi bento, 5pc sashimi bento, eel bento, or omakase bento. we both blanched at the omakase choice for yesterday (chicken wings), & opted for the sashimi bento. each bento comes with miso soup, rice, choice of shrimp tempura/vegetable tempura/grilled salmon, and dessert. my friend chose the shrimp, i chose the salmon.
the miso soup arrived after about 15 minutes. we slurped it down and then our wait began. it must have been at least 45 minutes before our bento boxes arrived. the sashimi was very fresh and tasty, but there wasnt much of it. my main dish, the salmon, was dry and overcooked. everything was presented nicely the rice was even shaped into a star before being sprinkled with black sesame but i was very disappointed with the taste of the food. my friends tempura was fine, but we both were sad that we waited 45 minutes for very average food. granted, maybe they skimp on the quality (it was only $13), but if the good items are considerably more expensive, they shouldve gotten rid of the cheap options altogether, instead of allowing them to sully the restaurants reputation.
dessert was a small cup of tart orange gelatin with a dollop of whipped cream. it was alright. the bill came to about $16pp, which is cheap, but i would rather have paid more for better food. next time im in the east village, im sticking to yakitori or sobaya.
Excellent Sushi on a Budget – Outstanding quality sushi for very reasonable prices. In fact, overall one of the best sushi restaurants I've been to (better than Bond St, Tomoe). I had the omakase sushi which extremely well done. The conger eel is actually prepared fresh there unlike many other sushi restaurants in the city. The fish is prepared nicely, portions were generous but not like brazenly large like at Yama.
One of the most standout parts of the meal was the miso soup: flavorful, almost had a smokey taste to it.
Definetely a new favorite for me.
Now THIS is a good place – Full of flavor. Unique combos. Great sake list. Nice staff, and not too, too pricey. If I wasn't fearful You can live off of the appetizer menu. Just go down the list. It got all messed up with a few name changes and whatnot, but the place has settled in and it should do well. When youre through, have a drink at Veloce next door. Its a nice evening.
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