Sushi >Shimizu Restaurant
318 W 51st St, New York, NY | Directions 1001940.763340 -73.986887
Mon-Sat 12pm-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Clinton
Fresh sushi SPLURGE in a quiet atmosphere – I went for lunch on a weekday so it was virtually empty, sat at the bar and handed it to Shimizu to wow us. I liked it b/c he had me sample shellfish varieties that I usually don't have. but I thought that considering we got one piece at a time, the price tag of $80 a pop seems excessive. I am willing to pay for good sushi, and god knows I have, but I'm not sure it was worth every penny. The usual suspects were good -- uni, toro, albacore, but I also liked his sweet shrimp and crab concoctions. I usually have a blue crab handroll at my fave sushi haunt but it was good to explore beyond my comfort zone. The only really negative thing I have to say is that I'm partial to warm-just-out-of-the-rice cooker rice in the sushi and the rice was not only bordering on room temperature, but the texture was also not chewy and kind of crumbly. I think this place is worth a try if you are a sushi lover, if nothing else for the experience of trying another good place. but be prepared to pay up.
nice atmosphere – if i lived in new york i would take my clients here- its one of those types of places. food was good, service good- all a bit too pricy.
Had a great time – surprised that not many people know about this place, the only way i found it was through user reviews on citysearch. Sashimi was ok (maki rolls tasted better). Quiet and good without being too crowded and overrated. You will see me there again.
Bright lights shine on real-deal sushi at this Japanese restaurant and shochu bar near the Theater District. – The Scene
Located on the ground floor of the Washington-Jefferson Hotel, this lesser-known Japanese spot is an oasis for theater-going foodies. The minimalist, brightly lit front dining room is lined by a long sushi bar, often occupied by Japanese businessmen. Extra-large pen-and-ink drawings of fish give the sushi chefs an elegant backdrop. In the cozier back room, additional tables are set beside a dark wood bar.
Chef Hisao Shimizu's delectably fresh and generous omakase platter entices sushi connoisseurs. Starting at $30, the daily selection may include rich toro (tuna belly), briny bubles of ikura (salmon roe), and creamy uni (sea urchin). Warming clam miso soup and expertly rolled Mexican maki (made with yellowtail, scallions, avocado, and jalapeno mayonnaise) pair well with a stiff glass of shochu, Japanese liquor with a bite as strong as tequila. Cooling green tea ice cream or decadent chocolate cake ends the meal on a sweet note.
Great meal... – One of the most important pieces of enjoying a quality meal is the ambiance. The sushi was excellent, but to compliment the great food was the fact that this restaurant is small and the noise level is low. You can sit there for hours enjoying your sushi and small selection of sake, and hear yourself speak! I've been to many 'trendy' Japanese restaurants in NYC where the food was above par, but it was crowded with teriyaki eaters and noise bouncing off the walls. This place is great for a low key evening for really great sushi and conversation.
Excellent Restaurant! – I went there about a week ago and everything was spectacular. We were seated as soon as we arrived. The service was great. Everyone was very nice and attentive. Most important of all, the sushi was delicious! When we went it was very quiet and romantic for two. I am definitely coming back!
Mediocre to below average... – Tried this place b/c of the NYT review, and regretted my decision. Initially I was excited that this place is located close to work/home-- I've always wanted a decent priced good quality japanese place that's convenient. However, I was disappointed. The food decent, but nothing special. Service was slow (asked for water about 5 times... and the flakey waitress looked at us confused...). With so many great sushi places all over the city, why bother with this one? I'm highly critical of japanese food, and when it's good, I'll be the first one to go back there over and over again (En, Seki, Yama, Sakagura, etc).
great! – SHIMIZU has the best sushi in NYC! Believe me. If you love sushi, you MUST go there.
Sushi and Shochu, Perfect Together – The Sushi at Shimizu is as good as you are going to find anywhere in NYC. The prices are reasonable and the service is just a notch under super. Good location, but due to its small size, could be hit or miss on waiting. Call ahead with a reservation and you should be all set. The Shochu selection is amazing and the prices are great. NYers can begin their Shochu education at Shimizu without breaking the bank. Plenty of kick for less than a martini costs, hell spend the money you saved on some more fish.
Sublime experience – Food-wise, this place can compete head to head with any top sushi place in NYC. Sit at the bar, and let Shimizu-san select the sashimi and sushi for you. The fish is so buttery and exquisite, I sometime go through a whole meal without using any soysauce.
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