136 W Houston St, New York, NY | Directions 1001240.727967 -74.001600
Mon-Sat 6-11:30 pm
Neighborhoods: SoHo, Downtown
Very small, very spartan, very obscure, and very good, this small sushi restaurant on a desolate stretch of west Houston street is considered a well-kept secret by neighborhood gastronomes and Manhattan sushi purists, who find its dedication, quality, and -- best of all -- its unflashy, downscale appearance to be the makings of a true downtown gem, one of the few such places in an area regularly overrun by tourists.
Excellent – The sushi and sashimi here are excellent, and I have also had a number of very good to excellent cooked dishes. The quality of the fish is generally very high, the rice is exceptional, and the variety is mind-boggling. Even the most seasoned sushi eaters will find new and interesting items on this menu. The food here is on a level above all local competition (Blue Ribbon, Tomoe, Yama etc).
Best Sushi in New York City – I ate here based on advice of friends from Japan and I agree with them, this is the best Japanese Sushi Restaurant in New York City.
Sushi Chef Mr. Hideo Kuribara has won the top sushi award in New York City and Washington, D.C. for the past several years. The sushi is gourmet and even has items I have seen no where else. Most of the super fresh fish is flown in from Japan. The food just melts in your mouth. Nothing in NYC even comes close. It is enjoyable sitting at the sushi bar having omikase or the tasting menu. The prices are a true bargain if you consider that the quality is the best in all of New York City. The atmosphere is quiet, relaxing and understated. The service is super polite and accommodating. This sushi restaurant is the real thing and would rank excellently even in Japan.
Fabulous Japanese traditional Sushi restaurant – I higly recommend this authentic sushi restaurant to whom looking for traditional sushi.
Fishes were very fresh, and especially sushi rice was awesome.
Owner Sushi chef was friendly, and people who working there were very nice.
I would say Ushi Wakamaru is one of the best sushi restaurant in NYC.
dissapointed. – Sushi was good (but NOT the best).Waitresses were in kimono-styled uniform and look nice but they didn't seem to be good enough to work at this kind of expensive place. Waitress we had appered to be very impatient, didn't know the name of the fish in English, apptizer came when we were having entree and she made no apology. Our sushi didn't come at the same time, no wasabi on my friend's sushi plate...., Com'n, 2 of us paid almost $200.00 for our meals. It's NOT cheap. They should do things more properly and politely to provide a great dinner experience for their customers, right?? I had the way better service at very cheap Japanese places on St. Marks. Music was so bad, too (those tunes you get to hear from daytime radio).My friend and I've been there twice and agreed we'd had enough. Never again.
A well-kept secret for sushi and sashimi exquisitely prepared by a prize-winning chef. – The Scene
Behind a modest storefront, a pleasant, green-tea colored room awaits downstairs. Japanese devotees crowd the long bar and the spill-over diners are relegated to a handful of tables. Kimono-clad servers add nice details like a choice of cups for sake.
Chef Hideo Kuribara, a three-time National Sushi Society gold medalist, presents superior fare. Delicate baby squid sashimi swims in a fruity, fiery mustard-miso sauce, green tea-infused tofu is a dense, creamy luxury. Tiny enoki mushrooms add a taste of the earth to sake-marinated scallops, which arrive in a table-top barbecue. Though it's easy to get carried away by the parade of dishes like almond-crusted shrimp tempura and baby eel ribbons served with spicy ponzu sauce, the sushi spread, featuring immaculate toro, sweet shiroebi and lemony tai, is the noteworthy highlight.
Exquisite – This restaurant has the most authentic sushi and sashimi I've tasted outside Japan. The fish is fresh and delicious. Definitely a gem.
Authentic sushi – I ate here with 2 friends and we all loved our sushi & sashimi. Everything was very fresh & well prepared. My only complaint is that my sashimi special ($30) offered fewer varieties than my friends' sushi deluxes, and that they actually got more food as well. Perhaps it's the cuts of fish that you pay more for? Something a non-Japanese like I can't understand. Anyhow, there were a lot of Japanese people seated at the bar, eating & chatting up the chefs, surely that's a good sign of authentic sushi. The service was somewhat inattentive though when you sit at a table.
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