14 W 4th St, New York, NY | Directions 1001240.728078 -73.993691
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Greenwich Village
Understated, affordable, and putting out some very student-friendly Japanese food, Dojo is one place near NYU that you can eat a light, healthy meal without breaking the bank. It may be the only such place. Which is why it's still here.
Dojo is a Japanese-meets-American-diner eatery in the heart of the NYU campus. Though their Japanese specials are mediocre at best, what really hits the spot at this place is their breakfast specials. Three words: Challah French Toast. Burgers and salads are massive, by the way.
Good veg food and prices, great drinks & cheesecake-- avoid the chicken – I've been going to Dojo for a couple years now and I've always been happy with the veggie and soy burgers, and the girly drinks like cosmos and razberitinis. The veggie burger dish is by far my fave though and it's always delicious, they serve it in a pita instead of a bun and it comes with the tahini dressing which is really delicious. The only time I was ever dissatisfied with an order was when I got chicken once and it was pretty dry and didn't taste too good-- and I definitely felt sick later, though I'm not quite sure if it was from the chicken or just because I was really drunk that night. But either way I'm not much of a chicken person, the thing I'm really the authority on is veggie burgers and cheesecake-- both of which were great! :) Cheesecake is perfect, not too light and not too heavy. The only thing you take a gamble on is the waitsaff, sometimes you can get a good server or a decent server (I tipped very well the last time I went there with my friends because I was impressed at how cosmos the waitress was able to carry back to my table without spilling a single drop), but there's points when I had very disappointing service. Still, the good food, good prices, and fun atmosphere keep me coming back. Also, they don't take credit cards, it's cash only. That's a slight drawback since I prefer to charge most things I use/go to and prefer not to carry cash.
HORRIBLE!!!!!! – I have never in my ENTIRE life dined at such a horrible place. The service was atrocious and the management worse! I ordered a soy burger dinner. It came about 1 minute later (no exaggeration) and was ice cold. I thought to myself if maybe it was supposed to be served that way...I told the waitress and she brought it back. It came back to me about 2 minutes later....seems it had been shoved in a microwave so it was sorta cold sorta warm. I asked the waitress again nicely to bring it back and I proceeded to order the chicken yakitori. She came back, lunged in my face and exlcaimed with such a rude demeanor i thought I had done something wrong "That was not cold it was warm!" Before I could say anything she stormed off. The yakitori came a few minutes later and was disgusting! Oil oozed off of the chicken and it tasted like it had been sitting in crisco for days. When I was ready to pay (and yes I still intended to tip as I am a waitress as well) I put a 20.00 on the chck and patiently awaited my change. She saw me sitting there and came up to me, threw her face in mine, and yelled "YOU can pay at the bar!" I said "I'm not sure why your being so rude..." and she cut me off and said "If YOU have a probelm YOU can speak to the manager". I went to pay and the manager just took the money from my hand. I asked what the waitresses name was and began explaining that she was extremely rude. he cut me off and said "oh sorry" and proceeded to walk away. I was so beside myself I couldnt believe it. I proceeded to state my case but the manager couldnt have cared less...he smiled at me and chuckled. Whoever owns this place should think about another career option. Running restaurants & managing staff just is not his/her style. I would never eat her again if you paid me to.
I expected more – I got a chicken udon dish. It was bland, i needed to add a cup of soysauce. The vegetables were fresh and crunchy but the chicken was fatty dark meat. Not very tasty and very no-frills.
Editorial Review by Citysearch Editor – Dirt-cheap vegetarian joint draws in more NYU students than a Jack Johnson concert.
salubriously cheap – My friend and I decided to catch Dojo partly because of its popularity, but mainly for its prices. They have an extensive menu which would satisfy any palate and picky eaters' cravings. I ordered the humus sandwich and a side of frnech fries. The pita was fresh as were the vegetables. The french were thin and crunchy and the portions were huge. My friend, the "picky-eater" put together her own entree from the sides menu which was cheap and convenient. She ordered chicken breast and broccoli. The chicken was moist and crispy in all the right places and the broccoli was fresh and perfectly steamed. The total bill was only 12.25 and we left with pleasantly full stomachs and promises to return.
Best bang for the old school veggie buck. – Along with everyone else, I've been going to Dojo's (West) for years. It was one of my first vegetarian havens, and it was also mighty cheap (depending on the order). My favorites are the yakisoba vegetable (with tofu added in) and the hijiki tofu salad. Sometimes the wait staff is nice, sometimes it ain't; but it's always pretty low-key, and the food comes quickly.
Excellent Value, Varying Above Average Food – An excellent place to go for cheap food, relatively little wait, and decent service. The food varies in quality and "tastiness", but not the place to go if your feeling especially particular anyway. Check it out sometime if you are looking for quick, cheap eats, and an interesting and wide ranging menu.
Dojo's the best Place For a Cheap Eat – I go to this Dojo's all the time. For the price you pay, you cant get any better. The food is good (not great), and you pay about $6 a plate (that's about the same as a MCDonalds value meal). The appetizers are crazy cheap too, ranging from $2-$5. I always get the dojo dip with pita bread (tofu), and its like $3, and can serve 2 people. Definitely check it out if you want cheap good food. It gets pretty crowded and the service is not so great, but its still a great deal
Will only do if you're absolutely starving! – I went to DoJos after walking around for an hour in the freezing cold shopping with a friend. We ordered the turkey club and veggie burger and calamari to start. The calamari was served with what looked like a mayo and thousand island greasy mix--ick. The other two dishes were so so. Nothing to write home about. But the waitress was so not friendly and in such a rush to get us out of there even though the place was more than half empty! She smacked the bill down before i had a chance to ask for dessert!
CHEAP – There is nothing special about Dojo West. The food is bland if not a little too salty (and I am a self proclaimed salt addict). The service is so-so, the quality of ingredients mediochre, and the prices low. This confluence of factors allows one to consume fairly uninspired "fusion" food at low cost. I eat at Dojo West because I am a poor college student. Maybe that is why it is located near NYU. Note that it is a CASH ONLY establishment.
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