17 E 48th St, New York, NY | Directions 1001740.756870 -73.977054
Mon-Fri 11:45am-2:45pm, 5:30pm-10pm; Sat 5pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Midtown Center
Just like Hatsuhana should be – Ever since Chicago Hatsuhana closed several yrs ago, Im struggling to find a good sushi houses in IL.
I had a trip to NYC during August and of course we wont miss the opportunity to visit Hatsuhana.
I cant say its the best Sushi restaurant in NYC coz I dont live there. But I guarantee you if you put this Hatushana in Chicago, itll be the best Sushi house in the entire IL.
IL has some good Sushi houses owned by Japanese chefs and some of them worked for Hatushnana but when comes down to the freshness of the fish, its incomparable and unfortunately, freshness is the biggest thing in Japanese cuisine.
You have to have a reservation because during lunch time, this place is packed.
The price is expensive especially therere so many alternatives in NYC but the restaurant is always busy which is a sign of how good they are.
Ill have to give it 9.8 out of 10 since I gave both Sakura restaurants in IL 9.5.
Good but not great sushi – I really like the decor in this restaurant, and the staff is insanely friendly... EVERY member of the staff says hi to you in Japanese (which I'm not going to attempt to spell) when you walk in, and they do a great job of checking in on you without hovering. Their miso soup is outstanding, but the sushi was a little disappointing. They give you quite generous pieces of fish for the sushi which is far longer than the rice (but they could use a little more rice actually), but the salmon definitely was a little tough, the yellowtail was ok, not the best, and the eel was pretty good. The tuna was their strongest by far. Still, a good deal for the money... you get quite a lot of sushi for between $19-35 in their lunch specials. I also wanted to mention that they DO season their sushi and put QUITE a lot of wasabi on it (except it's on top of the rice and under the fish, so I didn't notice that at first... and I tend to put a lot of wasabi in my soy sauce... so I guess it goes without saying, but my first taste was kiiiind of uncomfortable), so ask them to adjust accordingly if you have a problem with that.
Best Sushi in NYC – Sit at the sushi bar for some top notch authentic sushi. I have never been disappointed. This is one of the best places in NYC for real sushi, and prices are reasonable considering the quality they serve. If I'm craving some good pieces, I would definitely come to Hatsuhana over any of the other high-end sushi restaurants in the city. When ordering the anago, get it "sawa-ni" style. Mouthwatering...
A sushi pioneer that's still going strong in midtown. – The Scene
Opened in 1976, this two-level sushi and Japanese restaurant continues to attract a hearty following of midtown professionals and business travelers. Each floor holds its own sushi bar in addition to table seating, and is decorated with spring green walls, light woods and bright, rice-paper-coated lighting. The service is professional and brisk.
Creatively cooked dishes occasionally outshine the raw selections. An appetizer of broiled cod marinated in sake paste offers a rare melding of delicacy and earthiness, and the crisp lily root croquettes boast a unique sweetness. Order the lovely, colorfully presented Box of Dreams, which holds nine distinct sushi tastings including a sumptuous bluefin tuna, silky Spanish mackerel and a harmonious pairing of tamago and shrimp. The chef's sushi pick of the day offers expected standards: fatty tuna is rich and sea urchin delectably creamy, but salmon and yellowtail can have a slight toughness.
Good, but PRICEY! – The selection of fresh fish is great here. I've been to this restaurant about 10 times and the quality of the sushi is conistantly high. The sushi chefs that I've had have always been very skilled. Service is good, however, there have been times where communication was a problem(langauage). With that said, the price is very steep. For a dinner of 3, with no alcohol, our bill was $450 for about 60 pieces of sushi. I haven't had the other dishes/entrees and cannot comment on the overall food of the restaurant. The place gets busy, however, never too crowded.
Decent but not great – Hatsuahana is OK, but for the same price you can go to Sushiden a short walk away and experience better food, atmosphere, and service. I tried Hatsuhana for lunch last week because Sushiden was closed, and I was generally disappointed.
Sushiden has a much cleaner, spaced out feel, making its atmosphere superior. It feels like there are more staff members per customer at sushiden, and both the quality and selection at sushiden is considerably better. As stated before, the prices are very similar.
It just doesn't make any sense to me to eat at Hatsuhana with the best midtown sushi restaurant a mere block or two away.
The One and only – I really have to hand it to Hatsuhana. No other restaurant approaches authentic sushi as passionately as they do. Despite tremendous pressure from these so called "trendy" and "hip" sushi boutiques to abandon their art & change their format, Hatsuhana has preserved their concept. I admit that times have definitely changed but Hatsuhana's excellent sushi has not. They're still the only Japanese restaurant to have ever recieved four stars in the New York Times, and their sushi continues to prove why.
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