Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya
Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya

Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.blueribbonrestaurants.com/rests_sushi_i
  • Phone: 2124660404x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 12:00pm;

    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm;

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00am - 5:00pm;

    Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am,

    Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Bruce & Eric Bromberg
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: East Houston & Stanton
  • Public Transit: F Train - Second Avenue Stop (Allen Street Exit)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is a lot of street parking surrounding Blue RIbbon Sushi Izakaya on both Orchard and Allen Streets between E Houston and Rivington Street. There is a Delancey & Essex Municiple Parking Garage: 107 Essex Street (between Delancey St & Rivington St) Manhattan, NY 10002
A word from Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya
Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya is the newest restaurant created by Chefs Bruce and Eric Bromberg and their partner Toshi Ueki. Located on the bustling Lower East Side, Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya offers an eclectic menu, including a sushi bar with fresh fish flown in daily from Japan, award-winning Fried Chicken, Japanese small plates, and innovative entrees. Offering a full bar and extensive wine and sake list, Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya brings the party for the Late-Night crowd.
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Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya reviews from OpenTable diners
94 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (56)fit for foodies (53)hot spot (33)special occasion (31)neighborhood gem (22)vibrant bar scene (17)late-night find (16)romantic (15)great for lunch (7)notable wine list (6)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Service was not great compared to when I came on a weekday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Food
    JJNarbo
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Wow....what a great culinary experience. I took my wife and 10 year old daughter there last Saturday night. The place is very trendy. Traffic getting there was a little long so give yourself an extra 20mins because of all the construction but definitely a place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So-so
    Disappointed25
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Not bad not great. Just ok. There are better places to go for the money.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet lunch, delicious food
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We went for lunch so it was a bit quiet at the time. Venue is very nice and large so I can imagine it gets busy and loud in the evenings. Sushi and sashimi choices were just delicious. Everything is extremely fresh. Bone marrow fried rice was also a great choice, but we got full quickly from this. I would go back for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Omakase
    runred
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Enough said. The omakase was a delicious experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pretty good
    twoturtles
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The fish itself was not that flavorful but the other foods (veggies etc) were outstanding. We saw giant platters of sushi that looked very fun for large groups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find
    Ashot
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Nice decor with average food.the service was good , they were attentive to our needs. This place was a late night find opened until 12 midnight on a Sunday which was great .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere
    BeautifulVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Super good sushi and food. No ginger beer for cocktails was a let down but would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Beatiful location and the food is just perfect. Very tasteful
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic sushi, on the pricy side
    lbovVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The sushi and sashimi were absolutely amazing and I was truly impressed by the spicy tuna roll. Usually restaurants cover the rolls in crispy bites and numerous sauces which completely mask the taste of the fish and I was extremely pleased to find that Blue Ribbon was the complete opposite. When a good sushi meal can get up to several hundred dollars per person, blue ribbon is definitely better priced and fantastic to eat at! Would highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good Upscale Sushi
    Bdgreene13
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Everything is very good at the new Blue Ribbon; just below great. A little overpriced though. Anyways, the filet and truffle app was amazing. Fair warning, if you ask for the Blue Ribbon Sushi Platter for 2 instead of the normal 4, you just get more variety instead of half the sushi. Not sure how that makes any sense, but that's how it goes. Luckily the management was great and fixed the bill promptly.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NotForMe
    ServiceIsKey
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Maybe I am getting old but this place is just not all it's cracked up to be... At least not for my wife and me. Went here for dinner on a Wednesday night and it was just way too loud. We couldn't hear each other talk. The ambience is definitely not for the romantic. The sushi was just ok... Nothing spectacular and the service was average. Nothing really good or bad to say... Just wasn't our speed. From what we observed, this seemed like a great spot for young, single professionals shooting te breeze.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very good sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Very friendly, hot spot location and fantastic sushi
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    ElaineVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I had high expectations but found the food overall disappointing or at best irregular in taste. I wouldn't go back. There was a lovely lounge area so perhaps to meet friends for cocktails.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sushi Paradise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This restaurant will exceed your expectations. The menu is diverse and all-encompassing and the magical dishes that come to your table are beyond anything you've ever experienced. This sushi heaven will be a future destination for us every time we are in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    Jiffipop
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Very lackluster sushi. For the money spent, you would expect more than just the regular sushi take out fare, but that's exactly what you get. Definite pass. There are much better choices for the cost.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but pretensous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I took my wife here for our anniversary and even with open table table reservation s, we were seated in the bar area, not the main Dining room. The noise level was a bit annoying and the ambience was not romantic. That being said, the food was outstanding. The Shrimp Shumai were the best I ever tasted. Next time I will try Toshi's choice, if there is a next time.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, a bit too trendy
    Jeff
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Really good, fresh sushi served in slightly smaller portions than a real Japanese sushi restaurant and with many western influences thrown in. Non-sushi dishes are available. Ambience is more drinking lounge than serious restaurant; the volume is quite loud, partly from the music and partly from the drunken crowd of mostly yuppies and hipsters. Try the filet mignon sushi - it's quite different (seared, but yes, mostly raw), but extremely tasty. For dessert, the green tea creme brulee is only bested by Sakagura's black sesame creme brulee - my two favorite desserts in Manhattan. Prices seem reasonable initially but get stratospheric quickly as you work to create a full meal from the small portions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meal
    Nelsonnyc
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Make sure you get an order of the marrow and oxtail fried rice. Not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely food-centric dining
    pickyeater
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Looking for a cool, quiet room to chill after a hot muggy day, we made a reservation before a movie and were delighted to enter the dark, mystery that is Blue Ribbon Sushi. We spent a lot of money but had incredible cocktails, sake, and ordered tons of small plates to share among five people. The Japan-centric members of our crew were very impressed and even the fish-hater enjoyed her meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Sushi
    NYCFoodie
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    My classmate suggested that we get together for sushi since we have not seen each other for 38 years. We have so many things to catch up and this was a great place on a Sunday brunch. I guess everyone was watching the Soccer finals and it was great that we could hear ourselves without any noise from other customers. The service was excellent and the waiter made some suggestion. I will come back here again with the family and will try out the french toast brunch special.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Omakase
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Sat up sushi bar by myself and enjoy every bite that the sushi chef prepared for me.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    what a disappointment...came for the BLUE RIBBON name and the "sushi'...instead found ourselves in an over-sized bar with the dance music kicked up to 110 decibels. even the waiter had to yell to be heard. he offered to turn it down but it went back up after five minutes. unnerving . had 3 -4 soused group parties going on so yelling seemed to be the norm. as for the food, sushi was of take out supermarket variety - rice was dry and with several rolls scattered over the plate ( not adhering to the rolls). squid ink rice was dry and tasteless. tea watered down. we were a party of 5 , spent about $70 a head. big mistake, if you are looking for sushi stick to their original blue ribbon sushi resto.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • super sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    The simplicity of the dishes coupled with the novelty and freshness of their contents was a real treat. The service could be faster and more efficient. The noise level lower with less raucous music during dining hours. But the food makes up for it all. An amazing encore was found in the warm gingerbread pudding with vanilla ice cream. The sake and beer assortment was well appreciated.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Found this place when looking for sushi places in this area. Food was very good- to excellent. Service was great. Expansive Sake selection. High quality sushi.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best service ever
    JuliaT
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Best service, great sake options, delicious rolls. My boyfriend and I just loved it. If you go there I hope you're lucky and have Raymond as your waiter!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 68 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 113 reviews are from the Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya reviews archive.
  • cool spot OK food
    NSDASP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    expensive for average quality food/fish....even for NY. Nice scene. $20 for one piece of 'special' tuna...should be pretty amazing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Great scene and décor -- the place had a good vibe especially as it filled in through the evening. The starters and specials where interesting, unique -- very, very good. Would definitely recommend -- classics like tofu and seaweed but with a twist and a clear cut above normal. The sushi was good -- but maybe not outstanding relative to other choices in price range.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, a bit expensive though
    dhkjhgjaihVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I threw a little party for a friend here. The food was great, very good quality sushi and the warm plates were also very good. The service was good, the drinks were very good as well. My only real issue was that the price was a bit high for what you get. Also, I'm surprised the omakase only includes sushi/sashimi and not any warm plates as well, especially for a restaurant that seems as high caliber as this and already has warm food on the menu. A good omakase will usually have grilled foods, soup, etc. So instead we were left to order a la carte. And realistically if you are ordering as much as we were, a la carte salmon shouldn't be $5 a piece...so I definitely need to knock a point off for price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Sushi!
    Eastsider
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Super fresh fish! Service is delivered by knowledgeable staff, sometimes not always available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just a normal sushi restaurant
    moreyrita
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Just a common sushi. Not bad, but not a place to remember, really far, far away from a 4 stars restaurant as I saw, and decided me to attend this place.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Attentive & High Quality Experience
    dindin
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The service was lovely on a Saturday Evening. We sat at an nice booth. Attentive to refilling our water, bringing drink, apps, and entree in a nicely timed sequence. The salmon was excellent & high quality and we truly enjoed the evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well done
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    As a native Japanese foodie, I did appreciate the details of the restaurant, being on the second floor was very Japanese and well done in my opinion (another one; Sakagura is in the basement of an office building.) Sushi was fresh and good despite being Tuesday night. House Sake was amazing (little pricy but worth it). Service was great. Not a thing I can complain. Would have been a weekly place if the price was right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice but expensive
    GregVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    I enjoyed the meal, but it was overpriced for what it is. This applies to the appetizer as well as the entrée.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very loud and mediocre
    2dis2cVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    There are many better places in NYC. The quality of the fish was ok, but nothing really popped. Could not find anything to love, food, decor or otherwise. Shame.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    wasabi
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The food and service were great. This is definitely one of notable sushi places in New York. The space is large and beautiful. The only thing that was ruining the ambience was a loud house music. My preference is not to feel like I am in a club while dining.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food expensive
    Toisy
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    It was our wedding anniversary and we wanted something special and different from good Italian (Maiolino) and French restaurants we love in the city, so decided to try this. We made a res. 1 wk in advance, were seated across from the bar, very noisy(should have asked for a different table when we arrived) and a standing crowd gathered right by our table laughing and loud. We ordered Toshis choice $85 each and than waited 30 minutes before any food arrived. The food was impressive, interesting and very good, but the wait and the atmosphere certainly detracted from our enjoyment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome sushi and non-sushi joint
    SuzyVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    We live in Miami Beach, where there are many good sushi places so I wasn't originally interested in having sushi in NY. I am glad I changed my mind! Not only did Blue Ribbon have great sushi, but the chicken liver spread on toasted challah was excellent as was the bone marrow. I also absolutely recommend the Hamachi collar. Top notch! Open a Blue Ribbon in Miami Beach!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would Not return
    pab2025VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    This restaurant is super expensive and the value for money is terrible. We had NO alcohol and ended up paying over $60/head for 4 small starters and 7 sushi rolls for mains. The Sushi rolls were only 4 or 6 pieces each and super small. This was not stated on the menu. I was hungry when I left. Their house special roll is $26+ which turns out to be about $30 when you add tax and tip and was tiny and not great. I am a fan of the other blue ribbon restaurants/bars, but this was just not up to scratch.
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  • good sushi
    fdnyVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    pricey but it's good sushi. and a cool, if trendy environment. i liked the vegetable assortment (spinach, bean sprouts, spicy cucumber and heart of palm) ... rock shrimp tempura was nice/good sauce ... yuzu drink was interesting ... and mochi was really good -- we tried the green tea, and the vanilla mochi
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic