o ya
o ya

o ya

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oyarestaurantboston.com/
  • Phone: (617) 654-9900
  • Hours of Operation:
    *** Online Reservations are for our 17 seat Chef's Counter only *** Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm- 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm- 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Tim Cushman is the Chef Owner
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Although o ya does not have a private dining room, a private event may be held in the restaurant. Please call if you are interested in hosting a private event.
  • Private Party Contact: Nancy Cushman 617-654-9900

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Atlantic Ave and South St
  • Public Transit: South Station on Red Line, Commuter Rail and Amtrak/Acela.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available at 107 South Street, on the corner of East and South Streets in front of Sorriso Restaurant.
A word from o ya
***PLEASE NOTE: ONLINE RESERVATIONS ARE FOR OUR 17 SEAT CHEF'S COUNTER ONLY***
Located in a 100-year-old fire station in Boston’s historic Leather District, o ya offers contemporary Japanese dining in a comfortable setting. The intimate 37-seat dining room consists of ten tables and a 17-seat chef’s counter, where guests can watch the chefs preparing the dishes.
Chef Owner Tim Cushman offers an Omakase, or Chef’s tasting menu, for $150 and an extensive a la carte menu of creative nigiri, sashimi, vegetable, wagyu beef, kurobuta pork and poulet rouge chicken dishes. O ya also offers an extensive premium sake list. Average dining time is approximately 2-3 hours.
CANCELLATION POLICY: In the event that you need to cancel or modify your reservation, please do so 24 hours prior to your reservation to avoid a $75 per person charge.
If you have any specific dietary or time restrictions, please let us know when making your reservation.
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o ya reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.8
    Service4.9
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (37)special occasion (35)romantic (18)neighborhood gem (12)hot spot (8)notable wine list (2)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Wow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Truly an amazing dining experience. We ordered around 14 items from the a-la-carte menu because there were some dishes that we just had to try that were not on the tasting menu. Definitely not your traditional Japanese meal, but a wonderful balance between traditional flavors and modern creative techniques. The only disappointment was desert and the fact that they don't allow personal wine. This is not a place for those that experience sticker shock when paying for a meal, but overall was an excellent experience. The service was also amazing and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful in providing some recommendations for the rest of our trip.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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  • Wonderful
    CdMlocalVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Simply fantastic. Second time here - 1st time at a table, this time at the bar. Very good service and great food both times. Very fresh, inovative sushi. You will not find anything elese like this. Equal to, and arguably better than, those 'name' places in Manhattan without the hyps.
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    Fit For Foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Dining Experience
    Sheppup1VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The quality of the food is superb, the plates they make are amazingly creative and delicious. It is definitely a foodie experience and worth every penny. We will be back again.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One word .... Amazing!!
    Motheroftwo
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    I just want to start by saying that this is definitely not something you expect to find in Boston. My husband and I wondered why they have not yet received their Michelin rating!!!! You need to be aware that this is a gastronomic experience you will encounter ... Flavors exploding in your mouth, incredible pairings of ingredients you would never imagine could be done ... Truly artistic!! And as such you also need to be prepared for the price to pay for such an experience!!! But it is worth every dollar!! The service was incredible ... I recomend it with no reservations!!!
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    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it was
    FoodQuantVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Service was horrible. Both overly familiar and absent when you need them. Had the omakse and the pacing all wrong. At times interminable wait between courses and then some arrived within seconds of each other, at same time. Food was off. Fish was great and sauces were great but the sauces completely overpowered the fish. All I would taste is these sauces. At approx $10 per "taste" ($185 for 17 courses which is actually just one piece of sushi), I'd actually like to be able to taste my sushi. There is better out there these days.
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  • stellar
    maxmax
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We did the 17 course tasting , with beverage pairing. It was truly amazing, with beautifully prepared and presented food. Maybe the best restaurant n Boston.
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    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Taste Experience
    Terramarman
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    An incredible, unique, small-plate dining experience. Art intersects with delectable over and over with the arrival of each item. The decor is understated, but very comfortable. It's actually unnecessary, because the food speaks for itself. It's expensive, but well worth it for an unparalleled and memorable culinary experience.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular
    ChrisVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Second time visiting and even better than the first. Amazing from start to finish. No hype, no pretense, just excellent food and service. Masterful creations by the chefs. Tremendous attention to detail. Creative and exciting presentations. Will go again and again.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I wish it were in NYC :)
    MadisonVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    By far THE best Japanese restaurant we've been to. Not your run of the mill sushi/sashimi place. If you're looking for that, don't go there. It's pricey but worth every penny. It's the most creative Japanese menu we've had. Service was extremely friendly and very helpful in suggesting the best plates. All and all a memorable experience. Looking forward to go back to Boston and O-Ya!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Highly disappointing
    Susu
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Shockingly bad,,,,so disappointed ugh and to get the bill at almost $300 for my daughter and I pre-theater, left hungry, didn't like a thing we ordered, shrimp tempura (one fried shrimp with foamy bacon drippings really?) oily strange salad,,I asked the waitress to help us and recommend she tried to be helpful but all in all I would never return. My daughter and I had about three small plates each which consists of one bite per plate (with exception to the salmon). I am a General Manager of two restaurants, a boutique hotel and french bakery. I have been a 'foodie' most of my life, and was looking forward to this experience. Just awful. Not Open Tables fault tho! Thanks for letting me vent.
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  • anything tastes good with butter
    evianman
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Add some butter, it's going to taste good.....foam this, foam that....add some micro greens..then you customers think you've created a masterpiece. Not so, the fish quality is poor. By taking a butane burner and adding some char to the fish, it's going to disguise the fish taste. ITS ALL ABOUT BUTTER !!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • The meal
    Paul
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The Only thing about this restaurant is the price. That is what most reviews I have read has in common. The food is great and the service is outstanding. It is definitely not a normal spot you go to every week, be definitely for special occasions. The decor was fabulous. The music selection was wonderful. The dinner ware are amazing.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inventive Japanese Cuisine
    Disappointed
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Our dining experience at O-ya was just that--an experience! A wonderful one at that. From the staff, to the decor to the imaginative, delicious cuisine--we thoroughly enjoyed our evening! While such a hot spot, we so appreciated the lack of attitude and pretense. Once you enter you are pampered!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A true sushi lover's paradise
    CandideVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    A true sushi lover's paradise. Best sushi restaurant in Boston. The price was a little intimidating first and had me thinking this better be really good (we each ordered the 17 course option with sake) and was it ever. Point is if you really appreciate the best ingredients presented in uniquely delicious creations (the chocolate, balsamic, foie gras sushi with aged sake or the potato chip black truffle or the ink squid foam on fried oyster, the Santa Barbara uni, etc) then give it a try. The staff was informative, professional and enhanced the experience. They gave us a menu and marked each item as it was served. My wife and I ended up ranking them to figure out what we would come back for later and we'll definitely be back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi and Sashimi Heaven and More
    SalemRainbow
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Yes, it is expensive. But you get what you pay for. Extraordinary offerings, extremely high quality, creativity, service by passionate people, amazing list of sakes, perfect reception and related by the hostesses. The omikase menu of 17 pieces with matching wines is a perfect introduction.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Unparrelled sushi in the city. Perfect experience from beginning to end. Handled our shellfish allergies with ease. Thank you for such a great dinner, I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was so good! My boyfriend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was so good! My boyfriend and I came for a Valentines Date <3. We enjoyed the grand omakase tasting menu. It is on the expensive side but well worth it. I noticed the chefs making a lobster on a torched and seasoned tomatoe dish that intrigued me... Leaves me with something to desire for when we go back!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful food but too pricey
    mew1150
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    The food here is as good as anything we had in Japan. Beautifully prepared, exquisitely presented, but just too expensive for the locale. I appreciate the fact that some people are willing to spend $285 per person for a tasting menu, but I personally find it unconscionable. And hasn't the chef heard that bluefin tuna is endangered? My conscience would never let me go back.
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  • The food was amazing! Ridiculously
    Tobey
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    The food was amazing! Ridiculously expensive but worth it for a special occasion.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WORTHEVERYPENNY
    SundancefanVIP
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    LOVE This place. Go here a few times a year and cannot get enough. Love to make our own Omakase
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Dinner at O Ya
    Denny
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    I've been to O Ya several times and it is always fantastic! The service was fabulous and I learn so much about Japanese cuisine when I'm there. It's definitely THE special occasion hot spot for my 17 year old daughter whose taste is very sophisticated. O Ya always delivers fresh and unusual sushi dishes and I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food in Boston, maybe in USA
    OysterVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    For a special occasion for two people, site at the bar, enjoy seeing the food made. More than two is harder, as there are few tables. Put yourself in their hands. It is Japanese food better than in Japan.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The grand omakase is simply
    claypointVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    The grand omakase is simply sublime. It's difficult to find words to describe the chef's creativity, which never (ever) sacrifices taste. In fact, almost every bite is a new taste sensation... each one more delicious than the last. The price is hefty but completely worth it.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT MEAL!!!!
    Angel
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    We love the food at OYA and never fail to visit when we visit from London, UK!!! We brought some friends on this occasion and had the 20 course Omakase (tasting menu) and can I just say...it was OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!! The Wagyu beef along with all the other 19 courses were well worth the bill that came along with it!! Our server Eric is amazing and was very friendly and helpful. A MUST for all visiting Boston!!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Food was great
    ILOVENYC
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Seeing Monkfish on the menu made my day, food couldn't have been any better. Oyster selection was the best in Boston
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No longer high-end
    Colas
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    So I've been to O YA 2 times before this, so 3 times in total. The first two times was exquisite and although pricing was high -definitely worth the experience. What I liked about it were the different layers of flavors and delicate balance between them all, which created a nice complexity that anyone would enjoy. This time the ingredients were high end, but the execution of most of the dishes were overpowered with sauces and by the end when my bill came to roughly $450 I just shook my head as it definitely was not worth it. I could have easily made what they had presented at home, but much better. Also, the worst part is that you could tell the ingredients used were extremely fresh and high end - so they were ruined. Not worth it.
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  • Just so-so
    JayceVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Came here because someone gave us a gift card. We love omakase very much but this restaurant's price is outrageous! Why so expensive?
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Excellent Japanese Cuisine
    JillianBostonVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Food was amazing and very accommodating to a gluten allergy. Be open minded and try many dishes - this place I special.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi plus a lot more...
    AlecVIP
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    First you can only book the Sushi Bar on Open Table. As first we were bummed about this but now having been I'd highly recommend it. The service was excellent and the Sushi Bar which is often not the case in too many other US spots. Our server knew his stuff, was funny, and helpful as the menu is quite large. The food is excellent. Best I've had in a long time. It was fun to see them make it and gave us food envy. Parking is an issue. I would give it a strong recommendation.
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  • Excellent Japanese food. Not
    Vagabond
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    Excellent Japanese food. Not the typical Rolls and Sashimi "eat out" - Great service
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredibly delicious small bites
    beverly
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Tis a bit pricey but well worth it. This kind of passion and creativity deserves to be rewarded by paying the creators well. Food is outstanding. Well presented, incredibly tasty and mouth watering. Does not get any better than this!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quite tasty but bring your wallet.
    JDM225VIP
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    We have a similar restaurant @ home (we are not Boston locals) and were anxious to try O Ya.The menu is complex & crazy expensive. We are not afraid of an expensive meal, but the menu is not friendly to new comers. The $350 or $185 per person chef's menu they push (plus drink pairing cost of $85 pp) when you're not even sure what the 17 tastings are, is not as inviting as they think. In the end we ended up just ordering anything that sounded or looked good as we were at the bar (which they call chef's table) it was quite good. We had pretty much anything we wanted plus a bottle of wine and the total bill was just over $300+tip. We were happy with our choices.Very unique dining experience if you don't mind all the reading and price.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food and service
    kirdasa
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    O Ya is my favorite restaurant in Boston. The food is always wonderful and the service is top-notch.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful sushi/sashimi creations!
    TG40
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    The O Ya experience was absolutely wonderful. We sat at the end of the sushi bar and we could see the chefs preparing everything. The items on omekase were selected for us, avoiding a few things we don't care much for. I've never had such wonderfully prepared sushi with great combinations of flavors at any other restaurant. Hands down the best!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding indescribable sushi
    minnie
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    the tasting menu was superb; i do not know how other more expensive japanese restaurants can be any better than this. every bite was sublime and surprisingly tasty; the foie gras with the balsamic vinegar and chocolate is heavenly- why did i not think of that!!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • O Ya's is awesome!
    Nanoo1
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    Fantastic sushi, sashimi, and other delights like none you have ever tasted. Every course is full of wonderful tastes that will excite your palate. Just be ready to drop a lot of money as these exquisite flavors as they don't come cheap but are worth the money.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lives up to its reputation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Excellent and imaginative food. We've been to other places that try this approach and fail because they focus more on technique than taste but Oya gets it all right.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific restaurant!! Very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    Terrific restaurant!! Very spendy but completely worth it for the unique food experience.
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  • Best restaurant in Boston
    LizRVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    I could not be more impressed. Our server, Maggie, was the perfect combination of genuine, sweet, knowledgeable and helpful. Never hovering and never absent, she was excellent throughout our 2.5 hour meal. We sat at the bar (I recommend over the tables which could feel a bit sterile) and were able to watch the chefs' preparations. It was so fun. The wine list is excellent. The atmosphere is simple but clean and interesting and the excitement of watching some of the most inventive cuisine in Boston. LOVED IT.
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive but worth every penny!
    roclVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    Amazing food! Sit at the bar where you can watch the chefs skillfully prepare dishes (and get ideas for what you may want to order next). The waiters are very warm and knowledgable - tell them a few things you like/dislike and they can recommend the perfect dishes for your evening. The tasting menu is a very reliable choice.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.