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Shinbashi Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.shinbashinyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 813-1009
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:45am - 2:15pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:45pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering is easily adaptable to your needs and budget.
  • Private Party Facilities: Shinbashi has two spaces available for private events. Both spaces are available for either buffet style or sit-down course style dinners. The downstairs space is completely private with doors that close the space off and a separate coat check. The mezzanine is available as a space set off from and overlooking the main dining room. Dependant on your party size and style Shinbashi can arrange a party designed for your specific needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Kenny (212) 813-1009

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 5th & Madison Avenue
  • Public Transit: 6- 51st Street at Lexington B/D/F/V- 47-50 Streets Rockefeller Center N/R/W- 49th Street at 7th Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is a parking lot on 48th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue adjacent to Rockefeller Center.
A word from Shinbashi
When Shinbashi originally opened in 1974 waitresses wearing traditional clothing served the then novel sushi and traditional Japanese dishes. Shinbashi became popular amongst Japanese businessmen visiting New York and the restaurant was reviewed in the New York Times by Ruth Reichi in 1998 calling it "venerable Japanese." The new incarnation is following in the tradition of attracting Japanese guests but does so in a modern setting. The restaurant remains streamlined and cleanly lit so as to showcase the food. Quality of fish and presentation are of the highest standard and it is this attention to detail that is carried into the attentive service. Shinbashi offers an environment for you to appreciate your meal at the pace you choose and the space to enjoy your conversation.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food is very good and perfect for lunch. On the very expensive side though... And service is slow and very kind and polite. But slow. No one was here when we sat. Took forever to get our order in. Few tables sat at that time (4?) and we were the last ones served... The terrace is very nice."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "I was here 30 years ago and the only change is the location. Excellent Food and service."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Virtually vacant restaurant at 7 pm. Not sure why. One party arrived early and was barraged with requests to order before the other arrived. Lots of wait staff for very few patrons but clean up and check clearing was slow. Excellent fish, if somewhat small portions compared to other venues. A nice break from the noisy and overcrowded popular places...but I guess there is a reason why they are popular and this is not."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I was wondering why this restaurant was empty, given that the food is amazing. Well, I found out! The kitchen closes at 9:30 on Saturday night, and the staff gives you no warning!! We had an 8pm reservation and around 9:20 wanted to order more sushi and that's when we were told that it was too late. It's a shame that the staff didn't give us a heads up earlier so that we could have had a full dinner. So, instead we went to another restaurant to continue our meal."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Food was fair, but should have listened to the other reviews...waited forever before orders placed. Obviously understaffed with a single waitress serving all the outside tables, and while she was pleasant enough, our order was incorrect (observed such with the surrounding tables as well). Would not go again."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food was as expected: excellent. The service was exceptional. It was a quite evening and the atmosphere was delightful."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Great service and quiet. Food is very good and fairly priced for the area. Nice to see a few Daiginjo sake choices. Always a pleasure."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I have been to this restaurant many times and have never been disappointed. Their food is very fresh and delicious. The service is great, very friendly and pleasant."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Superbly fresh sushi, presented artfully, in a room that allows for conversation. Nothing else needed for a lunch that satisfies the palate in an environment that allows the table guests really to talk with each other."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Worst service ever. Waited 45 minutes for food and had to keep asking. Was not brought utensils, etc"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I hate to write a bad review, but I'd have to say that $32 for an average California roll, a bad chopped up tuna roll and about 8 pieces of just average sushi is not a good deal. The food was really average...like worth $18. Also, when we ordered our lunch sushi, it arrived about 30 seconds later. Was fast, but seemed like everthing was pre-made. On the bright side, service was fine and the outside seating a location is good. But, there are certainly better places to spend your money, particularly if you are looking for a fine sushi experience. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Superb Japanese cuisine, presented beautifully, in a room that is quiet enough to allow easy conversation at lunch."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Took a new colleague herr for a "welcome" lunch since this place is right around the corner; from the minute I entered, until we received our coats, we were hurried through every step. Were there less than 70 minutes and it felt like a sprint to leave. Sushi is average. Our "we'd like to start eith edamame" came out after we received our meals (D'OH!)"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Tofu Steak was good. I wish that the bento box hadn't come with Shrimp since I am a vegeterian."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "the food and service were good and prices were reasonable; I'm not sure I'd go again though since it was very noisy and I had trouble having a normal conversation."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Superb sushi; a staff that atends, but doesn't hover. It's an excellent business lunch setting because the quiet atmosphere allows for easy conversation."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Good service, very attentive and reasonable prices for lunch specials, considering its midtown east."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "The food was good. The restaurant was very quiet. However, I did have to make an extremely early reservation in order to catch a flight. I would like to go back at a later time to see if it fills up. My impression was that it is probably a great place for lunch. At dinner, the energy is low. Again, the food was good. The service was fine. It was just slow around 6 pm. It was good enough to warrant a second trip."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "When there on lunch , everything was excellent food was good service was GREAT!!! Server was attentive and nice."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "This is a good spot for Japanese in midtown. They have bento box lunch specials. Overall the price is a bit on the high side, but the food is authentic Japanese."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "We ate here on a Friday night. The place was filled with Japanese people -- families and business types. We ordered prime beef shabu shabu and it was delicious. Afterwards, we ordered a small helping of sashimi and sushi, followed by a green tea pastry for dessert. All delicious. Overall, a pleasant experience. Only thing that brings down the rating is the service; it seemed that we had two servers who couldn't decide who was waiting our table. At times, the hostess had to get involved to make sure that we were not overlooked."
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "I had the ladies lunch - included an individual cup of warm egg custard with bits of seafood suspended in it. It was delicate and lovely. There were other interesting things on my plate, too, but my waiter was unable to explain to me what anything was. The chef finally came out to answer my questions. The staff was busy teasing each other, talking, not looking at their tables, unaware of their own menu items. Someone brought warm, moist towels when we arrived, but they were removed before we even had a chance to use them! We could not understand what our waiter said for the fish of the day even though we asked three times. In spite of the food quality, I would not go back as the service made it much less enjoyable than it should have been."
    Dined on 10/1/2013
  • "I do not think they can stay in business for a long time."
    Dined on 9/24/2013
  • "The party rooms were filled and the food was excellent but it was so empty it was weird dining along there."
    Dined on 9/23/2013
  • "Food was equivalent to a neighborhood Japanese restaurant. No real variety. Wouldn't go back."
    Dined on 9/12/2013
  • "very nice and reliable and good to very good sushi. DOn't order from here by Seamless web as it is expensive to order and too little quantity and fair quality. Stay at the restaurant only."
    Dined on 8/20/2013
  • "I made a reservation for myself on OpenTable and arrived promptly. The inside dining room was empty and the outside seats were moderately full. I could see two waitresses running around looking very flustered. I waited patiently at the hostess stand. There were two sushi chefs behind the sushi bar. I waited. Despite four people seeing me, no one approached. Five minutes later, I was seated. No apologies for the wait. I sat another five minutes and after being ignored by 3 passing servers, I got up and left. It was 7pm on a Wednesday. Such service is not acceptable."
    Dined on 8/14/2013
  • "It was just not good. It was not that busy but the wait staff seemed overwhelmed and the hostess unfocused. It seems there are systemic issues her - the food was fine - uninspired. Service was slowwwwwww....it was disappointing."
    Dined on 8/14/2013
  • "I have been to this restaurant many times for lunch and have always been impressed with the quality of fish in the Sushi Lunch special, so I brought my wife and my daughter. We all had Sushi special and we all enjoyed it. Getting approval from my wife is not an easy thing - she is so picky and observant. Guess what, she approved!"
    Dined on 8/9/2013
  • "Went for lunch w a business colleague. Was hoarse from having to yell to have a discussion. Tables right on top of each other. Spent the afternoon with a stomach ache. Wouldnt recommend."
    Dined on 8/1/2013
  • "A nice variety for lunch. Good pricing options as well. Sushi was fresh and service was quick. Enjoyed our tuna tataki salad a lot - wonderful flavors. Love the green tea mille crepe for dessert. Outstanding. Been here a few times, perfect for a quick business lunch."
    Dined on 7/19/2013
  • "The sushi here was super fresh and fantastic. I'll definitely be returning! I found this place priced decently for a business lunch, and the only drawback is that the 2-person tables are slightly on the longer side, so you are closer to the person sitting at the next table over, than you are to the person you are at a table with."
    Dined on 7/18/2013
  • "Solid neighborhood place -- near the office for lunch, and the mix of quality and price is right for me to take clients there when the firm is paying, or go myself when I'm paying."
    Dined on 7/18/2013
  • "We went to Shinbashi for dinner with a Bloomspot voucher originally, for an Omekase dinner a couple of weeks ago, and had an absolutely fabulous meal. We went back this past Monday, and the restaurant lived up to our memory and expectations! This time we had sashimi, sushi and rolls-wonderfully prepared and completely fresh. I am a huge fan of uni, and this uni was pristine- so fresh and wonderful I could have made a meal of the uni alone. But I would have missed out on old favorites, like a spicy tuna roll or the yellowtail sashimi. I think people go to Shinbashi primarily for lunch, but go for dinner- although they are still busy, it is not pandemonium, and you will enjoy a terrific and more personalized experience."
    Dined on 7/15/2013
  • "We had a Bloomspot deal for dinner for 2. Since we were 3 people,we had to order an extra entree. In the end, the bill was still pretty pricey. While the restaurant was practically empty, we still had to wait awhile for our food to come. The sushi we ordered was good, but we were only able to choose from a limited menu. I would definitely not come here for dinner because the regular price is too expensive. Come during lunch or for the happy hour."
    Dined on 7/2/2013
  • "We were served a Sushi platter very soon after we walked in. We were just preparing the soy sauce with the wasabi, when two waitresses rushed in, and said, "Sorry, Sorry, wrong table" and took away the platter. Ours came, and it was distinctly less appetizing than the one we had already seen. When I counted the number of sushi on our platter (for two), it was an odd number. I am sure someone at the table that was served our platter by mistake had popped one into his mouth and the restaurant had not bothered re-plating it. To compensate, the Unagi (eel) was very good and the Green Tea Mille Crepe (from LadyM, I guess), was wonderful."
    Dined on 7/1/2013
  • "We had lunch there. The outdoor sitting is a plus when the weather is nice. The food and service were good."
    Dined on 6/27/2013
  • "Loved the shabu-shabu experience. It reminded my friend and I when we were in Japan."
    Dined on 5/18/2013
  • "The food was very good, the service not so good. We waited a lot to have the order taken and waited a lot to get items such as the soy sauce. Beside this point, that could be easily improved, the restaurant is very nice in any aspect."
    Dined on 5/16/2013
  • "We really enjoyed the special Omakase 8 course dinner presentation and tastes. As soon as we sat down, our server brought hot towels to the table to refresh ourselves. The chef choice dinner included a mini appetizer of a broccoli rabe type green marinated in a light broth, assortment of three sashimi, cubed rib-eye steak (tender but a little chewy) a piece of seafood and chicken steamed in a clay pot with a generous helping of "meaty" mushrooms (fun to eat and sip the rich broth from small clay cups) assortment of three tempura with a white radish garnish, three pieces of nigiri, a rich full-bodied red miso soup, and a dessert of ice cream with a wonderful red bean."
    Dined on 5/15/2013