Wasan
Wasan

Wasan

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.wasan-ny.com/
  • Phone: 2127771978
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: 7days:
    Monday 6:00pm - 10:30pm
    Tuesday 6:00pm - 10:30pm
    Wednesday 6:00pm - 10:30pm
    Thursday 6:00pm - 10:30pm
    Friday 6:00pm - 1:00am
    Saturday 6:00pm - 1:00am
    Sunday 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Kaku Sakurai & Ryota Kitagawa
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Wasan is available to cater events, either at your home or a New York City venue of your choice. Our signature dishes by Ryota and Kaku will be brought to you. We take pride in preparing these specialties for you while we're also happy to accommodate any culinary requests you may have to help branding your event, so you can make the occasion your own. Wasan staff will work closely with you to tailor the event to your budget by paying close attention in bringing value in all of our services.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between 1st Avenue & 2nd Avenue
  • Public Transit: 2nd Ave-Houston St (F, V)
    Uptown Bleecker St-Lafayette St (6)
    Downtown Bleecker St-Lafayette St (6, B, D, F, V)
  • Parking: No
A word from Wasan
Ingredients are at the heart of cooking. Even the same ingredient can have infinite varieties, depending on where, which season, or under what weather condition they were produced.

It's not a matter of simply cutting and cooking, but how to make the best use of the ingredients by finding the best way to cook them. For instance, tuna can be eaten as sashimi, steak or simmered in soy sauce. Making good use of ingredients means that we see the conditions of the tuna first and then choose the best cooking style.

Same goes for wine: even the producer is the same, the taste varies from each year of vintage, in which glass it is poured, or how long it has been aged. And sake can be dramatically different by the temperature it is served: hot, warm, or chilled.
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Wasan reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (24)fit for foodies (24)special occasion (14)romantic (13)good for groups (11)late-night find (11)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (4)kid-friendly (3)notable wine list (3)great for lunch (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Fantastic Meal
    MacMiami
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Felt bad because the place was basically empty when we got there at 815 or so on a Thursday. But food was spectacular, venue was very attractive, and the service was incredible. No wait, no issues whatsoever. I also thought food was very reasonably priced. If I lived in New York I would eat here all the time! Exceptional place, can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Wonderful and Authentic!
    GrayGhost
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I was lucky enough to find Wasan and I'm so glad I did! I can't believe I didn't know about this neighborhood gem until just recently. I've lived in Japan for over a year and am a big Japanese cuisine fan. Wasan manages to bring out all these amazing and authentic Japanese flavors while also making it new and unique. The food is delicious and beautifully plated, the service is impeccable, the sake selection extensive, the ambiance is intimate while also being jovial. A lovely, lovely place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Omakase Goodness...
    sbriggie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Treat yourself to the omakase... you can't go wrong. The owner tends the bar on a daily basis and is super friendly. Sapporo on tap and a legit sake list rounds out a great evening...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ok but not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    ok but not great. food was good but could have been better. dishes seem inventive but fall a bit flat. service was competent. a bit surprised by the bill
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    raguok319VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We stumbled upon this place randomly and ever since, it has never failed us. The food is consistently really good. Tasting menu is incredibly reasonable, delicious, you leave feeling happy and full, and it changes every month. Uni Lover is to die for. It's just such an incredible restaurant, we go there for special occasions, and also sometimes when we just don't know what we want to eat - it's perfect for any occasion.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Modern Japanese cuisine
    Dassai25
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Cuisine of Wasan is a wonderful contemporary cuisine. Popular in Japan, Japanese cuisine western. Wasan can be reproduced in New York that trend. Rather than just tempura and sushi, try the contemporary Japanese dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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  • Food is excellent
    Konapi
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Highly recommend restaurant! You should try Foie Gras Sushi it's super delicious!! Vegetarian friendly as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highly recommended
    Mmmm
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    You must try Foie gras sushi! The waiting staff was very friendly and attentive.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    URWhatUEatVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    What a great find! Menu is not your traditional Japanese fare - lots of cooked Japanese food that's maybe a little more "modern". Very tasty too! Great for those who want to eat Japanese food but don't want to eat raw fish.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The wonderful Wasan
    HauteCuisine
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    There are two reasons why you should eat at Wasan, the friendly staff and the food. My fist time visiting this establishment was almost a year ago and my waitress was kind enough to mention that she remembered me. Not many people can say that about their visit to a restaurant. That aside the May tasting menu was perfection with enough options to choose from. For the starter I selected tofu in a light yet flavorful broth along with a salad. My selections also included the salmon; it was moist and melted in my mouth, I have never had salmon that tender. For the main course I selected tender broiled eel served over perfectly cooked rice. I left Wasan feeling content with a smile on my face.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food but skimpy and limited
    MrsJVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    We decided to order a bunch of small plates to share instead of prix fixe. Every dish was good, but we found the portion to be vert tiny for the price. Oshinko, salad, cheese tofu (1.5" sqr), marinated yellowtail w/ jalapeño ponzu - all good but small that I wasn't sure if I was ever going to be satisfied, and I'm a petite Japanese woman who doesn't eat too much. Wagyu tartar was great. The sake flight also comes w/ small schnapps glass x 3 for $18. Not worth the price. Sorry, i know other places w/ much better and creative food that I'm happy to pay for. The spot is cozy and groovy. The round, wooden tables are big and beautiful but the seats are small.
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    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 136 reviews are from the Wasan reviews archive.
  • Solid choice
    Matt
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Nothing amazing here, but very good food in a cool ambiance. We ordered five dishes, all were solid, none were amazing. Would definitely recommend to a friend.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hidden gem
    Jeff
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    You're not going to stumble onto this place, and clearly nobody had when we were there - we only saw a couple other people in the restaurant (weekday evening). But everyone else is missing out - this is as authentic as Japanese food gets (my wife went specifically for the uni) and it's all extremely fresh. Whatever you do, get the shrimp bun appetizer, and order 2! Large sake selection and even a decent selection of *real* Japanese beers - not the Canadian or American stuff with Japanese labels you find at most NYC Japanese restaurants. (Look for the 11 or 17 oz bottles on the menu.) The place is very small and intimate, with a nice decor, dark ambience and good seating for couples and small groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Favorite
    friendlyfoodie
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    There are more famous restaurants in NYC, and there are more expensive restaurants in NYC, but there aren't any better restaurants in NYC. Wasan is a REAL gem with perfect food, perfect service, and perfect ambiance. The chef's attention to detail and local ingredients is on par with the best, and you'll find yourself looking forward to coming back before you've even left. Don't miss it!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious but lacking fine touches
    ShojinMonkeyVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    For a $45 course, I was satisfied with the taste and variety of dishes but though the service was not up to par. There was very little to no explanation of the dishes or recommendations or suggestions of drink pairings, which seems odd since drink is so important to the owners. And one time the chef came out and slid right past our table but didn't even acknowledge us at all. He would do well to just take a moment to ask how is our meal, etc. I would still go back. I just think for such a small place they could be a little more attentive. I think they are only attentive to customers at the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute sushi place with authentic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Cute sushi place with authentic japanese food. If in the mood for a quieter meal, and true flavor, this is a great place downtown.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    abbs02
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    A Japanese friend recommended this place as one of his favorites in NYC. After having dinner here a couple nights ago, i can see why! The ambiance is intimate and cool, with a few tables in the small restaurant. We got fois gras sushi that truly blew us all away, and my salmon chirashi had incredibly fresh fish sitting on an interesting rice medley. Try their tofu flan to cleanse and please the palette.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top-notch Service and Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Top-notch service is how I would describe my first impression of Wasan. We were going through the menu and could not find an entree we have saw online. When asked we understand that the menu has been modified and the entree is no longer served. Our server took the initiative to check with the chefs to see if they can meet our "special" request and they accommodated our desire. Very impressed! Great service throughout and our server was knowledgeable and very friendly. Definitely blown away by the great service in the restaurant. Perfectly executed food using the freshest ingredient available in the season. Uni, Yellow-tail and Tuna always taste impeccable.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful at Wasan
    Yuka
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    What a wonderful place for a intimate, romantic dinner; with fabulous food, and one of the owners being a saki specialist. The service is second to none, making the food taste that much better. The rustic tables set the setting for a warm and friendly meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Had a blast. Delicious food, outstanding service and some of my favorite ambiance in New York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy group spoiled a Friday dinner
    PakuChanNY
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Came here on Friday evening to treat a friend for dinner. Unfortunately, because of a noisy group at nearby table, the place was unusally noisy and it kind of spoiled the ambience. I normally opt for the multi-course menu here but this time I tried a couple of dish from the a la carte menu. Since I do not eat things like Uni or Sashimi, I had a rather limited selection. I think I would stick with the course in future.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and creative food
    dharmeshr
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    The foie gras sushi was amazing, very creative and unique twist to both sushi and foie gras! The tasting menu is a great way to try different items on the menu and to share as well. Server was very attentive but did not hover. Overall, a great experience.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High satisfaction
    Global1
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    I enjoyed Wasan's high quality authentic Japanese food with reasonable price, and would like to bring my friends for the next time.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic but Modern
    BFaxon
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    Wasan offers wonderfull authentic Japanese foods in a modern fashion. It is highly recommended to a couple or small group who love Japanse foods.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special anniversary 6-course menu
    PakuChanNY
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    I came here on Monday evening to try the 3-year anniversary 6-course menu offered during the week of 14 Oct. For me, the portion was just right and it was like having several tapas. I had Chawanmushi, grilled salmon/scallop dish, the pork with Shiodare sauce, among other things. They were all very tasty. The server was courteous, and he frequently stopped by to make sure everything was OK at the table. My only complaint was when I walked in, many tables were empty and I had a reservation, yet, I was initally offered a seat at the bar area. Only after I declined, I was offered seating at one of the tables.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never lets me down
    RonayVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    I've lived in Japan so tend to be picky when it comes to Japanese. This place is the real deal. Half the crowd were Japanese on our last visit which is a wonderful endorsement.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • creative and authentic
    ukcolina
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    This small neighborhood Japanese is truly Japanese, a fact confirmed by the majority of its patrons, They have a unique and broad selections of sakes along with wine and beer, and the food is flavorful and exquisitely prepared. The service is friendly and helpful, and we were treated to some rare and expensive off menu sakes when we participated in the 'sake flight.' It was a superior dining experience, I'll definitely be back. If your'e looking for a 'scene' this is not it but it was a memorable dining experience for our group, for all the right reasons.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Verena
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    I come here for the mellow atmosphere and great service and of course for the Uni Lover and Foie Gras sushi...
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a special place
    friendlyfoodie
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    Delicious, creative, locally sourced where possible. Chef Kitagawa has created something very special at Wasan. We are still spreading the word to our friends after a delightful dinner at Wasan earlier this week. The tasting menu was terrific, from appetizers to dessert.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • The service is slow at times.
    fancypantsVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    The service is slow at times. It seems that the kitchen takes forever to prepare anything! But I keep coming back for the uni. The eel rice and hamachi jaws also never disappoint. The entree portions are a lot bigger than expected for a Japanese place!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden little spot
    Roconuts
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    Wasan is my favorite Japanese restaurant in NYC that I don't tell too many people about for fear of ruining the quiet ambiance that I love. The best way to order at this place is to get the course menu -- you won't regret it, unless you're not hungry. Desert is not their forte so you can skip it.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magic at the Table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    They're cooking with some kind of fairy dust at Wasan. This most recent of several meals proved splendid as always. From the welcoming, informed and gracious staff, to what comes from that kitchen -- where a certain genius of the Japanese palate reigns...It can not often be said that every bite of a meal, and each subsequent presentation delights and astonishes so consistently. Sake list also lovely. Planning to return often.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic & creative Japanese food
    Jumiri
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    A genuine and creative selection of Japanese cuisine. The food was fresh. But, lighting may be a bit brighter for those of us who were not on a romantic date.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Innovative Modern Japanese
    JannVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    Cold Cheese Tofu & eggplant appetizers, Eel Empire & Yellowtail marinated on sake lees and a bottle of Shintaro sake were all exceptional. Only their desserts are a bit of a letdown.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food done right
    Michael
    Dined on 8/13/2013
    Have eaten here several times since it opened and never disappointed. It is unique twists on Japanese food without going totally off the reservation. The prix fixe menu at $45/head complemented by several extra tasting dishes was our choice. Each dish better than the previous. The fish was very very good. These guys do it right - and the price is right.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, slow service
    WLNY7VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2013
    Love their "uni lover" and foie gras sushi. The "eel empire" just melted in my mouth. All the other small plates and rices dishes were well done - they kept it simple and unpretentious. Their sake menu has fun descriptions which made the decision making process much easier. Our only complaint was the slow service - we had to wait a bit too long to order and in between courses. The staff was friendly but maybe they are underhanded - the pace of the meal felt very off-balanced.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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  • Would return without a coupon!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    My friend and I first came here because we had a coupon but we both decided to come back soon. The food was very nice- we had the tartare, the hot stone sirloin and the tuna bowl. It's not a huge menu, but it seemed like there were plenty of options. They have a nice selection of sakes as well.
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    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome!
    champ1206
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    The food was excellent! I was surprised by the quality of food for its price. Everything we ate was fresh and the taste was sophisticated. Highly recommend going there with friends, romantic dinner or family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative Modern Japanese
    JannVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    What a find! Greeting and subsequent service was warm and well paced. Cold cheese Tofu was a tofu lover's delight-cool, silky texture, just the right degree of density with dashi & tomato jelly perfect accompaniments. Eel Empire satisfied my eel cravings, moist, not too sweet, unctuous. mmmmm. Hamachi Jaws were a little bit dry due to deep frying but very flavorful. Mochi ice cream was good but too frozen for my taste, it reminded me of commercial version, a bit of a disappointment. Tea hd a very pleasant toasted grain flavor. I can't wait to go back. Exceptional sake list
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wasan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/17/2013
    Cozy "nouveau" style Japanese restaurant with very good food and service. Can get noisy when crowded.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic