1 or 8

4.5
233 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese

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The cuisine at 1 OR 8 is a reflection of the chef and owner's eclectic food experience growing up in Japan, where traditional dishes coexist with those originating from around the world often transformed with a Japanese touch. 1 OR 8 takes this approach, sometimes playfully pushing the envelope and experimenting with ingredients or techniques but always with a Japanese sensibility at heart.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, French / Japanese, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(718) 384-2152
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Hideaki Watanabe
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Wythe and Kent
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Public transit
10 min walk from Bedford Avenue station on the L, or Marcy Avenue station on J/M/Z.
Also, it is right across Williamsburg Bridge if you are coming from Manhattan, so a very short taxi ride from downtown.
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Additional
Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent - we enjoyed our meal very much. The portions are a little on the smaller side, but the quality more than makes up for it.

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New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This may be the best Japanese restaurant in the city. The menu changes seasonally and the raw fish offerings are amazingly fresh and many options are flown in from Japan. The chef is super creative and his offerings are reminiscent of the type of modern Japanese cuisine you find in Tokyo. At the same time if you want more traditional Japanese offerings that's available too. We have dined there for years and unlike so many places where quality declines and the menu gets tired 1 or 8 is constantly improving and innovating. You won't be disappointed.

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Austin
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! I want to go back already and try the rest of the menu. Everything was absolutely fantastic.

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AS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

These folks are amazing. The tasting menus are terrific. The food is TOP NOTCH. The service is welcoming. We felt like they knew us even on our first visit. Fantastic!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is freaking insane! Each bite is an explosion of flavor in your mouth. A sublime experience. Is a hidden Michelin star.

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BF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New menu is awesome. The chef fuses French cooking with traditional Japanese dishes. Not your typical sushi bar, but you can still order rolls if you want. The crudo dishes are the stars of the show. Unique flavor pairings with perfect cuts of sashimi. Great cocktails and sake selection. Also has awesome bar snack food if just want to have drink at front bar. Neighborhood favorite!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The entire kitchen staff has changed and the food quality has diminished significantly

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CD
London
9 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Was much better in the past now mostly chef rolls which feel uneccessady

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NY
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is WTF good. The food was spectacular, If you're a foodie it's a must try. The service was friendly, knowledgeable, and incredibly welcoming. The Chef clearly takes great pride in his craft. I will definitely be back.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BEST. SUSHI. I. HAVE. EVER. HAD. IN. MY. ENTIRE. LIFE.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place serves some of the best sushi in NYC. The food is overall phenomenal. They make their own tofu, so the miso soup is superb. Also, their edamame rocks. Service can be a bit slow but waiters are always extremely nice. Ambiance is very nice.

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OT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly one of the very best meals I've had anywhere. Tremendous service, incredible food and one of hell of a restaurant. Highly recommend just doesn't do justice...

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with some friends visiting from France and we had a great night - the food was delicious, our waitress was very patient and welcoming...Overall the night was great! We will come back.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Menu changed:(

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DP
London
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is one of my FAVORITE spots in Brooklyn. It's such a beautiful room matching the beautiful food presentation and lovely service. The ONLY thing I would say is that I wish the lights were 20% dimmer for added romance.

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Japanese cuisine! We had lots of dishes and all of them were perfect. The service was pretty good too! Shinji was incredible.

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VW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Second time here and it was a great one! We were seated right away, and sat at a great table in the middle section. Sake was awesome, and of course the fish is where it's at! Note: there is a new menu, and the omakase sushi was not available, just sashimi. Not a problem for me, but do note that their menu changes. Making your own hand rolls was a lot of fun! Will be back again!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The menu has changed quiet a bit here. It was still lovely but not what we were expecting going in. Supposedly their sushi chef left and out of respect to him they decided to not hire a new one. Seems a bit crazy if you ask me. We were really looking forward to sushi and had crudo instead that was lovely then a make your own hand roll experience. Not the same but good.

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VL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food is ok. Nothing extraordinary. Overpriced.

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OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best!!

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n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going here for years and while the menu changes it's always consistently great. And don't go by the menu alone- even simply named items like 'Squid' turn out to be very creative and awesome.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

This restaurant is big, open and airy. The food is delicious but a bit on the avant garde side. We had high hopes for the tasting menu but once we saw it, it did not appeal. So my husband and I shared several small apps. I had the chirashi for the main course; he had a few DIY hand rolls.
We live in NYC and are used to paying $$ for good food but the prices seemed ridiculous for the portion sizes here, which is why I wouldn't recommend this restaurant. I was still hungry afterwards and our bill was $240.

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K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

The food was absolutely fresh and tasty, except for being so pricy for such small portion size (less than a bite). What's more, we wait for about an hour before our nigiri was served. Also we were told they didn't offer sushi when we were there, which was the reason why we came. Besides the pre-fixed courses, they only have nigiri with special sauces and handrolls ingredients so that you could make your own hand roll. The food itself was tasty, it was the size and the options that didn't satisfy us. We were there for a friend get-together but we spent about $65 per person and left with a still hungry stomach.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

great food and very good value, japanese French fusion cuisine at high level, surely worth spending an evening if you are looking to get out of the usual.

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AM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily the best sushi I've had in the United States. Very much worth visiting

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New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you can't get to Tokyo any time soon visit One or Eight. The chef showcases the essence of modern Japan which maintains one chopstick in traditional Japan and one in cutting edge 21st century cuisine. The food is exquisite, the service friendly and knowledgeable, and the setting Zen meets Williamsburg.

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A
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great menu, beautiful display. Atmosphere is private and you get much more space at a 2-top than at most restaurants in Williamsburg. Would recommend for a date.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was are second time at this restaurant,and it will not be the last time.Loved it!!

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Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A sublime experience from start to finish. The food hit every note - fresh, inventive, thoughtful, and delicious. Impeccable service. Highly recommend.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Really enjoyed the creative japanese food in a very nice environment and excellent service

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Best sushi in Williamsburg. Great place for a date, too.

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c
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing here! You can't go wrong. Been coming here since the day they opened.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Very good sushi, amazing entreés, the hot crab is outstanding.
The service not so good, the waitress was ia a bad mood, almost as if she was doing us a big favor. We kept making the orders separated, and it seemed to annoy her.
Overall very nice place, drinks and food.

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KB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Japanese restaurant anywhere, ever. Been going for years and will continue to!

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great good and better service! Highly recommend.

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LK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambiance, amazing amazing food and great service.

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A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

Very poor quality fish, way overpriced for such quality. was very disappointed and overpaid an incredible amount for that grade.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the composed dishes much much more than the nigiri. They whip out some special things, but it seems more of a Japanese fusion restaurant than a place to get great sushi. Delicious nonetheless!

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RM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The absolute best, clean, fresh, tasty and well put together food in all of brooklyn. The staff is incredible, the atmosphere is light and calming.

A MUST GO

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JL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Had a great meal at 1 or 8 recently BUT I felt mislead by the server and ultimately overcharged $50 although I begrudgingly paid and never said anything. The server knew it was my first time there and after I ordered a few drinks and appetizers, I ordered the sushi omakase for myself and my wife ordered a few sushi rolls separately. The waitress asked if we wanted two plates for the omakase (we both heard "for" but maybe it was "of"). Now, I thought she meant a second plate to share, not a second order costing an extra $50. And after appetizers and my wife ordering rolls for herself, I think a good server would suggest maybe that's too much food or clarify that was our intention at a minimum. When it came out, I figured they just split the order in two since it was not a whole lot of sushi for $50. Yes, it was great quality and price isn't all about quantity but it was perfectly reasonable for my wife and I to assume that was one plate split in two.

Its a shame because I thought everything else was great. I'd go again but not get the omakase dish. I was underwhelmed but maybe because I paid double.

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