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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access