Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya

4.6
677 Reviews
$50 and over
Japanese
Located on the bustling Lower East Side, Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya offers an eclectic menu, including a sushi bar with fresh fish flown in daily from Japan, award-winning Fried Chicken, Japanese small plates, and innovative entrees. Offering a full bar and extensive wine and sake list. We are serving our menu on our outdoor terrace an in our dining room. We have gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 677 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.4
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SimoneS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Way way too expensive for the quality and quantity of the food

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AshanthaK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both indoor and outdoor are safely distanced, and the food is excellent as ever

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Norm
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Outdoor area was nice and heated. Service initially was bad when it was not crowded and I had to try unsuccessfully for 15 min to get a first drink order. Was fair after my feedback.

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Adrees
London
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

TRULY Outstanding sushi, cocktails, sake and service. Among the best I’ve had in all these categories worldwide!
Huge thank you to the entire staff.
Will definitely be back and recommend to all my friends and colleagues.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was great, we asked for recommendations and she was spot on. Everything we had was amazing and the Ox friend rice was out of this world. We will be back again soon.

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DanielC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance and decor was very pretty. The area my date and I were sitting in had a bit of a draft, but food more than made up for that slight inconvenience. Everything was delicious. My favorites were the fried shrimp, mushroom roll and spicy tuna roll.

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Hank
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, Great Staff and the new social distance indoor setup means that tables are far away.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience4

My boyfriend and I decided to each get the Omakase. We had an assortment of sashimi and sushi but unfortunately we both got food poising shortly after dinner. What a shame. Expensive dinner and we were sick for 2 days after.

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KrisdenM
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fresh, service and ambiance great! We loved the all of the sushi we ordered and the fried chicken, of course!

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Sobzero
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Disappointed regular, $200 on stale sushi and Unagi, the food was TERRIBLE, and a lychee martini that came in a pint glass FULL of ice

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RLLG
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Blue Ribbon for the win. Our most favorite New York spot delivered with their enchanting outdoor terrace and their wonderful servers, always so kind and attentive. The food, magnificent as ever and a true pleasure for the senses. Thank you for delighting us with a celebratory drink at the end to make our wedding celebration even more special on our date. 💖✨

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JoseF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Still great sushi. Thankful for the outdoor apace but pretty basic. Service a bit loud.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Really good food!

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vipIrina
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing sushi, some of the best we've had.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You get that true blue ribbon service! Food is amazing!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience1

Very overpriced and small sushi servings. Sushi was fine but not high enough quality for the half servings and price. Outdoor decor felt like I was at a chain BBQ restaurant

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vipCaneshaA
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is always delicious. Sushi is amazing, fresh and tasty. Oxtail rice is everything! Drink options are good. Service is exceptional. This is one of my go to, love it there.

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vipSamTug
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazzzzzzing food! Very fresh fish and beautiful presentation.

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vipJayS
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Glad they got rid of the COVID electronic payment for each round and course.

Excellent dining experience, but they need mask enforcement in the hotel lobby entrance.

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vipdesiree
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing dinner, beautifully plated and flavors always consistent. It did rain but very glad the patio is covered, just gets drafty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall1food4service4ambience2

Rat ran across floor

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Russki
London
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice sushi place with good outdoor mezzanine space to enjoy some great Sushi. Good for a summer's evening.

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vipValerieF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive service, amazing food

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience4

This dining experience works among the worst I have ever had in NYC. Food for the table was ordered via your personal smartphone from a cryptic menu that gave no description for the options being ordered. 6 different types of chefs platters were available with different prices.. what was in the chefs platter? Why were the prices different? No one knows because there was not one server that was assigned to the table so we couldn’t ask questions. That’s okay, we took the dive and ordered mystery items along with a bottle of sake on our smart phones and each paid and tipped before even a glass of water arrived. This was a mistake because 45 minutes later, we still had not received the edamame appetizer or the bottle of sake. After flagging someone down to ask about the sake and food status, the man walked off mid sentence and we were again sitting and starting at each other wondering why we ever chose this restaurant. It was a bit like being stuck in prison without actually being stuck because an hour in with no food, we really just wanted to leave - but we had paid and tipped upon ordering so leaving felt wasteful. Wish there was a way to retroactively take back the tip for the complete absence of service, but there is not. So, be warned - Blue Ribbon in a COVID world has NOT figured out how to operate so stay far far away.

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vipJayS
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great to be out!! Need to word on the ordering/payment app. Was odd and not smooth. Needed to fully Apple Pay for each drink. Seemed like a big waste of Apple % dollars not going to the restaurant. WTF?

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience! The terrace was really pretty especially when it started getting dark. We had a couple of drinks and sushi. It was a bit pricey, but to be honest, it was worth it especially since it felt like old times before COVID-19.

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vipLeia
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They had limited staff with limited services and limited ingredients. After trying their online menu and understanding that we couldn’t get any special requests in - we left and took our it business elsewhere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Contactless service was great. Order through your phone.

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SophiaA
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very respectful of Covid 19 Dining Guidelines and went out of their way to make our table feel comfortable with the new environment we are living in. Everyone was wearing a mask, all orders are placed on your phone to minimize contact and everything was disinfected once diners were finished eating. I was very impressed, will definitely be coming again very soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

It was blistering hot, they do not have their outdoor dining ready for visitors yet... did not feel proper at all.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Employees were very great during this hard time. Extremely helpful and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, the food is amazing!

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SushiLover
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food, and ambiance were all amazing! I was especially happy to be seated immediately. Thank you for a great evening out!

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antobents
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Blue Ribbon is a fun place to eat great Japanese food - so long as you request to be seated in the front room where the sushi bar is. My dinner partner and I were initially seated in the "bar" area (with a television...). The ambiance of the room was, frankly, dead. However, I requested to be seated in the other room and the host graciously moved us. If you do not know to ask (or are just too shy) you will be forced into eating in a room full of dead air and whistle blows emanating from a sports television station. The food is great -- in particular the vegetable flight. Additionally, the bartender made a custom drink for me and it was absolutely delicious. A bit pricey, but worth a splurge. Good place to go if you're on the LES, want a cocktail, and are down to try some yummy and fresh sushi!

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kerryb
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite place, always great food great service. A regular here every year.

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vipKizdar
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Dinner with girlfriend and both our moms.
Ambiance is solid. Medium noise level.
Fish was solid - good, nothing life changing.
Get the sushi platter, but make sure to check what rolls are included. We got stuck with eel and salmon skin rolls, which are underwhelming. The lobster avocado roll was fantastic! We definitely ordered the wrong rolls.

Good experience, unlikely to return.

$90pp with a bottle of wine.

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vipBrooklynBlue
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and incredibly fresh sushi. We sat in a banquet in the bar area which was great for conversation.

JT
vipxxJTxx
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was ok...service was great....not a great value for the quality or quantity of food we got.

AN
vipAndyNYC
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Never disappointed , I have been there many many times,, all good food, good service.

FAQs

Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 466-0404.

Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya is rated 4.6 stars by 677 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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