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Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya on the Lower East Side is an ideal destination for impressing a big group of sushi, meat, or veggie-loving friends.

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About Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya

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, Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya brings the party for the Late-Night crowd.

187 Orchard St.
New York, NY 10002
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 12:00pm;

Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm;

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00am - 5:00pm;

Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am,

Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am

Cross Street:
East Houston & Stanton

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 466-0404

Website:
http://www.blueribbonrestaurants.com/rests_sushi_i

Parking Details:
There is a lot of street parking surrounding Blue RIbbon Sushi Izakaya on both Orchard and Allen Streets between E Houston and Rivington Street. There is a Delancey & Essex Municiple Parking Garage: 107 Essex Street (between Delancey St & Rivington St) Manhattan, NY 10002

Public Transit:
F Train - Second Avenue Stop (Allen Street Exit)

Executive Chef:
Bruce & Eric Bromberg

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Private Dining

Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya offers several private dining options. We have an intimate private table off our main dining room which seats up to 7. Kanpai Garden, our all weather. covered roof-top garden is available for 75 to 150. Our main dining or bar areas can also be booked for larger parties.

Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (16)
Fit for Foodies (13)
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Creative Cuisine (8)
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Business Meals (7)
Casual (6)
Authentic (5)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Cozy (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Romantic (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Tapas (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Blue Ribbon never disappoints, excellent food, service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was great, bad service

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Sushi is good. Wasn't impressed with the king crab fried rice. Nice venue.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Nothing to write home about. I know the same restaurant in Brookfield Place and it's way better

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

We had the omakase and it was amazing! Beautiful presentations of the dishes and all so fresh!

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I liked my set of sushi, after having one I ordered a second one:) I also tried fried chicken. It was great. Sake was smooth and nice.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Love it here.

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

I had made the reservation for a birthday and totally forgot that I wanted a birthday celebration for one of my friends at the dinner. However, the waiter still remembered that I wanted the celebration and before we got our check, he brought the cake and brought it to the right person even though I had never told him who the birthday boy was. This implies that he was clearly involved in our dinner service and put 2+2 and found out who the birthday boy was. I've never had service like this where service was optimal without even asking for it.

The food was amazing but I had a few rolls so I couldn't judge if it was 5 star quality yet. However, the spicy crab roll that I had was amazing.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (México)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Extremely slow service. Menu was difficult to understand and we didn’t get answers. The bill was uncomprehensible, so we weren’t sure about what we paid for.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

😭slow and loud

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 2, 2017

I wanted good sushi, and I did not find it. Average meal. The place seems to be more concerned with the atmosphere/scene than high quality food.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

for delicious fresh and creative sushi and salads... you can't go wrong.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The food was great, but the amount that you got for your money was frankly surprising. Still worth checking out once. Would definitely go back for drinks and the overall vibe.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Love the food!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

While the Japanese tapas were good, the sushi, particularly the specials of the day claimed to be flown daily from Japan, were certainly not up to par. Quality was certainly not high, portions were small even by top sushi restaurant standards, and prices were very high. If you want first rate sushi, it is not to be found here; seek your happiness elsewhere.

Tags: People Watching, Tapas
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We love all the Blue Ribbon restaurants for their vibrant, friendly atmosphere with top quality food and a diverse menu. This is no exception. We had a guest who does not prefer seafood, so he was able to enjoy their fabulous fried chicken, while the rest of us shared a great assortment of sushi and sashimi and vegetable dishes.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Tuckt away on the second floor, it offers a casual dining atmosphere with top quality food. The omakase provided sufficient portions with nice variety and a great presentation.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Very meh for the price...

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·Dined on September 12, 2017

Service was sub par. For a $200.00 meal for 2 people I'd expect a lot more. Server was ZERO help with complicated menu. For first time diners at BR, he didn't explain much, offer suggestions or opinions....just seemed unknowledgable about his own menu. So we ordered off the cusp. He was working hard, I'll give home that, but seemed more like a busbuy than server. Empty plates were left at our table waaaaay too long for a high end restaurant. Place was super loud. Food was very tasty but hard to give more ☆☆ considering the awful service. Food could have been better with guidance I'm sure. Also, some food took extremely ling to come out. It was not jammed, but even for a busy night was unacceptable to wait 25 minutes for salmon sushi and a spicy tuna roll. Come Blue Ribbon, this is NYC! Next time I'll wait for my return to Los Angeles and go to Sushi Roku!

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Andy up front was excellent as always. I always appreciate his great service. This place never disappoints. Great food and great atmosphere. My favorite of all the Blue Ribbons.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 8, 2017

After being sat at our table, we waited nearly 10-min for someone to bring us water and it was not busy. After another 5-min, we left and walked past the server/hostess that didn't say anything or care that we were leaving. I see why it wasn't busy. They just don't care. I hope the owner knows the staff just don't really care.

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 (London)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Our table of 8 had a great night. The food overall was very good. We ordered 2 of their sashimi and sushi platter for $170 and it was well worth the value and delicious. The fried chicken had been recommended but was very dry, the sirloin steak was very nice. It was very busy, but food was served promptly, the service was under pressure, it felt like they were missing some staff that night. Overall a lovely dinner.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 27, 2017

I ate here last a few years ago and really enjoyed it. This outing was a major disappointment. The sushi was was middling at best--the rice was cold and hard.

On the plus side, our server was really, really nice. But that only went so far. I felt bad about having brought a friend here.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Food and service were pretty good, except sake portion - a glass of sake is very small and expensive compare to other nice izakaya place i.e. Hagi or Riki... Noise level is quite high, if you want to have quiet conversation with sushi, have to consider other place.

Tags: Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

It was my first time at this this restaurant and I loved it. The ambiance was great. They make a great Lychee martini ( I had two). I had the poached egg and salmon. I loved it. My friend had the "pan" cake. It was one pancake but it was so fluffy. We were able to sample each other's dish. I definitely would return. Maybe I will try their sushi next time. The servers/ wait staff was very attentive. I never had an empty glass.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Brunch, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Went for Sunday afternoon sushi lunch with a friend. Had two dishes, the fried chicken wings and a sushi/sashimi platter for two. The wings, especially with wasabi honey sauce, were great. The sushi/sashimi was reasonably good, but was cut with a heavy hand. Of equal concern, a platter for 4 was $170. The waiter suggested a platter for two, which he suggested would have a greater diversity. He neglected to tell us that the cost of the platter for two was the same as the cost of the platter for 4, and there was nothing exotic on the platter for two. Certainly, at that price point it seemed a bit excessive. The noise level was quiet, but it was a Sunday afternoon, so take that with a grain of salt. The ambiance was not particularly attractive and the service was haphazard in that it took a while to get a waiter to come over, even though there was only one other occupied table.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2017

We had a wonderfully thorough waiter who explained the nuances of each dish in great detail. We had an early dinner so the place was a good hum but not noisy.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Exquisite food, wonderful service, and a desire to please created a perfect foundation for a lovely evening.

The nigiri, rolls, and miso were top flight, passing the "uni test" for freshness and quality across the board. The cuts were substantial without being excessive, and the treatments were interesting but sedate (not too seared, a touch of wasabi on a few, just lovely).

If you like the finest sushi, prefer good choices for liquors, wines, and secondaries -- go here. Look at my username. This one makes the cut.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Great food and beautiful restaurant on lower east side.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Great food, enjoyed everything. The wings are amazing and the ok tail rice is so good. The crazy part is we wish we ordered more sushi, it was great

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Sushi was amazing! We ordered the sushi & sashimi combo roll, vegetable tempura, and seaweed salad. We were blown away. Also, the service is top notch.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Healthy, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 29, 2017

We really enjoyed this Sushi Restaurant. We got the Blue Ribbon Sampler plate and it was amazing. Gave us lots of fun options to try out. It was a great buy for a trio or even 4.
The server left without telling us, but someone else was quick to help, but we had to ask. Then they were very attentive. Overall great experience, good ambience, and excellent food. Very Authentic.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 14, 2017

All was good. Will definitely be back !

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on June 11, 2017

We had the wonderful fresh Sushi, and the staff was amazing and Helpful , Thank you, Seryl

Tags: Casual
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 (Guadalajara)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Amazing food!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Great food like their spot in midtown. Creative, fresh. Over priced slightly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Dinner with mamas

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Subpar sushi and expensive prices. Not worth $200 for two people

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

This was fun. Kind of expensive for what you get, though. But the fish is fresh and delicious, as is the tempura and shiseido peppers. Rolls are creative. Great service. Big tables for groups. Be prepared to pay though.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Delicious, as always

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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