About Iron Sushi - Upper East Side

Welcome to Iron Sushi, serving the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Iron Sushi has received high marks from Zagat's reviews and other major reviews. For the last 10 years, it has been built a reputation as one of the best Japanese restaurants in our respective Upper East Side neighborhood.

355 East 78th Street
New York, NY 10075
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Asian

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Thursday: 11:30am to 11pm;
Friday: 11:30am to 11:30pm;
Saturday: 12:30pm to 11:30pm;
Sunday: 12:30pm to 11pm

Cross Street:
between 1 ave & 2 ave.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 772-7680

Website:
http://www.ironsushiny.com/

Additional:
Beer, Takeout, Wine

Iron Sushi - Upper East Side Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

3.7

ambience

2.8

value

3.8

Noise

Quiet

80% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Food was okay. However, food took 45 minutes to arrive, and EVERY time you wanted anything you had to flag down the waiter. You had to flag down to order, flag down for another drink, flag down for a dessert menu, etc. There were no napkins. Food was good but it was not a good experience unfortunately.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2017

This is our "go to" local Japanese. Friendly, quiet, decent sushi (basic but good value).

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2017

If you're looking for fresh sushi, this is a great spot. If you're looking for ambiance, go elsewhere. This is primarily a take-out spot, but if you don't care about ambiance and service, the fish is very fresh and value-priced.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2017

This my regular sushi place. Good food. Great service. Great neighborhood gem

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2016

I wanted a quick casual bite of sushi with my family. It was cold in the restaurant -- we asked for heat and they told us it was on. But we ate in our coats. The service was terrible...had to walk to register to get our check. And the food was fair, at best. Additionally, there is literally NO ambience. This was my second time at this restaurant and will definitely be my last.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 17, 2016

Understated, friendly, neighborhood spot with very fresh and tasty sushi and sashimi

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2016

Food was great and so was the service! They gave us free spring rolls and dessert which was delicious. It's off the beaten path but definitely worth it. Will definitely recommend it to friends and will go back

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2016

We were in the neighborhood and walked over after searching "near me" on Open Table. The food was good, but the presentation was lacking. The service was good and the food was good, so I might go back when visiting nearby. They had an excellent selection of sushi rolls available. It might have just been an off night or the chef just isn't big on presentation.

Tags: Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Late-night Find
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 21, 2016

Nice neighborhood sushi option. Rock shrimp appetizer was delicious. We had 4 sushi rolls. They were very good also. Restaurant was very quiet. Service was good. Reasonably priced for UES. We would go again.

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 27, 2016

We were immediately seated. It turned out reservations weren't necessary at the time we went. Service was attentive but not intrusive. Ordered two entrées---one bento and one yakitori. Generous serving size for the money compared to other NYC establishments we dined at that week. However, both the beef (medium well) and chicken (dry) were overcooked, but still edible. I lamented not choosing a sushi or maki option for the bento because the California rolls that came with it were excellent, but I was in a red meat mood that night. In addition to the California rolls, the side salad with its tasty dressing and tempura were the highlights of the dish. The yakitori was disappointing for using breast meat instead of thighs, and having low-effort unseasoned steamed vegetables as the side. Overall, it was a good dining experience. I'd like to try some of the sushi and maki next time.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2016

Best sushi in the Upper east!!! We always go to Iron Sushi with our family and friends

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2016

first time - very good sushi - good service and nice ambiance

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 7, 2016

Great food, value and service! Always consistent. We eat here 30-40 times/year and we are always taken care of by Joe and all of the staff. Tuna pizza and Third Avenue Rolls are highly recommended.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 29, 2016

My son and I really enjoyed our meal at Iron Sushi but it was curiously empty the night we dined. They have the best rock adhrimp appetizer I've ever had. It was delicate and fresh tasting rather than heavy handed batter dipped. All sushi was fresh and delicious.
The atmosphere is stark and not inviting so ?i think I'll definitely do take-out in the future.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 27, 2016

Not recommended

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 13, 2016

Quiet local establishment with good quality food and away from the main avenue bar scene.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2015

This is a perfect neighborhood restaurant with very good sushi, well prepared and served. Service is friendly. The value is excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2015

We sat at the sushi bar and the chef was friendly and engaging. The sushi rolls were great as well

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2015

Love this restaurant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2015

Used too much mayo in all of their dishes. Disappointing meal.

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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on July 31, 2015

Very nice people
Relaxed atmosphere
Good food

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2015

This restaurant is one of my favorites. Great friendly service, good food and reasonable prices.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 20, 2015

The food is always great. Service is very sweet.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on May 15, 2015

The sushi was fantastic as was everything else. Its all chef's choice so it is a great surprise what is coming out next. The restaurant is a bit plain and a bit boring. If you are going strictly for the food and have deep pockets then this is your place

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 28, 2015

Food at this restaurant is always decent. For the price, it is very fair. I've been a few times before and have always been very happy but on the last visit they were clearly understaffed. It was a rather lackluster dining experience.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2015

Fresh quality sushi you can go on a weekday and not break the bank

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2014

Usually order from the one in Murray Hill; always solid. The UES location was very accommodating even when our party was the last one at the restaurant and kept then open past their usual time.

Tags: Late-night Find
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2014

A normally very good neighborhood restaurant lost its way. The best we could make out, there was a problem in the kitchen and simultaneous lack of communication by the waiter. The meal took twice as long as it should have taken. Half of the appetizers came out after a noticeably long wait and the rest came out with the main course. Waiter did not give us any heads-up about the kitchen problem - until we asked what was happening. Then only a portion of one person's meal was brought out. No attempt at fixing the problem - or letting us know that there even was a problem. The waiter didn't even understand there was a problem on our part - until we told him there was a problem. We had been to this restaurant several times before this and were never disappointed. However, after such a badly botched meal, a few of us have refused to return. Too many other good restaurants in NYC to waste our time and money here.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 28, 2014

I think that any restaurant where a waiter takes close to 30 minutes to take the order, and dishes arrive between 75 to 90 minutes to be served, is a disaster of a place. We arrived on time, and that is exactly what happened. The place is uninviting, cold, with a lot of draft; there was only one waiter for the entire restaurant, and the guy was entirely overwhelmed. Food was just OK, unremarkable, mediocre. I would never go back to this place. I take issue with this place being on Open Table, it should be removed.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2014

One waiter for the whole restaurant. As hard as he tried the service was really horrible. The food was barely ok.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2014

Great neighborhood sushi joint. Thunder Ball appetizer is not to be missed.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2014

The sushi is superb. This is a place you must get to!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 14, 2014

Waiter forgot our miso soup. Waiter forgot our rice. Poor service.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2013

I was with a large group (6 people) so I understand that food might take a bit longer. But it took forever for someone to get us water or take our order (on a pretty slow night). Food took over an hour to come, which seems unreasonable even with a large party. With so many other great sushi restaurants in the area, I would not go back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2013

Our favorite family Sushi restaurant was unexpectedly closed for the evening. We decided to be adventurous and try a "new" one (for us) in the neighborhood. The family agreed after reading reviews and ventures out. Restaurant was quiet - and we entered a little nervously. The cheerful waitress sat us and promptly took our order. Appetizers were delicious and the salmon sashimi was fresh and delicious. We liked several of the Sushi rolls and decided to eat family style. We chose 6 interesting-sounding rolls. We were pleased when the meal was served. Everyone approved - the rolls were fresh, plump and tasty. All-in-all a great experience. We will return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2013

Iron Sushi is great for a quick but tasty Japanese dinner...a quiet refuge around the corner from the bustle of First Avenue. Definitely recommended!

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2013

Service was so bad I would not recommend for anyone that has to eat and go. Over 1 hour before they even took our order. To order and eat 2 miso soups 1 order or edamame and three rolls, took 2 hours and 20 minutes. We were only eating for 30 of this. Ordering drinks was never offered to us. I would never recommend this place - ironically the food wasn't bad - maybe that's because we were so hungry we didn't care.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2013

A very reliable Japanese restaurant - always fresh food. Good bento box dinner option. Will return - service is very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 18, 2013

Iron Sushi is always fantastic - the food is always great and a great value also. Service is excellent - ambiance is pleasant. I always get the bento box dinner with a hot sake. It it never disappoints. I have also been there for lunch and that too is very good. A reasonably priced Japanese restaurant with consistently delicious food. What's not to like?

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 13, 2013

Terrible service, served dinner before salad and soup. Smaller saki carafs ever seen.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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