Kouzan

4.4
449 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
Kouzan, located on the Upper West Side, is a Japanese restaurant that prides itself on quality food and service. Opened in 2007, Kouzan offers both traditional and inventive Japanese cuisine in an inviting and warm atmosphere. We welcome you to stop by for lunch and dinner. We also offer take-out and delivery services.
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JE
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Sushi rice was terrible. Fish was okay. Lovely restaurant interior.

RT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Yes, I'd recommend Kouzan, but it's a lukewarm recommendation. If you don't mind a TV in the corner, annoying computer screens visible from every seat in the room, & pop music, you could go there. (It's a shame, because the ambience would be lovely without these things. They even have a sort of waterfall -- but it's right near a glowing digital computer screen.) The food is very good.

JM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant. Good ambience, lovely setting, great service. Food was a bit of a disappointment. Tempura tasted oily, salmon over done. Soup and rolls were good.

JE
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Japanese food in the world

i
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Sushi just ok. Good service,nice place and good pricing, but average at best.

PG
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent!!

b
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My favorite neighborhood restaurant. The very best sashimi. I also love the ohshitaski, honey duck, dumplings- all of it. Place is comfortable and the service is totally pleasant.

G
New York Area
142 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Really great sushi and quick service.

SM
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very tasty food and nice environment. Definitely go for the grilled black cod. Sushi is also delicious!

M
London
28 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Really disappointing food, but decent service.

d
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Food. Great service. Expansive menu of dumplings and sushi. My teens and friends loved it. Pretty restaurant. Very reasonable.

FS
Miami
92 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have been there multiple times and it never disappoints. Love the sushi...the freshness and the variety.

SF
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Disappointing....reviews of food and price were inaccurate. Food was adequate and prices were high...
Service was excellent, though there were 3 tables if two people each when we were there

CC
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious , as usual. And such friendly service.

s
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Kouzan is one of my favorite go-to sushi/japanese restaurants - very fresh fish, extensive menu, wonderful cocktails. The only drawback is that even though it is quite a large restaurant, they tend to seat everyone very close together. The tables are very close together- almost Parisian style - and when so many tables are full it is cumbersome to both get in/out and VERY NOISY - and unnecessary. But food is fabulous. service great - just request a quieter table!

DL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Family gathering

CA
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A good lunch. I've noticed the size of the suchi rolls varies quite a bit, depending on which chef is on duty. This time, they were on the more genrous side. They're always fresh, but sometimes huge and other times modestly sized. Consistency could help.

JE
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant had the best Japanese food in New York City!

CA
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

I usually love this restaurant, but for some reason it was PACKED with nosiy little children and strollers. Many kids plunged their hands into the goldfish pond; neither staff nor parents disciplined them. Made for a very annoying lunch.

SB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We don't often go to that part of Manhattan but this was a perfect spot for a pre-show at Symphony Space. Great variety to the menu for sushi and non-sushi diners alike. The service was excellent.

OT
San Francisco
118 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The beef teriyaki was not served hot. It appeared to have been set aside while my partner's meal was being prepared. I did not want to send it back and have it return overcooked. Fortunately, the cool beef was tender and tasty.

F
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood find. The food is delicious and background music is nice jazz.

r
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food at reasonable nyc prices!

SS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Good food
Good variety
Ok service
Tables are a little close

PG
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kouzan is wonderful...excellent quality and wonderful service always!

SA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a good place if you enjoy having a conversation over dinner. Pleasant and attentive staff, and tasty offerings at a decent value. Convenient to Symphony Space too.

JC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was wonderful! We made a reservation for 7:30 but our flight came in late. They were still able to accommodate us that night. Very smooth and will come back next time we are in the city

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always

HL
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great sushi and amazing shrimp tempura! Service was fast and attentive and the menu had all our Japanese favourites

S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Kouzan never disappoints. The food is fresh, reasonably priced and the bartender makes the best mojitos in the city. Also, the background jazz is soothing without being invasive. Great neighborhood option for excellent sushi and other Japanese options.

PS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! The food we ordered was well prepared and presented. The staff is informative and gracious.

PP
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

This was our first time to Kouzan and we have the following comments:
- The interior is nicely done in the first room, but since we did not see the second room we cannot comment.
-The food was delicious, but was served too fast.
-Poor Service!! I was not finished with my salad and miso soup when our main dishes were served. This should never happen in a restaurant. If they want to keep a good reputation they should be mindful of how to put in the first course and then main course. This was very off putting having my main dish served and left on the table while I finished my salad and soup.
- We will not be returning to this restaurant.

UW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very fine fish dishes, fine attentive service, Tempura could be crisper.

P
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

the restaurant was very busy-it was Christmas and there were only a few restaurants open in the neighborhood. the staff was clearly overwhelmed with the crowds. it took nearly 20 minutes to have our drink orders taken.
We decided to order our meal at the same time since we didn't know whether we would see our waitress again. the sushi was very good. The chicken teriyaki and beef negimaki were only average. the place is very casual and comfortable. Definitely a nice place for families.

J
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best sushi around. Excellent drinks. Love it

AB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Food is low quality! Noodle soup is tasteless, chicken is bland! Fried food is ok! Nowhere close to being a quality Japanese restaurant! Not sure how this place is getting more than 1 star!

p
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Imitation Japanese food, bland and tasteless.

E
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff at Kouzan are friendly, helpful, and responsive. The sushi is fresh and the kitchen entrees well prepared.

NY
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot for some quality Japanese food, at reasonable price. Quick, no-nonsense service and the food comes out equally quickly and fresh.
Highly recommend their peanut-avocado roll, vegetable soup and brown-rice green tea!

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