Omen

4.6
172 reviews
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Located on Thompson St in SoHo, Omen provides diners with an intimate rustic atmosphere to enjoy authentic country-style Kyoto fare.



Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Japanese
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Hours of operation
Daily 6:00 pm–11:00 pm
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(212) 925-8923
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AMEX
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Casual Dress
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Cross street
Spring Street & Prince Street
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar
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4.6based on all time ratings
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BB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Japanese food, pure, in quiet, pleasant, setting. We love the shabu-shabu now in winter but all is good

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

The worst dinner experience ever, good food but totally unpleasant service, especially the blonde girl.
She never smile, she take wrong order and bill higher prices.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It is very authentic but very expensive and there’s no sushi rolls on menu which was very disappointing. A very limited Japanese sushi menu. Would not recommend. Left hungry.

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SN
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect in every way. A dinner here is the closest thing to a vacation in Japan without getting on an airplane. A memorable evening with exceptional food, the ideal atmosphere and impeccable service.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. It has maintained its taste and integrity over the years. I do miss it's old book-styled menus though, as the new laminated ones do not reflect the sophistication of the food.

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D
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unpretentious atmosphere, wonderful food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

The service was disappointing, felt there was quite a lot of attitude towards our table and our dishes came out in 15-20 min intervals with our last two dishes forgotten.

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SN
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb in every way.

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h
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Cash or Amex payment only. The food is not at the Peter Lugers level, so I will not go back there due to this poor payment service.

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DB
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good rresturant but they accept only American Express . This maybe a real problem if one is not aware of. We had to pay cash, and fortunately we had enough money to do so.

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JP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Not at all what it used to be.

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J
Miami
39 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been going to Omen for many years and have never had a disappointing experience. The service is always great, the food is really creative without being overly fussy. Just good quality food, prepared with skill and style. On this occasion we had the tasting menu and we were just thrilled, although quite full! The staff is very knowledgeable about the sake on the menu and happy to let you taste before committing to a a bottle.

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y
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

i've been going to omen for ages and it never disappoints. a great place to enjoy the best japanese food in the city in a very casual atmosphere. it's kyoto style. try the sake in the cedar cup. and everything else on the menu.

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w
New York Area
130 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

lovely room, pretty good service, but portions really scant and given the prices actually left unsatisfied, almost hungry, and my companions agreed. Of course, could have ordered more food, but entree portions usually adequate elsewhere (but not here). I should have known, I guess, but.......

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AB
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a classic mainstay of true Japanese dining in NYC.

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NC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite New York City restaurant for 30 years - great vegetarian cuisine, chic ambience .

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B
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and presentation were both excellent. The waitress, although very friendly and helpful, didn’t seem to know the menu very well and due to language barrier, she struggled at times to explain the dishes in English. However, that probably also means the restaurant is authentic so it wasn’t a total dissatisfaction for me.

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KF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Omen, haven’t been in awhile but hasn’t changed a bit, best sushi!

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E
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second time come here.

Everything is good, the service, the food. We understand that this is cash and Amex only.

The only thing makes us uncomfortable is, after spend $400 bucks at Monday night, we would prefer not to be evicted so rashly. We were not finished yet but have be informed that make the table in 10 mins.

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DS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been going to omen for 30+ years. While the menu has undergone some changes, everything is beautifully presented, delicious, and fresh. Sake list is very good and service is super attentive. End your meal with the namesake Omen noodle soup.

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l
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good. Pricey, but good.

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J
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

The service is extremely unbearable
I am shocked for the quality of the service in a Japanese restaurant run by a Japanese. Strongly suggest avoiding visiting this one

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Cash or Amex only... bad food

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B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been coming to Omen since 1985. It takes me back to my home-stay days in Tokyo... when my Tokyo grandma cooked dinner. Authentic. Inventive. Outstandingly delicious. I can’t get there enough.

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AS
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best Japanese food I’ve ever had outside of Japan. The udon dashi is flavorful and perfectly balanced. This was my 4th time at Omen in NY (have also been to the Kyoto location). Each time was spectacular.

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L
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the best Japanese restaurant in the Americas. It’s a work of art, unique, worth every penny and thought.

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JS
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Consistently excellent dining experience. Only cash and AmEx accepted.

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t
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been going to Omen since the 80s, and love it as much as I did then. The food is very good (though I confess I have the black cod nearly every time), and the service is exactly as impeccable as one would expect of a genuine Japanese restaurant. I've been to all three Omens in Kyoto (same family, cousins), and love them as well. Eating at Omen New York is as close as I've come to feeling as though I'm still in Japan.

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RL
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a good but not great Japanese restaurant specializing in the cuisine of Osaka. The prices are high for the quality of the dishes. in favor, this is a very quiet restaurant and seems to be a neighborhood favorite.

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KD
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Sashimi ever, in a calm, welcoming environment.

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A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Been to the restaurant a number of times, mostly taking their tasting menu. Have not been disappointed. Uses fresh, seasonal ingredients.

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m
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This restaurant has terrible service. I sat down and ordered iced green tea which initially came with ice cubes yet when the green tea ran low and I asked for a refill I got lukewarm tea. I asked two separate times for ice. The waitress said the restaurant had no ice even though the ice water had ice...I also had to ask for ice water which was challenging to obtain.

I ordered the sushi which was extremely expensive ($36.50 for a small amount of sashimi). The quality of the fish was average at best (certainly nowhere near the best). The waitress also did not provide me with a bottle of soy sauce but rather a tiny saucer of soy sauce. Most tables had soy sauce bottles to refill their saucers. Finally, the waitress could tell that I was not enjoying the meal so she gossiped blatantly and relentlessly in Japanese with other waitresses. I knew they were gossiping because they would talk and then look directly at me. Very rude. In general, the wait staff here seem to have an "attitude."

You could walk out spending $70 or more for average food and insulting service. Beware!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place

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LL
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant since decades .. it s always so good , prices are still same since 20 years also .

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Fish cut could be better and fresher. Service slow. Ambiance, average.

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a
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Aside from ridiculously overpriced mediocre sake, everything else is as has been for decades, quite good. A great neighborhood restaurant for some of us, that also works for business meals.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Amex or cash only??? So strange. Good thing the friend I was supposed to treat had an Amex. Probably would not recommend this place for that reason.

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DD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We always find the food excellent with pleasant and helpful service

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ER
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've loved this place since the 80's. It never disappoints. 6 of us on a Saturday night and we all savored every morsel -- even dessert. The lights seemed brighter than I remember -- I'd prefer if they were a bit more dimmed but I forgot about it almost immediately.

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BL
New England
13 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Japanese food, lively atmosphere with the possibility of quiet conservation at the same time.

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