Great food, especially nice happy hour! Super friendly staff.
This was our first time to try this restaurant. While the specialty Tonkatsu on Toast looked good, we went with our standard favorite of Udon. It was very mediocre. Just warm, not hot and the dashi broth was almost tasteless. This can not compare to the spectacular udon at Omen in SoHo (which unfortunately isn’t open for lunch). We also tried the homemade pickles which missed the mark as well.
The restaurant itself was charming but very noisy with slow (but friendly) service. Overall not terrible, but I don’t see a compelling reason to go back.
Gorgeous innovative cuisine. Beautiful artisanal minimalism. I will return again and again.
I'm Japanese, so I know a bit more than average Americans about Japanese cuisine. I love the creativity that is balanced so well with traditional ways, ultimately making dishes that are exciting and delicious and fun to eat. I think the chefs are outstanding. Go there now - before it moves somewhere else and becomes more pricey. We eat everything, so we tried dishes that were vegetarian, hanger steak and chirashi with raw fish. All excellent. The mochi dessert was so good and interesting, too. Love the place!
Love this restaurant and have been coming for a few years. My favorite neighborhood spot with an innovative but authentic menu.
The pancake is amazing. If you’re familiar with Filipino Bibingka, this feels like a not-too-distant cousin. Maybe they can do a version of this dish as an homage. The portions are nice, the food is creative and the price point is appropriate. It’s a small restaurant and the seats don’t invite you to linger but the staff is kind, attentive and didn’t rush us.
Our first time here and we were excited to try out their offerings.
One of our friends has some slight dietary restrictions and wanted to clarify them with the waiter. He didn't seem to know all that much about the menu and when he went to check for us, just got lost and never came back for some time. It's a tapas style restaurant, so of course your encouraged to get as many small plates as they can sell you and we erred on the side of caution. We ordered what we thought would be enough and our waiter reassured us that if we wanted to order something more we could do so anytime during the meal.
We did in fact want to order some more food a little later in our meal as we enjoyed one of the dishes. When requesting to do so, the waiter asked us what we wanted and then had to "double check". He came back and advised that because they had another reservation for the table within 15-20 min, he could not accommodate the request for additional food, he could bring us desert however. Our reservation was at 7, this was now 8:30.
Our friend requested a desert, but wanted to make sure of the ingredients (again). The desert arrived and we had to hunt down the waiter to see if it was ok for our friend to consume. We found him outside the restaurant having a heated disagreement with a party that had just finished dining. I guess his tip wasn't up to par.....
The food was good, the fried chicken moist and delicious, the special yellowtail collar (only a small part of the collar to be exact) was very good and the Japanese take on the Chinese dandan noodles interesting. The rest of the 4 or 5 other plates were ok and easily forgettable. The restaurant was cozy and tight, busy and loud with a constant flow of guests waiting to be seated. We sat by the door and there was a constant stream of cold air by the never ending rush.
Unfortunately the poor service and time constraints could not overcome the reasonably good food. One and done for sure...
We absolutely loved our meal and experience. You could tell that the food is made with so much care and attention. Flavors were unique and on point (I highly recommend the squid ink rice), with interesting dishes that you can’t find at typical Japanese restaurants. Attentive and warm staff and service as well. We’ll be back again...and again.
Interesting and delicious Japanese food experience (I'm Japanese, so I know!)
If you're pining for Kyoto, this is the place for you. The Japanese pancakes were exactly like the ones we had in the Rhinebeck Café in Kyoto. The rest of the menu is wonderfully inventive Japanese fusion home cooking. A fantastic place for brunch, especially, extremely warm, friendly, homey.
Real Japanese cuisine.
Everything was great and especially their service was outstanding.
Delicious food! Everything had a distinct flavor to it . We ordered the blistered red potatoes, miso flavored pork ribs and the steak. Service was friendly. Seating was cramped. Great value for money!
A great little neighborhood restaurant with inventive Japanese food. Great atmosphere. Good for lunch and dinner
Great dishes, wonderful service. Was happy to stumble across Bessou in looking for dinner options. I love Japanese food and the flavors did not disappoint. Service was quick and friendly, giving great recommendations for beer and drinks. Started with the shishito peppers and spicy tuna rice cakes, and ended with crab and ikura chrirashi - everything was delicious.
Servers were great, though the pacing of the meal was way too fast. All the dishes came almost at the same time - no room at the table plus and food was going cold by the time we could get to it.
Service was not great. Asked the server for a drink menu several times and never received one until I asked a different server. The platters were worth it everything else was mediocre.
Keep checking Bessou’s Instagram for special dinners and sign right up. This time it was the Harvest, Full Moon Dinner. Extraordinary. Imaginative and delicious, delicious. I should say the cost was only $55 per person for an amazing meal. Does anyone on earth make Crispy Rice better than Chef Emily!
I love this place. Everything on the menu is delicious and feels special.
This restaurant is extraordinary - not clear why it's not on everyone's top 10 list - the Asian inspired dishes are both gorgeous and delicious - each one is a masterpiece and the wait staff are always eager to make suggestions and are concerned about allergy issues
There were too few options for meat fan. We are not fan of fish so we even could not make an order. The Udon and fried chicken were very mediocre and overpriced. Too expensive. The same Udon I can have for half price in other restaurants.
Loved it - service was incredible and all the food was great!
Great decoration and cozy place with reinterpretation of traditional Japanese cuisine. Food is over all thoughtful and fun. Great place
I love the food here! It’s so unique and delicious. Every dish!
Love this restaurant - have eaten here many times - the food is outstanding and the servers are delightful - also located in the heart of the village - close to boutiques and streets to wander.
Great food, excellent service. They serve tea instead of water which was really nice! Food has extremely high quality and delicious
Best Japanese restaurant in the city!
One of my go to's. Great for sharing with a group or friend. Breakfasts are great
The fried rice with hamachi was delicious I highly recommend it
It was amazing. The staff was so friendly and Yuki, the chefs sister was so hospitable. In the first few minutes I felt like I was at home.
Good place for brunch and yummy dishes
It was super loud. Table was right in the entrance door. Food portions were small and tasteless. Disappointment. Will unrecommend for all my friends.
Great place for a comforting meal. The crispy rice topped with whatever seasonal fish is on the menu - get that!
The food is awesome. We shared the grilled romaine, Japanese friend chicken, and the soft shell crabs. Everything had a distinct and unique flavor. Good sized portions, so much so we had no room for dessert. Will definitely be returning.
We started the New Year @ Bessou and celebrated our wedding anniversary there. We are fortunate to live close by and able drop in for a FABUOLUS MEAL! They never disappoint.
Everything was great! Excellent food, and not your typical Japanese food. The whole waitstaff was attentive and happy . The restaurant was nice inside. The tables are not on top of each other. We were early enough for happy hour so all the small plates were only 5$. It was a great night out.
Delicious food, cute ambience. Good place for sharing plates. The place got surprisingly loud once the place filled up.
Great comfort food, simple place, solid place
Wonderful service and food. Everything was delicious and beautifully presented.
Amazing dinner!!!! Everyone in NYC needs to check this place out!
love this place. Quiet, affordable and just some really good food