Restaurant Ukiyo

4.7
71 reviews
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French
Ukiyo (translated as "the Floating World" - living in the moment, detached from the bothers of life) is a culinary workshop and atelier connected by a tiny walkway to Michelin starred Jewel Bako Sushi, just next door.

Ukiyo presents a provocative menu of French cuisine at its base, with Japanese and global inflections. The menu focuses intently on seasonality and ingredients. The setting is an intimate bar of 18 counter seats, surrounding Chef Marco Prins and his team in an open kitchen.

On Tuesday through Thursday, Restaurant Ukiyo offers both our full a la carte menu and Chef's Tasting Menus.

On Friday and Saturday, we offer the Chef's 5 or 8 Course Tasting Menus exclusively.
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j
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great ambiance, and excellent service. All for an affordable price for a tasting menu at a chef's table in NYC!

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TJ
New York Area
228 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I dined at Ukiyo a second time and were pleased to discover that it was equally as wonderful as on our first visit. We went on a Friday night both times so we had a choice of 2 tasting menus, 5 or 8 courses. We opted for the 8 course and were glad that we did because each course was wonderful and it gave us an opportunity to sample more dishes. The team is exceedingly genial and service is excellent. It's a special place that is well worth the cost.

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SR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

great food for the cost - def no michelin star but still a pleasant meal. The kitchen is a tad bit chaotic but its fun to watch. great wine list, but wish they had cocktails.

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CS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Great food. Not large portions but I prefer it that way. Will come back again.

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CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Innovative food, beautifully and thoughtfully put together that tastes as good as it looks.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing—Michelin Star restaurant that does not disappoint. Creativity and artistry was ingenious. Left feeling so uplifted on many dimensions.

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LC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I arrived dinner extremely late after some inconvenient accident. The host there is kind enough to seat me and me extra time to finish and enjoy the 5 courses meal. The food is wonderful and service is just as good.

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TF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was exquisite though I would prefer a non tasting menu option

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was AMAZING. It was a cold night and there was a draft when the door was opened. Maybe they can install a curtain to cut down on the cold draft. Otherwise some of the best food I’ve had in a long time.

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OS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! This hands down is one of the best undiscovered restaurants in New York. Inventive menu, beautiful presentation and classic technique that produces an absolutely fantastic experience! The pre-fix tasting 8-course menu is an absolute give-away at $125. Including compliments of the chef it even feels a little long and they could do away with one of the desert courses. The chef's love for the food he makes is apparent in every detail. Interesting wine list with some offbeat selections. You sit at the chef's counter so the food is made and plated in front of you and you become part of the magic. The photos don't do justice here. Hoping they keep it up. Bravo to the chef!!!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicate dinner

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M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Wonderful and interesting small plates. Friendly service. Intimate setting.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Four of us had an exceptional dinner last night at Restaurant Ukiyo. Out of eight courses, plus chef’s complimentary course, almost all were outstanding. Certainly all very, very good. Those that stood out were the roasted mushroom, venison, and dessert. We sat at the corner closest to chef and all of us were able to enjoy conversation while experiencing the interaction between the chefs and their work. The servers were very friendly and the atmosphere very laid back. I loved having this high level of good in a casual, intimate, simple beautiful space.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food, awsome space and a very gentle chef!

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

Continuing the tradition of the dearly departed Degustation, Ukiyo is a wonderful restaurant serving creative and delicious food, precisely prepared and beautifully plated. Seating is along a bar, with 18 seats overall, and is great for couples. For parties of three or four, ask for the corner. Perfect for a romantic dinner!

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

For the price they dare to charge the quality and flavor of the dishes were below subpar.

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RG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cuisine at this jewel was exceptional. Each bite was sophisticated, balanced and complemented all the components. Ukiyo is a small, 18 seat bar restaurant. The three chefs perform their orchestral movements right in front of everyone. We had a ten course New Year's Eve menu that hit on nearly every level. The minor critiques of a couple of the plates were, as stated, minor. The one critique I have has to do with the interaction of the chefs and patrons. The chefs had no interest engaging with the patrons, something that disappointed me. Had the interaction been better, the entire experience would have been exceptional. I understand the chefs are working, but given the confines of the space, guest interaction should be engaging, in my opinion.

Overall, a great find!

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j
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Many of the dishes were quite mediocre, especially the desserts.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service
Excellent food
Can’t wait to go back

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MP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. And excellent and friendly service.

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I
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fun place. You feel the passion of the chef in every course. The food was excellent and inventive. Highly recommend!

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V
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was amazing! However, I was disappointed by the service. The servers were quick to reach between me and my companion multiple times- even when we were in the middle of conversation. Unlike most tasting menus I've been too- which make sure to separate the meals with enough time to keep us interested by also allow us to enjoy the wine and experience- this felt more rushed.
Also, there was no wine pairing for the chef's tasting menu, which would have been okay had the server been able to give recommendations! And there was no champagne at all- not by the glass or by the bottle!
But more positively, the ambiance was amazing and the food was delectable! Watching the chefs work not more than 2 feet away was a great feature and made the whole ordeal feel intimate. The restaurant feels a little cramped, as there is only a single 18-seat bar surrounding the chefs work, but it was perfect for a party of two.

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CT
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the dishes created by the chef. Enjoyed the 'ringside' seat watching the chefs at work- quietly, efficiently, assembling each dish without undue waiting. We had the 5 course meal and had 3 little chef specials on top of that.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience

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

This restaurant is outstanding. Our five course tasting menu was one of the best meals of our life, and we dine high end all over the world often. The dinner was sublime, beautiful, inventive, and through each offering consistently excellent. Brava! Reserve before it will be impossible to get a seat.

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SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant and excellent service. We visited a second time during our stay in New York City.

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GD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Truly a fantastic experience. We read about Ukiyo i a Danish magazine and decided to try it.
What a meal!! The Dutch chef and his team created the most well composed, elegant and tasty meal of french food with japanese inspiration. Must be a strong candidate for a Michelin star reward. A must try in NYC...

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MR
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed this special dinner to close off our holiday in New York. The service was great, super friendly and welcoming and they obviously know everything about what is being served. We don’t go out for these special dinners much so for us it’s an entire experience and we’re happy we made that reservation! We liked how you can see everything that is happening in the kitchen and how much expertise is being shown by Chef Marco Prins and his team. The seating was a little too close to another couple, but that is our only remark. Thanks!!

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R
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Ukiyo was a delight from start to finish. My husband and I celebrated his birthday with the 8 course table service. Each dish brought surprising flavors that were perfectly balanced. Head Chef Marco Prins is truly an artist and no detail was missed. Every course exceeded all expectations. Restaurant Ukiyo has my highest recommendation!

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b
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

The meal was great. Better than we expected. On the part of the chef, amazing attention to detail and flavors and overall a really great experience. We did the 8 course tasting and had a 7:15 reservation and we did arrive about 15 minutes early. At 8:30 the manager left the check in front of us as we were starting the final course and said she was sorry she had to leave the check with us but there are people waiting outside. Then the waiter apologized and quickly gave us champagne. It left us with a negative feeling, for 8 courses I'd expect to be there for 2 hours without being rushed out. It's a shame they can't manage the reservation times well because everything else was so good.

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LS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was interesting and delicious. One of the best tasting menus I've had in a very long time. Ingredients were exotic, but flavors were very familiar. Great experience.

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m
London
31 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants I have been to in NY! Fine dinning in a casual set up. Highly recommend the taste menu!

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AS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious with unique approach, and superb service

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TJ
New York Area
228 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I enjoyed a marvelous dinner at Ukiyo. We ordered the 8 course tasting (there's a 5 course alternative) so that we could try more of the chef's creations and were very glad that we did since everything was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. The chef is seriously talented but this is not a stuffy place by any means. You sit at the counter and the whole team is delightful, happy to answer questions and chat when they're not too busy. Service was equally personable and attentive. The room is beautiful in an elegant, serene Japanese style, and though the food is informed by Japanese cooking it draws from a mix of culinary styles. We both thought that the serving sizes were ample for a tasting menu. I had a couple of wines by the glass suggested by our server that were very good and paired well with the food. We felt that Ukiyo provides excellent value for the quality. One of the best places we've tried recently and we hope to return.

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CT
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant! Amazing food (creative and delicious), intimate atmosphere (small but elegant), friendly service (attentive but with a touch of humor), and incredible value (this quality would cost you a LOT more elsewhere). And finally - Quiet! What a special treat today...Definitely going back!

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Liverpool
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were the only ones in there for a while, so it was very quiet. Food was amazing and even though you can see the preparation it arrives like magic, looking gorgeous.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this restaurant has 2 set menus. We took the 8 course menu and every single dish was beautiful and a true taste sensation. The wine list is reasonably priced. The service is very helpful and friendly and the Dutch Chef is an absolute star! We will be back soon.

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RL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great intimate setting and amazing journey crafted by chef marco’s amazing food

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