When we came up with the concept of Shinsei we wanted a place that reflected our lifestyles: sometimes we went out to dinner with our kids and sometimes with our friends and husbands. We wanted to create a place where a night out with the kids didn’t mean food adults had to suffer through or a night out with the parents didn’t mean a stuffy place where kids had to wear a scratchy clip-on tie. Shinsei is just that: a neighborhood gathering place with date night appeal.
Our food is electrifying. But not so unexpected that you won’t be able to decipher the menu or recognize your favorite dish. Never boring, yet comforting at the same time. Our signature poppers, for instance, are a sophisticated mix of late night bar food and sumptuous finger food with a distinctly Asian flair.
Great food. The service was quick but sometimes had to be reminded a couple of times of the things we asked for. Overall an amazing culinary experience
Waitress recommendations were great, loved most everything we tried. Ask for the eel roll that is not on the menu- it is amazing! Thai fried rice was great, dragon lady roll was tasty, and the Brussels sprouts were crispy and flavorful.
Can’t wait to return and try more things!
Awesome place for sushi!! One of my favs!!
Best sushi in town. Elvis is the man ! Very popular establishment with involved owners.
Best sushi bar ever! Friendly and awesome staff. Quality of food was perfect.
Always good! Love our waitress - her suggestions are always on point.
Best EVER!!! our second time to go and it was just a perfect as the first. great wait staff, the food is fantastic, a bit pricey, but worth the splurge! Changing menu options keep it exciting for the foodie! Must have the fried rice & cotton candy! I'm craving it already!
The shrimp potstickers were over salted so had to send it back. The chef agreed and yet did not offer any gesture such as a complimentary appetizer or desert to off set the problem. In addition, the mushroom special dish was under cooked at $12.00. Very disappointing experience.
Nice romantic type restaurant. Food was very good and fresh sushi. Cocktails were very good as well.
Excellent sushi and Wait staff.
Expensive but worth it
Went out for my friends birthday. It was such a lovely evening. We were sat in the bar and it was a little noisy, but after it cleared out it was really enjoyable.
Service was super fast. It was like “speed dining”
After driving right past Shinsei, my husband and I found it (next to Bee’s Keys on Inwood).
We enjoyed dinner at Shinsei in the upstairs dining area which has a fun, lounge type atmosphere. Our waiter was great - attentive, friendly, and helpful. Our food was absolutely delicious (California roll followed by beef tenderloin & chicken wraps). The banana parfait is a must for dessert! We’ll definitely be back.
Service great but the sushi is terrible. No flavor
Love the staff, the food and the energy of this restaurant
In short the food was just so so. Not worth the price or hype .
Noisy but otherwise great atmosphere with fun tasty appetizers to share. An eclectic array of different food options
As good as it gets
The food here is fantastic. Everything wonderfully executed and a creative menu. I would recommend to anyone with the caveat that the place is VERY loud and somewhat difficult to hold a conversation. Of course, I am older so that may be the problem.
Shinsei Restaurant is always GREAT ! Delicious food, nice atmosphere and fabulous service.
Shinsei was disappointing as the restaurant was extremely loud. All else was OK, but the dealbreaker for me was the noise. It really colors the other facets of the experience.
Great time. Lovely restaurant.
Too loud, too rushed!
Table of three and we couldn’t even hear table mates across from you. Sat down at 8pm. Order three cocktails and 3 appetizers. Once the order was placed less than 10 minutes the 3 appetizers came out. Placed three entree orders, less than 10 minutes those came out. Received check at 9pm.
Felt rushed and undervalued to enjoy the experience based on the price point of this restaurant.
Fun place the food is a bit old school Asian fusion. A bit disorganized for separate checks on a large group.
Outstanding as always, perfect environment to order several share plates!
No Place Else but Shensei. No body can touch the quality experience.
Very pleasant experience and very good food
Love it as it’s my most favorite restaurant!!
We had a 6:15 pm dinner reservation for our 33rd Wedding Anniversary. We love their whole Fish Dinner and that is why we came. They were already sold out at 6:15pm. We ordered a bottle of Hall Sauvignon Blanc from the wine list. They were out of that. All in all we were very disappointed. Frankly l don’t know if I will go back.
Food was excellent! Service a bit slow because they were very busy.
Food is wonderful as always
Terrible service therefore gets lowest mark from me. Food was good but had a terrible experience for to staff getting our order wrong and not even apologetic. She crewed up so many things. She had such an entitlement. This is not how you want to be treated when you drop $300 check on a meal. Everyone in our family said the same thing.
Great miso cod. I could eat this for my last meal!
Shinsei is a neighborhood gem with excellent food and service. It has been a Rathbun family restaurant since it opened and it shows. Fun menu with a lot of items to share.
The Katina’s Crispy Rice are a must try. Overall this is a great place to take even beginner shushi eaters
Food and service was great.
Great as always
The food is like no other. Haven’t been in 5 years and it was everything that I remembered. We will definitely be returning sooner than 5 years.
One of our favorite places in the neighborhood!
Consistently good - excellent food and service. Best Brussell sprouts in town