Shumi Japanese Cuisine
CHEF KUNIHIKO AIKASA
BORN AND RAISED IN FUKUSHIMA, JAPAN CHEK AIKASA'S BEEN PRACTICING JAPANESE CUISINE FOR 46 YEARS AND OWNED AND MANAGED THE FIRST SHUMI IN SOMERVILLE NJ FOR 31 YEARS SINCE OPENING IN 1986.
New York Times rating: excellent
Zagat rating: 28
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CHEF DAVID SEO
BORN IN SEOUL, KOREA AND RAISED IN NORTHERN NEW JERSEY CHEF SEO PRACTICED JAPANESE CUISINE FOR 21 YEARS. MANAGED AND CONSULTED NUMEROUS HIGH-END JAPANESE CUISINE.
SHUMI JAPANESE RIDGEWOOD WELCOMES ALL AND WILL SERVE YOU GUYS AS BEST AS WE CAN AND WILL FULFILL YOUR EXPECTATIONS.
Sushi & Sashimi Deluxe
Chef's choice sushi (8pc) & sashimi (15pc), Salmon Hosomaki Roll
Sushi Dinner Deluxe
Chef's choice sushi (12pc), Salmon Hosomaki Roll
Spicy tuna roll topped with caramelized sushi ebi (shrimp), spicy mayo, eel sauce, scallion, furikake crunch
You will not find better sushi in Northern New Jersey. Period.
Food was excellent and we would return again and try some new dishes.
Dinners came out to us at 30 minute intervals so half the table was done for 30 minutes before the rest of the food arrived... total dinner was 2.5 hours. Totally unacceptable. There are too many tables there for the kitchen size... with COVID, they added as many tables on the outside as they have on the inside, which is WAY MORE than they ever had on the inside PRIOT to COVID.
Excellent experience to watch the kitchen and enjoy and incredible meal. The yellow fin tuna (collar) appetizer was excellent. Sweet and sour shrimp was great, super seasoning and so fresh!
Cannot say enough to tell you to go immediately
This place was amazing. I mean a heck of a date night. Staff was professional, attentive, and very sweet. Food, delicious. Impeccable presentation. Highly recommend. 11/10
Good food like I had in Tokyo. Music was a bit loud.
You can never experience an "Omakase" like that, even the standard one, in New York City for that price and service. The wait staff were all attentive and polite. We couldn't finish the ramen at the end so we ask for it to be "to go", which they did, but instead of separating noodle from broth, they packed two separate ramen dish into containers so of course, we couldn't eat it after it'd been like that for a few hours. So if you have to take out any noodle dish, ask them to put the noodle and broth in separate containers for enjoyment later.
Perfect. Was able to reserve a heated igloo outside on open table. Great food and service
Oh my this was fantastic. Took my husband there for his birthday this weekend and we tried the Omakase...adventurous and fun! But the sushi was better than we have ever had, and totally will be going back!
I have been to many, many sushi restaurants and Shumi is by far the best I have ever been to. Now this is “REAL” sushi.
One of the best Japanese restaurants in the area. Everything was fresh and perfectly portioned. A lot of care and thought went into each part of our omakase meal.
My wife and I have been big fans of Shumi. In fact, my wife's cousin is the mayor of Ridgewood and we helped Shumi be able to have seating outside in the parking lot. We had a reservation at 6:15pm. We ordered three courses and specifically asked that the courses be staged, so that we can eat one at a time. All three courses were then brought out at the same time, so that the food was cold by the time ate the last course. Then, at 7pm, after we had been there for only 45 minutes, the waiter said we need to pay and leave because the people who had the table next were waiting. I was shocked that we were rushed through dinner and then out the door. Shumi is not a cafeteria, but we were treated as if it were. We have been regulars but we will not be returning to Shumi. Very disappointed
Excellent food. Pricey but with it. Best sushi around.
Always delicious. And the igloos are so personal.
Rushed out of the restaurant over crowded for a pandemic
Had the special omakase - wow! Great meal for a special occasion and very friendly staff.
Omakase was delicious
I dined early solo and was seated at a table in front of the sushi bar. All the tables were more than six feet apart and everyone wore a mask for COVID protection. I was able to watch these incredibly talented Japanese Chefs prepare all this gorgeous sushi.
My Shumi Roll which is the house specialty was fired to create a caramelized exterior ...out of this world! I had an order of sashimi after which the freshest I’ve ever had. My waiter was exceptional as he asked how my day was and then brought me out shrimp dumplings for “having to wait between courses so long”. It was all perfect and highly recommended!
The omakase was outstanding. Some of the best sushi I've ever had. Highly recommended!!!
Great food, friendly service, wonderful outdoor covid set up!
Awesome Experience. Great Place to try a true Omakase Experience.
Food was excellent. Best sushi I have had in a while!
We really enjoy Shumi. Great place, service and of course food.
Got a reservation at 8:30 but I was running late so call them n they was able to take me a little after .. dinner was great.
Overall, Shumi was a lovely place.
We felt we were very rushed for our dinner (even though it was a Friday night, we were done after one hour. Also, portions were quite small.
Favorite sushi in Ridgewood
LOVE this place, it's my weekly date staple with my hubby
The food here is always fresh and amazing. It's a shame we can't sit at the counter and watch the chefs do their Omakaze and can't wait for COVID to be over to do that again. They are so busy - you need to be on time as they have to turn the tables every 90 minutes. BTW - there is a nice liquor store around the corner with a great sake selection!
I tried this restaurant 3 times this week! Dishes are awsome, atmosphere is great and staffs' service are perfect! The prices in lunch menu are reasonable! I strongly recommend you this restaurant!!
Best sushi. We’ve been fans of this restaurant since it first opened in Somerville NJ over 35 years ago. We now have to travel an hour to treat ourselves to their superior dishes and we will. Well worth it. Never disappoints.
Best sushi in NJ. Service and food is top notch. The omakase is the best I've had.
The restaurant is small and full
The quality of the food is excellent
Had to stand and wait to be seated for my reservation time
Would return for the food, may be at a less busy time
My mom and I rarely go out to eat together especially with the pandemic- I wanted to make a special meal out of this. During our entire meal, all I heard and was reminded of was our 1.5 hour limit because of how many reservations they had booked for the night. What a way to ruin a meal. We chose Omakase and it was not the courses that I had read through other reviews and couldn’t help but think because it was again, for our 1.5 hour limit! Our waiters barely stayed to explain the courses because again, our 1.5 hour limit. We ended up being in and out in 45 minutes because of the rush. At a restaurant I paid way too much for. Either don’t book that many reservations or warn me before that you’ll be bugging me my entire meal. Would’ve rather had Chinese food at home in peace than pay the price to feel so unwanted.
Awesome experience, outside heated igloos were super private, food was absolutely amazing! The Shumi roll, Ridgewood roll are must haves!
Since the igloos, we have received the best service ever at shumi. Sushi is always perfect, but service has always been inconsistent. They are ON now, back and front of the house and have their act together. Great night out!
Great food and atmosphere! We sat in a private outdoor igloo that was well heard and they even provided deaf warmers! Their indoor seating was not socially distanced so I’m glad we went with the igloo!
Simply the BEST sushi and cooked dinner options!
Outstanding! This is our new spot
We had the best experience here! We sat by the sushi bar and it was very clear that the chefs were experienced and talented. The waiters also were able to suggest good recommendations. Next time we go, I will definitely be ordering the Omakase and let the chefs make us whatever they feel is best in the day now that we know their talents!!
We also sat next to regulars at the restaurant and they were a pleasure to sit near and helped us order some other small dishes. It’s nice to see such a nice restaurant have regulars, it means they’re doing something right! Now we know about the secret wine glasses, too.
Shumi Japanese Cuisine offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (201) 345-0808.
Shumi Japanese Cuisine is rated 4.6 stars by 340 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.