Sushi Kaito

4.9
235 reviews
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Please note; we have the liquor license now, we serve sake and wine, BYOB is no longer available, thank your for your understanding.

A reservation must be modified or cancelled no later than 5 PM the night prior to the reservation date. For any cancellations after the deadline, there will be a charge of $50.00 plus tax per person.

We serve 2 omakase courses, both a 12 piece and 16 piece course. We feature seasonal fish on a daily basis, often accommodating the individual preferences, such as kosher style. However, there’s no vegetarian, vegan nor strict
gluten free alternatives.

We are open from Tuesday to Sunday and offer 3 seatings, 5:30 PM, 7:15 PM and 9:00 PM, except Sundays, when the last seating is 9 PM. We are closed Mondays.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing ! Best sushi dinner I ever had ! Just go !

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n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ONE OF THE BEST OMAKASE EXPERIENCES IN NYC! The fish was delicious and the chef was so great.

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FD
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was stellar. Our chef was attentive to explaining everything he prepared and all the pieces of sushi were excellent

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k
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing omekase experience. We've been to several in the city and this one was one of our favorites. The staples (fatty Toro, salmon, etc) were all extremely tasty and there were several very unique options that I've never had before like baby squid. Scallop was not seared and done exquisitely with charcoal salt top. Sea bream was one of my favorite. Highly recommend.

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b
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was fine, fish seemed fresh, we had the $120 menu. Very friendly and attentive service. I would not compare this to Uchu, Yasuda, Kuruma or other temples of sushi, and I will forever miss 15 East (under Masa) but as a neighborhood omakase joint it's a good choice.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Was perfectly adequate sushi but not for an omakase at the price point they charge. Fish quality and preparation were not premium omakase caliber. Sushi bar was cramped and uncomfortable. Would be fine for takeout.

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AA
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi Kaito was an amazing culinary experience. Sitting at the sushi bar watching the head chef lovingly and artistically prepare each sushi one by one for our omakase was incredible. The fish was extremely fresh and well prepared. The service was outstanding and it was a true japanese experience.
Would recommend in a heartbeat. This very quiet place is a hidden gem.
I already made another reservation.

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c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good for the price in NYC. Fresh.

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V
Hong Kong
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It’s good but not great, many more goos restaurants in NYC with the same price range.

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NB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Great sushi, fabulous service, incredible value for the quality.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sushi Kaito stand shoulder to shoulder with the other great Japanese restaurants in New York, giving away nothing except widespread recognition. The fish is the freshest, the menu is varied, well paced, and exciting, and the presentation is flawless. What a treasure for the Upper Westside!

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JL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can you give six stars? Omakase from people who understand it. Spectacular fish. Exceptional knife work (not flashy, just good). Attentive service. Not cheap (omakase never is) but in the NYC context, fair. And the chefs and the wait staff are accommodating, nice, and skilled.

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V
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Kei was amazing and I would highly recommend this Omakase for diners who enjoy fresh fish from Japan and no crazy toppings to hide any imperfections with the fish. I enjoyed the dinner very much and I will be back for another Omakase!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Outstanding 💖💖

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bring cash to tip your chef! They don't allow tipping on cards. Unfortunately we weren't aware and were not as prepared as we'd like. I recommend the restaurant note that ahead of time in reservation confirmations (just as they note the cancellation fee without enough notice). Amazing food and service.

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p
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite sushi restaurant in NYC. Be sure to make a reservation in advance.

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RB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time at Sushi Kaito was a thrill. We sat at the end of the bar on Valentine's Day. The food, service and environment were interesting and flawless.

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TG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This place is fantastic. You have to give over your brain to the Sushi chef because it is only Omakase. They choose what you eat. With that in mind, everything was wonderful. Uni, Baracuda, Brook Trout Row, Scallop, Ebi, Toro, Saba and more. To let you know, the bill will say that the staff is well compensated, so you can’t tip with a card. You can leave cash for the Sushi chef, however. LOVE this place.

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R
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent omakase.

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JM
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The service was great. Everyone was very courteous and attentive. However, the sushi quality was disappointing, mainly because of the rice having varying temperatures. There were times when the rice was too warm so it ruined the taste of the fish. The rice was also under flavored. It was overworked so it made the grains of rice very sticky. I will say that the quality of the fish was great but when you take into consideration the nigiri as a whole, it missed the bar by far. Overall we were disappointed in the food for the price point.

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JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience. Went midweek so not too busy. Omakase chef was very friendly. Had some very unique courses compared with other Omakase spots! Nice Saki pairings as well. Small, but overall superb.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Japanese sushi experience - it was like we were transported to Tokyo for the evening - amazing quality and service - will return (many times).

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CD
Denver
33 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely and delicious exceptional sushi with true Harmony and delicacy of flavors and textures.
Chef/Master Kei truly attains perfection in his assemblies.
Zen-like balance and pace, so contemplate each course.

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AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food!

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P
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an amazing experience here. I ordered the 16pc omakase which came with a sashimi starter and a miso soup. The quality of the fish was excellent, some of the best saba I've ever had. They cure their own ikura in sake and soy sauce and it was incredible. The price-quality ratio is unheard of, a similar meal at most other places would've cost between 160-200 where as it was only $120 with tip included. I will most definitely be back soon!

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T
Savannah
23 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Authentic, straight forward. Meticulous preparation of each item. Understated Tokyo-level service quality. The combinations of different fish and seasoning reflect their thoughtfulness and authenticity. Chef prep as good as it gets.

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CH
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took a friend. He said he could never eat sushi anywhere else.

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C
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Solid sushi joint. Very good value. Very small space so if you arrive early, you may neeed to wait outside as there is no waiting space.

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C
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal. Sushi chef who took care of us was very accommodating...asks your likes and dislikes and will adjust what is served accordingly. Our chef had a sense of humor which was nice as it made for a friendly meal. I am not such a sushi lover but really enjoyed the meal...will be back!

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JW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went last weekend. She had a handful of dietary restrictions and I was concerned how it would go. The chef prepared a slew of options that looked (and from what I was told) tasted amazing. The service and the experience were impeccable as was the food which was unbelievably fresh and delicious. I highly recommend this unique and special restaurant.

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LS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent experience for sushi lovers. Quality fish creatively presented. If you love sushi and are on the upper west side, it's a must.

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g
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing experience ! Definitely a special occasion meal

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sushi was absolutely incredible. Each piece was carefully and expertly handled. Service was very attentive and felt like we were treated very well. The 16 piece omakase was the perfect amount and had a very well rounded selection. The counterside seating is tight but not cramped. The selection ranged from familiar items like sweet shrimp to fish I've never heard of like gold eye. The drink prices are reasonable. It is the best sushi I've had.

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J
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been here twice already and wanted to take some friends from out of town for good sushi. They did not disappoint! Service was great and the sushi was delicious. It was my friend’s birthday as well and he got an extra piece for his birthday which was a nice touch. Highly recommend coming. It’s small and cozy.

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VT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best sushi I ever ate. Third time I have been, once each now also with my from out-of-town sons, who are also blown away.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had our own chef and it was a wonderful experience! We will be back

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall the omakase was good for its price, and you’d get well-prepared and delightful pieces such as madai, shima aji, Arctic char, and nishin with a wonderful texture. But their rice is on the weaker side and at times the chef messes up the balance between the rice, the fish, and the wasabi so you end up with a mediocre piece even though the quality of the fish itself is pretty good. Would not recommend if you’re looking for top notch sushi.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Omakase experience

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my husband and my second time dining here about a year apart, and we can’t wait to go back. It’s about a 14 seat sushi bar, omakase menu. Every piece we had was fantastic - none had that awful fishy taste that occasionally pops up with the typical omakase. It’s quiet and a very fun experience, especially for a quiet evening out. I find reasonably priced as well, especially for the overall dining experience. I believe it was $100 for 12 piece and $120 for 16.

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GC
Mainz
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sushi Kaito is a superb omakase restaurant on the Upper West Side. The chefs are highly attentive to detail, the service is superb and the ambience in the small space is quite & very private. Compare to other place, the price for this level of service is also very good.

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