SushiNao

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$31 to $50
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Japanese
Tucked away in a hidden space in Chelsea, Naoki Takahashi serves unique multi-course Sushi menu Japanese cuisines in a Zen-like interior. A La carte options are also available. Just try!
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F
New York Area
110 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time as good as the first. Outstanding sushi. Beautiful presentation. You choose a set menu. No options. Note: No uni. Excellent sake list.

F
New York Area
110 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality sushi served in lovely surroundings tucked away in Chelsea. Excellent service, but unusual: Omakase offerings are in set groups with no substitutions. Carefully prepared, beautifully presented. If you are happy with your “set” choice, it’s quite lovely as you overlook a small zen garden. First rate sake menu.

J
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite authentic good quality Japanese food.

SH
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First of all, this restaurant is hard to spot from the outside. You can easily miss it if you didn't know of this place. Inside is pretty spacious than I thought. The Maitre'D was very friendly. About the food, it was very good for the price. The fishes are all locally sourced, common fishes. No specially imported fish. And I feel like some of the fishes are slightly thinly sliced. Bottom line, this is a good place to start if you are not a sushi connoisseur or if you just want to have a casual sushi dinner. There are no sushi bars. All sushi are prepared in the kitchen and brought to your table so no pressure here even if you eat it the wrong way. I would go back for an economical sushi set. Oh, I have to say the "shari" ( sushi rice ) is very authentic and good.

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

The fish is typical take out restaurant quality. Sauce is plain. Will not go back again.

KC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Great service. Great ambiance. 10/10 recommend

CS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We arrived on a Thursday night w reservation but a little early. Service was gracious but a little stretched. We ordered and food and beverage arrived but no one noticed we didn’t have chopsticks. They quickly brought them and rearranged our service, even noticing my date was a lefty. However, they had also forgotten napkins...not sure what was going on that night. Will update. Certainly returning- a treasure found in an unusual spot. Didn’t compromise on quality of food or ambience. Went all out and got the biggest set - wasn’t disappointed but note to menu creators here. There should probably be more of a gradient in price based on type rather than amount of sushi. Case in point, the most expensive set probably could do w/out rolls. Save rolls for the smaller sets to ‘bulk’ out amount of food you get.

Ordered the 500 ml of ‘snow’ sake - both my date and I were a little overwhelmed by how sweet it was. Perhaps a little more guidance on the servers part may have been needed. Could have done without.

HS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, food and ambiance ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Well I just did a surgery and I cannot eat seafood. I used to be a customer with them and they had beef and chicken. But they have change the menu to a seafood only restaurant, so I end up eating literally nothing and let my friend eat. Just be aware.

NT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simple and excellent! Food was fresh, delicious and artfully presented. Service very attentive and helpful.

MD
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Remarkable value for delightful civilized dining hiding in plain sight. (If you love sushi.)

B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden gem below ground near the Joyce Theatre. Authentic inspired sushi. Early dinner was smart idea since I suspect this place is jumping later in the evening. Creative tiramisu for dessert. Lovely setting

A
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The space is beautiful and the staff couldn’t have been kinder but they are using a low grade fish. What a waste when it could be top notch in this beautiful restaurant

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

The best japanse I had so far...really amazing and for a great value

JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I used to frequent SushiNao when it was Naoki Takahashi and I think the Japanese food scene has lost what was such a unique restaurant. I think the chef was much more well versed in the kaiseki style of dining than sushi. I felt he had done such an excellent job of pairing his course selections and everything was so well flavored, ranging from robust to subtle. The new menu focused on sushi here felt lacking in flavor, with only a few pieces eliciting a happy reaction. The value is tremendous...I had the Bliss menu and felt overly full considering there were 12 sizeable pieces of sushi + two handrolls + more. But the meal itself left me wanting as did the presentation. Also...additional ginger is at a $2 surcharge which I have never experienced elsewhere...particularly if you were seeking more ginger when the initial ration given was smaller than everyone else's. Service was fine and the space itself is absolutely lovely.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The food was very good however it was expensive and the waiters rushed each course and us in general.

JS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High quality sushi and service in an outstanding setting. Great taste. Great value.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

We ordered the Pleasure and Delight for dinner. The quality of fish is average/mediocre, the choice is limited-the daily carpaccio is tuna, and the fish has no taste. There’re lots of better and tastier sushi places around.

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time we returned. Great food and service. The Japanese garden was surely the center piece. Sushi is fresh and seasoned just right. Prices is very reasonable. We will go back soon again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Pretty standard sushi, nothing special - basic nigiri and sushi

MD
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As of this writing, SushiNao is first and foremost an improbably good value. The menu may not be as encyclopedic as some, but the quality is remarkable and the presentation matches. Moreover, this is a civilized placed to dine with low noise levels. Frankly, I’m worried it’s not sustainable in the New York market, but I intend to enjoy it as much as I can, while I can.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

i had 'Bliss' Dinner course.
food is good, proper portion, and topped ingerdients on sushi are all fresh as well so it definitely worth it. (i really into their *sweet shrimp and unagi* especially )
i also had their mochi ice cream, they have 15 kinds of it.
it is kinda small icecream so i tired Matcha, Chocolate and Raspberry. good for dessert.
but sushi rice loose its shape (crack in half) easily .
also quite noisy but it still has nice interior and atmosphere.

MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great environment, nice views and lighting next to the rock garden. Great value - you won’t leave hungry.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Did the Delight taste menu and it was the perfect amount of food

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Met a friend here for dinner - love that they let you do different choices of the set menus at the table. Everything was delicious. Definitely coming back.

JM
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simple, "purist" selection of sushi, some with subtle Japanese flavors that really enhance the experience. The atmosphere is like being transported to Japan. This place is a great middle ground between the "mass-market" sushi places (no rainbow rolls here!) and the ridiculously-expensive omakase sushi places like Masa. We will definitely be back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The place was very nice, service was good, but the food was adequate. We were served the tuna carpaccio twice as part of the $54 tasting menu. The tuna carpaccio was served as the daily carpaccio and as the special market dish. Different serving bowls but exacting the same item- tuna pieces, ponzu sauce, and radish sprouts. Very surprising that they would serve the same dish twice. The rest of the food was fresh and tasty but nothing impressive. They also provided a wet nap instead of a wet towel to start the meal. I recommend they use the wet cloth instead.

OT
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Did not live up to the hype. Nothing at all special about the sushi ( really kind of ordinary). Pretty place but not reminiscent of special dinners in Japan as the social media touts. Service inexperienced.

GM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

To enter SushiNao, you walk down a mysterious, narrow path between two buildings and into a beautiful restaurant with a serene garden to look upon while you eat their sublime, subtle, mouth-watering sushi. Each bite contains many flavors, all distinct. We had the "Pleasure" selection and it was indeed filled with pleasure. I can't wait to return!

CW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing quality and value. Great date night/place to catch up with a friend - tucked away, overlooking a pretty zen garden

OT
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very nice dinning experience. Would have preferred to sit near the garden area which seemed much calmer then where we sat - a little further towards the back.
The food was good. Maybe some of the fish or presentation could use a bit more refinement. Personal dipping bowls of soy sauce would also be very welcoming.
Enjoyed our experience minus how loud it gets in the back dinning area.

N
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Definitely amazing value for good quality and quantity of food. Couple items I was whatever about, such as the bonito sushi piece, and the the handrolls were mediocre. The nori has to be crunchier

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

We went there for a birthday dinner and the service was slow. It’s possible they are understaffed. In addition, they didn’t have most of the sake selection on the menu. The food was good but our group’s experience was just okay.

H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went here with a friend to catch up after having not spoken with him for a few years. Even though seats are in close proximity, the actual location is very quiet, something I was absolutely looking for as I despise having to yell in order to chat with others. The sushi was excellent, very fresh with some interesting twists that made me go "Oh Wow!" a couple of times and at $54 for the Bliss tray I felt like I got my monies worth. The sake selection while not enormous was well curated. The sushi came out in courses and staff were very attentive but unobtrusive. As we finished a course it was fetched and a few mins later a new course was presented. In all, one of favorite evenings in NY - Highly Recommended.

G
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Great value, but you get what you pay for...this is not high end sushi

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Excellent. Excellent. Highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will go back

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

This was probably the poorest dining experience I’ve had in New York to date. The food was mediocre all around. I love salmon and that night theirs was inedible, having an off smell and chewy texture. We had to follow up multiple times for our drinks, a la carte items, the dessert and check. Overall not impressed with food and service and would not return or recommend.

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a great overall restaurant. Fresh sushi and well priced. Will be back!

DA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I miss the old menu.

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