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Temakase - East Village, New York, NY

Temakase - East Village

4.2
4.2
139 Reviews
$30 and under
Sushi

Temakase located in the East Village is committed to serving the freshest fish, crispiest seaweed and of course, delicious warm rice cooked to perfection. We believe that eating hand-rolls straight from our Chef is the best way to experience the fresh, crispy-crunch. We are changing the way NYC eats sushi one hand-roll at a time! #ROLLUPNY

We offer in-door dining only as our experience involves eating handrolls straight from the hands of a Chef.

Take out now available on your favorite delivery platform!

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Sushi, Japanese, Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 381-1456

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Email us to inquire about our catering options: temakaseny@gmail.com

  • Private party facilities

    Interested to book your next event with us? Please email temakaseny@gmail.com for more information with your inquiry!

  • Neighborhood

    Lower East Side

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 139 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2

    Service was all over the place it was hard getting their attention. The restaurant seemed short-staffed. The food was incredible!!!

  2. KM

    KMZ20

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    Reservations mean nothing here. You still have to wait as long as walk-ins for your table.

  3. AP

    AlisaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    good food, clean restaurant, fast service. will be back for sure

  4. g

    georgie

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3

    Poor service stood out. No dining tables - only the sushi bar which makes it difficult to have a conversation with 4. Sushi was fresh, ambience trendy. Probably fine for a quick bite or drinks but not for a sit-down meal for adults. Service issues ruined a birthday meal

  5. GJ

    GeorgieJ

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Honestly not amazing, and pricy for the quality

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was so great. The service and the food was perfect for a small group as everyone is sitting directly next to each other. I recommend the “I am Starving” handrolls so you can get a variety of different flavors.

  7. LA

    LAHungry

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3

    It was awkward to go with two others as there is only bar seating. Food is good but overpriced. We quickly racked up $122 before tip (we didn’t order any drinks) and left hungry. We had our second dinner about an hour later. Our dinner here was more like appetizers. Each of us had three hand rolls. The fish is fresh but the hand rolls seem small. We could have easily ordered more but I was turned off on the idea of knowing that we would prob walk out with at least $250 bill (before tip) and not feeling fully satisfied. We were in and out in 35 min. Since the place was half empty the waitress seemed anxious and often check on us to see if we wanted to order more. That’s better than the alternative of feeling like you can’t get the waitstaff’s attention…so maybe that’s a good thing!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Interesting take on sushi rolls!

  9. A

    Ally

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4

    Wish I could have rated this place higher it looked really good and I was excited by everything I saw! Unfortunately they were heavily understaffed with one person serving and preparing the food for 12 people all at once. I honestly felt bad for her and me and my friend ended up leaving after not putting in an order after 20 minutes of waiting and another group a head of us not have ordered either. I might consider giving this place another try but with reservation I expected faster service.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We grabbed lunch here and got the hangry and starving sets. The meal was extremely quick, super yummy, and convenient. Such a quick meal, would recommend if you are in a rush!

  11. HK

    HenryK

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Excellent hand rolls but would lean towards the blue crab and lobster. Individual doing the hand rolls could have described what roll was coming out. The fried rice cakes were nothing special

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1

    Really terrible service and lack of staff. Had to wait to sit for my reservation over 15 minutes and ask for my table to be set

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3

    Good food but if they get off schedule it messes up everything. Had to wait for 30 minutes and service was a disaster. Great rolls. Crispy rice cakes fresh are seriously good. Took several asks to get drinks so place is no kazunori yet!!

  14. KM

    KameronM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Food and drinks were great — definitely get a crispy rice as it was all of our favorite. Staff was friendly and quick and obviously run a tight ship. Fun to come as a couple but we came with 3 people and it made conversation a little awkward because we didn’t realize the seating situation. Would definitely recommend!

  15. EB

    EmilyB

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience2

    The food was great as always (and the chef was lovely) but the overall service and management was not. Two out of the three drinks we ordered didn’t arrive until the meal ended, we were charged for a substitution fee (this fee was not mentioned when we had asked to swap one fish for another) and the attitude of the management was sub par. We had asked if the $3 substitution fee could be removed as they did not alert us of the fee to which they said no and when we had also asked if just one drink could be comped as they arrived at the end of the meal, the manager (I assume he was the manager) was rude and said “they arrived didn’t they? So no.” and was extremely snarky. The food here is always great but I will not be returning.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything delicious

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3

    Some of the fish was too salty and the lobster and blue crab was dry. The hand rolls weren’t anything special. They also had left used sauce dish at our seats and never gave us new chopsticks or napkins so I had to search for them myself. The restaurant was very understaffed.

  18. E

    Eric

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3

    Food, staff, and ambience was great. The price for the food though wasn't.

  19. CS

    ChelseaS

    New York Area

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    I really like Temakase! The food is great and the social setting is very fun! Having eaten here 3 times now I can say the service could be a bit more organized. Really fun date spot and great hand rolls!

  20. EP

    EffieP

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2

    They don’t care about their customers only a high turnaround and profit. And it shows! In a city full of amazing restaurants and as foodies we are always looking for those smaller gems in nyc especially in the east village. Unfortunately this place is not it! The service is terrible. There is one waitress/hostess who we kept trying to find throughout the meal to take our order or add on items. We didnt realize how small the rolls are and that we needed to order more than a few. Of course that was not explained by the staff and no recommendations were made at any point as to what or how much to order. In addtion, we were not allowed to order another cocktail while seated after we finished eating. And within 5 minutes after finishing eating and ordering more rolls, we were approached and harassed by staff telling us in a far from kind way to move to the bar or leave. I tried to explain to the one waitress/hostess why this was unacceptable and she stared me down without saying one word. Instead she got the manager, who is also the “roll chef,” to confront me aggressively and tell me I need to leave to make room for others. He didnt even bother offering a drink or something for a repeat visit. I left feeling harassed and annoyed on a Friday night after dropping $100 for a few rolls and horrific service. Do NOT come here if you want a peaceful dining experience and to be treated respectfully. They dont care. They only want your money and clearly get enough of the NYU crowd to keep business going. One day they’ll learn the hard way when those students stop going and they have no other loyal customers left.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    So good!! I love this plage and such a great deal

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Waited 45 minutes for my seat when I had a reservation. They messed up our order and forgot to bring out our appetizers as we were paying the check they came out. The staff there besides the head chef were all so rude.

  23. N

    Neil

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall3food5service4ambience4

    Great amazing hand rolls! So fresh. Pricing on bill did not match the menu. Also they charge for substitution fee even if you are allergic to a roll on their menu

  24. AR

    AmyR

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall1food4service1ambience1

    Do not go. Order pick up or delivery. wasn’t allowed to order a drink Bc there was no bartender. A beer took 30+ minutes to come. 45 minutes before appetizers before someone finally asked to take our main order. Food was great and fresh. Glass of water came with pieces of plastic in it. Then some bartender came up and dropped 3+ glasses on the floor. Will never go back unfortunately

  25. C

    Conny

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What’s with the markup 🤨🤨🤨🥴🥴

  26. CC

    CaitlynnC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service was absolutely amazing!! I’m so happy I happened to stumble across this place because it’s a gem

  27. AT

    AdrianaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing spot. I am going to go weekly. 6 high quality, delicious hand rolls for $36 is unbeatable (the hangry roll set). The truffle crab, toro scallion, and yellowtail jalapeño are to die for!

  28. S

    Sherry

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Absolutely loved this place in EV. The sets are incredibly affordable, and the HANGRY set is definitely well crafted. Can't wait to bring my friends here and try some of the other sets and side dishes.

  29. IJ

    IanJ

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    Food was good, but the service was slow and sporadic. People dining together would get the same rolls separately with a wait in between. Service on the evening I visited was poor: order not taken correctly, items forgotten but still charged on the bill, a general level of surliness... The restaurant was very quiet (6~10 diners) but we were still squashed onto one bar with one overworked, slow chef... I can believe that there have been and will be more vibrant and on-the-ball experiences, but based on my visit it's a 'medium' in a city full of excellence.

  30. E

    Elle

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2021

    overall2food4service2ambience3

    The food was tasty, and Joe (one of the staff) was really nice and accommodating. The cons: It appeared extremely understaffed. I made a reservation and was seated 25 minutes after my reservation time, and didn't eat until 1 hour or so after my reservation time. The food itself had great flavor - but also was small - and you'll probably be hungry after buying $30 worth of small rolls. I likely will not return due to the wait time.

  31. G

    Glenn

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Originally I had a 1:00 reservation, due to an issue they had, they asked me if I could return at 2. I had a meeting, and we were already running late so we waited. No regrets, the sushi was rolls were very good, fish was fresh and the Mgmt gave us a free appetizers and a drink. I will be returning here, maybe check them out for dinner.

  32. MS

    MrSundayJohnson

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Wonderful rolls and great crispy rice apps. The “Hangry” dinner was quite a lot of food. But prepared at a relaxed pace, it was easy to eat every morsel. It was my first time at this restaurant, but Joe at the bar made me feel right at home. His menu and sake suggestions were spot on.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    love the guy at the front. helped clean up a reservation back up and was very accommodating. food is great

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    10/10 would recommend! The servers were great and super nice and personable and the food just topped it all off. Definitely would suggest the wagu roll!

  35. MW

    MarisaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    amazing handrolls in east village!! will definitely be back for more staff is great and food is even better!!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place became my new favorite spot for Japanese food. Hand rolls were amazing as well as the appetizers. Friendly staff and super quick Service, If you want an actual taste of Japan go to Temakase, I will definitely be back for more!

  37. HC

    HeatherC

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Fish was fresh and delicious!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great food! Try the yellowtail jalapeño it’s amazing!

  39. d

    dakotaf

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    So yummy!! Incredibly fresh fish and very chill vibe

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible quality and service, loved it!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Temakase - East Village using the Order Online button. Temakase - East Village also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 381-1456.

Temakase - East Village is rated 4.2 stars by 139 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Google Map for Temakase - East Village

157 2nd Ave New York, NY 10003-5765

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Lower East Side

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Sushi, Japanese, Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 381-1456

  • Catering

    Email us to inquire about our catering options: temakaseny@gmail.com

  • Private party facilities

    Interested to book your next event with us? Please email temakaseny@gmail.com for more information with your inquiry!

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