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*Online reservations are for the table seating only. For reservations at the sushi bar, please call the restaurant directly. (Please call after 4pm, Monday-Saturday at 917-639-3940.) Please note that at the sushi bar seating, Omakase is required( $135~).
The warm and inviting ambience Ushiwakamaru has cultivated in its elegant eatery is further matched by the Japanese cuisine it serves. Tantalizing appetizer options include the miso black cod gindara saikyo, tempura and the eggplant nasu shigitaki. Ushiwakamaru crafts a variety of authentic sushi pieces. Be sure to sit at the sushi bar and watch the master chefs prepare your superb meal.
For a sweet end to your meal, try Ushiwakamaru's delicately layered Lady M green tea crepe cake topped with matcha powder and fresh strawberries.
All seating is available for a two hour interval.
New York, NY 10011
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 6-12am (Doors close at 10pm)
Friday & Saturday: 6-12am (Doors close at 10:30pm)
Last Reservation accepeted at 9:45pm for Monday-Thursday and at 10:15pm for Friday and Saturday.
between 8th & 9th Ave
$50 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Sushi only ($200 / person minimum)
Guest Minimum: 10 guest minimum
Reservations: Two (2) weeks advance reservation required, including date, time, location
Only street parking available
Beer, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wine
Ushiwakamaru Ratings and Reviews
I pulled the trigger on Open Table to make a reso for 2, then realized that I had to call in for bar seating for the omakase. I called the restaurant a bit late in the evening, luckily a man picked up, I explained what happened, and he took down my info & said it wouldn't be a problem.
We made it to the restaurant and were seated right across from Mr. Kuribara, the owner. During the meal he revealed that he was the one that took my phone call & purposely sat us in front of him.. so awesome. We had such a great time & every single bite was incredible..probably one of the best food experiences I've ever had. I would recommend Ushi Wakamaru for an authentic and fun experience, definitely sit at the bar!
One of the best sushi restaurants I have ever been to! We didn't have the omakase as neither me nor my husband like uni and substitutions are not allowed. I had no issues with that & happily ordered off the menu. Between the both of us, we had the root vegetable soup (the best we've ever had! So much umami flavor!), an assortment of sushi and sashimi, miso cod, etc....every bite was heaven in my mouth.
Service was good and courteous, restaurant ambiance was fine - comfortable enough but nothing that made me go wow. The nicest thing was the green tea "cake" dessert that was served as a birthday cake. So yummy and so much appreciated! We will be back very soon!
It's a satisfactory location - but there were details missing for true sushi lovers.
The restaurant was slightly stuffy, and I think it made the wait staff tired.
The server I had was confused by the term "toro" -- extrapolate from there.
They had no house rolls, which would be fine, but the general choices for nigiri were also limited - they had no hamachi (and the server offered "amberjack" as the "same thing").
They got our order count wrong.
Ok -- so that all sounds terrible ... but it was still quality fish, the sushi we DID have was top line, it passed the "uni test" for quality.
It felt like maybe they'd been a fancy game in town at one point, but now they're a little pressed and doing their best to keep it up.
I doubt I'll go there again.
This is the best sushi/sashimi I've had in the U.S. I have dined across Japan and am always amazed at what passes for sushi/sashimi here in the U.S. Ushiwakamaru is the real deal. Service here was also attentive, courteous and friendly. I had reserved a table, but they offered us available seats at the sushi bar if we preferred. I am so glad I accepted. The omakase was outstanding.
We ordered the omakase and it was good, but there weren't that many exciting pieces of sushi or sashimi. The fish selection was somewhat boring, and the quality of the fish was good but not amazing. Perhaps the sushi chef also needs to sharpen his knife, as there were a few pieces of sashimi that stuck together and were not cut all the way through. The service was fine, and nothing spectacular. It's worth trying but I would not return for another meal.
Legit Japanese sushi but the waitresses are not well trained for a place like this. Sushi explanation was poor and it took more than 15mins for dessert to come out. I asked for the check when we ordered dessert as we were in rush, but I had to ask again after finishing dessert.
Overrated and overhyped. With many quality sushi establishments in NYC, this one simply falls short. Service is awful. I've never met a more unfriendly, unwelcoming, unhelpful hostess. With an attitude like that, please do everyone a favor and stay home. Our waitress, while friendly, was never to be found. We waited 40 minutes before she came to take our order, despite our efforts. She mixed up our order, delivered incorrect dishes and couldn't speak to allergens in the food. The omakase was average, but really not worth the price tag applied. Our experience was lacking; we do not plan on returning even though we live locally.
Absolutely wonderful! Completely authentic highest quality sushi and Japanese appetizers, great sake menu and great service. The owner, Mr. Kuribara, is driven by the quality of every detail and is a warm host. However, although you get what you pay for, be prepared to pay!
Went to Ushiwakamaru on Christmas Eve. It was awesome. The quality of the fish was superb, and the sushi's ratio of rice to fish was perfect. Not so small as 15 East or 1or8, but just perfect. I would compare this restaurant similar to Suhi of Gari, although I think Gari is a bit better. Overall, I would go back in a heartbeat.
I picked this place since my friend wanted to eat Japanese, and this restaurant got the best reviews on Yelp. It looked expensive, but I thought it may be worth it. I was disappointed.
I called to make a reservation for the two of us a few days in advance. We could only get a late 9PM reservation. The day before, the restaurant called to confirm the time and date. When we arrived, our table was just about ready.
The atmosphere is okay, but it is not as nice as expected for such expensive food. I would have thought it would be more quiet (it was hard to talk to my friend since the noise was so loud so I wouldn't suggest this as a great date place) and the space between tables was small. So you could hear others conversations.
The food was decent but nothing to write home about. We tried the sushi spread for close to $50, seaweed salad (which is 4 seaweeds actually), the shrimp/vegetable tempura, and some specific pieces off of the menu that looked more special (like the seared fatty tuna which cost $14 for one piece and was not worth it). The presentation was good, but I think the taste/quality for the cost was way off. We finished with the 2 piece mochi with icecream for $6. Total for two people without alcohol was about $110.
The service was okay although the waiter got one of my orders wrong and also I had to ask for the one piece of tuna that I had ordered (they forgot about it). They were okay but not super friendly or helpful.
Overall, it is highly overrated. I would not come back again, and I would not recommend this place to a friend.
$100 omakase at table was disappointing to say the least. After an excessive wait, six pieces of nigiri sushi arrived all at once. After the first tray was finished, a second set was presented. While the fish was undoubtedly fresh, there was no creativity involved, no sense that the rice was still warm. The seating atmosphere is cafeteria-like. Maybe you do better at the counter, I wouldn't know and won't try based on this experience. Pass.
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