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About Ushiwakamaru

*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.

362 W 23rd St
New York, NY 10011
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 6-12am (Doors close at 10pm)
Friday & Saturday: 6-12am (Doors close at 10:30pm)
Sunday: Closed
Last Reservation accepeted at 9:45pm for Monday-Thursday and at 10:15pm for Friday and Saturday.

Cross Street:
between 8th & 9th Ave

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(917) 639-3940

Website:
http://www.ushiwakamarunewyork.com/

Catering:
Catering Menu:
Sushi only ($200 / person minimum)
Guest Minimum: 10 guest minimum
Reservations: Two (2) weeks advance reservation required, including date, time, location

Parking Details:
Only street parking available

Executive Chef:
HIDEO KURIBARA

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wine

Ushiwakamaru Ratings and Reviews

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 1, 2018

As a sushi lover, I think this restaurant is okay.
I had a nigiri set(10pieces) and steamed egg custard pudding. The fish were fresh and the price is affordable.
Might be back!

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 (London)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Very reasonable Japanese. Especially sushi is best in NY now.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

The best Japanese food we have ever had— including all of the great restaurants we have tried in Tokyo over the years.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Consistently delicious. Great food and service every time I've been here. Amazing quality sushi in an unpretentious setting.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Healthy, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

It was so yummy...very fresh fish...the service is outstanding and the sushi chef makes the best fish...had a great time with my friends and are very satisfying.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Ushiwakamaru is one of our favorite restaurants. The food and service is always exceptional. My favorite sushi role is the toro with oshinko.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (London)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Omakase sushi has too many rice,but the sashimi is really good.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Absolutely the best sushi I've ever had. I have always hated Uni and was reluctant to try it, and even that was absolutely delicious. This is worth a trip and worth the cost.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

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!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 27, 2017

My sister visits us every other month and when she comes to town, we have dinner in the city.
We usually order their Omakase, so we can have the best of the best for that day.
The food was really really good!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Great food and excellent service. Love this place!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 17, 2017

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.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Restaurant does not have liquor license and does not serve drinks

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Favorite no-frills sushi spot in the city.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

We go here often when we want to enjoy excellent sushi. It is consistently outstanding.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Ushiwakamaru is consistently terrific. Authentic & Excellent Japanese cuisine, attentive service and in a dining room where - even when full - you can have a conversation without the din and noise which seems to characterize so many busy nyc restaurants.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 18, 2017

The omakase was amazing, expensive, but worth it. This was my second visit and I would go again even though it is expensive.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 15, 2017

This is a lovely small restaurant with extremely fresh and fantastic sushi and sashimi plus a lovely cocktail and sake list along with wines. Service is wonderful. I highly recommend it

Tags: Healthy, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options
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 (London)·Dined on April 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Great sushi!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 12, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 18, 2017

I was excited about trying the new location (was a huge fan of Ushiwakamru when they were located on W. Houston). Unfortunately, the sushi was not as great as it used to be and the restaurant had a B rating from the DOH.

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 (München)·Dined on March 17, 2017

fantastic omakase at the sushi bar. good value compared to some other high end sushi-yas. rice is perfect. good combo of simple classics and forward-thinking takes.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 10, 2017

food was acceptable. but at 150 usd per person omakase I would much prefer tokyo. The toro was fatty enough but not the most fresh, the uni was too cold. Also very noisy in the restaurant, difficult to carry on conversation

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Nashville)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Best sushi in NYC ... sweet chef

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 18, 2017

I suppose this is the case with any sushi restaurant, but attempting to do the omakaze at a table instead of the counter will only lead to a mediocre experience. Since the

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Some of the the most delicious sushi I've ever had. And I have been to Tokyo for business.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2017

Terrible acoustics and bad service
Mediocre sushi

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2016

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!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2016

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Amazing food absolutely amazed at the quality. Simply perfect.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2016

No words. Best sushi I've had outside Japan. Just like being in Tokyo's best places.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2016

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.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 6, 2016

Best sushi in NY. Incredible fish, very fresh and the umami exquisite. The service was outstanding

Tags: Outstanding Value, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2016

$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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2016

Highly recommended! The Omakase was fantastic I'd recommend to anyone who likes quality sushi.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2016

It was amazing

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