Wokuni

4.4
242 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
We, Tokyo Ichiban Foods, started our business in the restaurant industry. We continue to pursue serving quality food that will delight our guests, and we cherish our relationship with them. Today, pivoting from our strong origin, we are also expanding our scope of business to aqua-farming, seafood processing and distribution.
We oversee the process through professional culinary eyes, from when the fish is cultivated until it is served to our guests. This allows us to build a sustainable and traceable system that will lead to higher customer satisfaction.
Japanese cuisine is blessed with opulent nature from both the mountains and the sea, which brings us rich seafood. Our wish is to bring quality seafood and Japanese food culture to the world, making the global food culture even richer and stronger.
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AL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day! They had a nice setup and the food was fantastic! Very good service and cozy ambiance. I would’ve preferred a different table, but all-in-all a fantastic experience!

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MJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional food at very fair prices. Attentive, friendly service. We will be back.

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DH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Servers were very attentive, multilingual, and friendly. The feel of the place was comfortable and cozy for a winter night. Excellent variety of Japanese dishes to choose from.

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AV
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, service and ambiance. Great date night for my husband and I. Very fresh fish and delicious other dishes.

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S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Price is price. Nothing special but not so bad.

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

People very accommodating, food is very good and very good value.

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AP
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The ambiance is great with exceptional servers. Has an industrial, contemporary feel with a lot of muted dark grey tones. We had the "omakase" which honestly should be called a tasting menu because its just an INSANE amount of food. True omakase should really be about 12-19 small individual dishes, not a 4 course barrage. The food itself is barely above average, they use theatrics and other fun things to disguise that so don't be fooled. Much better Japanese food can be had in New York City for the prices you pay. It may be different experience ordering directly off menu, so I might revisit and try that.

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DJ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and one of the best service teams in the City.

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

In the competitive world of New York restaurants, it is easy for even a high-quality establishment to not be so well-known. That seems to be the case with Wokuni. Its high-quality fresh ingredients, delightful presentation of dishes and flavorful bites plus the friendly service should push it right to the front of New York's sushi restaurants. But it seems like so far, in spite of some laudatory press, NY has not caught on. Oh well - that means that at least for now it is possible to get a reservation even on the weekend just a couple hours before you want to eat dinner there. But beware - eventually the trendites will catch on and Wokuni will be the in-demand place for sushi in New York.

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r
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

If you are looking for a middle to slightly upper-middle of pack Omakase - no fuss - Wokuni is fine and serves a purpose.. a place to catch up. But focus is not the food. A straightforward vibe with solid service and big quantity. Food was good/ok - with a few that just didn’t work - but not anything to call out or remember much. They are unique though in their Omakase in that there are tapas (izakaya?) along wjth rolls and sashimi - and it can be an experience (dip fish in oil etc, etc). Cool/fine and solid value given the number of courses. But If you are going to focus on the food / fish only without regard for courses etc —- there are dozens of places with far better food quality, at same under 100 price. But the service was awesome. Let us try wines to see if we’d like, it was quick.

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DO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

hidden gem in curry hill. dry ice presentation. tuna outstanding.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time there. We had a great experience

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best value lunch set.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best omakase in NY, definitely coming back soon!!

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YC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Awful seating service. We were told we needed to leave to make room for other guests after finishing their premium chef's choice plates.

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o
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I did not enjoy this restaurant. We had the Premium Omakase for $95 pp. At this price I expected it to be an individually served tasting menu, instead it was a sloppily prepared, sloppily presented and family style. There was no time given between serving our Happy Hour order, and the beginning of our Premium Omakase. Our waiter was a pleasant person, but the overall team in general was not well trained for fine dining etiquette, and definitely not trained fine dining service. The food tasted good, but for this price, I expected much more.

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n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best O Toro I have ever had. Amazing sushi/sashimi. Cannot beat the price for omakase. I wouldn't call it traditional sushi though, more of a upbeat, new wave showcase of many Japanese cuisine. Amazing job to Kuni-Son! Very nice guy

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OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the premium omakase and loved it. So full and it’s great value

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Impressive, albeit impersonal space, fresh fish, unimpressive omakase.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Nice atmosphere overall but the food and the service were mediocre. The meal was very rushed, as if they were trying to turn over the table but there was no one waiting. The food overall was mediocre. The edamame / corn fritter came out cold and somewhat soggy. We had some toro sushi which was good, but the three rolls we had were poor - very mushy consistency of the fish which is unappealing. And the spicy tuna roll tasted notably fishy. To be fair it was a Monday night which isn’t good night to go to a sushi restaurant, but the consistency on the rolls is a problem of technique (using only scraped end bits) not of fish freshness.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Especially kid friendly

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JJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They serve authentic Japanese cuisine! The staffs are well-educated and answered all of the questions about the fish from Nagasaki very politely and properly. Per the staff, the cheff came to our table to greet us, which is a very Japanese way. The quality of the fish and all of the dishes (Agedashi, Kinpira, Oyster) was great! We would like to come back again and try Omakase.

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tried the omikase. Wide variety of interesting foods, service was good but the waiter didn’t really explain the dishes well. Food was tasty, if not the highest quality . I would go back again and both reorder some dishes as well
As try new ones. Most presentations were pretty.

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g
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful Japanese food, presented very professionally, with a comfortable atmosphere which was conducive to conversation.

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DW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent and unusual sushi, fish selection, and other dishes not found in most American Japanese restaurants. Very knowledgeable waitstaff, reasonable prices, and pleasant ambience. Less noisy than many equally modern restaurants in Manhattan, a welcome relief (high ceilings help alot). We are definitely coming back to this place.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant!

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JB
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Ended up coming by for lunch during a trip. Made reservations planning for the omakase, but was told when we got there that they don’t do sushi during lunch, only during the lunch menu, which was disappointing. After asking our server what else was available, she went through the menu and mentioned the Wokuni-don had sashimi on it, but didn’t tell me it was out before I tried to order it. The way it was explained made it seem like we had missed out on anything sushi/sashimi related in our visit, which seems to not be the case? Pretty bummed about that.

Ended up doing the Unagi-don, karaage, and kimpira, all of which were tasty.

The restaurant itself is cozy and hip. Neat design and easily accessible. Felt quite comfortable eating lunch there and didn’t have any sense of being rushed out the door or anything.

Just wish it had been more clear about the availability of what I had actually come for, rather than just having to compromise and have a less than stellar time like I had hoped/planned for. I’m sure if that had been the case, I would have been 5 stars across the board.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fourth time dining at Wokuni and they are on top of the game in both food quality and service!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good

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BS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was ok; not great. Average Omakaze. They emphasize hot food over sushi more and the hot dishes of the Omakaze were average. If I went back, would skip the Omakaze.

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HS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

It was a birthday celebration. Although the value of the omakase was good, the items chosen were not spectacular. Fish was fresh, but nothing that makes me want to have the omakase again. However the kids boat at $10 is a great deal. I only wish they had better service, with better direction. E.g. a competent service director. That could bring this to the next level, otherwise it’ll become the neighborhood cheap sushi joint good for delivery.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dining experience. Highly recommend.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Must order the tuna collar if available. Totally unexpected experience and taste.

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SL
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fresh food, friendly staff, cool unpretentious atmosphere; small plates reasonable for the neighborhood; mains are a bit pricey

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service great food

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

It was ok but not that special

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

In general, the food is good, but not outstanding. Hostess was great, the person in charge was great, but one of the waiters was rude. The sushi is excellent but the meat main dishes (shabu-shabu) were lacking vs what we have tried in other Japanese options). The moshi were excellent also.

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B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Did not like my waitress at all. She told me she thought I was waiting for another party but she could have acknowledged my existence and pour me a glass of water vs. just waiting and not stop by my table at all for several minutes after being seated. Did the host not communicate to the waitress that it’s a “table of 1”? Not coming back again and will not recommend my friends to come.

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PC
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I came for the Christmas Eve dinner which was probably not the best time to be a solo diner here.
While the food (Asazuke, Chawanmuchi and Saikyo Miso Cod) was tasty, the service was rather slow and a little inattentive. As a solo diner, I could only sit at the bar area with my back to the main dining area. I had much better experience service and seating-wise when I visited here a few months ago for a weekday lunch.

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A
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place with delicious sushi! We loved the atmosphere and service a lot! A great spot for sushi in New York.

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