Wokuni

4.5
197 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Japanese
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sat 5:30 am–10:00 pm
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(212) 447-1212
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Business Casual
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Cross street
Between 38th and 39th and Lexington
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Near Grand Central Station, 4, 5, 6.
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AC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Took clients here for dinner and everyone enjoyed the food, wine and ambiance! Would definitely dine here again for business or with friends.

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PH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food and very friendly and helpful service.

I must start with the service/setting - we were seated in an odd back room, which was less lively, but worked for our group since it was a little more quiet. We were worried about being abandoned by servers, but they kept checking on us, which I appreciated.

The sushi and miso soup were excellent. The miso is a red miso, much more flavorful. The fish was great. However, one of our party had skewers and I think she found them to be a bit bland.

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RS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Saki selection. Relaxing, modern ambiance. Diverse Japanese cuisine, all quite good, especially with the Saki.

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JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food is very good with reasonable price.

But the space is rather limited, and the
tables and seats in the center area are
small and confining. The exception is the 4-people tables in the south side. Avoid busy hours if you need to talk.

Also, be careful when you enter and exit the place. Once you enter the front door, you have to turn to the left side to see the receptionist.

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KL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

I've been to Wokuni 4x and last Wed was really bad. I reserved table for 3 @ 12:30pm. I got an email at around 11:30am reminding me of my reservation. When we finally arrived at 12:30pm the receptionist told us that there was no table available. I told her I had a reservation. She said it's a first time first serve bases. What's the use of reservation if it will be 1st come 1st serve. She did not even made an effort to help us. I asked if we can speak to a manager, and she told me there was no manager in the restaurant at that time. I asked if we can speak to a supervisor, and she said there was no supervisor either at that time. Does Wokuni really open for lunch without supervisor or manager?

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MG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

loved the restaurant.. great wine list and friendly staff

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O
Mexico City
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, reasonable price for NY and service was very good.

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J
New York Area
352 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

On our 2nd visit, we invited 2 friends to join us. We had 5 pc sushi platter, 1/2 Oshstok mackerel, a mixture of sushi rolls & shishito peppers washing it down beer & sake. Good quality fish is why we will keep returning.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food at great price..so good

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. My wife and I did the premium omakase, amazing and great and quick service!!!

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K
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food is great. Would love to repeat this restaurant. One note that glass of Lunch drink is redicutously small I’ve never seen...

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

$10 happy hour is an excellent deal, oysters are fresh the sake is tasty
$98 Omakase dinner is good value consider it's in NYC
The farm fish concept and environmental responsible seafood approach are what brings us there.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing sashimi and service. The music playing was tasteful and at a comfortable volume. Loud enough to make the place lively, but not so loud that one can’t hear another.

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J
New York Area
352 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Modern decor was black & grey. Seaweed salad-4 types of seaweed served side by side with 2 dipping sauces, I prefer my seaweed mixed with dressing. This version was a bit too esoteric for me. 5 pc sushi-fish was very fresh & good quality, the rice could be a bit warmer for contrast. We added one piece of bluefin toro @ $12- it lacked flavor, very disappointing.
Yakitori skewers of chicken thigh & shishito peppers were our favorites. We enjoyed a small bottle of dessai nigori from Yamaguchi (unfiltered)sake. The sushi is worth a return visit.

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MB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is excellent, service is excellent, location is great especially if coming/going from outside the city via Grand Central Station. If you like Japanese food this place is very authentic without alienating members of your party who are less adventurous. Lovely decor, comfy booth seating, not quiet but quiet enough you can hear the person talking next to you. Not really for young kids.

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LS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I wanted to try this restaurant ever since I read about how their fish come from their own sustainable fish farm in Japan. The sushi and food was delicious. The only issue is with service. While all the servers were very friendly and accommodating, the dishes came out one after the other after the other. Our server had no sense of how to put in orders with the kitchen and so we never really had a chance to enjoy a couple dishes before more were being put on our table. It was not planned properly by our server. But overall a very good dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service and very friendly wait staff couldn’t do enough for us we really enjoyed the food it was amazing thanks again

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JR
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I have been wanting to try the restaurant for quite a while.
I was shocked by the hostess. The restaurant was virtually empty & she tried to seat us directly next to another 2 top table.
I asked if we could please have a booth & she said “ we don’t really seat 2 tops at the booths. I said it was a Monday & the pace was empty. Could we please sit there. She said, there is a time limit. You will need to finish by 8pm. I was a little shocked as the restaurant is supposed to be pretty high end & this was the unwelcoming treatment.
It put a pretty sour taste from the beginning.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere for dining and food was great too

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BB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent sushi/sashimi at a reasonable (for NYC!) price. Happy hour oysters and beer are a plus.

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a
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group of 8 had a great dinner experience at Wokuni. We were seated right away, the service was excellent, and the fish could not have been fresher or better tasting. We shared the omakase and each course outdid the previous in terms of taste and presentation. The sashimi was delicious as well as the salmon tartare. Well worth the price.

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M
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wokuni is a welcome addition to midtown. We live in the neighborhood and are thrilled to have this spot around the corner. The sushi selection is broad and the fish are remarkably fresh. Noodles and other non-fish dishes are well prepared and tasty. Happy hour is a great deal although the food and beverage choices are limited. Ambience is comfortable and mellow with an upscale decor.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was excellent but the service was ok.

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MT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good for a special occasion as it is quite pricey. Didn't find the seafood particularly fresh but beautiful presentation of the food and the restaurant itself! Decent happy hour and huge $1 oysters!

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G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A bit too noisy

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DP
London
36 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good sushi and sashimi, great staff. Sensible prices.

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c
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

They were terrible with dealing with allergies. I specified when I ordered that I am allergic to shrimp and whether they can work around that with the Premium Omakase menu. Even though they assured me that they could, I was served shrimp in the midst of the appetizer platter. When they noticed it they removed the shrimp and gave it to my partner. But they didn't replace it with anything. So I was an appetizer short. They also couldn't tell us convincingly whether the cheesecake we were served was nut free or not. Many restaurants that get food from outside vendors (bread, desserts etc) will say that they cannot guarantee it is nut free but these guys gave a very sloppy and unsatisfying response. Needless to say my partner who has the nut allergy avoided it.
Also, the bluefin tuna sashimi was utterly tasteless. The rice in the sushi course was cold and just poor textured, which is just sad for a sushi restaurant.
The dishes that were good were tuna tartare, yellowtail sashimi, uni sushi and the shabu shabu was fine too.

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SS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This place is awesome. I have been several times: for romantic evening, with kids, or solo at the bar for happy hour. Anyway occasion is great. The food is authentic. The kids menu is the best in the world. I loved the oysters; fresh and japanese style! From sushi to grill, very authentic. As my wife is japanese, i can guarantee the authenticity.

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WM
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and fresh, restaurant was very clean and waiter was fantastic!

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MC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I like this restaurant because foods are very delicious, good mood and less expensive for the mood. Also, in this season, oyster are very good. Happy hour is very reasonable.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Good
Dessert very good!
Best cheesecake ever in Wokuni

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w
San Francisco
107 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It is our second time to visit Wokuni since we don’t live nearby. We definitely arranged our schedule to include this dinner during this visit to include family members to join us. All enjoyed the experience tremendously & will return again soon!

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f
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our third dinner visit. Proximity to Grand Central a real plus. Extensive and authentic Japanese menu, this is an outpost of a very popular restaurant in Japan. Not a bargain, but you definitely get the quality of what you pay for. Animated atmosphere, attentive service. Only complaint is mediocre wine by the glass is pricey.
We will happily return....

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W
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My disappointment was short-lived when I realized WOKUNI offered no side of steamed vegetables, then discovered the grilled mushroom and pepper skewers. Wow, did they offer a smokey, charred deliciousness that far exceeded my usual sriracha-smothered side of steamed vegetables.

And the sushi was just as good, especially for the price.

This fabulous food is served in a hip, open space that's modernly adorned—quintessential Manhattan. But unlike comparable restaurants, the prices are quite reasonable for an overall terrific value.

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c
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been looking for a restaurant like Wokuni for awhile. I really enjoy the izakaya dining experience and especially crave fresh sashimi of good variety. Wokuni delivers on all of this as well as providing very reasonable value and spectacular service. Since the original Sake Bar Hagi closed last year, there has not been a replacement for stellar izakaya, good value and top shelf spirits. I hope Wokuni enjoys great success and is around for quite some time.

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OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a Japanese restaurant, their food is very good and has a good variety. There is american pop music playing and the atmosphere is aware casual. I have been here several times and it has always been great. Key word: Matcha Creme Brulee...)

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T
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The cocktails were delicious and the service was quick. A good place for ordering lots of sushi and sharing with friends.

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EB
New England
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fresh seafood,creative Präparation,exellent choice of sake.

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EC
New York Area
132 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem in Murray Hill...wonderful experience, from the lovely modern zen atmosphere/decor, to the friendly attentive knowledgeable service, to the delicious dishes! Loved the Buri (king yellowtail) carpaccio, Maguro Hohoniku Aburi (tuna cheek special, only 2 orders per day!), Suzuki (seabass/branzino) in green chili sauce, & the Agedashi Tofu! Great carafe of Junmai sake as well!

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S
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’d heard great things about the seafood, and those things were correct. Both the sushi and the cooked dishes were insanely fresh, top quality, and perfectly prepared.

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