Sushi Inoue

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213 reviews
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Chef Inoue is not only knowledgeable in traditional sushi preparation, his expertise complements his friendly and welcoming bar.
Step up to the bar and enjoy the mesmerizing skill as he presents dish after dish of the freshest sushi typically only available further downtown.

The chef Shinichi Inoue serves one of the freshest and best cut sushi and sashimi in NYC. Chef Inoue is friendly, courteous, professional and has almost 30 years of experience serving this special Japanese delicacy.

*BYOB welcome; We are currently in a process of obtaining a liquor license.
(a great selection of Sake list is being prepared for the near future!)

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Daily 5:30PM - 6:30PM

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Ambiente esclusivo in un quartiere non proprio adatto. Consigliato andarci in taxi

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JK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I will never come back. The restaurant does not offer wine, so I had to go out in the rain to buy some, after which the restaurant charged a $25 corkage fee. No wonder the restaurant was practically empty on a Friday night.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Inoue, under the stewardship of Kunihide Nakajima has provided the closest experience to eating in a world class Tokyo sushi restaurant as I have come across in my 25 years living between Tokyo and NYC. While not inexpensive, it is definitely worth every penny.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

The uni was super good!

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a
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous classic sushi – don’t go there for spider rolls and junk like that. Small, select menu, extraordinary flavors and textures. Each bite a wow.

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MS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was really good but was much too expensiv

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DA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

I thought the chef was extremely unfriendly towards us. Sushi was fine and the waitress was attentive; but for $400 per person, I would expect a lot more. Very disappointed.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Omakase, and the full attention of the Chef at the counter. He is an artist and the food was indescribably delicious. The Chef and host treated us very warmly. We will definitely come back, although the price of the Omakase will make that a special occasion, but we look forward to trying the place a la Carte.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was exceptional throughout. It's a galaxy away from your "normal" sushi.

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London
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is absolutely what you need to know; frightening area, thought we’d made a mistake! Not a very pleasant restaurant, but OH MY GOD! The food- outstanding! The service, unparalleled! The chef only had too much time to come to our tale. If you love Japanese food you should go here. If I could give it 20 stars I would. Simply brilliant and every bit deserving of its star. I’d campaign for two!! Nick

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my 30th birthday and they surprised me with a beautiful and delicious dessert tray at the end of our meal. They were also very warm and accommodating towards my two young children. The best dining experience I’ve ever had

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Genuinely one of the worst experiences of my life. Went for vday... was shocked to find out was required to do pre fixed menu at 400 pp which is almost double typical price. Sat for 1 hr before getting food. Got one tiny appetizer of the 8 courses. Waiting another 45 min before getting anything else. We eventually just left.

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A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

Valentines Day. We were prepared to pay $225 each for omakasse. Instead they had a valentine special menu for $400 each! No choices. We did it anyway and the service was u imaginably bad. Supposed to be an 8 course meal with sake pairing at each course. Took over an hour for the first two courses. After a long wait, the third course came but no sake. When we turned around d the waiter was gone. Then came dessert. We said what! We’ve only had three courses! The waiter looked confused. The sushi chef shook his head in disappointment. To charge over $1000 with tip and taxes was an outrageous insult

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Z
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Went this evening for Valentine's Day and frankly not once when making the reservation or when calling to confirm did they mention there would be a special $400 omakase menu for Valentine's Day. This threw off the whole evening. I figured we were walking in to the regular $225 or $275 options but no...$400 and no other choice. I feel like we were conned, they never mentioned this to us beforehand. They food was good but I mean no where worth that price. It did come with an sake pairing, (which if you declined there wasn't a discount)...it was less than an ounce of sake per course, certainly didn't make up for the difference in price. We are not big drinkers and never order a drink pairing when we go out. Insane they forced you to get it. On top of all that, the service was incredibly slow. Our reservation was for 6pm and we didn't get the check until 9:30pm. Three and a half hours for omakase is ridiculous.

Leaving the restaurant tonight I genuinely feel like they stole from me.

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DP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent sashimi and sushi. Limited drinks. Good service, but not particularly knowledgeable in the menu options. Pricey. Overall good experience.

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

I came to Sushi Inoue for a romantic anniversary dinner and it had exceeded all expectations. The spot feels exclusive, intimate, and warm. The service is unbelievably friendly and welcoming and is very fast as well. You will see that they only have one type of sake, but rest assured that is all you will need for a great night out. It is incredibly smooth and rich. As for the food itself, I made sure to order as many different types of fish on the menu. The Toro had a fine, buttery flavor while the Saba tasted like it was freshly caught within the hour. The uni melted in your mouth as did the ikura. However, I was most impressed with the ginger and the wasabi. Not many sushi spots can claim to have high quality pickled ginger slices and TRUE wasabi. I will be returning to Sushi Inoue without a doubt soon.

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TC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went the a la carte route... Guess it was a night where I wanted to control my own eating destiny. Overall, it got the basics right - the fish was fresh and the marinades were flavorful and complementary to the fish. I felt the price points for the a la carte were fair - with the small dish starters being on the pricier end. I also found the portion size to be generous. Service was the perfect balance of attentive and let me not be disruptive to your meal. It's not Uchu or Nakazawa and the ambience is definitely different, but I think the sushi is better than Nobu or Blue Ribbon. I liked its simple setting. Wine options are limited: one red italian and one white italian. One beer option: sapporo in a can. More options for sake and that's where I happily settled. I'll be going back.

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KM
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was superb! We chose bar seating and were able to watch the chef prepare the sushi and sashimi as well as talk with him, expanding our knowledge of seafood. Every bite was delicious and the uni tasting was transcendent.

I was unimpressed with the service. Fine dining service rules were not observed - sometimes we were served from the left, other times from the right. We found out the day of our meal that the restaurant was BYOB with a corkage fee. With a corkage fee, I assume I'm being served. But after the first pours, the bottle was brought out and placed next to us at the bar (good sake should be served at a specific slightly-chilled temperature) and we serving ourselves for the rest of the meal.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding -must do the Omakase

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

Way too expensive for what it is. $1,000 for 2 people with a sake pairing is almost double what top places like Nakizawa cost. Food was very good but not spectacular.

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AG
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We were greeted with warm smiles to a small, modern-looking space. We were seated at the bar which felt a tad cramped but nonetheless clean and comfortable. I think we made the mistake of booking our dinner a little early (6pm) as there were more waitstaff than customers present which felt a bit stilted and awkward, but after a while more people flooded in and the atmosphere became more relaxed. The food was amazing. We had an omakase meal with delicious sushi. It was rather expensive but the quality definitely held true. Some of the nicest sushi I've ever tried!

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LC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hands down, the best sushi I’ve ever eaten. Even the rice was exceptional. Absolutely worth the splurge for a special occasion.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Omasake full of surprise amazing food. We enjoy every bites of sushi or etc. I would come back!!

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JY
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Omakase experience I had in NYC. We did the $275 one. The teasers were so good that we all wanted a second plate (unfortunately not possible). Highlights were the monkfish liver, Uni tasting, vegetable tempura and seared fatty tuna. Chef Shinichi Inoue was such a delightful and friendly person. It was simply joyful dining around him. The core of the Omakase, 10 pieces of sushi were all extremely fresh, with a lot of them from Nagasaki Japan, where the chef was born. The combination of rice and the fish was truly something to remember, with the perfect temperature mix. The texture and the mix of flavors were also phenomenon. Last but not least, the dessert, mango panna cotta was another highlight.

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S
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Personalized Omakase experience was fun... tiny place hidden off Lenox Ave. Impeccable service. Super pricey but world class sushi experience.

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CT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 2

Sushi was amazing but it is a very low key, local restaurant. This would have worked well for us if the service was more of a michelin star restaurant. For the Omakase - entry point is $250 - if the atmosphere was great - that would help. But that isn't what this restaurant is about - low key. The food and the price maybe ok if the service was out of this world. It really wasn't great. We had to ask for water and drinks, there were no sushi master 'extras', portions were on the small side. We were the table of the night for them and really nothing special beyond the sushi which felt a bit overpriced and generally standard. (Salman, tuna, fatty tuna, fluke, mackerel....).

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TR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Excellent sushi prepared by pro chef. Sitting at bar offered congenial visual and social experience watching chef work. However, the limited choice of prix fixe tasting menus so wildly priced left us with a terrible after taste. We had no idea dinner for two would cost over $600 including imposed tip of $100. Sushi lovers beware.

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MS
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely magnificent! We were celebrating a friend’s major career accomplishment and Chef Inoue was the most gracious host for such a special evening. He is engaging and subtly funny! His staff is kind and attentive. The food is divine. I have never had better nigiri. Chef takes care to explain every morsel he puts before us and describe the region of origin. This is, by far, my favorite omakase in New York.

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LC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service!
The minus is the interior, not that cozy for a date night.

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D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

This place is out of line price wise. Dinner for two - the lowest price Omikase plus 3 beers and a sparkling water was 690. 20 percent service added to the bill on top of 225 omikase. That’s just insane for a restaurant anywhere let alone Harlem. Then there were fruit flies flying everywhere. Every once in a while you’d hear a loud clap from another table and there was someone who’d killed a fruit fly. How gross and distracting as they would land on the plates and glasses. The sushi was fresh but frankly you can go to Nobu and get more interesting sushi for less. Also the room is cold, sterile and every time the door opens freezing air blows in. Totally overrated and over priced.

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A
London
21 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great sushi

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was impeccable. This was my second visit to the restaurant and I was not disappointed. The food and service is outstanding.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

The food is fine, not exceptional yet kind worth the star. But the ambience and the service, basically everything else, doesn’t match its price tag at all. Not recommended.

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JB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good and there was a lot of it.

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H
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The best Japanese/sushi restaurant in Harlem and vies with top Japanese restaurants city-wide. Not inexpensive. It is quiet and well suited for people who want to hear each other speak. Service is very attentive.

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SE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best sushi restaurants in NYC and America, for that matter. Pristine fish and other ingredients, deftly prepared, and served with a grace and ease that I hadn't experienced in a long time.
It was incredibly quiet, easy to talk in, and perfect in every way.

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NK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

really disappointing experience for such an expensive meal. the sushi didn't come out until 3 hours into the meal. they tried to serve us the same appetizer twice and it really wasn't great for $650 meal. shocked this is a michelin star restaurant, has to be a mistake.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Thought we were being punked. Food was horrible. And not just cause it cost - fortune! Service off. Ambiance totally off.

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e
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

sushi was excellent - especially the toro.
Cooked dishes were quite disappointing - overcooked, dried fish. undistinguished tastes in spite of elaborate preparation. I had the feeling that whoever was in the kitchen wasn't having a good day. The meal, including two half bottles of sake and tip, was $660.00 - that's a lot of money for great sushi but mediocre cooked food. The cheaper of the two omakase menus (which we had) was $225.00 per person.

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