Sushi Inoue

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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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding -must do the Omakase

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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
1 review
Dined on December 16, 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
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 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 2, 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
11 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 25, 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
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 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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PA
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 11, 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 11, 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 27, 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
3 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
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 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 6, 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 30, 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
3 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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TT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was really special that only Japanese sushis. Owner brings his specific taste with a lot of imagination. That's the only positive aspect of the restaurant.
However the service was not consistent with 1-star Michelin guide. Far away of what I know from France. While they were only two tables for three waiters many errors were performéd by new (?) employées on training(???) Many times the boss was obliged to correct the employee's mistakes. I even saw the boss doing a snapshot meeting and giving directive to staff in the restaurant in front of us instead of in the kitchen!!! What à lack of professionnalism. She also was doing her paper work in the restaurant.
When ordering white wine the waiter did not know where and what wine to serve while they only offer one kind. The waiters seem to be confused between themselves about the serving. Ex.: I asked a waiter to keep my saké in the fridge, and the others were looking for my saké to serve me again... When considering the total bill was around $450 for two we could expect much, much... better.
In addition no information was given on Web site that the restaurant is BYOB.
And adding directly 20% charge on the bill (of ~350$) for the service is (1) really abusive, (2) take advantage of the lack of knowledge of foreign tourists and (3) does not reflect the service we should receive of 1☆ Michelin Guide.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Chef was super attentive and there were so many courses. It’s BYOB, so keep that in mind if you’re looking for something to Imbibe on with your meal

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FF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An incredible find.
The Omakase menu is incredible.
The ritual of every course being prepared in front of you is like a work of art.
Combination of tastes and flavors wonderful on the palette. A really special treat.
Kelley - front of house is amusing and solitons.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing experience! Tasted wonderful chef selection sushi, unique flavor combinations and a variety of Japanese fish. The aged tuna was my favorite - melted in your mouth.

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RW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a special experience! The second we began the meal we felt transported back to Japan. The sushi is so thoughtfully crafted to highlight the uniqueness of each fish. No fuss, no bells + whistles - just some of the best sushi we have ever had. Worth every penny!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The chef and staff pay attention to EVERYTHING! Great experience.

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D
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Fine but not as good as we expected it to be, especially for the price!

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JO
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best, the best and simply THE BEST!

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a
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a fantastic experience from start to finish. Incredible, interesting, and impeccably prepared food, flawless service, and a welcoming atmosphere. It's expensive depending on what you order, but it was 1000% worth it. I'd definitely return.

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IM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Freshest sushi I’ve had in the city. All items exceeded expectations.

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CB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

Usually when a place messes up they do something nice like comp something.. but i suppose there’s zero incentive to do the right thing when gratuity is included already.

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MB
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

service was the worst. We threaten we were going to leave. 4 of us sat at the sushi bar and had the omikase. 1 of the guests was a vegetarian so the gave her seaweed for $225. Sushi very good. Experience definitely not worth going.

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CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner at Sushi Inoue was a culinary experience, with each bite more beautiful and delicious than the next. Service was attentive and their house sake is mellow and smooth. This is not a place for a quick bite which an obnoxious diner sitting at the sushi bar did not seem to understand. The waitress diffused his unnecessary ire very well and we complimented her on her tact.

Sushi Inoue offers the best sushi we have ever eaten. As a special meal it was wonderful. It is pricey to be sure but we left feeling so deliciously satisfied and well taken care of, and could laugh about the rude person who probably should have gone to a fast food place! Excellent, delectable meal!

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They added 20% tips in the check automatically. We only have 2 people, I don't think that is legit.

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RS
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch food and service. The sea urchin (uni) was the best I’ve eaten here on the East Coast.

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l
New England
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want a true Japanese omakase experience worthy of Tokyo, this is where you should go, but be prepared to treat it as a splurge.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

For the price point (approx. $500) at a Michelin rated restaurant, the waitress service was NOT up to par. Food was great.

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G
New England
12 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 2

Pouring rain night. I don’t drink sake and they had two sweet pink Italian wines that the manager said were white wines. they also had a red wine and nothing that that goes with delicate sushi and fish/seafood.

I didn’t want just water or tea and saw someone leave the restaurant and return with a bottle of wine. I inquired and found out about a liquor store 3 blocks away.

I left the restaurant. I walk with a cane. Trudged in the rain in the dark empty streets of Harlem (I’m a 71-year-old woman) to the wine store.

I had to laugh. Was so disgusted I just wanted to go home but knew they would charge me $200 if I didn’t show. They are clear about the Credit card reservation policy but not about the byob.

This is a little casual nothing place that charges EXTREMELY high end sushi prices and service for bad service and decor. I asked to talk to the manager to say that they should advertise the byob in their website. I asked 4 times. He was seated in a chair behind me and I was at the counter but he couldn’t get up to speak to me. Finally he did and had nothing to say.

Authentic Japanese restaurants (the very expensive ones) don’t charge service fees.

Basically, I paid $375!!!!! for indigestion. The omakase I chose was $275 but somehow I paid another $100. If it had been a delicious memorable outstanding experience, I would have minded less.

I have been to high end Japanese and sushi places all over the world including Japan. This was overpriced, substandard and terrible. The 10 pieces of sushi I had were good as was a meaty oyster from Seattle and the uni. I enjoyed my wine from the store three blocks away. The whole bottle was $10 and i drank one glass. left before the end of the meal.

I asked other people in the restaurant if they knew about the byob policy and they did not.

This place is a TOTAL RIDICULOUS RIPOFF and I learned this sorry lesson the hard way.

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OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelent, very fresh!

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L
Montreal
9 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Un lugar muy especial para comer típica comida japonesa, muy acogedor aunque conservador, es muy interesante para quien quiere conocer más profúndamente el sabor y los ingredientes de la gastronomía nipona, un chef en la barra preparando con gran atención cada pieza, garantizan la frescura y la calidad de todo lo ofrecido. Un servicio muy cálido y amable hacen fácil la experiencia. Mi recomendación sería probar la degustación del chef para en una segunda ocasión probar ya platos específicos. Muy buena experiencia aunque la zona en la que se encuentra no es particularmente turística.

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