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About Sushi Inoue

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!)

381 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10027
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday 5:30pm-11pm
Sunday 5:30pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
129th St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(646) 766-0555

Website:
http://www.sushiinoue.com/

Public Transit:
MTA Subway 2 or 3

Executive Chef:
Shinichi Inoue

Additional:
Counter Seating, Takeout

Sushi Inoue Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

3.9

value

3.7

Noise

Quiet

71% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
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Neighborhood Gem (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
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Worth the Drive (1)
Business Meals (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Healthy (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 16 hours ago

Outstanding sushi but we had to wait a long time for our food

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful experience from start to finish, each dish and piece was exquisitely tasteful and served. One of the best sushi meals I’ve had in NYC. Service was impeccable.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent sushi!

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·Dined 5 days ago

I have no idea how this place got a Michelin star. I've eaten at a lot of Omakase places in the city and this place was horrendous. The sushi was not good, the service was horrible. I left feeling scammed.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

It was 28 minutes before we got sat down and another 10 before getting a glass of water. Then the waiter said they don’t have liquor, I can go 2 blocks up the street and buy some. They could have told us that before.
The slowest service ever in nyc. And for 250 dollars a head, it could be better.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Outrageously expensive, for the quality. The omakase menu ($250) could get you a meal at any top place in the city. It's certainly better than your average sushi place. But the place is already a little shabby. It has no sake menu or liquor to speak of. And it doesn't come close the quality of places near, or even half it's price. Decent sushi at outrageous prices. You can do a lot better than this place.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I was sat at the sushi bar right in front of Chef Inoue, who was extremely mindful of me. Mentioned what I was eating in Japanese and then explained what it was in english. Also showed on a map where everything was coming for. I mentioned at the start that I love squid and eel and remembered that bit of info an hour later. Extremely pleased and worth the trip all the way from Canada!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The chef is brilliance personified. Every course is perfect. Everything is perfect.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Ordered the $150 omakase and hugely disappointed. The sushi was okay but all cooked food from the kitchen were really bad. Only interesting(note decent not great) dish was cold soba wrapped in thin wrap(think Vietnamese cold summer roll). Perhaps they should open a soba shop that might offer better value. The near by Yuzu restaurant is not great value already but borderline acceptable - but sorry Inoue is not even close, for $150.
Was really really excited to have a decent japanese restaurant in Harlem but sorry I came.

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

Absolutely spectacular. Try to sit at the bar so you can watch Inoue prepare the sushi directly. It was one of the best meals of our lives!

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Delicious sushi and attentive service. Well deserve of the Michelin star.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Really really great food. But, $250 for two people is excessive. That was 2 rolls, 8 pieces, soup, one app and sake.

Great people and very friendly. Prices are about double if what they should be.

Tags: Healthy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Best sushi in the city!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This is my second time to this restaurant. The first time they had disappointed me because of a very (non aspected) bad service. For this reason at that time I left a very bad review and I rate the restaurant with only one star. After that experience I had received a phone call from the manager of Sushi Inoue and then an email. In its email, the restaurant, on behalf of the Chef expressed the deepest apologies and invited me again to the restaurant. As courtesy gesture they also offered me a coupon of $100 of discount. So me and my wife (an Italian Chef) have decided to come back this Saturday to give a second chance to this so well-known restaurant.
This time we sit at the sushi bar and we decided to select the $200 menu per person. My wife told the Master Chef about her soy allergy and he was so professional to prepare an ad-hoc menu only for her. We really appreciated his flexibility to accept this challenge for preparing a special traditional and authentic Japanese menu without soy. In my case I chose the one already proposed by the menu.
The final result for both was extraordinary; we were able to enjoy the row fish had its unique flavor and taste thanks to the recipes of the Master Chef. He has been prepared everything from scratch in front of us and been directed personally also the few cooked dishes from the kitchen. Ours was not a dinner. It was a sort of journey to Nagasaki discovering its authentic and genuine sushi cousine. Eating at Sushi Inoue we felt to be not in Harlem : every bite was for us a different exotic trip. Fantastic . At the end we felt so excited and happy and we both agreed that Sushi Master Chef Shinichi Inoue really deserved his one star Michelin. Because of him - this time we have rated his food 5 stars - it is an experience I would definitely recommend to all the sushi lovers. So why the overall rate is 4 stars? Because we still believe the service should be improved - especially if you charge a fixed 20% for the service

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Their tuna selection, particularly O-TORO, is amazing. However, I must say that it is very pricey.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The service was a disaster . We had to wait more than one hour to get served. They messed up the orders and served food not in the same moment to all of us .
No wine list - no beer - inside the restaurant there was a strong bad smell of frying . Unacceptable for a 1 star Michelin

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

This is hands down the best sushi in NYC! Better than Nobu. This sushi is like butter! I Promise

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I can’t imagine how this place got a Michelin Star. Service was great, food was at best average.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Chef is humorous and professional! The amount of food is really big! Recommend salmon

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Fun, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The omakase was the best Sushi I have eaten in New York.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I had the $150 omakase where you are seated at the sushi bar and Chef Inoue serves you. The sushi was just heavenly with fish imported from Japan and other parts of the world. I am still remembering the meal 3 days later. Freshly grated wasabi and each sushi was so different. I loved the tuna hand roll and really interesting sea eel. Highly recommend, worth the price and will come back soon.

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 (London)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Worth trekking up here for good sushi. Service wasn't great, but we enjoyed hanging out and waiting

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Amazing!! We will be back!! The food was incredible. And the sushi chef was knowledgeable and friendly. We did the basic onakase and it was worth every penny.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The most amazing Japanese food with attention to every detail. The taste was fresh and the flavours exquisite. The chef was very attentive to everyone's needs. The staff were friendly and the service was good.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2017

greaaaaat greaaaaat greaaaaat greaaaaat greaaaaat greaaaaat greaaaaat food and service

Tags: Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

This place is so good. Very fresh and delicious sushi, and the service is fantastic. Best sushi I have ever had.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Sushi inoue was an amazing experience! We did the Omakase trust me menu and chef Inoue was incredible. The food was so fresh and he talked us through everything. This place is a hidden gem in Harlem and we would highly recommend it

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Simply put. the best sushi I have ever experienced!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Best Sushi I've ever had. Chef Inoue is a true master.

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 (México)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Tienen dos menus cerrados nada más, uno de 200 dólares y otro de 250 mas propina 20% e impuestos los cuales vienen agregados a la cuenta.
El chef sirve al 100% de los comensales lo cual lo hace muy lento.
El menu de 200 Dolares es demasiado abundante, para mi gusto y el de mi esposa esta exagerado en cuanto a platillos.
La calidad de los pescados es excepcional, de lo mejor que puedes haber probado.
El chef es un verdadero maestro.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2017

The food and service were top notch. Amazing sushi!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 29, 2017

I had a profoundly beautiful meal at Sushi Inoue. The omakase was perfect. A flawless meal.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Wonderful food

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

A neighborhood favorite. Everything is delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

If you're looking for the real deal this is the place for you. Fresh fish flown in from Japan 5x a week and explained and crafted with grace and elegance.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Best sushi in town!!!

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

Excellent Omakase

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Incredible is the only way to describe Sushi Inoue

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2017

I now know what sushi is supposed to be. My family is ruined unless we make it back there. Did not know what I had all these years from other places was so inferior!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Chef Inoue is great at his craft and his personality adds flavor to the meal. What a nice and genuine experience!

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Seasonal
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