Sushi Inoue

4.5
168 reviews
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$50 and over
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Sushi
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
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!)
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Sushi
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Saturday 5:30pm-11pm
Sunday 5:30pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(646) 766-0555
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Shinichi Inoue
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Cross street
129th St.
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Public transit
MTA Subway 2 or 3
Additional
Counter Seating, Takeout

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Sun 5:30PM - 10:30PM
Tue - Sat 5:30PM - 11:00PM

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

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

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

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

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

The best, the best and simply THE BEST!

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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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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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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
9 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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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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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
8 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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Mexico City
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelent, very fresh!

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L
Montreal
7 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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OT
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was excellent as always. It was our third visit there. Every time we go from Berlin to NY we go there. Everything is fresh and tasty.

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IS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a pure joy to be served by Chef Shinichi Inoue. This understated, Harlem gem is a must-visit. Skip the table seating and head straight to the counter for some of the best Omakase of your life. Watching Chef Inoue prepare and create each dish was mesmerizing. His sharp attention to detail, love for his craft and incomparable skill made for a dining experience that was intimate, unique, and utterly delicious.

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

I made a reservation at this place the day before really excited and really to have some quality sushi. However, the hour before our scheduled reservation, I got a call from the restaurant saying our reservation got "cancelled". I got an email of confirmation the night before, the level of communication was abysmal. I will never make a reservation ever again and I hope they are glad they lost a customer.

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T
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omakase course was really great and delicious. Staffs are attentive and the taisho (Inoue san) is really nice guy and we enjoyed his craftsmanship.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best traditional Omakase in town

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quite simply the best sushi under $450 in New York.

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MF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious sushi and wonderful service.

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BS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always welcoming, accommodating and the chef is awesome!

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RK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive chef and amazing food

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NM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best sushi experience in NYC, hands down. Chef Inoue in brilliant and always happy to explain what he is aerving. Completely delicious.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice food. It is a recommendable experience, you can see how the chef prepare everything! We will come back

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DR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular. The best omakase ever, and that includes may $300+ restaurants in New York and LA.

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JG
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The sushi was as good as any other top notch authentic omakase as I've had, but it feels like a neighborhood joint. While that's cool, and allows for easier reservations since it's more under the radar, there is a disconnect between what you're spending and the environment you're eating it in.

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CP
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is absolutely amazing.

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HN
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is good quality. Service also good, warm staff. Ambience is not there for a authentic, high end Japanese restaurant.

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L
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi, period.

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Now my favourite sushi in NYC with great ingredients and a terrific chef...

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A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best sushi I have ever had, It was so fresh abd the waitress knew how to help us order.

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b
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here in 3 years - had the chef's prix fixe right after it opened, and this weekend ate a la carte. Incredible, handcrafted Sushi from the chef from Kyushu. If you can have the chef's menu and just let them walk you through the world of sushi!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is great, the chef is very friendly!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

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

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent sushi!

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SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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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