Sushi Inoue

4.5
158 reviews
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$50 and over
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Sushi
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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!)
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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Neighborhood
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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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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

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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2.0Dined on July 29, 2018

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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1.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Excelent, very fresh!

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

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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1.0Dined on July 4, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Best traditional Omakase in town

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Delicious sushi and wonderful service.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Always welcoming, accommodating and the chef is awesome!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Attentive chef and amazing food

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

This place is absolutely amazing.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Best sushi, period.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

The food is great, the chef is very friendly!

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Excellent sushi!

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

This is my first time writing reviews on OpenTable because I saw some unfair reviews for this restaurant. Sushi Inoue is an excellent sushi omakase restaurant despite its location in Harlem and the poor decorations.
The chef was exceptionally friendly and the omakase was the qualified level of a Michelin one-starred-omakase. I've dined at almost all the omakase places in New York, LA, and Seattle, etc. I'll say the $250 option omakase was slightly overpriced, but the $200 omakade was worth a shot. (Because of the dining environment, the decorations of the restaurant, and the atmosphere. The dining environment was not even comparable to Sushi Yasaka on W 72nd St, but the omakase was indeed the same level as Sushi Amane on E 44th St.)
The service was extremely great. I don't understand why there were several reviews saying that the service was "unbelievably awful", because from my perspective the whole experience was very pleasant. Sushi Inoue is obviously a family-owned restaurant, and the service staff and even all the employees in the kitchen knew each other and had very good relationships with the chef (I even doubt if they came from Japan to US altogether). I saw the chef's wife did clerk work, and I sat next to one former employee of them and dined with their son.
As for the liqour problem that were mentioned in other reviews, I saw they now have a cabinet for the selections of wine and sakes. They now must have the liquor license.
Overall the omakase was worthy $200, all the staff people of Sushi Inoue were very friendly, and the dining experience was delightful. I only wish the chef (restaurant owner) family would gain a firm foothold among so many Michelin-one-starred sushi omakase restaurants in New York, and could move to a new location in midtown or at least uptowns. Because the chef's omakase craftsmanship and artistry deserve a much better location and a more decent storefront!

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3.0Dined on February 1, 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

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

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

Amazing sushi

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