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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Sun 5:30PM - 10:30PM
Tue - Sat 5:30PM - 11:00PM
What Insiders Are Saying
Sushi Inoue is the best sushi in Harlem.
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.
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.
Omakase course was really great and delicious. Staffs are attentive and the taisho (Inoue san) is really nice guy and we enjoyed his craftsmanship.
Best traditional Omakase in town
Quite simply the best sushi under $450 in New York.
Delicious sushi and wonderful service.
Always welcoming, accommodating and the chef is awesome!
Attentive chef and amazing food
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.
Really nice food. It is a recommendable experience, you can see how the chef prepare everything! We will come back
Spectacular. The best omakase ever, and that includes may $300+ restaurants in New York and LA.
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.
This place is absolutely amazing.
Food is good quality. Service also good, warm staff. Ambience is not there for a authentic, high end Japanese restaurant.
Best sushi, period.
Now my favourite sushi in NYC with great ingredients and a terrific chef...
The best sushi I have ever had, It was so fresh abd the waitress knew how to help us order.
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!
The food is great, the chef is very friendly!
Outstanding sushi but we had to wait a long time for our food
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
The chef is brilliance personified. Every course is perfect. Everything is perfect.
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.
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!
Delicious sushi and attentive service. Well deserve of the Michelin star.
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.
Best sushi in the city!
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
Their tuna selection, particularly O-TORO, is amazing. However, I must say that it is very pricey.
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
This is hands down the best sushi in NYC! Better than Nobu. This sushi is like butter! I Promise
I can’t imagine how this place got a Michelin Star. Service was great, food was at best average.
Chef is humorous and professional! The amount of food is really big! Recommend salmon