Sushi Nakazawa - Dining Room

4.6
669 reviews
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Sushi
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  • Good for Anniversaries
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Sushi Nakazawa serves the omakase of Chef Daisuke Nakazawa. Within the twenty-course meal lies Chef Nakazawa’s passion for sushi. With ingredients sourced both domestically and internationally, the chef crafts a very special nigiri tasting menu. Chef Nakazawa is a strong believer in the food he serves representing the waters he is surrounded by, so only the best and freshest find its way to your plate.



Both sushi bar seats and tables in our dining room are made available 30 calendar days in advance.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Sushi
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Hours of operation
Dinner is served everyday between Monday 5:00pm - 10:15pm.
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Phone number
(212) 924-2212
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Preferred
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Executive chef
Daisuke Nakazawa
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
7th Ave and Bedford Street
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Public transit
Two blocks south of the Christopher 1 stop.
What 669 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.4
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4.1
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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

The best sushi money can buy or somewhat close. Just amazing.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

I can’t count how many times we have celebrated life’s milestones here. And we love it. Simply the best.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

This is the type of experience that everyone should have once in their life.

We arrived a little early ahead of our reservations. Table was already ready at the back of the restaurant- it felt secluded and private. We were given the option to have either the regular omakase or the premium omakase. We went with the premium omakase, and needless to say it was delicious.

The attention to detail from the waitstaff was a nice touch. The third course into the meal they noticed I was left handed without me saying anything, and they plates the sushi appropriately for me. I didn’t even have to say anything - which was delightful.

All the fish was fresh, nicely prepared and the last piece of sushi of the first four courses was the best out of all of them (king salmon, yellowtail, chopped fatty tuna, dungeness crab). I believe the regular omakase and premium omakase differs after that.

With the premium omakase, we got A5 wagyu, abalone, and caviar sushi after - all of which tasted delicious. The premium omakase is a must try if you’re able to and you won’t be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Both my husband and I truly enjoyed this exquisite restaurant on my husband's birthday. Loved the ambiance, omakase was very nicely picked, delicious, diverse, yet delicately put together.

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4.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Het eten was super. Veel verschillende en bijzondere sushi’s. We zijn een redelijk “ervaren” sushi eters. Daar kregen we enkele nieuwe vissoorten die we niet kennen. Kwaliteit van de vis en rijst waren uitstekend. Als ik een kritiekpuntje mag geven, dan vond ik het rijst op een gegeven moment net iets te zuur. Ik weet niet of dat bewust is gedaan, want in het begin vonden we de sushi’s een 10. Otoro is niet meer zoals ze vroeger waren, maar hier kan de chef niks aan doen, gezien de goede bluefin bijna niet meer te verkrijgen zijn (ook zlefs lastig in Japan)

Qua sfeer was het top.
Bediening vond ik persoonlijk soms een beetje arrogant overkomen. Misschien komt het door het Amerikaans dat we niet gewend zijn. We hadden ook een sake pairing genomen. De sake’s waren erg goed. Voor uitleg van de sake’s was de 1 wel gepassioneerd, de ander speelde meer een bandje af, dus dat is wel jammer.

Qua prijs/kwaliteit verhouding vonden we net aan de hoge kant. Voor die prijs (192 voor premiu menu ex taxes and tip) hebben we beter gehad, maarja je bent wel in NYC.

Dus als je top sushi (misschien de beste?) wil eten in NYC en niet beroerd bent om wat uit te geven, dan is dit een aanrader.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

If you're looking for the traditional high Omakaze, this is not the place. The experience has been updated to be more comfortable and massive.

It skips two key elements, the first one is to see the chef work in front of you, thats why you sit infront of the chef in all the Omakaze restaurants in Japan. The second one the order of the nigiri was a little bit confusing, the idea is to go from the lightest to the more robust in flavor, here, its a back and forth with criteria like 5 pieces of Salmon or tuna.

Overall is a really good experience, great for a date or a business meal, the service is outstanding. Just think your up for a delicious night out, not for a Omakaze experience.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Every dinner is a special experience. Can’t wait to come back. Thank you.

Zor

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

First class omakase with impeccable service and attention to detail. We enjoyed a wonderful sake pairing as well.

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Nakazawa has a lot of potential, and the place has quality ingredients and great atmosphere. Although he still has some room to go before he reaches the level of Jiro Ono or even Shiro Kashiba, where he used to work under.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Went here for our first anniversary. Food was delicious, and melted so heavenly in our mouths. Different from your traditional restaurants where you get to pick your food, but here you don’t. Setting was quiet and quite romantic with the candle lighting coupled along with lightly dimmed lighting. Perfect for special occasions only unless your wallet can afford otherwise. Again, food is to die for.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

From the moment you entered the restaurant your senses were elevated to a higher level. As you were guided to your table you past the sushi bar where you were greeted by the Chef and his apprentices and the wait staff. The tables were minimally decorated but elegant. Each person had a purpose and executed their job like a well oiled machine. From the pouring of the water to description of the nights experience. I enjoyed each piece of sushi and every glass of sake as they were presented to you and explained the process of preparation. The evening was an experience I will not soon forget.

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1.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Sushi was average at best. One of the most disappointing high end dining experiences

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Food was absolutely amazing, the service is the best I’ve ever had at a restaurant.

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

I’m a sushi snob. Nothing was wow. I was disappointed and I think Jiro would be too! Best part of the meal was his infamous tamago. Would not go back.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Great food
Excellent service
No regret
Highly recommend

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

I don’t know what more to say. This was my 6th time eating here and it gets better each and every time. The seafood is all outstanding, but it is the quality of the rice that is truly transcendent. We had the tea pairing and I cannot recommend that option enough, as sake with sushi just does not bring out the complexity of flavors that fine Japanese green tea does.

The service is, as usual, attentive and informative yet discreet.

This is the finest sushi restaurant in New York without question. We cannot wait to go back again.

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

First time was perfectly exquisite and lived up to high expectations. Sushi taste and preparation was off the charts, and the service was excellent. Dining room was a bit loud but still ok for conversation. Sake recommended to us was exactly what we asked for, dry and crisp.
Second time a year later was ok but not nearly as perfect. Sushi taste was a little off, and food prep craftsmanship was not so great. Still very good, but not worth the price. Sound level was almost intolerable until later in the evening after people started to leave after their meals. Recommended sake was ok but a bit too sweet for our taste.

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3.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Went for birthday celebration. Decor was not impressive and due to size of table dining area, the noise level of peoples conservations were extremely loud. Could hardly hear what they were saying when the server was presenting the courses and drink pairings. We all ordered the omakase meal with the A5 wagyu beef and caviar addition. The wagyu beef was delicious but the caviar was not as I expected.
For the price of $165/person, the meal did not meet my expectations. I feel I had fresher, sweeter tasting fish selections at regular Japanese sushi restaurants. The first course of salmon was the best course.

Overall, would not return or recommend to friends due to price and quality.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants. The service, food and dining experience ate second to none.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Service is fantastic, impressive attention to detail, always consistent quality! Highly recommend!

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2.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Very very disappointed. Serving $180 omakase course at the table is the worst idea. Nigiri zushi does not maintain the flavor so long so that omakaze course is served only in front of the customer at the counter. Taste buds are all about memory. If any prepared sushi does not deliver the flavor above the memory's threshold, the customers are not satisfied.

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3.0Dined on June 15, 2018

This was our second visit to the restaurant. We loved it the first time which is why we returned despite the steep price. The first time was a much more leisurely dinner. When were were finished with the prix fixe we were offered additional items if we were still hungry or just wanted to try anything else. This time were very aware that they were trying to turn the table over. Out plates were cleared as we were still chewing. At the end of the meal were were promptly handed the bill. No offer of additional items. Also they must have changed the menu a bit because last time we were offered a choice of hand roll, which we liked very much, but this time we were not. Overall, the food is very, very good but given the cost and service feeling like a factory, we won't be rushing back.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Been wanting to try this for a long time--and it was more than worth the wait. Definitely exceeded our high expectations.
Absolutely fantastic and the most impeccable service ever: gracious, attentive, knowledgeable but also give you space. When it was time to go, one the waiters beautifully came by and said "Thank you for dining with us." The food was so good we couldn't choose a favorite, but the tuna plate was phenomenal.
The room is peaceful and elegant.
Extensive saki menu and some unusual beers as well.

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2018

There are better omakase places in the area. Not worth the money in my opinion. Our crab piece had a piece of shell in it. The rice was too wet and the seafood flavor was lost on most pieces at there was too much going on.

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1.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We arrived a little early and whilst I appreciate the restaurant runs a set menu and needs the timing to work, the reception we received was the worst I have ever experienced. The gentleman on the door was rude, caustic, superior and unwelcoming. We were basically told we could wait in the lounge but it was so uncomfortable we decided to walk around the block. Despite having paid a prepayment, we seriously considered writing that off and going elsewhere such was the awful nature of the greeting. The whole experience was completely ruined and as such it was hard to enjoy the meal. I was taking my sister for her birthday and it was so disappointing to have been treated so badly and made to feel that we were “beneath” the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Always stellar, this is our go-to place for special occasions! We love it and they never disappoint!

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2.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Locale rumoroso, con menu fisso e costi sproporzionati

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3.0Dined on May 29, 2018

The food was amazing, but we didn’t feel welcome. The courses felt rushed through and we are out again in 90 minutes.

We were looking for a night out and enjoying Sushi with a nice wine, but that turned out differently. Would not recommend it.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Wedding anniversary

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Better than half of the one star Michelin sushi places in SF

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The service, ambiance, sake pairing and of course the food was absolutely amazing. Nakazowa is such a lovely and delicious place to dine in NYC.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Best sushi in NY

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2.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Of the 21 items, 4-5 are really good. Yet, overall it's just not that impressive. It's $400 for two people with a single glass of wine. Even at half the price, I would have been underwhelmed due to the food. I've had amazing meals at Uchi in Austin and a few Nobus and this meal wasn't in that league.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Great experience and service

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

It was my 50th Birthday celebration with my daughter.

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2.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Below expectations . We had high hope to dine at an apprecitence of Jiro but the food and service were lackluster .

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Birthday dinner.

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1.0Dined on May 1, 2018

We had marked this as a special occasion - twice! Once on Opentable, and another time through their reservations text messaging service. The occasion was extremely special, my younger brother had just gone into remission after fighting cancer this past year. He was not allowed to eat raw foods during his treatment, so he chose Sushi Nakazawa as a treat because it was going to be his first raw meal, and a special celebration for our family after such a painful experience. The reservations desk told us that they would put a candle in our dessert and make it special for my brother. Towards the end of the meal, nothing happened. We were extremely put off, so I went to speak to the manager to find out what happened. She told me that she didn’t think a candle was appropriate for celebrating our occasion, so she scrapped the idea. But she didn’t do anything else in its place, so we had no celebratory experience. I reminded her again that this occasion was extremely special by all standards, and if she didn’t think a candle was appropriate after they offered to do it, she should have done something else. It was only then that she said that they do could something else - even though we had already paid the bill. My mother, who was also upset, said “No thank you.” The manager shrugged and said, “Okay, sorry!” I was so put off by the experience and also by the restaurant’s attitude. I have never dined at a less sympathetic establishment and I am honestly disgusted by the experience.

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3.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Very good Omakase but expensive. $120 for dining room before tax, tip, drinks or any a la cartes. You will end up wanting to add an ala carte to taste one of your favs again.

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2.0Dined on April 16, 2018

The ambiance is too loud. Service isn’t friendly enough and frankly, SOTO and EN have much better sushi. This is unfortunate given the hype.

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