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Permanently Closed - Wasan East Village

197 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Top Tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Ingredients are at the heart of cooking. Even the same ingredient can have infinite varieties, depending on where, which season, or under what weather condition they were produced.

It's not a matter of simply cutting and cooking, but how to make the best use of the ingredients by finding the best way to cook them. For instance, tuna can be eaten as sashimi, steak or simmered in soy sauce. Making good use of ingredients means that we see the conditions of the tuna first and then choose the best cooking style.

Same goes for wine: even the producer is the same, the taste varies from each year of vintage, in which glass it is poured, or how long it has been aged. And sake can be dramatically different by the temperature it is served: hot, warm, or chilled.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
Dinner: 7days:
Monday 6:00pm - 10:30pm
Tuesday 6:00pm - 10:30pm
Wednesday 6:00pm - 10:30pm
Thursday 6:00pm - 10:30pm
Friday 6:00pm - 1:00am
Saturday 6:00pm - 1:00am
Sunday 5:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(212) 777-1978
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kaku Sakurai & Ryota Kitagawa
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Wasan is available to cater events, either at your home or a New York City venue of your choice. Our signature dishes by Ryota and Kaku will be brought to you. We take pride in preparing these specialties for you while we're also happy to accommodate any culinary requests you may have to help branding your event, so you can make the occasion your own. Wasan staff will work closely with you to tailor the event to your budget by paying close attention in bringing value in all of our services.
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Cross street
between 1st Avenue & 2nd Avenue
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Public transit
2nd Ave-Houston St (F, V)
Uptown Bleecker St-Lafayette St (6)
Downtown Bleecker St-Lafayette St (6, B, D, F, V)
Bar Dining, Beer, Wine
What 197 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
4.4  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Warren (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on June 3, 2017

Ate here with Azi: uni, very good; fois gras sushi, delicious; pickled veges, OK; fluke sashimi, good; fig and achi ice cream, good

DMelanogaster (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 28, 2017

Our third time here. Food is excellent and different. Fois gras sushi is amazing. Actually all of the dishes are amazing. Service is polite and attentive. It's not cheap but it's very special.

vipSteveE (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 25, 2017

good asian food
some extraordinary snd different dishes
good experience

customer (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 5, 2017

Truly delicious culinary experience. Even just a single appetiser from here proves that this is not another sushi spot.

vipSusanJ (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2017

We found Wasan East Village when staying in the city over President's Day weekend. The food was excellent. The fish was extremely fresh, and the plates were beautifully presented. It was a great meal and a wonderful time.

Mark (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

Really nice place. So quiet and comfortable. Tasty food. Great service.

Jcg004 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

We went for Valentine's Day and honestly, Wasan blew our minds. I can't wait to go there again.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2017

Yummy! Service was awesome and people were friendly, would really appreciate more effort when it came to the ambiance of the restaurant because everything else meets the mark. Food was delicious!! The Fois Gras sushi, cod and wagyu beef bowl were amazing. Special shout out to the fig and mascarpone ice cream. So fresh and definitely my favorite. :)

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 13, 2016

One of the best Japanese restaurants in the city. The food has such a 'home-cooked' taste, much like "Okaasan no Aji" that I crave. There is a nice variety and the menu regularly changes. Service is very friendly and if you like beer or sake, the selection is perfect.

viptrichardc (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 3, 2016

If I'm in the East Village, I'm likely to have dinner here. Authentic Japanese but not a sushi restaurant (though there is sushi on the menu). Delicious, friendly, relaxed and open late. I think the full menu is until 11 pm and then the late night menu is until 2 am!

Robert (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 6, 2016

Inventive Japanese food served in a low-key atmosphere. Excellent sake.

Kenneth (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2016

Great food. Great Sake. Great service. Had a wonderful time.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on October 14, 2016

Tasting menu was excellent and well worth the price. Service was good during the meal but a bit slow at the end when we were trying to get our check to leave. Good selection of Japanese beer and nice warm and casual while still being upscale atmosphere.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 12, 2016

Wonderful 6th anniversary special course. This is very authentic Japanese cuisine.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on September 6, 2016

This used be to a really great hidden gem for non traditional Japanese food. I'm afraid to say it's no longer the same. I don't know what happened in the last year but the menu has not only changed but the quality has slipped. We did not enjoy our experience and will never come back. A shame...

MadeleineL (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 18, 2016

Very creative Japanese food paired with good selection of beers or sake. Focus on seasonal specialities and updated classics. Tasting menu out of this world and 4 course chefs menu excellent for the younger set. Large selection of small plates if your focus is sampling the sake flights. We are regulars and never disappointed .

vipMiamieater (Miami)
4.0  Dined on June 24, 2016

Very spicy, but really delicious. Not a lot of vegetarian options, although the kitchen was able to make some of the dishes without meet. Service was really friendly.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on May 7, 2016

We went Wasan on mother's day weekend. I guess the kitchen was way too busy that night. It took way long time.

vipGonzo (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 17, 2016

The omakase menu we had was six courses for only $60. Everything was beautifully prepared and delicious. This was my first visit to Wasan, but certainly won't be my last!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 12, 2016

Interesting concepts but didn't deliver in execution. I didn't have high expectations for such low priced uni, but it wasnt even fresh. Sashimi Bowl was decently and good value. Friend's cod wasn't great. Appetizers were okay, but nothing to write home about.