Zuma Japanese Restaurant - NY

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Zuma, the brainchild of award winning co-founder and creator, Rainer Becker, brings its internationally acclaimed style of contemporary Japanese cuisine to midtown, New York.

Serving dishes designed to share and inspired by the informal dining style of izakaya; the three kitchens present authentic yet alluring options, with bold flavors and simple presentation, highlighting quality ingredients.
261 Madison Avenue 10016
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New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a disappointment. A consistent dinner whenever we visit.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Un imprescindible en NYC!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Appetizer took about 30 mins for a soup n main course’s where cold an they were steak

AM
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

I really disappointed from Zuma service. On a restaurant with a glamorous name I expected at least to a toothpick after we ordered the corn cob dish!
The server didn’t even asked us even once if everything is okay with the food, if we need something, we needed to shout a few times until a server paid attention to us when we wanted to order a dessert. But when we asked for the check they heated it right away.
Even in a “simple” restaurant they pay more attention to the costumers needs.
We left the restaurant with mixed feelings.

AB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible tasting menu but soooooooo much food! Thankfully someone was at home to eat the rest!
Presentation was absolutely amazing and quality of food beyond.

OT
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The prawn tempura had a taste of used oil, the prawn/cod dumplings were not so tasty.
The Zuma Miami was better, and our last time in Zuma NYC in 2017 better too.
Quality decreases.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & ambience! Loved Scott and his kind manner and excellent customer service.

OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is always fresh and supsrb sashimi. Great service

JP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zuma is amazing, always.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Service was terrible. One hour before anyone approached our table to take our order. It was a Monday night and although tables were filled at 6pm there was no help and the food when finally ordered took even longer

CO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Great food. Beautifully designed but designed for corporate expense accounts. Dinner for 2, 3 drinks and and about 8 or 9 various dishes we shared plus dessert. About $350 with tip and was looking for leftover pizza when I got home. The price was in line with the quality, service and atmosphere but I was still hungry. Would not go back if I was paying.

F
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was amazing...everything was perfect...zuma truly lived upto the hype .... loved the sushi and the chocolate cake dessert...lovely place and a must visit 😊❤️

E
Hamburg Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good atmosphere! Great food. Can definitely recommend this place!!!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Excellent food - but had to call someone to get out waiter to come take out order. Once that was done service was good

N
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a nice lunch

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good and tasty but à little beat expensive
Salmon terryaki and black cod incredible

OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This restaurant may have good food but I couldn’t eat it because they would not listen to my food instructions necessary for my health. Time and time again. Left hungry and a bit poorer

R
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Service was appalling. Our waitress disappeared. Just left menus on the table with no explanation. Took our drinks order after we had to call her over a few times. Then we never saw her again. Asked someone else to bring us the check.

d
New York Area
200 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Previous experience there was excellent, but this time service was slow and not very attentive, and portions quite small for even the Restaurant Week price. This used to be a favorite restaurant, but no longer, despite excellent decor and good food (but the food quality and quantity have gone down). Still, for its location, it's a find since there's not much else nearby.

GF
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regulars here, and it's always our favorite. Great sushi, but also amazing non-sushi dishes. There is literally something for everyone that will truly impress the most discriminating foodie.

OT
Maastricht
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food ! Fantastic service

M
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The 2-floor restaurant is beautifully decorated. Wine collection storage adjacent to the glass elevator (ada compliance). Ornate details. Nice seating. Great place for a private event. We both enjoyed the fried tofu & avocado appetizer & the salmon entree. We agreed that it’s probably the best filet that we’ve eaten in a long while. Attentive staff. Highly recommend! We’re definitely coming back.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The restaurant is beautiful and the food is really good. It is quite pricey, especially as the portions are quite small and the service is not up to this price level.
Overall, we had a good experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really nice anniversary dinner

IA
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Presentation was outstanding. The salmon tartare was good. The wagyu flank steak was a little chewy. The dessert was definitely the highlight. Got the chocolate 'sumo' with mango sorbet, which i wouldn't mind getting that again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Son’s 16th bday

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it ..everything was near to perfection .... baby chicken is a NO order ....

MS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was great, loved the overall ambience.
Unfortunately our experience was ruined by my sunglasses getting stolen from the rest room. I kept them on the shelf above the sink, I went back after 20 mins & they were gone. Surprisingly they were not found at all. Surprised they would get stolen in a place like zuma, more something u would expect at a something like a McDonald’s restroom

AD
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing experience every time we visit!!!
I love the fried calamari, shrimp and black cod dumplings, portobello mushrooms with garlic sauce, beef tenderloin with sweet soy, chirashi maki!! love it!!

AD
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always, we enjoyed our visit to Zuma. The wine selection of wines, whiskey and cocktails suit any visitor. The food is amazing, we haven’t tried anything we didn’t like.
Our favorites are: Portobello mushrooms in garlic sauce, shirmp and black cod dumplings, beef tenderloin with sesame and sweet soy and the chirashi maki!!!! However, everything is good, so you can’t go wrong!!!

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Muy bueno pero muy ruidoso

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Service was very slow to bring winr and cutlery. The rest was great

E
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The first impression was great, specious place, two floors designed with high wood ceilings and stones in decor (Japanese style), nice bar area and very comfortable chairs😊. I got the items from #therestaurantweek special menu:
🔹Miso soup -was ok, like everywhere else
🔹Salmon tartare - it came like pâté with a piece of crispy lotus and crispy rice toast, was delicious with a touch of yuzu
🔹4oz. flank steak - was below average
🔹Yuzu cheesecake with raspberry sorbet - yummy liked it the most 😋 for an additional charge, but I got it on the house 🤫............... When I arrived at around 2 pm they were a little busy, so I waited for food around 20-25 min.
Overall was an interesting experience. I liked the ambiance and dessert the most, service was good and attentive. I'll probably give another try for sushi next time. Bon petit!

O
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The restaurant week menu is rather disappointing. Very bland. It doesn’t give options of what zuma is famous for.

l
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I had a lunch reservation for myself for restaurant week and, when I arrived, there were plenty of available tables but they asked me to wait. They then seated me at the sushi bar -- which was ok but I would have preferred a table. The food was very good but, I felt, extremely small portions. The dessert was very good -- a chocolate mousse filled with mango mousse shaped like a Buddha.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect, the best restaurant

T
Miami
55 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. Everything is delicious (always)! Always great service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible omakase by the most talented Head Chef Kwang and

c
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely amazing!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

50th birthday
one of the most memorable meals i have enjoyed in nyc.

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