Zuma Japanese Restaurant - NY

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$50 and over
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Japanese
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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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Good dinner. Food came out too fast even though I asked the server to slow it down. At one point we had 8 dishes on the table for dinner for 5. Was not much room to put our drinks down!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around!

SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very neat place but the food underwhelming in my opinion

L
Los Angeles
77 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You just can’t beat the combination of beautiful, modern decor, great food, attentive service and for lunch, decent value. I will be back for sure

r
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fantastico lugar, experiencia que repito en cada visita a NY; en esta ocasión más tranquilo de lo habitual por ser domingo. Un error en algun eslabon de la cadena de comanda nos dejó un buen rato sin el plato principal, no obstante lo cual la atención y amabilidad del servicio hizo que no se le diera más valor que una simple incidencia... Gran experiencia que volveré a repetir!

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E
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant great vibe great service and great food

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Zuma is overall a great place but the service was off this time. The food came all at once and not spaced out. The drinks when we ordered two they brought one and we waited a long time for the second. Definitely a drop in service levels

MF
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is really amazing and the special plates wont regret trying them

TG
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty

S
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous everything

MM
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zuma has it all... delicious food, an attentive wait staff and a wonderfully welcoming ambiance. It’s great for a date night or a quiet dinner with friends. Try it!

CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful New Year Eve! Certainly recommend. Very well organized, good food, music, atmosphere. Couldn’t be better.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderfull: service, place and food!!! And the company

OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice!

JB
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely an experience you can't miss.
One of our favourite restaurants without a doubt.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was nice, the guy whi

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I spend my Christmas day at zuma , and o regret it 😊👌🏻

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Das Essen war sehr lecker. Super service, sehr freundlich. Mussten auch fast gar nicht warten.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good overall

KN
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My second time here and it’s still good. Good service, great food, nice crowd. I do recommend this place, must visit.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Waited about 20 minutes past our reservation time while others walked in and seemed to be seated immediately. Several items were brought to our table in error and one thing was misheard by the server resulting in the wrong drink brought to us.

Food was unique and delicious

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. We had the tasting menu and it was one of the best meals that I’ve had in NYC in a while, and that’s saying a lot.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Très bel endroit et très bonne table.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Out as a client and the lack of clarity on drink prices was uncomfortable. Otherwise beautiful place with even more beautiful tasting food.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Although restaurant was empty, they refused to serve me the lunch tasting menu as they require a minimum of 2 people simply because of space needed for the dishes.

MG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great customer service. Dishes were hit or miss. Some were excellent, others were average. Expensive given the quality of the food. Cool vibe but very loud.

I
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful venue. Lovely lunch place.

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service. My favorite restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food as always. Service was lacking a tad.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience1

The manager was extremely rude when we complained that no one warned us we would be sitting upstairs and would only be able to order off of the bar menu.

PA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was a good experience overall. At the beginning of the meal I told the server I had an allergy to truffles. We ordered the upgraded tasting menu. The first course came with truffles! I pointed it out to the runner who apologized. Then the second course came with truffles on it!! The rest of the meal was without incident. Love the dessert platter every time!!

KG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great ambience and delicious food!

AW
Orlando
17 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Terrible seating situation - they direct you over to the bar and then a slew of confused hostesses come by and ask one by one what your name is - this goes on for 30 minutes past your reservation time. Then when you go ask the head “hostess” she says “yea we are still setting the table” Oh ok. Then when you sit down the server finally comes over after another 15 minutes and says “any questions?” with no further greeting. No, and I’m great! Thanks for asking. We have had plenty of time to study the menu. The meal was sub- par Japanese at best and I could have been happier going to a hole in the wall sushi joint. Maybe that’s because I wasn’t given any recommendations or direction whatsoever and couldn’t dare bother the staff.

KD
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and attentive service but a bit pricey.

OT
Frankfurt Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual- excellent food, impeccable service but very noisy.

ES
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

food is very good but the check in with hostess/getting seated is very poorly run

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, great ambiance and great food. 10/10

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience5

Usually is great. Last night the service and food were sub par. For $500 for 2 people I expected much better. The Managment acknowledged the poor situation, but no effort was made to rectify the situation. In fact, after waiting up to 45 minutes for each course the rushed us out!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

We wanted to enjoy great food and good ambience, but got far from it. From the moment we sat down, people stressed getting food to us. We started with a drink and asked for some edamame. They arrived fast, so far so good. But while we were talking, suddenly 3 courses came to our table (we ordered the omakase). We were surprised, special when they tried to push 2 more courses to our table. We had to call for the lead there to slow down, but even then they stressed through the evening. Luckily had had great party (my wife) with me, because this was below average. Also, they serve so much food it feels like a waste. If we wanted fast food, we would have gone somewhere else. What a disappointing experience :(