About Sushi Nakazawa - Sushi Bar
New York, NY 10014
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 calender days in advance.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner is served everyday between 5:00pm - 10:15pm.
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Two blocks south of the Christopher 1 stop.
Sushi Nakazawa - Sushi Bar Ratings and Reviews
Amazing. I made my rezzie about 1 month in advance over Open Table and noted I was gluten free on there. They approached me at the beginning of dinner to discuss and the chef was AWESOME at accommodating and making me feel special as special as the rest of the GF-eating guests. The food was spectacular, almost emotional. The squid and tiger shrimp (along w everything else) was just to-die for. The only problem is I wish I knew my servers name because he was also absolutely phenomenal. Wow, just wow. Thank you!!
Sushi Nakazawa was a truly memorable experience and unlike anything we've ever had. Watching Chef Nakazawa felt like watching a painter paint or an irishman drink. Would definitely recommend, very expensive, but well worth the price as this is art and not your corner or local sushi spot.
Not even close to the hype. We have been to the best sushi restaurants in Japan and the US and this only rates a "good". Nakazawa is charming and the service is impeccable but at the end of the day, the fish was good. Nothing more.
Sushi Nakazawa is home to the famous Daisuke Nakazawa, head protege of Jiro Ono himself, who starred in the documentary, "Jiro Dreams of Sushi".
Jiro himself prides himself as a edomae sushi chef, and a perfectionist that believes that the deepest enjoyment can be found in the utmost simplicity. Nakazawa does not make sushi edomae style, but has adjusted his portfolio to fit a more western, multi-cultural palette. However, the skills and perfectionist attitude that Nakazawa studied under has not waned one bit as you can see not just him, but his staff being held to standards that are very hard to find nowadays when it comes to fine, Asian dining.
Coming to Sushi Nakazawa comes with a heavy, but also modest price tag. The entire course is not a feast, but a journey into the world of just how beautiful the art of making sushi could be from hands trained for perfection. I highly recommend coming here to experience what the high level of sushi could be.
The sushi was sublime, and watching the chefs was a joy. The sake pairing was totally worth it -- very knowledgable sommelier, just the tiniest bit patronizing which I suppose is the mark of a distinguished sommelier. The only down side for me is that there was something a bit stiff about the ambience. It was kind of funny to be jammed into the bar by the waiters who push in your seats...this is a thing, they actually direct you to sit at the back of the seat and then they push you into the bar. Not something I wouldn't come back over, but...I don't know, they call in New York style sushi so maybe the people who call themselves New Yorkers these days (i.e. nouveau riche bankers) like this kind of formality. But overall, a very memorable sushi night.
Visited the Sushi Bar on Saturday. Second time visiting here, if u are expecting to have a super traditional sushi, "Edomai", then don't come. But if u are looking for some fusion and outstanding taste experience, Sushi Nakazawa is definitely the very best choice. So actually Mr Daisuke Nakazawa doesn't work or saturday and sunday, I followed his instagram and found out that he's actually visiting different restaurants, perhaps trying bring some new ideas into his sushi, fabulous. Even Mr Daisuke Nakazawa isn't working on saturday and sunday, but one of his apprentices or colleagues, Mr Uchi actually serves all customers at the Sushi Bar. Hence, Mr Uchi is really amazing, u won't be even able to figure the differences between Mr Nakazawa and Mr Uchi, all his Sushi is made perfectly. I have been to all Michelin Guide and Star Sushi and outstanding sushi restaurants in the US, Hong Kong, like Shiro in Seattle, Urasawa in Beverley Hills, Sushi Tsujita in LA, Sushi Takodoro in San Diego, Masa in New York, Sushi Inoue in New York, Sushi Shikok in Hong Kong, Sushi Tokami in Hong Kong, etc. And went to some in Tokyo, like Saito, Sukiyabashi Jiro, Sushi Tokami, etc. However I personally somehow like Sushi Nakazawa the most, their innovative and creativity Sushi brought me a memorable and amazing experience which I have never had. If u have a chance to take the Sushi Bar, no matter it's weekdays or weekends or holiday, take it. There are literally no differences between Mr Nakazawa and Mr Uchi, they are both amazing thanks.
20 pieces may not be enough to fill you up. You can order additional pieces, but would feel rushed to secure the break time between each reservation. The pieces are served at good pace, so to be fair, it is impossible to speed up further or increase the pieces without putting pressure on the chef. I cannot point out any memorable pieces, but, if you want decent quality of sushi at good pace without the fear of overeating, overdrinking, and overpaying, this is a good place to go. But, if you intend to eat a lot of variety at your own pace with a variety of beverage to accompany, not a good choice.
This was one of the most satisfying meals of my life. If you're a fan of the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, this is the place you want to eat. The chef is the apprentice who cried with Jiro admitted he'd finally made an acceptable egg custard. The food experience and service is perfect at the bar, and you want to see it. But NB it was $225/person for 2 guys who didn't drink. I think it was worth every penny, but you have to be the mood and have the resources.
Daisuke makes this such an unbelievable experience. His fun personality along with his attention to every detail of every piece makes for an amazing meal. Every bite is a new experience. Highly recommend. I never write reviews, but this one definitely deserves it!
My husband and I had an amazing time at the sushi bar celebrating his 35th birthday. This was the best meal I've had in the city without a doubt. I can't wait to go back and sit in the lounge at the bar to enjoy all my favorite pieces again. Definitely sit at the sushi bar if it's your first time eating here.
Through no fault of the chef and the staff in the front of house and the sushi bar, the maitre d' made me feel three feet tall and embarrassed me in front of my date both before and after my meal, and seated me at the far end of the sushi bar even though other customers were 30 minutes late. It does not matter how great everyone else worked -- one person was still able to thoroughly ruin a $600 meal. I truly regret bringing my girlfriend to eat her tonight, and, while grateful to the maitre d' for his unsolicited note of apology, will never eat at Nakazawa again. Had he not ruined it repeatedly, it would be five stars for food and service. Everyone else did their jobs with excellence and aplomb.
Sushi Nakazawa is a complete experience! Watching Chef Nakazawa craft his sushi creations was like watching an athlete compete in the highest level of his sport, or an actor on a Broadway stage, or an orchestra conductor. He is beyond talented, and the fish, rice, and ingredients he used were of the highest quality. The ambiance is very quiet at the Sushi Bar, very formal and upscale, but perfect if you are seeking a memorable meal in an upscale, quiet atmosphere for a special occasion. I will certainly remember this 21-course meal for a long time.
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