About Sushi Nakazawa - Sushi Bar
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, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Two blocks south of the Christopher 1 stop.
Sushi Nakazawa - Sushi Bar Ratings and Reviews
This was the best meal of my life, hands ...
This was the best meal of my life, hands down. If you're anything like me, you will taste things you've never tasted before, and it will all be incredible. Some pieces taste so unbelievably good, like everything you've been eating previously has been simply a shadow of flavor.
It was mesmerizing to sit at the bar and watch Chef Nakazawa create your meal piece by piece.
This is not how I imagined it. I have ...
This is not how I imagined it.
I have been to high end sushi restaurants in Japan (both in Tokyo and Osaka) and Nakasawa certainly lacks the feeling of these. Not only that, it also fails to deliver: Three different styles of salmon (which were all really very amazing, to be fair) and three different cuts of tuna, hamachi, ika, two types of uni (all equally outstanding) -- they tasted all great but at the end of the day, there was nothing I haven't really experienced. Once the omakase was complete, I saw on the menu that they actually had the Gizzard Shad. I asked Nakasawa-san if this was kohada or something else -- it indeed was kohada and it was indeed really incredible! But then, how come it is not on the omakase menu? Because it smells too strongly of fish?
No wonder the chef can deliver it (I am nowhere near to pass a judgement on his skills, of course!), but it looks like (as compared to my other traditional-sushi experience) he was asked to tune it down a bit for the locals. Another example of that was the amaebi: He took the shrimps off from a container when they were still alive, showed them around to every single person at the sushi bar, then prepared the sushi and served it. Sure, the man needs to impress -- given the bill you are presented at the end. Even so, I was still expecting him to serve the heads (charred) -- but he didn't. Most likely assuming that most of the crowd would not like it.
Long story short: You may safely skip Nakasawa. Everything that was served was of remarkable quality and showed truly outstanding skill; no doubt about it. What I did not care for was the Disney-like features of the whole experience, tuned in a way to entertain the New Yorkers, rather than doing justice to the very product they serve: sushi.
I've eaten at the restaurant a number of ...
I've eaten at the restaurant a number of times but this was the first time at the bar. I'd recommend this experience but not if you're seated at the end, where the other chefs are prepping the dining room plates and the waiters are hanging out in front of you. I was able to see every mistake, hear every joke and taunts they made to each other. Wish I had sat in front of the chef or not at the end. It made us feel distant from the chef and not worth the price. For the restaurant, they should have their staff not congregate at the end of the bar and socialize in front of guests.
I've been eating sushi for 35 years, Eas ...
I've been eating sushi for 35 years, East coast, West coast and Japan, and this is the best I've ever had. The ambiance was perfect, the presentation was sublime and the tastes were amazing. I opted for the sake flight and for $45 I received 6 healthy pours which perfectly complimented the sushi. I recommend sharing this with a friend, there is plenty for both of you!
I wanted to call out to the wait staff. They were great! They stayed well after the chefs had left and were a fount of knowledge about sake, sushi, restaurants, Daisuke Nakazawa himself, and anything else you felt like talking about. They were always there to further explain the sushi and sake selection but were never intrusive.
Reservations are almost impossible to come by, make sure you are on Open Table at 12 pm one month in advance of the date you wish to go.
The entire dining experience was one of ...
The entire dining experience was one of the best I have ever had. Everyone here was extremely friendly and helpful. My girlfriend has a food allergy and was accommodated flawlessly during our omakase experience. The fish and technique used were both great. Uchi-san was amazing in his own right and is a very pleasurable person! We will be back for sure!
Nakazawa makes the experience
I've seen the documentary and been to Shiro's in Seattle during Nakazawa's time there. While the sushi itself is excellent, Nakazawa's presence is what makes the experience worthwhile. He's very good about checking in with guests and answers any questions you may have, while gladly posing for a quick photo.
This is really a very special place, spe ...
This is really a very special place, specially if you are lucky enough to land a spot on the sushi bar! From the moment you sit down until the final sorbet comes in, your are taken through a wonderful culinary experience. Chef Nakazawa's every present smile and attitude as he explains and serves each piece personally demonstrates his passion for his trade. Each sushi piece is special on its own... neither too simple, nor too exotic so as to make it a place you experiment once and never come back to. You leave really wanting to come back as soon as you can land a new reservation. The omakase is definitely fairly priced, specially considered the quality and service and compared to other options in NYC! The only suggestion is that service at the bar while you wait is not at par with the service once you sit down in the restaurant. Small detail in an overall flawless place.
how am i supposed to eat regular sushi now?
I think expectations are high when it's known that you apprenticed for one of the greatest sushi chef's in the world. But Chef Nagazawa doesn't disappoint. and nor does the Sushi Bar. The dining room is more conducive to holding a conversation, but the sushi bar is where the show is at. Chef Nagazawa is friendly and sociable, whether he's cracking jokes or laughing along with comments from diners. All pieces were prepared by Chef Nagazaw for the Sushi Bar, while his apprentices prepared for the dining room. So if you want stuff prepared by the man himself, the Sushi Bar is the only way to go. you pay a little bit more, but for the entertainment value of it, it's all worth it.
A must for sushi lovers
My family recently went on a trip to Sushi Nakazawa as part of a Christmas present and told me that it was not to be missed. Traveling from Seattle where we have a lot of great sushi bars - including some restaurants by another Jiro apprentice - I knew I didn't want to miss the opportunity. I recommend sitting at the sushi bar where you can watch the masters at work and be served directly by Nakazawa himself. While I was expecting high quality sushi, what I wasn't expecting was the subtle but incredible service. We didn't interact often with our servers, but when we did they were very informative exchanges on sake as well as specific ingredients in our fish. We were given small towels to wipe our fingers and upon noticing that my friend was left handed, a server quietly moved the towel to the other side of his plate.
I don't eat sushi that often anymore. As an environmentalist, because of the state of our oceans, and as a foodie, because I'm a bit bored of 10-ingredient rolls that disguise the flavors of fish rather than enhance them.
It makes more sense than ever to me now to spend money going to a place like this on a special occasion. It's not cheap, but it's worth it!
The fish here is all served as nigiri with different pairings like shiso leaf, Japanese plum, different sauces carefully selected for each fish. Great quality, delicate flavors and textures, not for people who are picky about their raw fish!
Believe the hype!!! Amazing, nuanced Oma ...
Believe the hype!!! Amazing, nuanced Omakase by chef Nakazawa. Sat directly in front of the master and it was worth every penny! Incredible flavors combined with an in person performance of a master at the height of his craft. Bravo!!!
Best sushi I ever had
It is an fantabulous and truly unique experience. The see food was very fresh and top class. I love the Toro, Hokkaido uni and scallop. Mr Nakazawa flavored each of his creations differently and his assistant helped explain. Will return if I'm lucky enough to get another spot at 7 pm sushi bar.
This was our second time at Sushi Nakaza ...
This was our second time at Sushi Nakazawa. The sushi was again incredible and the service superb. The sake pairing was also wonderful. The perfect place for a special dinner. Sushi Nakazawa has basically ruined all other sushi restaurants for us. We only wish it was in LA. Honestly, though, given the price, it's probably better this way.
My new favorite sushi restaurant!
The service here is as good as it gets, from having your chair pushed in for you, to a single stray grain of rice being picked up just seconds after it falls. You can't ask for better service.
The food was outstanding. They were highly accommodating. I keep kosher and was starting to explain the rules of kosher to them, and they swiftly responded by saying "no worries! we already have a kosher menu!" The premium sake pairing is a must.
Everything about this meal was the highest possible quality, I would go back here every day if I could!
Sushi Nakazawa certainly lived up to its advance press! While it is NOT easy to get a reservation, requiring us to stay up to midnight 30 days before in order to book 2 seats at the sushi bar, the experience was well worth the effort.
We arrived 5 minutes early for our 5:00 reservation and were escorted into their small but comfortable and very attractive bar area. Promptly at 5 we were seated and given their extensive beer, wine and sake list to peruse. We chose two interesting beers and decided to do one of the sake tastings. My only slightly negative comment - and it's slight - is that the first sake arrived very shortly after the beer because the meal was about to commence, and the sakes were paired to the pieces of sushi we were going to be served. So you either had to chug the beer, leave it, or drink it later.
The sushi was prepared, served and explained beautifully and precisely. The fish was amazingly flavorful, the rice perfection. None of the varieties were incredibly unusual but all were extraordinary in quality and original in preparation. The sakes were great accompaniments and very generously poured. And the staff was informative, very friendly, and not pretentious at all, which can so happen at a restaurant of this caliber. After the omakase was over, which encompassed about 21 pieces of sushi, we were offered the menu in case we wanted any additional pieces, which we did. Some of the flavors simply demanded to be repeated!
Because this was a present for my son, I never checked the prices ahead of time and really did not know what to expect. When the bill came, we were both very pleasantly surprised that, although not inexpensive, the meal seemed extremely reasonable given the quality and service. For a memorable sushi experience, I would highly recommend Nakazawa. I'm already saving up for a return visit soon!
Outstanding! The food was top notch but ...
Outstanding! The food was top notch but that goes without saying. A truly impeccable dining experience- chef Nakazawa and his team had great energy, the sommelier and staff took outstanding care of us, and we had one of the most memorable dining experiences in the city so far, that left us wanting more. We will be back!
Tonight, Chef Daisuke Nakazawa showed us ...
Tonight, Chef Daisuke Nakazawa showed us what culinary heaven looks like. An omakase meal consisting of 22 pieces of exquisite sushi bursting with finesse, flavor and freshness. I lost count how many times we closed our eyes in satisfaction and appreciation. At one point, all I wanted to do was to continue chewing and chewing and chewing. I didn't want to let go because I wanted to savor every inch of the sushi. This was definitely one of the best meals we ever had. The 1-month wait was worth every second, and our experience tonight was worth every dollar.
What an incredible experience. Chef Naka ...
What an incredible experience. Chef Nakazawa is a genius, and a lot of fun to watch work. His food is out of this world. Truly, worth every penny. If possible, sit at the sushi bar so you can watch the master at work.
Everything was incredible! The hostess, ...
Everything was incredible! The hostess, the sake sommelier (if that's the correct title), and Mr. Nakazawa were warm, welcoming, and knowledgeable. The food was excellent and the sake pairings were fantastic. Easily one of the best meals of my life!
Chef Nakazawa is very nice and friendly, ...
Chef Nakazawa is very nice and friendly, he makes you feel very comfortable and sincerely appreciates compliments. However the rice wasn't up to par with the fish and the pieces were very small. The soy sauce was also tasteless. I was expecting a lot more from the apprentice of the greatest sushi master in the world. There is room for improvement. The price didn't justify the meal.
What an experience! It may be a cliche, ...
What an experience! It may be a cliche, but you really won't see sushi the same way after dining here. The food is so simple but clean and delicious. As soon as you walk in you feel at peace, and true Zen. Service was amazing. They even picked up on the fact I was left handed and seamlessly shifted my plate setting. Nakazawa-san was amazing! So funny and I was lucky enough to sit right in front of him. His movements are beautiful like art. Really an unforgettable experience! Thank you Chef and team!
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