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
Without a doubt the best sushi you'll ha ...
Without a doubt the best sushi you'll have under $500 in NY. The restaurant has a relaxed dress code which I like and the service was impeccable. Every piece has a unique taste but it's all about how it came together with the rice. Watching Mr. Nakazawa and his staff assembly every piece was a delight.
Sushi Nakazawa is consistently exception ...
Sushi Nakazawa is consistently exceptional. The staff is extremely friendly and knowledgable. Sitting at the sushi bar is so much fun. I love watching the chefs expertly slice and construct the sushi. And of course, the sushi is out of this world. Unique flavor profiles, unusual fish, and all so delicious. Of course it's not cheap, but it's worth the money for the food and overall experience.
I was taken here for my birthday and it ...
I was taken here for my birthday and it was a special experience indeed. The sushi was creative and very high quality, the service impeccable, and the ambiance sophisticated yet comfortable. Highly recommend sitting at the sushi bar for the full effect. Be prepared to eat some unique fish and so fresh that it was still moving when it was served. It will definitely leave a dent in your wallet but I would recommend it for a special occasion.
If you live in NY and like sushi you mus ...
If you live in NY and like sushi you must eat here at least once. The entire experience is a treat. Nakazawa's omakase is well paced and smartly arranged. And the sushi... Oh, the sushi is some of the most delicate and finely crafted pieces of food you will ever eat.
One of the best sushi restaurants in NYC ...
One of the best sushi restaurants in NYC. Every piece of sushi is a piece of art. Sitting at the bar watching Mr.Nakazawa making every piece made the dinning experience very special. Highly recommended! Definitely will visit again soon.
It was more than what I had expected. It ...
It was more than what I had expected. It was amazing. I had the pleasure of being served by Chef Uchi. The sous chef there were just as funny as he was and the experience over all was really relaxed and enjoyable. All the food was mind-blowing. Seriously the best sushi I've had ever (though I haven't been to Jiro's... yet) I couldn't stand to eat other sushi for a month. It just wasn't the same.
I made a reservation at Sushi Nakazawa t ...
I made a reservation at Sushi Nakazawa to celebrate my husband's birthday -- this itself was a feat, as it's pretty competitive to get in at the Sushi Bar. But he had been wanting to go for a long time and if you can get it, it's 100% worth it. The sushi was delicious, the space is beautiful, the service was impeccable, and it's so nice to be able to interact with the chefs and watch them prepare your food. I'm not sure if I've ever had fresher fish. At the end, you even have the opportunity to order your favorites again (we got 2 more pieces!). Overall, an outstanding dining experience that is reasonably priced.
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.
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