Benihana is our family favorite! We've gone to this restaurant for my children's birthday every single year for the past 6 years! Even when my daughter turned 10 she wanted her dinner at Benihana. The food is definitely secondary to the experience. My kids love watching the food cooked on the stove at the table. They get a kick out of watching the chefs play around with the food. Whether it's creating a beating heart out of the brown rice or watching the onion colcanoes spew smoke, these tricks never seem to get old. Thank god they recently renovated the midtown Manhattan location. It was a bit dingy and dirty prior but, now feels more spacious and clean. Be prepared to overeat and to smell like the food for the next few days. While the menu is extremely basic (chicken, meat, rice, shrimp, veggies) and you might gasp at the amount of lard/butter used for cooking, you'll have a very memorable night out. This is a family-friendly establishment that's often crowded with birthday parties so make reservations at least one month ahead.
A great place for those who want to enjoy a delicious food. It is not cheap, but the food and service you receive are top-notch. Sake "Born" is my favorite ;) Bar sits are the best: you get your order slightly faster, you see a chef preparing your dishes, and, if there are many dishes you have never eaten before, you can observe people around you and order something you spotted on your neighbor's plate ;). If you feel tired and want to freshen-up, just ask a chef to prepare a refreshing dish for you... It is that simple. If you do not clearly remember the proper chopsticks etiquette, make sure you google it before visiting the restaurant. (Just imagine yourself going to Arpège and not knowing which one of the three forks to choose to eat your favorite Savarins). P.S.: IMPORTANT! This is one of only two Sushi restaurants in NYC where I eat raw fish without worrying about catching parasites or having an upset stomach.
I'm definitely a sushi lover and this has been one of my favorite sushi restaurants for the last 5 years. When I want an upscale or fine sushi dinner I always head to Haru. I've even been to Haru Boston a couple of times. The sushi is fresh, the portions are large and the drinks are great. My favorite drink is the berries and bubbles. Oh and if you're a crab lover then you have to try the steamed crab dumplings for an appetizer. They are melt in your mouth good. The service is always on point and they've never disappointed. If you're heading there on a Friday or Saturday night you may want to make a reservation because it can get crowed, especially summer nights. This Haru usually has a young hip crowd and sometimes they even have a DJ. Music, sushi and a cool hip vibe is all I need on a Saturday night and Haru always delivers. Hope you enjoy it as much as I always do.
i'll start by saying i adore a spot on long island i've been going to for years and compare all other japanese restaurants to it (kotobuki in hauppauge for anyone wondering). ichiro is fine. the restaurant was bustling. you're greeted immediately with hot towels and water with lemon. the food is ok. i ordered the hibachi shrimp bento and for an extremely reasonable price ($19 i think) you get soup salad and bento. it was meh. i'd rather see some veg tempura over a bunch of edamame, but that WAS healthier and it's usually a crowed pleaser. i'm not interested in anything pickled and there was a few small pieces of pickled veg i gave to my friend. they had a "pending grade" which for sushi makes you wonder, but didn't discourage us because it's very popular in that area. i'll go back to try some rolls for sure. maybe i'll enjoy that more.
While I don't consider myself an aficionado of sushi, I do frequent many sushi restaurants. I have not had better quality anywhere. From individual pieces to basic rolls, the fish was fresh and delicious. The salad dressing was my favorite in NYC. The ONLY reason Haru did not get 5 stars wad the service. Not awful but they seem to forget about you for periods that were too long for a lunch.
The restaurant had a great feel, and from the moment we walked up to the outdoor podium, the people were very friendly. The food was good, and the price was not very expensive for a Japanese restaurant. And the place filled right up by 6:45 on a Thursday night, so reserve or get there early!
I've been going here since I moved to NYC in 83.....I've had hundreds of decent meals and a few bad ones, but for the price, it can't be beat...I don't think any dish is over 9 dollars...Absolutely the cheapest place for a decent sit down meal in Manhattan, minus an Indian joint or two...
Umi is the place to go for fresh, reasonably-priced sushi in murray hill. They always serve generous sized rolls and sushi pieces. The restaurant may not be the fanciest place but you can always opt for delivery (which usually arrives quickly). Either way, the food is consistently great.
I go here at least once a week with my fiance, the people are always so nice and the food is delicious. Its quiet and it a great area the food is never disappointing, I'm always satisfied dinning there.
We enjoyed a Father's Day lunch here while on vacation. It was so good! My husband was very happy. I had the chicken sandwich and my husband had ramen. Can't wait to go back!