Blue Ribbon Sushi
119 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 274-0826
Fax: (212) 274-0826
TollFree: (877) 551-7776
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Sushi, Bar & Grills
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: No
Specialties: Gardens, French, Books, International, Parties, Wine
Took a client to Blue Ribbon Sushi yesterday and she is still raving about it. Sushi and sashimi plates were a piece of art. Truly delicious, the tuna melted in your mouth. The sea urchin and the eel were the freshest! This is the sort of place one returns to again and again. Service is great as well. Highly recommend it.
06/13/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Heard many great things about this place. It's suppose to be one of the better places for sushi. I have been here twice for a date and both time I was disappointed. I am a big sushi lover, out of the two meals I have had, I have only had 1 piece of fish that I have loved each time.
09/04/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I've been to many sushi places and blue ribbon did not live up to the hype. This small cozy sushi hut doesn't take reservations (which, in NYC I hear is a sign that the restaurant is really good). The wait on a Tuesday night for 2 people was about 20 minutes. The waiter tried to be really helpful but it didn't help when he forgot to serve our appetizers. Our main course arrived and when asked about the appetizers the waiter apologized and sent them after we were done with our dinner. (no charge of course, but I'd like to have my dumplings before the sushi, not when I'm getting ready to eat desert). The sushi was good, the rolls were nothing special. The eel was fresh and so was the shrimp, but again- nothing special. I've had sushi that tastes exactly the same way in other restaurants and I don't think I would make a special trip out to Blue Ribbon again. not worth the wait, or the money for that matter.
06/26/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Blue Ribbon Sushi successfully appeals to the commonly inept sushi palette of American diners. It caters to unrefined tastes with menu items such as their insulting 21 dollar Blue Ribbon lobster roll. The thoughtlessly mundane and bland combination of rice, seaweed, lobster, caviar, and shiso is one where the whole is, at best, only equal to the sum of its parts. Most offensive is their failure to offer proper sushi bar service (piece by piece). It must be noted, however, the fish is of the finest quality, but that only makes it that much more heartbreaking when an avid sushi eater can't get served omakase directly from the chef, but instead, only through the quality and enjoyment mitigating middle-man, the waiter. Sushi cooking ability of the chefs (by this I mean how the rice is seasoned and composed and how fish is cut) is above average, but nothing memorable. Blue Ribbon tries to get away with its lack of sushi knowledge by buying only top-quality fish but fails to present a product whose potential is maximized. If you want to spend $100/person for sushi, go sit at the sushi bar of Yasuda (traditional), Gari (innovative), or Jewel Bako (in-between).
05/09/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I completely agree with some other previous reviewers' opinion. Blue Ribbon's food is undoubtedly good; Through the years, the quality hasn't changed much, but the portion definitely has. 2 years ago Omakase was 50 per person and you get an extravagant and exquisite selection of sashimi and nigiri of lobster, caviar, toro, etc; last time I went there, I had to confirm with the waitress, ' is there more coming?' because the portion has decreased to barely enough for an appetizer. There is nothing wrong with raising the price of their food as the ingredient get more and more expensive, but to sacrifice portion for that reason is just off-putting. I have given up on the restaurant ever since. Customers who ordered omakase (tasting menu) don't care so much about how much they spend, but how well they get fed. It's a shame how good restaurants eventually end up becoming rip-offs.
12/27/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Over-priced, rude wait-staff, just not worth it. Forget that everyone is practically sitting on top of everyone else, the place smells of bad fish. A hallmark of bad sushi. If you can afford it, I highly recommend Sushi Yasuda (best in the city). If not, any one of a million places will give you a better experience. As for this place, skip it.
12/09/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We got some recommendation and decided to give this place a try, there is no sign outside but I noticed the chef's hard at work on the first level of the building. - every dish was incredible, from the soup , amazing fresh sushi and a lovely romantic spot for dinner. I cant wait to go back.
07/02/2007Provided by Citysearch -
The sushi here is perfectly good, but for $5 a piece, either the slices of fish should be larger, or there should be no pretense that this is a moderately priced restaurant (even for NYC). We easily spent more than $40 per person (not including alcohol) and were still hungry. I'm astonished that this restaurant is categorized as $$$ rather than $$$$.
05/31/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I've been going to BRS for a couple of years, the first time the omakase (chefs choice) was amazing. They presented my father and I with a wide variety of fish and a large proportion. In the past two years the omakase started to get smaller and with a more conventional choices of fish (toro, hamachi, etc) instead of a more extravagent presentation including caviar (there was more the first time) and raw scallops, lobsters, etc. I found that their consistency depended on the time you went and who is the master chef behind the counter. The experiences started to become decent or extraordinary. In spite of those misgivings the fish is good and after becoming a regular they took notice and started giving special treatment (free stuff, better service). This place is definitely not for people looking for something like Nobu with the extravagance and complexity of their dishes and not for the patrons who are used to eating dragon and philidelphia rolls. For a neighborhood place this is definitely the pinnacle, if you want a special dinner shell out the extra $500 for Nobu for an experience, but for a decent place to eat where the fish is above average Blue Ribbon Sushi is where its at. Yeah the wait stinks, was told one time it would be 4 hours, got seated in 20 minutes whether or not it was the special treatment is your decision. Good thing Blue Ribbon Seafood is down the street, there's always a contigency plan. Also regarding the service (i dont rate restaurants on service or space, its all about the food) after speaking with some of the staff, they are for the most part especially late at night, pretty irritable, some customers can be real a**holes, given the trendy yuppie crowd that roll in expecting Nobu.
05/05/2007Provided by Citysearch -
the service is superb (extremely polite, ridiculously patient and instructive and courteous and informative, very appropriate), the sake selection is quite decent, with some less expensive offerings. the beer selection is decent. the appetizers are great, fun. the sushi is good. the sashimi is fantastic... i HIGHLY recommend the albacore -- which is slightly cooked on the outside and comes with just the right amount of a lovely little white sauce... there could be more of a waiting area, but the people in the waiting area are absurdly polite and helpful -- as if you could ask them anything and it wouldn't be refused... if the place is packed you can put in your name and give them your cellphone number and they will call you when your table is ready. i don't remember the music.
01/25/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I've been to BR more than once and for what it's worth, this is a good palce to go if you are looking for sushi at 1am but other times it is cramped and uncomfortable and IMO not worth the wait. The seats have the feel and look of park benches and encourage a hurried dining experience which certainly helps to turn tables but is not generally an experience I look for.
01/19/2007Provided by Citysearch -
It's unpretentious and underground. It's fresh, welcoming, delicious, and relaxing. Hands down, the best tuna I have ever had. Blue Ribbon lives up to it's fantastic reputation. I went here on a recommendation and will surely return time and time again. What a find!
11/20/2006Provided by Citysearch -
It's a tiny place so if you get there before 8pm on a weekend (Thurs?Sun) you will find it easier to get a table or a seat at the sushi bar. Once you're inside, the real experience begins. Everything, and I mean everything on the menu is delectable. The waiters are very experienced and helpful with pairing your drink choice to your food tastes or vice versa. The sushi is as fresh as it comes?you'd think ocean was in their backyard, no joke! If you're interested in good tasting (without the fish taste or smell), large portions and creative sushi dishes this is your place...
10/28/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I was frankly shocked when I read the bad reviews - this place is fantastic; it has not let us down in any way, and we've eaten here more than 10 times. People complain about the dim lighting, but that is one what I love about this place - if you want to stare at your food in bright light, go to McDonalds. The food is fantastic, and the waiting staff has been perfect every single time we've been there. The only problem would be the wait, but we usually just have a drink in the front while waiting. Never had one single problem there.