Best Restaurant Reviews in NYC and Beyond

Ginza Sushi Kanesaka – Jun 2018 (Tokyo, Japan)

8-10-3 Ginza Chuo Tokyo 東京都 中央区 銀座 8-10-3 三鈴ビル B1F Website: Sushi Kanesaka, Tabelog I struggled with whether I was going to write this post, but I toughed through it! If you’ve been reading our Japan posts, other than Sapporo, you might conclude that we’re super...

Sushidokoro Miyaba – Jun 2018 (Tokyo, Japan)

2-11-8 Hamamatsucho Minato Tokyo 東京都 港区 浜松町 2-11-8 Website: Tabelog Do you agree with the term, “You get what you paid for”?  Do you agree?  I don’t necessarily believe that to be the iron clad rule, but here’s a story that makes one think... I’ve shared this before,...

Thank You!

Thank you to the tens of thousands of readers that have taken the time to read my reviews. I am truly humbled that so many of you are interested in my posts.  I always strive to be honest and objective so that you make good decisions when choosing a sushiya to visit...

Sushi Hoshiyama – May 2018 (Osaka, Japan)

1-9-9 Sonezakishinchi Kita-ku Osaka Osaka Website As I stated in my SUSHI MIYAKAWA post, SUSHI MIYAKAWA is by far the best sushi I’ve had in Japan.  Compare that to Sushi Hoshiyama?  What a disappointment!  Sushi Hoshiyama is not a bad sushi-ya, it’s a perfectly...

Sushi Miyakawa – May 2018 (Sapporo, Japan)

Oct Bldg. 1F, 24-1-30 Maruyama, 1-Jonishi, Minami, Chuo-ku, Sapporo Website This was our very first time in Sapporo.  And I must say, overall, they have the BEST food.  Dare I say, better than Tokyo?  I DARE!!!  Sushi Miyakawa, a 2017 three Michelin star rated...

Inase – May 2018

1586 1st Avenue New York, NY 10028 Inase does not have a website, but here's Yelp Chef Kojun Wami and Inase, is completely debasing all my thoughts on sushi-yas in general.  I don’t know how to describe it, but let’s give it a go… Chef – Not sure if it’s the language...

Sushi Katsuei – May 2018

357 6th Avenue New York, NY 10014 Refer also to our Jun 2017 Postings Website Been about a year since our last review, and I have to say, VAST IMPROVEMENT. I have to also say, I realized my write up back in June 2017 was way too lenient, way too generous.  Katsuei one...

Oiji – Apr 2018

119 1st Ave New York, NY 10003 Website Oiji is not a sushi-ya, it’s not even a Japanese eatery, but we’re running out of QUALITY sushi-yas to visit and write about, so why not a QUALITY Korean eatery with Japanese flair?  Why not! Food at Oiji are incredibly rich in...

Kanoyama – Apr 2018

175 2nd Ave New York, NY 10003 Website, please also refer to my May 2016, Dec 2016, Mar 2017, Mar 2017 - 2, Jun 2017 , and Aug 2017 Postings My last post back in Aug 2017 was about the funkiness of Kano’s omakase pricing.  Today, I want to share the changes they’ve...

Yakitori Totto – Apr 2018

211 West 55th Street New York, NY 10019 Website I was SHOCKED when I discovered that Yakitori Totto have only been in operation since 2003.  Totto has the fantastic traditional YAKITORI restaurant feel, an incredible vibe, and a great menu.  It’s a SOLID Yakitori...

Jewel Bako Sushi – Mar 2018

239 E 5th Street New York, NY 10003 Refer also to our Aug 2016 and Feb 2017 Postings Website It’s been about 13 months since our last visit: Review 1 – Apr 2016 Chef Shimao Ishikawa - One of the most well rounded omakases I’ve had, incredible fish, incredible...

Ootoya – Mar 2018

No SushiGirl rating as Ootoya is really not a sushi restaurant…  But if I were to rate them, I don’t know that they’d break a 10 out of my 35. 41 E11th Street New York, NY 10003 Website Ootoya is a prime example of why I have such a BIG TIME love/hate relationship...

Juku – Mar 2018

32 Mulberry Street New York, NY 10013 Website The notion of sushi chefs acting like prima-donnas/divas is really getting old.  It’s BEEN old. I don’t know what happened between Brooklyn’s 1 or 8 to today’s Juku, but chef Kazuo Yoshida is now the most uppity chef we...

Ise – Mar 2018

63 Cooper Square New York, NY 10003 Refer also to our Omakase - May 2017 Posting Website I know no one reads older posts the moment a newer post gets published on the same restaurant.  But for ISE, and if you were looking for a sushi meal, it is imperative that you do...

Ginza Onodera – Feb 2018

461 5th Avenue New York, NY 10017 Refer also to our Ginza Onodera Feb 2017 Posting Website I have been debating whether or not to write another Ginza Onodera post.  My feelings for Onodera HAVE changed, but it’s only gone down by one point in their overall score.  So...

Kyo Ya – Jan 2018

94 E 7th St New York, NY 10009 Refer also to our Kyo Ya Oct 2016, Jun 2017, Sep 2017, and Nov 2017 Postings Kyo Ya does not have a website, but here's Yelp This is my fifth write up on Kyo Ya.  As per my latest SUSHI BY BOU post, I’ve committed to myself, New Year’s...

Sushi By Bou – Jan 2018

(Upstairs Jue Lan club) 49 W 20th St New York, NY 10011 Refer also to our Jan 2018, and SUSHI BY BAE Posting Website Our very first visit to Sushi By Bou was in Dec 2017.  We were instant fans!  For the next 2 months, we visited 3 additional times.  Clearly, the...

Sushi By Bae – Jan 2018

(Upstairs Jue Lan club) 49 W 20th St New York, NY 10011 Refer also to our Sept 2017 Postings Website We were so excited to have my girlfriend, whom I refer to as “Kitty Kat” join us for dinner at Sushi By Bae tonight.  We really talked her up (quality vs value), but I...

Cagen – Jan 2018

414 E 9th Street New York, NY 10009 Refer also to our June 2016 and July 2017 Postings Website As a restaurant patron, what do you find as most important?  For me, it’s consistency. If a restaurant is a 10 - 99% of the time, everyone is happy. If a restaurant is a 10...

Sushi Kaito – Dec 2017

244 W 72nd St New York, NY 10023 Website I hate beating around the bush, so let’s just get to the bottom line.  Decent sushi, spectacular value, questionable service, not so great of a time, and several MAJOR gripes.  Since all my “pros” are about the food and value,...

Sushi By Bou – Dec 2017

(Upstairs Jue Lan club) 49 W 20th St New York, NY 10011 Website It took a while for me to figure out when to visit Sushi by Bou.  Sushi by Bou and Sushi By Bae operates within the same sushi bar.  Sushi By Bae is more the traditional omakase, where she serves you...

Blue Ribbon Izakaya – Dec 2017

187 Orchard St New York, NY 10002 Refer also to our Blue Ribbon Izakayza May, August, September, November, December, January, and July 2017 Postings Website Like Kyo Ya, I’ve probably written way too many posts about Blue Ribbon Izakaya.  The reason why I do this is...

Kyo Ya – Nov 2017

94 E 7th St New York, NY 10009 Refer also to our Kyo Ya Oct 2016, Jun 2017 and Sep 2017 Posting Kyo Ya does not have a website, but here's Yelp Another knock-out from Chef Sono Chikara at Kyo Ya, and ABSOLUTELY maintaining their “SushiGirl Star” rating! Don’t want to...

Amane – Nov 2017

245 E 44th Street New York, NY 10017 Website We weren’t able to get into Sushi Saito in our last trip to Japan early 2017, so we were thrilled to hear that his disciple Chef Shion Uino was opening up shop in NYC.  Small tangent, what is going on this year with the...

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Ginza Sushi Kanesaka – Jun 2018 (Tokyo, Japan)

8-10-3 Ginza Chuo Tokyo 東京都 中央区 銀座 8-10-3 三鈴ビル B1F Website: Sushi Kanesaka, Tabelog I struggled with whether I was going to write this post, but I toughed through it! If you’ve been reading our Japan posts, other than Sapporo, you might conclude that we’re super...

Sushidokoro Miyaba – Jun 2018 (Tokyo, Japan)

2-11-8 Hamamatsucho Minato Tokyo 東京都 港区 浜松町 2-11-8 Website: Tabelog Do you agree with the term, “You get what you paid for”?  Do you agree?  I don’t necessarily believe that to be the iron clad rule, but here’s a story that makes one think... I’ve shared this before,...

Thank You!

Thank you to the tens of thousands of readers that have taken the time to read my reviews. I am truly humbled that so many of you are interested in my posts.  I always strive to be honest and objective so that you make good decisions when choosing a sushiya to visit...

Sushi Hoshiyama – May 2018 (Osaka, Japan)

1-9-9 Sonezakishinchi Kita-ku Osaka Osaka Website As I stated in my SUSHI MIYAKAWA post, SUSHI MIYAKAWA is by far the best sushi I’ve had in Japan.  Compare that to Sushi Hoshiyama?  What a disappointment!  Sushi Hoshiyama is not a bad sushi-ya, it’s a perfectly...

Sushi Miyakawa – May 2018 (Sapporo, Japan)

Oct Bldg. 1F, 24-1-30 Maruyama, 1-Jonishi, Minami, Chuo-ku, Sapporo Website This was our very first time in Sapporo.  And I must say, overall, they have the BEST food.  Dare I say, better than Tokyo?  I DARE!!!  Sushi Miyakawa, a 2017 three Michelin star rated...