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Blue Ribbon Sushi Slope

noodles Jul 6, 2006 06:12 PM

We are regulars to the many locations of this local chain fame, and found for the first time that the service at the Slope location for Sushi had slipped beyond measure. For two, we spent 150+, and felt as though we had been ripped off. Waited for what seemed like years for water. Then again for our Sake. And yet again for the food. Hot dishes were cold, and on and on. Anyone else out there had a similar deal here lately?

  1. Yaqo Homo Nov 6, 2006 06:31 AM

    I was at BRS Brooklyn once in 2004. I concur that the fish was passable & pricey and the service was wildly inept. I've never felt inclined to go back.

    However, I have nothing but nice things to say about the Soho and Park Slope brachces of Blue Ribbon restaurant itself. Charming waitstaff and beautiful oysters.

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      casspants Nov 5, 2006 09:50 PM

      I went to Blue Ribbon sushi last week and thought the service was amazing. My waiter saw that my napkin had slipped off my lap and brought me a new one before I even realized that the old one was gone. He cleaned plates between each course even if it was hardly necessary, refilled drinks right on cue, and even suggested tea when we were too stuffed for dessert. All in all, a nice relaxed dinner. We spent about 100 for two and had more than we could eat.

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        pesta Nov 5, 2006 02:36 PM

        Blue Ribbon Sushi in Park Slope is OK. There are plenty of great restaurants in the 'hood but sadly, sushi is lacking. I'd love to be wrong about this but until someone sends along a good tip, it's one of the very rare instances where Brooklyn just doesn't cut it. I don't imagine that will be the case forever and hope someone's out there to prove me wrong (either by telling me about an existing place or opening something new.)

        As for BR the PS restaurant. I agree it's over hyped but there is hope there if one sticks to ordering appetizers only. Or maybe I'm just a sucker for bone marrow! Entrees have always been disappointing.

        Too many better options in the neighborhood so as far as I'm concerned, BR is for the most part not part of the equation anymore. Too bad, it wasn't always that way. Hope they get their groove back.

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            sam1 Jul 10, 2006 05:08 PM

            agreed with most of the posts. i think blue ribbon needs to be called out for its mediocrity and high prices once and for all.

            1. bigmackdaddy Jul 8, 2006 10:37 AM

              Blue Ribbon is a dump like most of the sushi places in Park Slope. When I was there the sushi was way too cold and tasteless. This sems to be a trend with other sushi places as well. Either fish that is like block ice or fish that is warm as a sidewalk. Try Taro located on Dean between 5th Avenue and Flatbush Avenue, especially on Fridays and Saturdays when they receive fish from Japan.

              1. driggs Jul 7, 2006 04:12 PM

                I love blue ribbon suhi, but only the Manhattan location. Huge difference in my mind. The sushi at the Soho location is about as good as it gets in my mind....

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                  PJK Jul 7, 2006 03:45 PM

                  We had similar experience about 2 weeks ago at the "regular" Blue Ribbon on Fifth. Service was adequate if nothing special, but then we ate dinner at about 6:30, just before the big crowds moved in. What was upsetting was that we spent a lot of money on a rather dull meal.

                  For ex., my artichoke appetizer was nothing more than a steamed (and undercooked at that) artichoke, sitting pretty much alone on a plate with a "fancy" dip on the side. I could have cooked it at home without breaking a sweat, which is NOT what I'm looking for when I'm spending this much. We won't be returning soon.

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                    scooter Jul 7, 2006 07:48 PM

                    Yeah, this is a common complaint about BR. The key to understanding it, I think, is that it is isn't really "fine dining" - it's fancy comfort food. We've only been a few times, but we always find it to be a very relaxing and satisfying experience.

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                      rginps Jul 10, 2006 04:27 PM

                      LOL. For $150 for two, I better get good service, even if it is "comfort food."

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                        scooter Jul 11, 2006 12:20 AM

                        Well, that's a slight exaggeration at the cost - I'd say more like $100 for two is fairer. And PJK referred to sevice that was "adequate if nothing special" - personally, that isn't my threshold for complaint-worthiness. I find the servers to be refreshingly laid-back, myself.

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                    carfreeinla Jul 6, 2006 10:04 PM

                    I know that many people rave about BRS. My one and only experience was so poor, I have not returned. The a/c was broken- ok that happens and I was aware of it before I sat down- but the squid was so chewy, I nearly choked on it. And the other sushi that we ordered was so- so at best. Two places in Bay Ridge- Nouvelle and Bangkok Tokyo and Taro in PS are way better...

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