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chocokitty Jul 22, 2006 01:11 AM

Hey Chowhounders,
I would like to know if anyone could name a couple of places where I could get some great sushi in Brooklyn? I'm not too familiar with Brooklyn but I've been to a few places in Manhattan (e.g. Yasuda and Jewel Bako). Thanks! :)

  1. bigmackdaddy Jul 22, 2006 02:29 AM

    Taro sushi. Hands down the best. Don't let others tell you Blue Ribbon. You'd be paying a high price for inferior fish that is either extremely cold or old. Geido has nice atmosphere and a good kitchen but the sushi (again in my opinion) has a lot to be desired. Taro is on Dean street between 5th avenue and Flatbush.

    1. lambretta76 Jul 23, 2006 01:23 PM

      Agreed - Geido may be the best Japanese restaurant in Brooklyn, but Taro is hands down the best sushi joint. It won't get to quite the level of Yasuda or Jewel Bako, but if you get the omakase you will approach that level at 1/3-1/4 the cost. The owner is definitely the best sushi chef there.

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        carfreeinla Jul 23, 2006 01:24 PM

        I do think that Taro is really great- but we have been loving Nouvelle in Bay Ridge lately. Try the Omakase.

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          irvingk Jul 25, 2006 09:36 PM

          I have been to Nouvelle many times. It is great, but somebody who i recommended it to told me the Chef, Andy Yang, left and the food was not as good as when he was there. Is this true, and if it is, does anybody know where he went to.

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            bluishgnome Jul 26, 2007 04:11 AM

            No no no no no! Please don't recommend Nouvelle. I ate there for my birthday after kind recommendations on the forum and haven't been more disappointed in my life (okay, maybe once... but that's another story). The prices are near Manhattan prices but the quality is pure Bay Ridge, mediocre at best.

            The toro tuna sashimi that I had was disgustingly spoiled, like it was at least 5 days old and not kept in completely sanitary conditions. When I told the server, they took it away, didn't apologize or replace the dish. 15 minutes later, when we're into our appetizer, he comes by and says "You didn't want that fish anymore, right?" ... Right.

            The steak dish I had was supposed to have truffle sauce on it... turned out to be extremely cheap truffle oil with some kind of half exotic mushroom piled over the tough meat.

            Disgusting. I felt sorry for being treated to that dinner.

            The decor is tacky and faux-trendy. Don't go anywhere near there. Please.

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            noodles Jul 23, 2006 03:44 PM

            Forget comparing anything Sushi in BK to that of Yasuda or Jewel. I realize that is not the intention, but just the same is deserves emphasis. That said, I strongly second Taro and Geido. Taro in my not so humble op. is the best in BK. Do not eat at Blue Ribbon. I jast had a horribly served meal, waited for what seemed like half way through the meal to get the bottle of Sake we ordered, spent 200, and were treated like dogs. Never again.

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              MichaelZ Jul 23, 2006 05:02 PM

              Cube 63, on Court St. in Cobble Hill, is the best in the Heights/Hill area among current choices. Not anywhere near what you'd see at Yasuda, but the sushi variety and quality is excellent.

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                MShapiro Jul 25, 2006 08:35 PM

                I disagree, Cube 63 is O.K. but there portions were way too small. I’d rather go to Osaka. It’s not the best in Brooklyn, but in the Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens area it’s one of the more consistent sushi restaurants IMO. They also have good cooked dished and a great outdoor space to eat in.

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                sam1 Jul 24, 2006 05:06 PM

                how much does the omakase cost at taro?

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                  lambretta76 Jul 24, 2006 06:34 PM

                  You make the call - I've seen people do a $20 omakase, and some people don't set a limit, just say feed me. I'd suggest saying that you'd like the omakase and that you'd like to spend around $xx.

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                    jg488 Jul 26, 2006 05:22 PM

                    Just had Taro omakase last week, and didn't set a limit. The bill came to $40/person and was fantastic. Not on the level of Yasuda or Kuruma, but a phenomenal value.

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                  SlopePig Jul 24, 2006 06:17 PM

                  Wanted to put a word in for Blue Ribbon Sushi after reading the generally negative comments. I've had the Omakase there a couple of times and was very impressed each time. High quality, fresh fish; imaginitive presentation, fine service ... a real feast/treat.

                  Think you're better off putting yourself completely in the hands of the chef. They asked what we liked, and the first time we told them a few things, and the dinner turned out to be fairly standard-fare sushi, though very high quality. The next time we told the chef to surprise us, and we got all sorts of wild things that were delicious.

                  I like Taro a lot too. Usually get the Sushi for 2 to share w/ the wife, and we're always happy. Never tried Omakase there, so guess the comparison's like Yellowtail and Flounder :).

                  I would and do go back to both places. Taro's in our regular rotation; Blue Ribbon's more a special occasion spot for us.

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                    michelley Jul 25, 2006 05:12 AM

                    Will they do omakase for one? I want it, but my husband only likes coooked food, with the exception of a Geido mexican roll.

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                      Brooklyn Boy Jul 25, 2006 03:08 PM

                      Gen on Washington and St. Mark's (Prospect Heights) is great. Fresh ingredients, creative dishes, and friendly service. Funky decor, too, if you're into that sort of thing.

                      Geido is also good. In the past I've enjoyed Yamato, but have not been there in years.

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                        douglas525 Jan 4, 2011 10:19 AM

                        Second Gen...and it's 2011 now.

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                        eglazarev Jul 25, 2006 09:47 PM

                        If you're not going to get sucked into the Park Slope-Carroll Gardens vortex then there's plenty of other top-notch sushi spots to try in the boro. My current favorite is Mambo Sushi on Emmons Ave. in Sheepshead -- fresh, delicious and creative rolls. Try the double spicy crunchy. That's tuna every way you'd like.
                        If you venture to Smith St. then Osaka is worth a stop. A bit pricey but the cooked menu is stellar and the fish is fresh. Plus they have nice outdoor garden.
                        For Bay Ridge, there Fontana, more for old reliable staples but with a great all you can eat menu.

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                          snarfmaster Jul 26, 2006 02:26 PM

                          Yup Taro is the best.
                          Blue Ribbon is good, the crowd is sort of annoying though.

                          1. bigmackdaddy Aug 3, 2006 03:08 AM

                            I'm curious. Does anyone have any opinion on the kitchen food at Gen? I hear they make Japanese specialties like pork belly soup.

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                              culprit Jul 25, 2007 12:03 PM

                              Taro hands down. Makes a difference if you sit at the bar. Gen is second, not traditional but very good. I think Gen is the best all-around Japanese in Brooklyn, far better than Geido, and w/ much better service.

                              As far as I know, these 3 are the only authentic Japanese places in Brooklyn (although i did go to BR once and had a Japanese sushi chef). Most of the others are Chinese.

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                                jdf Jul 25, 2007 02:50 PM

                                Add Hibino to the list of authentic Japanese places.

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                              gennasam Jul 27, 2007 12:41 PM

                              Best sushi in Brooklynis unquestionably Kei on Smith. Very fresh fish and the owner Kevin and his staff are great hosts.

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                                Nehna Jul 27, 2007 04:19 PM

                                gotta disagree...I find both Cube 63 and Osaka better than Ki in my experience

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                                  hamstrman Jul 30, 2007 05:52 PM

                                  Nehna, I agree that Osaka is better than Ki, but Cube 63 is too creative for its own good... It tries to do too much, and as someone mentioned above, it is grossly overpriced for its size. I love Osaka and, by extension, Yamato. Taro is easily the best in Brooklyn, but it is annoying everyone mentioning the same one place. I think Yamato is great, a notch above Osaka (even though they are owned by the same people) and Ki is just about on par with Osaka, just a notch below.

                                  I'm really interested about Geido and Gen. I keep reading mixed reviews on this board though. Some say horrible, some say the best. I s'pose I will just have to go and find out for mah-self.

                                  And as for Blue Ribbon, I went once to the Brooklyn branch and found it OK but not great and just a tad overpriced, nothing crazy. I'm actually going again in a couple of weeks for the first time in over a year to test it and see if it is any better than I remember it. This will be the first time I can try their omakase.

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                                    MRich Jul 31, 2007 02:35 PM

                                    Put me in the pro Cube 63 camp. It is a bit expensive, but good sushi costs. I think it is better than Osaka and worth the extra money when we're in the mood.

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                                      hamstrman May 20, 2008 07:52 PM

                                      Wow, upon stumbling across this post I made a year ago, I can't believe I said that Osaka is better than Ki. Ki is the best sushi in Brooklyn - besides Taro, of course. In third place, I put Yamato. Still don't know what people don't like about that place. It's wonderful stuff. Their rice is often lacking, but I can't find fault with the fish. And of course, Sakura Cafe is still great, just really small pieces of sushi.

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                                  cavafan Jul 31, 2007 12:29 PM

                                  Definitely try Sakura, on 5th Ave and 6th Street in Park Slope. It's a tiny storefront, but they have a master sushi chef. (A kind of special qualification.) Super fresh fish, the owner is lovely, they have a garden out back. It doesn't get as much traffic as it should--maybe because the sushi is prepared in the back--but it's great.

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                                    livewine Aug 14, 2007 09:13 AM

                                    I'll give Sakura a big thumbs up as well. Beyond have a fantastic master sushi chef, one of the owners Fumiko is a wonderful connoisseur of Sake. They have an ever changing Sake and fish selection that always keeps me coming back for more. And generally eating sushi on a patio is weird to me, but it is a very serene place.

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                                    bluishgnome Jul 31, 2007 07:08 PM

                                    So just about everyone on this thread is saying that Taro is the place to try in Brooklyn. I've read rave reviews on other sites as well, but one negative review in particular really bugged me. The person wrote about how dirty the restaurant is and that when he ordered delivery, the delivery guy was wearing a heavily soiled Taro shirt with bandages all over his face. This does not sound like a Japanese operation to me. From what I've observed, Japanese restaurants are almost always clean (or on the clean side) with attention to detail and service.

                                    Can anyone confirm that this sushi restaurant is owned and operated by Japanese owners and that the sushi chefs are in fact Japanese? I know that having a Japanese sushi chef doesn't make it a guaranteed reliable spot, but it helps. I (for one) am sick and tired of seeing these Chinese dirt shacks serving low quality, bland, cheap sushi made by someone who doesn't have a clue on how to properly handle raw fish or sushi rice (if they're even using sushi rice...) /end rant

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                                      lambretta76 Aug 13, 2007 10:50 AM

                                      Taro is owned and operated almost entirely by Japanese people. (The busboys/delivery people are not for the most part.) It is one of only four Japanese-run sushi joints I know of in Brooklyn - Geido, Gen, and Hibino are the other three. The owner of Taro Sushi is the son of restaurateurs in Tokyo. (I believe their restaurant is called Tarozushi in Tokyo.)

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                                      mpls brat Aug 2, 2007 02:50 PM

                                      first time at Taro last night, ordered omakase, they COULD NOT HANDLE IT. i don't know what was going on, 2 of us ordered omakase, two of us ordered ala carte. the ala carte order came quickly, and was complete. We waited 15 mins, finally got 6 pieces of sushi and a "6 more pieces and one roll coming soon" from the boss, who served us. 15 mins later, our table mates had finished eating, one of the waitresses came and cleared our plates, we said, "we're still waiting for the rest of our order" the boss kept smiling at us when we looked over at him expectantly. He came over and said "lots of people ordered omakase at once, have to be one at a time, coming soon!" Finally he brought 6 more pieces of sushi (which included tuna and salmon, not really "special"), and a "one special roll, coming soon!" we ate that, and again, waited 15 mins, while other tables around us who arrived well after we ordered were settling their tabs, finally I got up and had words with the boss, he said "sorry, sorry" and motioned to the sushi bar. 2 minutes later, he delivered a roll that looked like it had fallen out of a plane saying "special roll!" 3 out of 6 pieces had nothing but avocado, two pieces had some pink fish bits, and a dozen salmon eggs were sprinkled around the plate, some actually hitting the roll. much apologizing and a big "thank you" from the whole staff as we exited the restaurant. I noticed that people who appeared to be regulars got great service, and very solicitous welcome from the staff, where we, the newbies, spending more money, got IGNORED. I will say, the food was good, but i guess if you order something other than the standard, it throws a wrench in the works.

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                                        bigmackdaddy Aug 2, 2007 05:55 PM

                                        I was there when it happened. You spoke to a waiter not the boss. The boss was the one making your sushi. Being a regular I can tell you that I was waiting as well. For quite awhile actually. He needs a bigger space with more staff so when the place gets overflow, and it does regularly now or days, the order can come out promptly. You weren't being ignored, they just don't have the man power to handle a full house. Still, if I was in your "newbie" position I'd think the same thing.

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                                          fishermb Aug 11, 2007 07:55 AM

                                          I had Osaka last night for the first time, and I'm kind of mad I hadn't eaten there before considering how good it was and that I live all of 5 minute walk up on Court street. Ordered an appatizer that had 5 thin slices of toro over chopped mango and some sort of sauce that was great, and for main course just ordered an array of pieces, quality of each piece of fish was definitely higher in my opinion than what I've had at Cube 63. Still enjoy Cube, their backyard is a nice atmosphere and the rolls are tasty, but for straight up nigiri, will definitely be returning to Osaka.

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                                            EJC Aug 13, 2007 08:39 AM

                                            Interesting, I had a completely different experience last night.
                                            Can someone explain the obscenely large cuts of fish served by Osaka? Last night we went for the first time and I ordered quite a bit of nigiri - most of the pieces were large enough to wrap completely around the rice - sushi that is impossible to eat in one delicate bite.
                                            Is this just them catering to the perceived American appetite and "supersizing" my order?

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                                              deepyarn Aug 13, 2007 09:19 AM

                                              Yes EJC, you have hit the nail on the head. Osaka serves only "OK" sushi. I firmly believe its popularity is due to serving pieces of fish so large as to be unnappealing (to me) to eat. People feel as though they are getting a good deal. I am not above stuffing myself with but would rather have twenty small peices than 10 huge ones.

                                              Cube 63 and Hibino both serve much better fish. However, I will say that the last two salmon skin rolls I have had from Cube were not nice. They had a gross metallic taste that they did not use to have. Everything else was ver good though.

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                                                Linda Aug 13, 2007 10:38 AM

                                                my 2 cents about geido - i think this is a good local japanese restaurants if you're from the area, but i'm from sunnyside, queens and i didn't think this place was worth the trip. the place is good, but it definitely did not live up to the hype of reviews i've read on this board. my japanese sig other and i liked that it was japanese owned/operated, but that was about it (this is a rarity in queens).

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                                        bklynallygirl Aug 1, 2008 07:22 PM

                                        I have to say that I tried Geido based upon some of the reviews here and was REALLY disappointed and question the taste level here. Taro has great sushi but lacks in the atmosphere. As for brooklyn, I will stick to cube 63.

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                                          Sage Dec 17, 2010 06:37 AM

                                          I live just a few blocks from Geido and basically never go there anymore. It's got a great atmosphere, but the food is seriously lacking. Maybe ok for a neighborhood spot, but DEFINITELY NOT a destination restaurant.

                                          Taro is fantastic, and their new space on Flatbush is much larger and nicer than the old one. I've been a few times for lunch since they moved, and ordered in once and so far the quality does not seem to have suffered.

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                                          ScienceMike Dec 1, 2008 05:48 PM

                                          I have to give a vote for Koto on Henry and Carroll. Went there tonight for the first time, got the sashimi deluxe, and found the fish was fresher than anywhere else I've been in Brooklyn. If you can get past the snoozy hotel lobby music, it's worth the trip for good fish. My girlfriend got the rib eye with japanese wine sauce, and that was great too. We'll definitely be back.

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                                            hamstrman Dec 21, 2008 12:31 PM

                                            I thought their fish quality was really good and it was certainly presented nicely, but two separate pieces of my sushi platter had a bone in them... and I don't mean "Anago-so-soft-you're-supposed-to-eat-them" bones, I mean "Ow-as-I'm-chewing-my-sushi-it-stuck-me-in-the-mouth" bones. I do plan to go back, but that's just bad preparation on the chef's part. It's unfortunate because it's many steps above the generic sushi restaurants that throw 3 sauces on every roll (which can be enjoyable if done right and in moderation).

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                                            benishoga Dec 16, 2010 11:03 AM

                                            I know this is an old thread, but it still tops Google results for "best sushi Brooklyn". I don't know if things were different back in 2008 as I'm a relatively recent transplant from Manhattan, but there is so much misinformation in these posts that I needed to stop lurking and register.

                                            For one, the seeming consensus over Taro boggles my mind. I've been there on several occasions now and I can say with confidence that it falls far short of sushi "approaching Yasuda". The fish is inexpertly frozen and thawed, as can be plainly observed in any of their silverskin fish, frequently lacking oil and consistently mealy. On top of that they offer ankimo year round, which means for half the year they are serving months-old product. I've also noticed that the nigiri here are just grotesquely large, to the point that one has to make an effort to distend his mouth to eat them. For those with a preference for Japanese staffing, over multiple visits I can say with certainty that the only Japanese ever working there are the head sushi chef and his number two. The rest of the sushi line and entire waitstaff are plainly Fukien, and (unrelated to race) largely incompetent.

                                            In contrast to this stands Geido, whose waitstaff is entirely Japanese, and (unrelated to race) incredibly hospitable. If you prefer ordering in your native tongue, I think that Geido and Kappa are probably the only places in Brooklyn you can do so 100% of the time. I must note that I am quite fond of this place, but that it is an izakaya first and a sushiya second, perhaps even third, and both the variety and quality of the fish reflect this. That said, raw items on the specials list here are often of fair quality. A major plus is that owner/chef Koyama seems generally interested in his customers leaving happy, which is much more than I can say about Taro.

                                            At this juncture I must throw my hat into the ring. Though it's been slammed through this thread, not without reservation I must say that in my opinion Blue Ribbon offers the highest quality sushi in the borough. Clearly, many are intimidated by the pricepoint (which I agree is inflated), but as an eater with a preference for more delicate neta, you cannot find better or more varied offerings (on any given day there seem to be numerous tai on the menu on top of all the requisite standards.) They do not offer the ethnic homogeneity of Geido or Kappa, but 1 and 2 Gunji and Makoto are in my experience skilled and perhaps more importantly honest about what's good on any given day, and while the servers are ethnically diverse, all seem capable of parsing orders in Japanese. Regarding the American ownership of this place, I've actually met managing partner Toshi since becoming somewhat of a regular there and he strikes me as the real deal, if more brusque than most.

                                            In my humble opinion, sushi in Brooklyn is still lightyears behind the gems we have in Manhattan like Yasuda or Ushiwakamaru. I think posters are doing a disservice by convincing themselves and others that places like Taro are offering a bargain when really they are serving inferior product. I have been diligently seeking out the best sushi in Brooklyn since moving here, and if you are not some amateur ordering maki and sushi deluxe platters, I stand by my assertion that there is no sushiya offering higher quality fish than Blue Ribbon, though I lament their sometimes outrageous pricing.

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                                            Blue Ribbon Sushi Brooklyn
                                            278 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                                            Taro Sushi
                                            244 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

                                            Kappa Sake House
                                            388 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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                                              Bkeats Dec 20, 2010 03:10 PM

                                              I couldn't agree more. I often wonder why there are so many detractors to any of the more expensive sushi places. It seems that everyone wants to believe they have found an incredible sushi place that brings in the freshest fish from all over the world at bargain prices. I don’t think that such a place exists. Either you have bargain fish or you have the best fish. Quality costs. I also agree that being Japanese owned has an effect on the quality of the sushi being prepared. If you didn’t grow up eating sushi and understanding what great fish is, you end up preparing rolls with different pieces of multi-colored fish covered in some cloying sauce that I can’t eat but sells well to people who don’t know the difference. When people argue about which favored sushi place makes the best spicy tuna roll, I tune out as the worst quality tuna goes into that stuff. But a singular piece of Otoro can make me stop and understand why the Japanese fight the potential bans on fishing for giant blue fins. I enjoy going to Blue Ribbon. Its not Yasuda, but its pretty damn good for Brooklyn.

                                              Benishoga, one other place I would suggest you try is Hibino. It is Japanese owned and staffed so you can order in your native language. Its not a sushiya, but they have the best quality fish I’ve found in Brooklyn away from BR.

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                                              Hibino
                                              333 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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                                                lambretta76 Dec 21, 2010 07:56 AM

                                                Hibino has excellent quality fish, but rarely branches out from their standard menu (as far as I've seen). What to get there is the daily obanzai, which tend to be amazing - I'll often go there for dinner and just order the 4 or 5 obanzai and that's all. Cooked fish often works its way into these, and anything with mackerel is usually fantastic.

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                                                333 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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                                                  captainspacefood Dec 25, 2010 03:45 PM

                                                  1 or 8 has taken the crown as best sushi in Brooklyn now. No contest.

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                                                  1 or 8
                                                  66 S 2nd St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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                                                    squid kun Dec 26, 2010 12:37 AM

                                                    Haven't heard much about 1 or 8 on the boards. What makes it so good?

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                                                    1 or 8
                                                    66 S 2nd St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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                                                      captainspacefood Jan 4, 2011 02:53 PM

                                                      Quality of fish, selection, etc. It was all really good. Look, it's not on the level of Sasabune or Nozawa or Zo or Yasuda, but it's definitely a step up from Taro and Blue Ribbon. Easily the best in Brooklyn. Going to the new Taro tonight, so I will report back, my little Chowders.

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                                                      sushiman Dec 29, 2010 07:13 AM

                                                      Really? I have heard otherwise.

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                                                        tomblock Jan 1, 2011 01:54 PM

                                                        1 or 8 is by far the best sushi Ive had in Brooklyn, and Ive had some of the best sushi meals of my life there.

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                                                        66 S 2nd St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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                                                          sushiman Jan 5, 2011 07:29 AM

                                                          Went last night despite the fact that Tsukiji has been closed. I ate mostly cooked food, which was excellent.

                                                          He had some fish, domestic stuff, which was very good.

                                                          The chef is Kazuo Yoshida, who was at Jewel Bako for a while. I think that he was the second chef there after Tatsuya.

                                                          I will go back once the fish deliveries from Japan start again on Thursday.

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                                                            sushiman Jan 14, 2011 06:48 AM

                                                            OK. Went last night and had omakase. The supply of fish from Japan was still sparse, but the local stuff he has is first rate. Not only is the sushi bar beautiful, but the presentation is too. I have not been to every sushi bar in Brooklyn, but it would be hard to believe that anything surpasses this. I think that it can only get better of time too.

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                                                              gutsofsteel Jan 14, 2011 12:35 PM

                                                              sushiman how is the pricing?

                                                              You know I take your recommendations seriously...

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                                                                sushiman Jan 14, 2011 01:35 PM

                                                                Less than Manhattan, but not inexpensive if you are eating the good stuff. I had omakase for $100 plus drinks. They have choices that are half that price.

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                                                                  sushiman Jan 23, 2011 01:52 PM

                                                                  Went back last night. Even better.

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                                                                    sushiman Feb 2, 2011 07:06 AM

                                                                    Third visit. After the first, I was a little worried about the rice, but the two visits after that changed my mind. Must have been a off day the first time. Yoshida knows what he is doing. He has his own style, which is a nice change. Quality is up there, the owner really cares how good his place is. And the sushi bar is visually really nice. Unique in NYC.

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                                                                      MRich Feb 6, 2011 11:04 AM

                                                                      Had dinner at 1 or 8. Excellent food, sushi and other. Pricey, but worth it for a fancy night out. We could have done it cheaper but splurged on a few things.

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                                                                      66 S 2nd St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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                                                        culprit Jan 24, 2011 06:19 AM

                                                        Haven't been to Taro since they moved, so I won't comment on the current quality, but I have to disagree with you about Geido. Just because they hire Japanese waitresses doesn't make for a better restaurant. It is Japanese owned and run--as is Taro--but the service is abysmal. Japanese people can be rude, too, and the owner of Geido (and his staff) are. I order in Japanese, but it doesn't help since he'd rather stand behind the sushi bar schmoozing his regulars (who drink Cabernet with their sushi).

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                                                        Geido
                                                        331 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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                                                          pantoniades Jan 25, 2011 09:41 AM

                                                          I agree with most of that, but will note that Geido is still the best *family friendly* Japanese restaurant in Brooklyn, both for selection and attitude. Best overall Japanese (sushi and otherwise) I would say goes to Gen. The service can be slow, but everything is fresh and they do fantastic specials that I've never had outside of Japan, like pork curry and Japanese-style ramen.

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                                                          331 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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                                                        greggles612 Jun 23, 2011 08:44 AM

                                                        I have tried quite a few sushi places, but ginza sushi on Ocean Ave. in BK is the best I have been to, both for price and quality. The yellowtail sashimi ($1 a piece) is absolutely amazing, and so is everything else I have had there. Its a little small, but if you go there a few times, the waitress gets to know you and I think thats better than a giant place where you're treated like a piece of meat to get in and out of the door. Definitely go check it out!

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                                                        Ginza
                                                        2809 Ocean Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11229

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                                                          hamstrman Jan 27, 2012 09:59 PM

                                                          I like resurrecting this thread because I can report on what little I may know now and hope to get some new responses.

                                                          Had Blue Ribbon Sushi Brooklyn as my "First Sushi of 2012" (it's a tradition of mine to try a place I never have each year) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Had the lobster three ways and thought it was a pretty cool concept, gorgeous-looking and tasted pretty great - in particular, the steamed claw nigiri and the lobster brain and roe mixed with spicy sauce in a tamago wrapper. The lobster tail sashimi was also deliciously sweet and tender, but the miso garlic butter sauce was overpowering and, luckily, on the side. Like others here, it is sad at how expensive it is and I won't be going out of my way to go back (and I find Yasuda to be so amazing as to be reasonably priced).

                                                          Yamato is another one I consider to be up there in quality... AGAIN. Here me out. They crashed and burned 4 or so years ago and I wouldn't eat there anymore. I think it was right around the economic turmoil. I finally got delivery from them recently, in the last month, and they were back up to their standards again - I was so relieved because of how bad they had fallen! I don't know what changed to allow them to stop sacrificing quality for, umm, *nothing* in return...

                                                          I will always say that Ki Sushi on Smith is the best in Brooklyn that I know of right now (again, I can only report what I know). They haven't wavered one bit in all the years I've eaten there since they opened. They are reasonably priced, have appropriately-sized sushi and rolls that are creative, but not drowned in sauces so you can taste the elements of each. They haven't hit a sour note for me.

                                                          And for the people sad over Ten going downhill, I thought they were dreadful when they first opened and I never went back. Almost the worst I've ever had. Maybe they improved? But now they seem to be downhill again from what I've reading...

                                                          Taro, I always said I loved in their old location, but I stopped going because it was out of my way. I forget when, but they were always great. Oh right, I remember: The head chef left the place and made his second-in-command the "head chef", who was before that just the "roll guy". It just wasn't as great. I guess it has fallen far? Have yet to try the new location, but I hesitate because it seems they aren't good anymore.

                                                          So what IS the consensus on the best sushi in Brooklyn now? I only am seeing a few posts that are more than 6 months old. I there no consensus? There used to be... Geido and Gen I've seen such mixed reviews on for years, I don't know what to make of it. Hibino has always sounded promising. But really, where did all the sushi go??

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                                                          Hibino
                                                          333 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

                                                          Blue Ribbon Sushi Brooklyn
                                                          278 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                                                          Geido
                                                          331 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

                                                          Gen
                                                          659 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

                                                          Taro Sushi
                                                          244 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

                                                          Ki Sushi
                                                          122 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

                                                          Yamato
                                                          168 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                                                          Ten
                                                          440 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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                                                            sushiman Jan 28, 2012 09:54 PM

                                                            1 or 8

                                                            Nothing else close.

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                                                            1 or 8
                                                            66 S 2nd St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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                                                              Daniel76 Feb 20, 2012 08:26 AM

                                                              Hmm, well, I would have to head on over there this evening. Will report back, I look forward to it.

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                                                                Daniel76 Feb 21, 2012 07:19 AM

                                                                Oh by the way, the best sushi in Brooklyn... It can not be had on a Monday night.. 1 or 8, closed, Taro, well it was closed last night because of the holiday, Gen, closed on Mondays.

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                                                                  fishermb Feb 21, 2012 02:42 PM

                                                                  Funny to see that in 2007 I posted about how much I liked Osaka, while I probably haven't ordered sushi from them in at least 3 years. It's tough for me to make a statement as "best in Brooklyn" but there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Hibino is best in the Brooklyn Heights/Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens/Boerum Hill/DUMBO vicinity. I am consistently impressed by how fresh and tasty their sushi can be. We eat in or take out a few times a month for the past 2-3 years and have never had anything but a fantastic meal from them. Their cooked dishes are also fantastic as well and the staff is incredibly nice.

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                                                                  Hibino
                                                                  333 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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                                                                gort Feb 21, 2012 02:56 PM

                                                                Based our recent omakase experience there, I agree. Can't wait to go back.

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