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dfsny613 Sep 13, 2011 11:44 AM

I heard it had opened. Has anyone been and can give a review.

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    PotatoPuff Dec 19, 2011 07:35 AM

    Went last night - my husband and I were both underwhelmed. The food was good, but not amazing. And quite pricey. It seemed a bit strange that they also have hamburgers on the menu.

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      vallevin Dec 19, 2011 07:41 AM

      Potato Puff,

      I'm starting something that should be separate thread...but here goes, I have definitly seen evidence of kosher eaters, who by their own admission, do not have adventurous palates...go look at the thread, "One Meal In Teaneck", the OP writes, "My wife is not an adventurous eater so an emphasis on non-exotic".

      The burger on that menu is a straightforward business decision so the sushi-eating spouse can go out with non-sushi eating spouse and both will be happy.

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        iambarry Dec 19, 2011 07:43 AM

        Yup. That seems like a reasonable explanation.

        I think its only fair that the sushi place should have fleishig options. After all it seems like every fleishig kosher restaurant now has added sushi to their menus :)

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          DeisCane Dec 19, 2011 10:23 AM

          Agree, iambarry. What goes around comes around.

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            Arinoam Dec 19, 2011 10:49 AM

            Actually I am quite surprised by the burgers. The last time I was there, I asked one of the owner/managers why the suchi on the conveyor didn't carry a little card or sign stating what it is. She said that their "business model" required the sushi on the conveyor to remain somewhat of a mystery so as to encourage exploration. I said that it would still be nice to see if there is tuna or salmon underneath the spicy, but she insisted that their business model prohibited that sort of information. I guess enough people inquiring about burgers can change the business model. Nevertheless I found the sushi, at least, to be fresh and excellent.

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              flo220 Dec 19, 2011 05:01 PM

              The business model response is ridiculous. I have been to sushein twice. The first time it was fun to guess what was on the conveyer belt but by the second time it was tiresome. Keep in mind if you take it off the conveyor to look closer, you are supposed to keep it not put it back. So the lack of identifying the sushi is actually a reason not to go back, particular since the sushi is not as good as other kosher sushi place.

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                Arinoam Dec 20, 2011 02:57 AM

                I confess - I took it off to look closer . . . . and put it back . . . . often. I too have had better sushi, but it's the only place near the courthouses.

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                  iambarry Dec 20, 2011 09:29 AM

                  The meat dishes are marked on the conveyor belt with a special red dot.

                  Sushi can be ordered from the menu for anyone apprehensive about taking from the belt.

                  The sushi is the best I have had at a kosher restaurant. Please let me know which kosher restaurant has better sushi. I'm eager to go :)

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                    itreu001 Aug 27, 2012 11:52 AM

                    We went for lunch today.

                    We will not be returning.

                    1) This is the ONLY restaurant I have ever been to that has refused to serve tap water.

                    2) We ordered the all you can eat special, and the restaurant helped themselves to a 15% tip without informing us.

                    3) Service was non existent, as they made us eat at the bar and serve ourselves.

                    We work on the block of the restaurant, and they just lost a customer who eats out on the average of 3 times a week. Well played.

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                      itreu001 Aug 27, 2012 12:00 PM

                      Another thing I forget, we sat next to the kitchen, and we watched as someone sent back a steak, because it wasn't cooked enough, and we watched as they placed it into the microwave and let it cook. Classy. A $50 microwaved steak.

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                        iambarry Aug 27, 2012 12:19 PM

                        I've been a number of times. I've never had a problem getting tap water.

                        Also, they have an all you can eat special? That sounds great, even with a forced %15 gratuity.

                        --Barry

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                          itreu001 Aug 27, 2012 12:24 PM

                          They were very clear, they would not give us. The cashier confirmed this as we left.

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      Arinoam Oct 31, 2011 04:06 PM

      Finally a kosher lunch near the courthouses! Milk Street is too far

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        Kosher Critic Dec 14, 2011 08:45 AM

        I was there last night for an early dinner. Alas, I was the only patron. Maybe, as stated above, it attracts a crowd a bit later. I noticed that there is less variety of sushi options on the belt than what they originally had. Sushi is still quite good. Service is mostly very strong. I did not enjoy the underwhelming lamb dish I had; it was misrepresented on the menu, way too saltly and a tiny portion. I hope for the best here. Next time I might try some other items off the menu.

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        PotatoPuff Oct 9, 2011 05:40 PM

        http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...
        Here is the menu - I really hope this place goes well!

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          AdinaA Sep 23, 2011 05:08 AM

          Are they open on Sundays?

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            AdinaA Sep 23, 2011 08:46 AM

            Open sunday 11 to 11

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            Kosher Critic Sep 20, 2011 12:01 PM

            I had a very positive experience. The sushi is top-flight with options unavailable elsewhere. It is fun and the service was very friendly and attentive. Clean too. I would have liked to try some of the items on the menu and I would love to hear some reviews. My fear is that there is a woefully insufficient market in that neighborhood. I was there at the peak lunchtime and the number of dishes traveling along the conveyer FAR exceeded the customers. They should make a strong push to the non-kosher lunch crowd (which I think would pay for sushi but not for the much more meat expensive meat options on the menu). I would be surprised if they are getting a big crowd at night - it is just too far away from where most kosher dinners will venture at that hour.

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              emacat Sep 20, 2011 01:00 PM

              I have not been there yet, although I would like to. I do think, however, that they would get a dinner crowd because of the novelty factor and the popularity of sushi in the kosher circles. It could become a date destination.

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                flo220 Sep 20, 2011 09:15 PM

                I was there Monday night. When we got there at 7 it was fairly empty but by 8 PM the booths had filled up although there were still some empty seats on the counter side of the conveyer belt. (There are also seats in the back -- there was a party there that night.) The sushi was good. The beef sushi was better than the chicken which was a bit dry. We ordered some appetizers from the menu as well -- the pot stickers and the lamb -- which were very good although pricey. The entrees looked good but we were having fun eating the dishes from the conveyer belt.
                It is worth a visit but I would make sure to make reservations because I think they will continue to fill up -- at least while this is new.

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                Kosher Critic Oct 18, 2011 09:34 AM

                Are my fears confirmed, i.e., is Sushein closed for business? Seems that way unless it just closed for Succos?

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                  tamarw Oct 18, 2011 11:21 AM

                  Well, they posted to their Facebook wall an hour ago advertising the business, so maybe they're not closed, even on Succos.

                  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sushei...

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                    avitrek Oct 25, 2011 05:45 AM

                    They have a jdeal today, so I doubt they're closed.

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                      tamarw Oct 25, 2011 07:15 AM

                      I was saying that their social media activity is evidence that they're alive and well ;)

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                        Kosher Critic Oct 25, 2011 08:51 AM

                        Glad to hear. The reason for my concern is that one day last week they were not open and did not answer the phone. (No, it was not yomtov.)

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                DeisCane Sep 13, 2011 12:57 PM

                Where?

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                  dfsny613 Sep 13, 2011 01:20 PM

                  Lower Manhattan/City Hall area.

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                    iambarry Sep 13, 2011 01:28 PM

                    I'm going to try to go tomorrow for lunch. I'm not 100% sure its open yet, but worth a shot. I'll report back :)

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                      KosherChef Sep 13, 2011 03:37 PM

                      Their website is up. There are pictures in the gallery, but it doesnt say anywhere that it is kosher or what the hashgacha is. It looks like there are some yarlmukas in a pic...

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                        iambarry Sep 14, 2011 07:58 AM

                        I just called, they are open today.

                        http://www.greatrestaurantsmag.com/KO... reports that they are under OU supervision.

                        Almost time for lunch...

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                          iambarry Sep 14, 2011 10:30 AM

                          I just came back.

                          The sushi was great. Rice was just right. Fish seemed fresh. Nice variety.

                          I definitely would recommend this place.

                          The restaurant is fleishig. On the conveyor belt meat dishes are identified with a red dot.

                          There's also a full menu. In addition to sushi, there's a wide variety of Asian inspired dishes. Prices vary from affordable up to a $40 steak.

                          One thing to note: the sushi plates are a little pricey. To fill up on sushi alone you are looking at spending $20-$40 depending on appetite.

                          I think next time I go I'll order off the menu, and maybe grab one or two sushi plates as they go by.

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