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Oct 10, 2011 01:04 PM

Japanese Restaurants in Park Slope

Gotta hand it to MenuPages. Their coverage of local restaurants has really expanded over the past few years, and a recent perusal made me realize that my wife and I had fallen into the routine of ordering deliveries from the same old places, over and over again. Nothing really wrong with that (or those same old places), but we had been excluding a lot of places just because we didn't know they were there.

I was impressed to find that MenuPages now lists some 24 Japanese restaurants (depending on how you search and what filters you use) in the Park Slope/Prospect Heights area. Many are places I'd never heard of before (Ten, Naruto Ramen, Koto Sushi, etc.) (Yes, yes, I know. We have to push that rock aside once in a while and get the hell out of the cave...)

We decided to throw caution to the winds and order delivery from some of these places, and so far our experiences have been quite positive, with the occasional misfire. All in all, we like what we've ordered, so we'll continue to experiment, at least with delivery.

But that got me to wondering what other Chowhounders think about the various Japanese restaurants in Park Slope. I did a quick search on this and was surprised that there weren't many hits. The few hits I did get were a year and more old.

No need to be reticent. Share your thoughts on the state of Japanese restaurants in Park Slope.


Koto Sushi
67 1/2 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

440 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Naruto Ramen
276 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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  1. Taro Sushi can be a hit or a miss. To the extremes on both. Still, it's the only sushi place I'll go to or order delivery from, in the Slope.

    Taro Sushi
    244 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

    1. out of those 24 "Japanese" restaurants, only 3 are truly Japanese: Taro Sushi, Gen & Geido. Maybe 4--I believe Naruto Ramen is authentic Japanese (I don't eat ramen. Even in Japan)

      331 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

      659 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

      Taro Sushi
      244 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

      Naruto Ramen
      276 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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      1. re: culprit

        what about Koto? I thought it was a spin off (former sushi chef) from Taro?

        1. re: jen kalb

          BrookBoy, please tell us which ones you liked so far. Any pleasant surprises among Kiku, J'Pan, Yamato? I used to love Kappa Sake House on 5th Avenue but, alas, it closed.

          287 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

          177 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

          168 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

          1. re: parkslopemama

            I've taken delivery primarily from Koto for the last few years. Several dozen times. I was not happy with a couple of deliveries from Taro at the time. At first Koto was quite exceptional. Really special. Now it is only good. Pretty consistent. It's on Seamless which is nice. I am ready to try someone else just to try to recapture some of that enthusiasm I'd had with Koto. I'm talking mainly about Sushi. And FWIW, I don't know who would possibly think that the subject here was "Japanese owned restaurants."

            1. re: parkslopemama

              Hi PSM,

              Regarding pleasant surprises, the very best thing about the range of choices in Park Slope is the easy availability and convenience of so many food items. There are three free delivery services that compete against each other (Grub Hub, Seamless and, and each has a good-sized list of restaurants that deliver. The difficulty is in having so many choices.

              What my wife and I do is to have one tab open with one of the delivery services so we can peruse menus as we wish, and have another tab open to the NYC DOH restaurant listings. Then when we think we might want to try such and such a place, we first look up their DOH record. If the place has a decent inspection record, then we're willing to put an order in.

              We generally order the things we've come to like over the years, which may not be the same things you enjoy, so my suggestion is to go ahead and order something and see for yourself. Most places have a $10 or $15 minimum for delivery, so you can take a chance without breaking the bank.

              Some places we like enough to order from repeatedly are Ten, Kiku, JPan and Shinju, all of which offer reasonable prices, speedy delivery (usually) and decent food.

              Lucky us...

          2. re: culprit

            I'm just curious: what makes a restaurant "truly Japanese"?

            Or, to put it another way, what makes a restaurant *not* Japanese if it describes itself as Japanese?

            1. re: BrookBoy

              It's not actually run by Japanese people. Most restaurants that call themselves "Japanese" in NYC are actually run by Chinese or Koreans. Some of these are OK, a lot serve a pretty notably non-Japanese, and often woefully mis-prepared, version of "Japanese" food.

              1. re: Woodside Al

                Are there Modern Day indigenous Chinese and/or Korean styles of preparing raw fish? I know a little bit about nare-zushi. But, this goes back a millennium or two. If I'm correct, one or two family owned businesses in Japan still make nare-zusho.

          3. Jpan is the only place I bother to go to when I get sushi. The noodles are blah, but the sushi is the BEST in the slope.

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            1. re: secondbecky

              I don't love Jpan; sweet people, but the sushi is just okay and the place always smells a little too strongly of disinfectant. I suppose I should award them points for clean, but I find the smell off-putting.

              287 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

              1. re: Deb Van D

                I rarely eat in. I find their rolls to be the most inventive in the hood. (which is hard in this day and age to come up with something original sushi-wise)