Thompson Hotels

Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya

Sushi Restaurant and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
  • This sushi restaurant is famous for their bone marrow. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Nikhita M.
    "Amazing fried rice (oxtail and bone marrow for the win)!"(24 Tips)
    "I can personally attest that the Oxtail & Bone Marrow is fantastic."(23 Tips)
    Tessa K.
    "Great omakase with a surprisingly decent price point."(6 Tips)
    Justin G.
    "Chicken liver mousse with challah bread is a must."(7 Tips)
112 Tips and reviews
  • sushi
  • bone marrow
  • oxtail
  • good for dates
  • omakase
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  • Rubén G.
    Rubén GarcíaSeptember 14
    The omakase ($95) was a good mix of sashimi, nigiri and maki rolls. Great presentation and some very fresh and tasty fish. If you're hungry get chicken wings with wasabi honey and scallop skewers
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Dana D.
    Dana DAugust 6, 2014
    The ambiance is top-notch. If you're in for a tasting adventure, dive into the omakase. The rest of the menu is just as delectable with a wide variety of choices. Pricey, but worth it overall.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Risa
    RisaMay 25, 2014
    Offers wider menu options in a trendier space than the Soho restaurant. In addition to top notch sushi, the chicken liver mousse and bone marrow & oxtail rice are just as good as everyone says!
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiSeptember 7, 2015
    Recommend: dynamite burger (scallop and mushroom covered with fish roe and then grilled in the shell?!!), oxtail and bone marrow fried rice, chicken liver mousse, blue ribbon roll, beef tongue.
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissAugust 25, 2012
    I could eat a pound of the chicken liver mouse on Challah toast, and I don't even like chicken liver. Bonus: the restaurant is huge, comfortable, and great looking.
  • Ani B.
    Ani BijoyanJune 28, 2014
    I'm a vegetarian, so when I eat meat or fish I make sure it's well worth it. I must say Blue Ribbon isn't just hype, probably the best sushi I have ever had. Will be coming back again for sure.
  • Dan F.
    Dan FetznerMarch 4, 2016
    Expensive but worth it. Big and great ambiance. Sushi was solid but we tried the oxtail and bone marrow fried rice based on comments we saw online and it was amazing, make sure to give it a try.
  • Muskan
    MuskanDecember 21, 2015
    Wasn't in love with the sushi but pleasantly surprised by the oxtail and bone marrow fried rice, black cod and beef tenderloin skewers. Would come back just for that!
  • Nikhita M.
    Nikhita MahtaniMarch 7, 2016
    Amazing fried rice (oxtail and bone marrow for the win)! In terms of sushi, get the the salmon/tuna/yellowtail combo, spicy tuna and spicy lobster. Also yummy: gomae, chicken liver, scallops.
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListApril 21, 2012
    Blue Ribbon team opened this Lower East Side spot last night in the Thompson LES hotel. The famous fried chicken comes with wasabi honey and challah toast is topped with chicken liver mousse and miso Read more
  • Eelain S.
    Eelain SteketeeJuly 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Standouts: the skewers - beef tenderloin, scallops, & pork belly; chicken liver & bacon fried rice (i find it's better than the bone marrow & oxtail tho I love both); and of course the raw seafood.
  • Alexis C.
    Alexis CandeeNovember 2, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    It's the best Japanese house salad you'll ever have, and enough for 2. Sit at the comfy bar. Try the rock shrimp skewer and skirt steak appetizer. Fried chicken is worth trying at least once!
  • Saneel R.
    Saneel RadiaSeptember 23, 2012
    You know that famous Blue Ribbon fried chicken? Here you can get it as wings. Oh, and bone marrow fried rice. It's like Brasserie & Sushi had a baby after a one-night stand on the LES.
  • Philippos
    PhilipposJuly 20, 2012
    The chicken wings with the honey wasabi sauce, the oxtail and bone marrow fried rice and the chicken liver mousse are delicious. Do not leave without trying the ginger bread pudding.
  • harryh
    harryhMay 2, 2012
    All of the fried rice dishes are supposed to be great. I can personally attest that the Oxtail & Bone Marrow is fantastic.
  • Erin S.
    Erin SolanoJune 17, 2012
    Toro tartare; hearts of palm kinpira; chicken liver mousse; friend chicken; oxtail and bone marrow fried rice; Tokyo Broil; smoked hamachi "box" sushi; Boulevardier; Grapefruit-Hi
  • Thomas R.
    Thomas RichterJanuary 1, 2015
    We were a big group and ordered family style. Everything was excellent! (try the blue ribbon sake!)
  • Hannah C.
    Hannah ChanpongJuly 10, 2012
    Go before it gets busy and sit at the head of one of the super long tables. Our server (ask for Chris <3) recommended the Kanpachi appetizer, it did not disappoint!
  • Jon S.
    Jon SteinbackJanuary 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I know that 'flight of vegetables' sounds like the least exciting flight since anna paquin bored us to death in 'fly away home,' but it's actually a really really good appetizer. go for it!
  • In NYC
    In NYCSeptember 7, 2015
    Get the frozen Kirin Ichiban beer at the Beer Garden. Also great chicken wings and sushi inside.
  • Paul S.
    Paul SteketeeNovember 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Sushi and fried chicken. What can go wrong? It's like chicken and waffles, but way more awesome. Also, watch the sushi chefs' line. Their talented.
  • Alex H.
    Alex HennesseyAugust 13, 2015
    Amazingly fresh fish. Bone marrow is fatty deliciousness. Try blue ribbon roll and a few pieces of toro if you can splurge
  • Lana C.
    Lana ChanOctober 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit on the right side of the sushi bar, that's where the head chef creates beautiful plates of sushi
  • Honghui Y.
    Honghui YuDecember 28, 2014
    Love the second floor bar - spacious seating and a long list of delicious drinks. Great place to wind down the night
  • Kt L.
    Kt LacasseJune 4, 2015
    Oxtail and bone marrow fried rice is the best thing on the menu. Go for the sushi but don't skip out on the appetizers and dishes
  • Justine A.
    Justine ArrecheDecember 3, 2014
    Excellent sushi place for food and drinks with friends. Vegans: try the cucumber and avocado rolls. Best I've ever had.
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerJuly 28, 2015
    Great date spot, salmon sashimi is so fresh and delicious. Keep it simple and you'll be fine. Spicy crab roll was just meh.
  • Brook S.
    Brook ShelleySeptember 29, 2015
    Delicious. Get the scallops and take enough people to get the blue ribbon plate. Great sashimi and nigiri
  • a. h.
    a. hirataSeptember 9, 2012
    Party of 11, 3 orders of chicken wings, 2 orders of oxtail & bone marrow fried rice, and the blue ribbon special was just enough.
  • Linda Y.
    Linda YJune 20, 2012
    The chicken wings are okay, go for the yakitori and oxtail&bone narrow fried rice! The Kyuri roll is a great refreshing choice if you like eel.
  • Jasper H.
    Jasper HeldenberghJanuary 26, 2015
    Great place with amazingly friendly service and awesome cosy, dark interior!
  • Chloe M.
    Chloe McCloskeyNovember 20, 2015
    Tried so many things I don't remember. Skewers are pretty costly as you only get one per order but everything tasted excellent.
  • Abigail W.
    Abigail WharffApril 19, 2014
    Love the bone marrow rice. But I never leave without getting the scallop in miso butter yakatori. Love it.
  • ron d.
    ron duqueAugust 24, 2014
    If you had to get one thing it should be the ox tail and marrow fried rice. The absolute best fried rice, ever.
  • Lauren T.
    Lauren ThomasNovember 9, 2015
    Came for the sushi, fell in love with the chicken wings. After dinner check out the tiki bar club at Sixty LES.
  • Igor L.
    Igor LevitOctober 29, 2015
    The fried rice with ox tail and bone marrow is outrageously good. The fish melts in your mouth...seriously.
  • Amber R.
    Amber RachaelApril 28, 2013
    Amazing sashimi! My favorite sushi restaurant in NYC! Ask for Michelle, she was an excellent waitress!
  • Jason B.
    Jason BrewAugust 5, 2016
    Surprisingly big sushi place in the LES. Good sushi but not world class by any means. Good for groups
  • Clyde Erwin B.
    Clyde Erwin BarrettoAugust 19, 2014
    I've only had the sushi here and it's just "alright." It doesn't stand out from the rest. The ambiance isn't even really of a true Izakaya spot. But if you need a new date spot, this place is that.
  • Kai C.
    Kai CaoMarch 27, 2016
    Do the omakase! It's excellent! The hand roll is to die for!
  • karen b.
    karen bonna rainertOctober 9, 2012
    The chicken liver mousse is wonderful on a chilly night. Served with perfectly toasted bread.
  • Jimmy V.
    Jimmy Van LeeMay 18, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    OMG, this place is heavenly for food and it's impeccable service! Ask for the beef bone marrow!
  • Karan T.
    Karan TamhaneJanuary 12, 2016
    Spicy tuna with tempura flakes, eel avocado, and spicy crab rolls. Enough said.
  • Sandra B.
    Sandra BaezMay 30, 2014
    Oxtail and bone marrow fried rice was amazing, among other things on the menu.
  • Jorge O.
    Jorge OrtizJuly 1, 2012
    I normally hate wasabi, but the honey wasabi sauce that comes with the fried chicken wings is phenomenal.
  • Justin G.
    Justin GoodeNovember 27, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Chicken liver mousse with challah bread is a must. I do not like chicken liver but could eat tubs of this.
  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangApril 5, 2015
    Lunch bento boxes are pretty aggressive portion wise. Box sushi is pretty interesting as well.
  • Kola B.
    Kola BelloSeptember 3, 2012
    The fried chicken wings w/ wasabi honey and black vinegar/garlic ribs are to die for!
  • Jake D.
    Jake DunlapDecember 29, 2012
    The pork roast is amazing. Be careful or you won't leave room for sushi!
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 21, 2016
    If you visit Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya don’t forget to pair your favorite dessert with Pueblo Viejo Añejo.
  • David H.
    David HalloranAugust 24, 2014
    The sushi is divine, but the fried chicken appetizer is not to be missed.
  • Yuval Z.
    Yuval ZukermanNovember 26, 2016
    Good quality sushi and sake. But a pretty weak value for the steep prices.
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WilesNovember 12, 2016
    Dragon roll, vegetable appetizer are both a must
  • Brittany
    BrittanyAugust 25, 2013
    Sea scallops and miso butter skewers are incredible.
  • Tessa K.
    Tessa KayserOctober 20, 2016
    Great omakase with a surprisingly decent price point. 👌🏼🍣
  • Monti B.
    Monti BrayFebruary 8, 2015
    I don't even eat sushi and I'd come here for the ambiance. And the comfy booths.
  • Ivana L.
    Ivana LiAugust 24, 2016
    Sushi is amazing but don't neglect all the other apps/entrees!
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Close with a flourish this spring break and enjoy a refreshing Pueblo Viejo Cocktail here at Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya.
  • Peter W.
    Peter WuApril 12, 2015
    Oxtail and Bone Marrow fried rice. Do it.
  • Lindsay C.
    Lindsay CApril 15, 2016
    Amazingly fresh sashimi! Pair with a sake flight.
  • AP d.
    AP du PlessisSeptember 29, 2013
    Bone marrow and oxtail fried rice is phenomenal
  • Christian B.
    OMAKASE is the only way to go. $95 per person.
  • Rod A.
    Rod AJuly 29, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    fried chicken wings + wasabi honey sauce = unexpected awesome
  • Julius T.
    Julius TarngDecember 1, 2014
    It's aiite. Bit expensive for what it is. The 竹林 nigori sake is awesome
  • Ramon S.
    Ramon SuarezMay 10, 2014
    Eat at the bar. The work of the cooks is fascinating
  • Bruno Z.
    Bruno ZalumJanuary 16, 2015
    Undercooked and overpriced, avoid the Mountain Yam skewers. Understated and overyummy, that Black Cod is definitely a winner.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Come to Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya and ask for Pueblo Viejo Tequila.
  • Lea G.
    Lea GeronimoSeptember 21, 2012
    The liver mousse is perfect. Just be sure to share....
  • No Leftovers J.
    Fun atmosphere, perfect before going out in LES or soho
  • Sam M.
    Sam MJuly 20, 2013
    The California rolls are made with imitation crab.....
  • Erica C.
    Erica ChoiNovember 6, 2012
    Sea Scallop & Miso Butter skewers! I can eat a hundred of these.
  • Michael K.
    Fried Chicken Wings + Oxtail & Bone Marrow Fried Rice
  • Yuri K.
    Yuri KimApril 16, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Max and Doug are the best bartenders in town ✌🏼️
  • KeVn
    KeVnMay 18, 2013
    Be sure to try the oxtail fried rice !!
  • Guacira M M.
    perfect, perfect, perfect place!
  • Greg B.
    Greg BattleAugust 2, 2015
    Damn good chicken. Get involved.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 8, 2015
    If you are in Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya, try a Margarita with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Jaz S.
    Jaz SheenJune 6, 2016
    Yup! Tuna belly 👌🏻
  • Turi M.
    Turi McKinleyMarch 29, 2013
    Tasty omakase!
  • Monet M.
    Monet MoonNovember 25, 2012
    Sit at the sushi bar and watch the magic happen
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KarnofskyApril 1, 2013
    Oxtail and bone marrow fried rice.... BOMB
  • Nakita A.
    Nakita AAugust 10, 2014
    Too good to be true. I promise. So worth it.
  • Rochenne K.
    Rochenne KoganAugust 21, 2013
    Horse mackerel, amazing!
  • Sanj C.
    Sanj ChakravortyAugust 24, 2015
    Sakana San Shu roll and Kirin draft 😎
  • Michael P.
    Full menu is not served outside; even if you ask
  • Pavel P.
    Pavel ParparovFebruary 28
    The best Japanese restaurant in the NY!
  • Joshua W.
    Joshua WoodsJune 27, 2013
    The Oxtail Rice Fried Rice is pretty good however it is a bit greasy.
  • Mike I.
    Mike IsaacAugust 9, 2014
    Oxtail rice is AMAZING.
  • Bollare
    BollareAugust 10, 2012
    Must-try: Coconut Sticky Rice —Alle
  • Charlie M.
    Charlie McBreartyJune 9, 2013
    Oxtail & Bone Marrow Fried Rice
  • Blue R.
    Blue RiveraAugust 31, 2015
    The fried chicken is amazing
  • Lea C.
    Lea CeasrineDecember 12, 2016
    Baby eel is so fresh so fine.
  • Tamar S.
    Tamar SchifferMay 8, 2013
    Very good and fresh sushi
  • Maegan S.
    Maegan SauerSeptember 23, 2012
    Green Tea martini is a must!!
  • Reb T.
    Reb TaskJuly 13, 2012
    Now has a giant outdoor deck!
  • Stephen P.
    Stephen PowellDecember 30, 2016
    Pricey but comfy
  • Blue R.
    Blue RiveraAugust 31, 2015
    Fried chicken is amazing
  • Mike O.
    Mike O'SullivanDecember 14, 2014
    Guacamole was surprisingly good.
  • Laura
    LauraJune 28, 2013
    bone marrow hash oh yeaaa
  • Matt M.
    Matt MillerDecember 2, 2012
    Oxtail Fried Rice. Done.
  • Grayson W.
    Grayson WrightAugust 22, 2013
    Get the pork dumplings !
  • Doug S.
    Doug SherrardJuly 30, 2013
    Cucumber and Pear Salad is the money
  • Sam W.
    Sam WinnickMay 14, 2015
    Good for groups.
  • Pinar K.
    Pinar KizilAugust 24, 2016
    Oyster sushi
  • Eli G.
    Eli GinsbergAugust 9, 2012
    Slow service really puts a damper on things. Great sushi.
  • Alice H.
    Alice HuSeptember 29, 2012
    Chicken wings!!! 8 pieces for good luck!
  • Fati H.
    Fati HussainJune 23, 2015
    The sushi and chicken wings were not good
  • Archana M.
    Archana ManiAugust 29, 2015
    Nwi!! What what.
  • Blue Ribbon Bruce
    Blue Ribbon BruceApril 5, 2012
    Coming soon!!!!
  • Luc D.
    Luc DoanMarch 25, 2016
    Only drank here, not impressed with their drunk selection though
  • Jake P.
    Jake ParkerJuly 30, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer KassinOctober 28, 2012
    Not great at all! It was actually the worst sushi I ever ate in my life!!!
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