Thompson Hotels

Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya

Sushi Restaurant and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
  • harryh
    "I can personally attest that the Oxtail & Bone Marrow is fantastic."(24 Tips)
    Nikhita M.
    "Amazing fried rice (oxtail and bone marrow for the win)!"(23 Tips)
    Justin G.
    "Chicken liver mousse with challah bread is a must."(7 Tips)
    Turi M.
    "Tasty omakase!"(3 Tips)
95 Tips and reviews
  • sushi
  • bone marrow
  • oxtail
  • good for dates
  • scallops
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Dan F.
    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.
  • Nikhita M.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • Eelain S.
    Eelain SteketeeJuly 9, 2012
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
    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!
  • 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.
  • Paul S.
    Paul SteketeeNovember 16, 2012
    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.
  • Thomas R.
    Thomas RichterJanuary 1, 2015
    We were a big group and ordered family style. Everything was excellent! (try the blue ribbon sake!)
  • 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
  • In NYC
    In NYCSeptember 7, 2015
    Get the frozen Kirin Ichiban beer at the Beer Garden. Also great chicken wings and sushi inside.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Lana C.
    Lana ChanOctober 22, 2012
    Sit on the right side of the sushi bar, that's where the head chef creates beautiful plates of sushi
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Brook S.
    Brook ShelleySeptember 29, 2015
    Delicious. Get the scallops and take enough people to get the blue ribbon plate. Great sashimi and nigiri
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bruno Z.
    Bruno ZalumJanuary 16, 2015
    Undercooked and overpriced, avoid the Mountain Yam skewers. Understated and overyummy, that Black Cod is definitely a winner.
  • Jasper H.
    Jasper HeldenberghJanuary 26, 2015
    Great place with amazingly friendly service and awesome cosy, dark interior!
  • Amber R.
    Amber RachaelApril 28, 2013
    Amazing sashimi! My favorite sushi restaurant in NYC! Ask for Michelle, she was an excellent waitress!
  • Jorge O.
    Jorge OrtizJuly 1, 2012
    I normally hate wasabi, but the honey wasabi sauce that comes with the fried chicken wings is phenomenal.
  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangApril 5, 2015
    Lunch bento boxes are pretty aggressive portion wise. Box sushi is pretty interesting as well.
  • Jimmy V.
    Jimmy Van LeeMay 18, 2012
    OMG, this place is heavenly for food and it's impeccable service! Ask for the beef bone marrow!
  • karen b.
    karen bonna rainertOctober 9, 2012
    The chicken liver mousse is wonderful on a chilly night. Served with perfectly toasted bread.
  • Karan T.
    Karan TamhaneJanuary 12
    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.
  • Kola B.
    Kola BelloSeptember 3, 2012
    The fried chicken wings w/ wasabi honey and black vinegar/garlic ribs are to die for!
  • Justin G.
    Justin GoodeNovember 27, 2012
    Chicken liver mousse with challah bread is a must. I do not like chicken liver but could eat tubs of this.
  • Jake D.
    Jake DunlapDecember 29, 2012
    The pork roast is amazing. Be careful or you won't leave room for sushi!
  • Monti B.
    Monti BrayFebruary 8, 2015
    I don't even eat sushi and I'd come here for the ambiance. And the comfy booths.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Close with a flourish this spring break and enjoy a refreshing Pueblo Viejo Cocktail here at Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya.
  • David H.
    David HalloranAugust 24, 2014
    The sushi is divine, but the fried chicken appetizer is not to be missed.
  • Julius T.
    Julius TarngDecember 1, 2014
    It's aiite. Bit expensive for what it is. The 竹林 nigori sake is awesome
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