Ushiwakamaru

(Now Closed)
136 W Houston St (btwn Sullivan & MacDougal St), New York, NY 10012, United States
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Dinner
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Visa & American Express)
Outdoor Seating:
No
Total Visitors
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  • AskMen

    The sushi is top notch. Sit at the bar & let the chef cook for you, for half the price of the other big-name sushi places. We highly recommend that people go here.

    AskMen · December 17, 2010
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  • citizenM

    NYC has many, many, many sushi restaurants. However, this is one of the best because it is still so authentic--none of that ‘nobu fabulousness’ here. Read more

    citizenM · January 16, 2013
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  • Time Out New York

    Pats of rice are crowned with superb seafood specimens: a tumble of velvety glass shrimp, lush slips of fatty red snapper and meaty, soy-lacquered eel, served on a glinting black plate. Read more

    Time Out New York · June 4, 2013
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  • Katie B.

    Your miso soup will probably have a shrimp head in it. Don't be surprised when it floats up to say hi.

    Katie Brown · April 10, 2013
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  • Erica C.

    One of the best sushi restaurants in the city. Small but really, really good. Always the freshest fish and the chef is top notch.

    Erica Choi · March 11, 2011
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  • Natalie

    get the omakase - there'll definitely be some weird looking items, but you'll be glad you tried it!

    Natalie · January 8, 2010
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  • Kathryn Y.

    Go to Ushiwakamaru. Order the 15 piece nigiri set. Leave happy.

    Kathryn Yu · March 16, 2009
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  • Kate'cik ☤.

    Be prepared to have your senses and taste buds be taken to a whole other level. The restaurant is very casual, but the quality is superior.

    Kate'cik ☤ · January 5
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  • Time Out New York

    It’s no surprise that Japan-philes flock to this austere restaurant. Put yourself in the hands of chef-owner Hideo Kuribara and you’ll be richly rewarded. Read more

    Time Out New York · June 4, 2013
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  • Eater

    This restaurant is a favorite among chefs and sushi purists, and, thankfully, it's moderately priced by New York sushi standards. This is straightforward sushi, made with good ingredients. Read more

    Eater · September 15, 2014
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  • Diem H.

    Becomes Benkei Ramen at night. HOURS: Tues-Sat 12:30am till 4am Sunday 5pm to 12:30am

    Diem Huynh · October 9, 2013
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  • ThePurplePassport.com

    In this city, you’d be hard-pressed to find sushi of this quality at such great prices. (But note: the portions are traditionally delicate.) Plus, this place is about as unpretentious as they come. Read more

    ThePurplePassport.com · February 12, 2012
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  • New York Habitat

    Chef Hideo puts on a show here preparing his masterful sushi. Grab a seat at the sushi bar, get the omakase and watch him make it. It's a very fun experience.

    New York Habitat · November 28, 2011
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  • Andres R.

    If you want to try omakase in NYC, this is the spot.

    Andres Ripoll · November 16, 2014
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  • Eater

    Hideo Kuribara's Houston Street restaurant is a favorite among chefs and sushi purists, and, thankfully, it's moderately priced by New York sushi standards. [Eater 38 Member]

    Eater · January 7, 2014
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  • Dayton L.

    Call day of and make reservation for 9:30pm ... Chances are low if you walk-in as they only have 1 table...

    Dayton Leong · July 11, 2013
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  • Mona W.

    Everything is good here! Ask if they have uni from Hokkaido, it's sweeter than the Santa Barbara variety.

    Mona Wu · July 9, 2013
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  • StonehengeNYC

    Awesome omakase for a pretty awesome price.

    StonehengeNYC · December 11, 2011
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  • Emma L.

    SO GOOD. seriously if you get a chance to go, do it.

    Emma Lauren · February 21, 2014
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  • erica

    OMAKASE! That is all.

    erica · October 27, 2013
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  • Danny W.

    The lobster was truly amazing!

    Danny Whatmough · October 22, 2013
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  • Anna F.

    The uni just melts in your mouth. The omakase is a must.

    Anna Fatlowitz · May 11, 2013
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  • CREATETHE GROUP

    Nice spot that serves up quality sushi at a decent price, often serving up some unusual seafood treats. -John W.

    CREATETHE GROUP · November 28, 2012
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  • Will H.

    Sit at the bar and enjoy your meal. What you can get here is not just great food but also an amazing experience. Also they serve blowfish here, which is imported straight from Japan.

    Will Hou · June 13, 2012
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  • motoki i.

    Heard it's a great place. It must be a great place. But we've waited for an hour... is it because it's a Sat night??

    motoki ishikawa · March 26, 2011
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  • Fred B.

    buy Hideo (chef owner always on the left) a beer and it'll make your evening.

    Fred Benenson · July 22, 2009
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  • Mallory W.

    Wvweytjinf

    Mallory W · November 9, 2014
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  • Lisa H.

    Definitely make yourreservation to sit at the sushi bar for the complete experience.

    Lisa Hinchliffe · October 11, 2014
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  • Umut C.

    very easy sushi recipes www.japonmutfagi.com

    Umut Cesmeci · October 1, 2014
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  • Chefs Feed

    Andrew Carmellini, chef of Locanda Verde, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Miso soup w/ shrimp head. Read more

    Chefs Feed · August 22, 2014
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  • Suejin Y.

    Amazing: cured fluke sushi with shiso leaf and olive oil, seared toro with truffle

    Suejin Yang · August 14, 2014
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  • Helen L.

    Fluke sashimi for clean start

    Helen Lin · August 9, 2014
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  • Steven S.

    Very Delicate sushi with attentive staff

    Steven Shoshany · July 11, 2014
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  • Chima A.

    Dankness!!

    Chima Atufunwa · June 3, 2014
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  • Nicolas S.

    Try to get a place at the bar to discuss with the chef! Lots of fun and awesome sushis!

    Nicolas Siam-Tsieu · March 9, 2014
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  • DailyCandy

    Precision and detail are Ushiwaka Maru’s modus operandi. Gourmands love it for the vinegar-laden sticky rice and unusual sazae (sea snails) and shiroebi (mini white shrimp).

    DailyCandy · February 14, 2014
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  • Raquel C.

    The green tea crepe cake is amazing!

    Raquel Cardona · February 6, 2014
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  • @JaumePrimero

    If you don't want to take out a second mortgage on your home for a bangin omakase, this is this the place to go. Ichi ban.

    @JaumePrimero · January 16, 2014
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  • Mike O.

    Omakase is the only way to go here.

    Mike O'Dea · January 14, 2014
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  • Christopher P.

    This is the best sushi I have ever eaten. Period. Yasuda has nothing on these guys.

    Christopher Pepe · December 27, 2013
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  • Khaos T.

    Chef at sushi bar reuses Sea Urchin from another sushi returned by someone don't like it…

    Khaos Tian · December 27, 2013
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  • Deborah A.

    Omakase. Orion beer. Red miso soup. Love the freshly grated wasabi. Sweet service.

    Deborah Au-Yeung · October 19, 2013
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  • Chophel N.

    Medium Toro is ridic good!

    Chophel Namgyal · October 15, 2013
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  • Tanya M.

    Sit at the counter and enjoy fish that is fresh and unique. You can never go wrong with sushi and sashimi here, everything is always on point. Try the house special torched golden eye snapper!

    Tanya M · August 26, 2013
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  • Stephen L.

    Late night ramen. And by late I mean 4am!

    Stephen Lyman · June 29, 2013
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  • Dayton L.

    Nigiri special is definitely a deal... Only if you are sitting at a table

    Dayton Leong · June 27, 2013
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  • Elaine S.

    Sit at the bar get the Shirohebi a tiny and very creamy shrimp. 70% of their food comes from Japan many of their pieces are unusual and delicious. Try the omakase if you like the adventure.

    Elaine S · April 19, 2013
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  • Paul P.

    Ummm... Everything was amazing. Sit down, order some saki, and eat!

    Paul Poppleton · March 12, 2013
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  • lisa l.

    Really good quality sushi in a low key spot.

    lisa lim · March 10, 2013
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  • Brian

    Sit at the bar, order the omakase course, and allow your brain and taste buds to explode in pleasure. You won't regret a moment :)

    Brian · February 28, 2013
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