136 W Houston St (btwn Sullivan & MacDougal St), New York, NY 10012
Closed until 6:00pm (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 6:00 PM–11:30 PM
$ $ $ $
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  • "Omakase is the only way to go here." (2 tips)
  • "Hideo Kuribara's Houston Street restaurant is a favorite..." (2 tips)
  • "... Order the 15 piece nigiri set. Leave happy." (4 tips)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 C. · March 11, 2011
  • Kathryn Y.

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

    Kathryn Y. · March 16, 2009
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 B. · April 10, 2013

    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 · February 12, 2012
  • 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
  • Natalie

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

    Natalie · January 8, 2010
  • Diem H.

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

    Diem H. · October 9, 2013
  • 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 L. · July 11, 2013
  • StonehengeNYC

    Awesome omakase for a pretty awesome price.

    StonehengeNYC · December 11, 2011
  • 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
  • Danny W.

    The lobster was truly amazing!

    Danny W. · October 22, 2013
  • Mona W.

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

    Mona W. · July 9, 2013
  • Anna F.

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

    Anna F. · May 11, 2013

    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
  • 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 H. · June 13, 2012
  • 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 i. · March 26, 2011
  • Fred B.

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

    Fred B. · July 22, 2009
  • Nicolas S.

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

    Nicolas S. · March 9
  • Emma L.

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

    Emma L. · February 21
  • 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
  • Raquel C.

    The green tea crepe cake is amazing!

    Raquel C. · February 6
  • @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
  • Mike O.

    Omakase is the only way to go here.

    Mike O. · January 14
  • Christopher P.

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

    Christopher P. · December 27, 2013
  • Khaos T.

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

    Khaos T. · December 27, 2013
  • erica

    OMAKASE! That is all.

    erica · October 27, 2013
  • Deborah A.

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

    Deborah A. · October 19, 2013
  • Chophel N.

    Medium Toro is ridic good!

    Chophel N. · October 15, 2013
  • 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
  • Stephen L.

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

    Stephen L. · June 29, 2013
  • Dayton L.

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

    Dayton L. · June 27, 2013
  • Elaine C.

    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 C. · April 19, 2013
  • Paul P.

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

    Paul P. · March 12, 2013
  • lisa l.

    Really good quality sushi in a low key spot.

    lisa l. · March 10, 2013
  • 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
  • Jeremy O.

    Try the Otoro Sashimi (via @Foodspotting)

    Jeremy O. · November 17, 2012
  • Jeremy O.

    Try the 蛤 (via @Foodspotting)

    Jeremy O. · November 17, 2012
  • Jeremy O.

    Try the 酒肴三種 (via @Foodspotting)

    Jeremy O. · November 17, 2012
  • James S.

    Nigiri is amazing!

    James S. · July 21, 2012
  • DAVID D.

    omakase at the sushi bar is the way to go. Go with Everything toro

    DAVID D. · June 21, 2012
  • Becks

    Fish is always fresh an some of the best sushi for the price.

    Becks · June 14, 2012
  • Mazy Y.

    Freshest uni I had in a while. Top notch stuff for half the price.

    Mazy Y. · May 22, 2012
  • Jane C.

    UNI! They have the best uni I've ever had in the US. I thank the owner/chef for shopping around the world in search for the best to have at his restaurant.

    Jane C. · May 7, 2012
  • Maya B.

    Get the dish that's on fire throughout the whole meal.

    Maya B. · February 18, 2012
  • DAVID D.

    Omakase is the only way. #westway #Friday

    DAVID D. · January 7, 2012
  • Kerstin B.

    Try the needlefish sashimi when in season, so delicious!

    Kerstin B. · January 5, 2012

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