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Sasabune

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401 E 73rd St, New York City, NY 10021
+1 212-249-8583
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Sunday
Closed
Hours:
Tue - Sat 12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

I have eaten here on and off for many years and was looking forward to another outing. Either overall standards have improved elsewhere or the pixie dust hasn't settled on this place for a while. On this visit the place was just tired. I really wanted it to be good because I was starving but all the fish seemed to... More 

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Thank Nick S
Toronto
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

i liked that it was an older japanese chef who served us the sushi, and we made our own saki tasting. all you get is top quality sushi and i'm a big eater, even I was full by the end of my tasting. it is expensive, and there's no razzle dazzle to the place. but if you love fish, and... More 

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New York City, New York
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331 reviews
257 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

What a disappointment and ripoff! At $140 person one expected the heights, not the bums rush. This may have been a very off night but the rushed service, pedestrian presentation and total lack of originality was a perfect storm. In all the 200+ restaurants I reviewed this one hit bottom! The only good thing I could say was the waiter... More 

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Harrison, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

They order for you and tell you how to eat it and in what order and it is so delicious. Down side it's very expensive!!! But worth it probably...

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Thank Roger W
Portland, Oregon
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Unpretentious venue serving the most impressive sushi. No menus, no pricing. Just eat every morsel the chef sends to your table in small plates of one to four bites. Not for the budget-minded, but worth the price. You don't go here for the ambience, but for some of the freshest and most skillfully prepared sushi you will find in the... More 

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Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

This is my second time here in this rather unassuming location. First and foremost the food was out of this world!!! But when you pay $150 plus for a few pieces of fish, you would expect a little better atmosphere, and service. The service was basically non-existent and the restaurant looks like a cheap burger joint. The chef walked out... More 

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Thank drmingi
Sao Paulo, SP
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

Not an attractive place, this is the charm of Sasabune. Outstanding japanese sushi. The staff is very friendly.

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New York City, New York
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85 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

There are three Sasabunes in the US, including the original in LA. Stellar chefs, after many years of service, are permitted to use the Sasabune seal to start their own restaurants. Sasabune can be sublime, especially if Takahashi-san is working his magic behind the counter. I've been here perhaps ten times and only had a bad meal once. The sourcing... More 

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MA
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252 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

Great food, great service. Each plate was ready when we were done with the previous one. No one rushed us along. Great flavors, variety. It's a very small place. Clean, nicely done, not fancy.

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Jackson, New Jersey
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104 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

Friends of mine have been telling me about this place for a year and it was worth the wait. It is simply the best sushi anywhere. Expensive? Yes. Worth it? If you like sushi you will never want to eat sushi anywhere else again. It really is that good. The sushi literally melts in your mouth. You can order rolls... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$100
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
Tuesday
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
Thursday
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
Friday
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
Saturday
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 E 73rd St, New York City, NY 10021
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-249-8583

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Upper East Side
Combining quiet residential neighbourhoods that have easy access to Central Park with world-famous cultural institutions, the Upper East Side is one of the most livable places in the city. Along beautiful Fifth Avenue, you’ll find Museum Mile, which houses many of the nation's most famous attractions in a single stretch, like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. Walk a few blocks into the neighbourhood, and you’ll come to Park Avenue, the poshest address in the city, lined with grand apartment buildings as far as the eye can see. Even if you can’t afford the luxury goods along Madison Avenue, it’s still a great spot to window shop an afternoon away.
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