About 1 or 8

66 South 2nd St.
Brooklyn, NY 11249
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The cuisine at 1 OR 8 is a reflection of the chefs' and owner's eclectic food experience growing up in Japan, where traditional dishes coexist with those originating from around the world often transformed with a Japanese touch. 1 OR 8 takes this approach, sometimes playfully pushing the envelope and experimenting with ingredients or techniques but always with a Japanese sensibility at heart. The open kitchen and sushi bar lets you see the preparation of the dishes, cooked or raw. Seasonal fish flown in from Japan are available daily. 1 OR 8 is a casual dining establishment proud of providing exceptional quality and execution in its adventurous offerings.


Online reservation is for tables only. For reservation of seats at the sushi counter, please call the restaurant.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Between Wythe and Kent

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(718) 384-2152

Website:
http://www.oneoreightbk.com/

Entertainment:
$45 Prix fixe dinner available on Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday.

Public Transit:
10 min walk from Bedford Avenue station on the L, or Marcy Avenue station on J/M/Z.
Also, it is right across Williamsburg Bridge if you are coming from Manhattan, so a very short taxi ride from downtown.

Executive Chef:
Hideaki Watanabe & Kazuo Yoshida

Additional:
Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access

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4.4

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4.5

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4.5

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96% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience5
service5

Restaurant was prettier inside than I th ...

Dined on April 15, 2016

Restaurant was prettier inside than I thought it would be. Fish was fresh and delicious , really liked the simplicity of it . Concentration was on taste and I was not dissapounted

food5
ambience5
service1
value5

Excellent food, rude hostess

Dined on March 25, 2016

We went to 1 or 8 for a birthday dinner. We loved the restaurant but the very rude hostess almost ruined the experience. Horrible way to start a special evening.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Clean taste in food and decor

Dined on March 13, 2016

We were looking for a place to have sushi where the fish was the star, not the elaborateness of the rolls, and this hit the spot exactly. Very streamlined menu with fewer choices than many other places, but better ones to choose from. Think quality over quantity.

Tags: fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
food5
ambience5
service5

Amazing food and helpful wait staff. Bes ...

vip
Dined on March 6, 2016

Amazing food and helpful wait staff. Best sushi I've had in a while.

food2
ambience3
service2

For the price they charge, the fish is r ...

vip
Dined on March 6, 2016

For the price they charge, the fish is really subpar. Don't bother with the omakase anything, not worth the price. The cooked dishes were a tad better. Would just go elsewhere in the city for quality sushi. Sad to repor Brooklyn still has no high quality sushi joint, hipster enclave or not.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

I was so excited to try 1or8 and I was N ...

Dined on February 24, 2016

I was so excited to try 1or8 and I was NOT disappointed.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Yummy sushi omakase

Dined on February 15, 2016

Great omakase and youthful ambience. Service was very attentive. Pricey but a good choice for a special occasion. Not very romantic bc of the brightness and open setting.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Menu changes often but never disappoints ...

Dined on February 7, 2016

Menu changes often but never disappoints. We say we want to try new places but always come back because of the freshness of the sushi, variety and uniqueness of the entrees.

food3
ambience4
service4
value3

Overall a good experience.

Dined on February 6, 2016

Overall i enjoyed the experience, as i give a high score on ambiance. The sushi was also quite spectacular, especially the uni. Some of the best i've eaten. The cooked plates were not so great. Good but not great. That included: miso soup, outside skirt steak and one other dish that was so underwhelming i cant even remember which it was, and this was just a couple days ago. I do however remember it being 'meh'. The drink was a bit too sweet. It was elderberry martini, but it tasted more like saketini. The ambiance and service was great. I would go back but only for the sushi, and i'd probably stick to the sake.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Always a delight to dine at 1 or 8

Dined on December 29, 2015

Always a delight to dine at 1 or 8

food5
ambience5
service5

Best Sushi & Saki!

Dined on December 19, 2015

Best Sushi & Saki!

food5
ambience5
service5

Outstanding in every way

Dined on November 27, 2015

This is one of my favorite restaurants of all time. The attention and care put into every aspect of dining here is unsurpassed. From the food to the drink to the service to the restaurant itself, everything is exquisite and unique. I don't dine out very often, but when I do, this is always where I want to go!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5

Exquiste food and service

Dined on October 31, 2015

Good food, attentive service. So relaxed for a Friday night! Not noisy, not rushed. Definitely pay attention to the specials: we had a yellowfish collar, one of the best table items I had in a long time.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service4

Highly recommend the assorted house made ...

vip
Dined on October 21, 2015

Highly recommend the assorted house made pickles, Burimaka (grilled yellowtail collar, grated daikon) and Omakase Sashimi.

food3
ambience4
service3

Not what it used to be

Dined on October 2, 2015

I've been coming to 1 or 8 for a few years now, and was always a big fan; it was the sort of place I'd eagerly recommend to friends. But after my latest visit, I'm not sure I'll be coming back. The vibe is still great, and the sushi itself was expertly done. But everything else was a bit lacking. To me, the biggest "wow" of the old 1 or 8 was the numerous small plates / starters, all expertly done, delicious, and some quite unique. It's my understanding there was some sort of ownership / chef change recently, and they've significantly pared down the menu to reduce kitchen / staffing costs. And sadly, it really shows. What was once a unique place with an inventive menu is now just another place to get some good sushi. Such a shame - another underwhelming Japanese food experience in NYC.

Tags: romantic, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4
value5

Solid

Dined on September 23, 2015

Solid Japanese joint. Seems like a modest bar from the outside, then you round the corner and it opens up into a white, chic dining room. We felt transported. Food was awesome, super fresh. Server was new, but really nice. Overall very nice experience.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Best sushi in Brooklyn

vip
Dined on August 20, 2015

Go to sit at the sushi bar for chef's Kazu Omakase delight. Can't go wrong.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Best sushi I've ever had

Dined on August 15, 2015

My boyfriend has been going here for years and he introduced me to the place two years ago when we started dating. The food is always fresh, incredibly delicious, and plated artfully. Try the red miso soup - it's incredible. We come here for every special occasion or whenever we're in the mood for top notch sushi. The staff is friendly, competent, and knowledgable of their fare. If you want to try something new, just ask a staff member and they'll have a good suggestion.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service4

Always great

Dined on August 15, 2015

The food is outstanding. The sushi is always fresh with a wide variety of new and different choices. The service is knowledgable and friendly.

Tags: fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience2
service4

As an Asian who used to live in Japan for 4 years

Dined on June 12, 2015

One of those places charges a lot of money for making the portion so small with pretty enough presentation. Just too expensive for what it is and the interior is already getting old, so I am not getting those 'fancy' feeling for what I am paying either. Sushi/Sashimi didn't feel that fresh. (well, of course, better than those chinese or korean owned sushi restaurants!)

food5
ambience5
service5

Birthday

Dined on May 1, 2015

Celebrated my birthday at 1 or 8 and it was perfect. The staff here were very professional yet calm, relaxed, and unobtrusive. The sake bottles as recommended by our waiter was a great match for the mood and the food was excellent, right down to the sauces. Everything tasted so fresh, and the presentation was clean and unfussy. Seating was plentiful and we had so much fun that we hardly even noticed the other guests.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4

great spot.

Dined on April 26, 2015

Get the omakasa and seared scallop with sea urchin. Drinks were also good. Was really happy with our experience here and will be back.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

Amazing

Dined on March 1, 2015

The food and service at 1 or 8 is amazing. I had a great expirince, and would highly recommend it. The food is really fresh and the wine list great.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service2

Excellent food & Pretentious service

Dined on February 28, 2015

Excellent food and drink pairing. Sushi was fresh and delish. My wife and I went here for some late night dining and we were pleasantly satisfied. Our waitress however, had a particular snobbish attitude that made one feel badly for not being a millionaire/ trust fund hipster who should order everything on the menu.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, late-night find
food5
ambience5
service5

incredibly special and beautiful meal!

Dined on December 28, 2014

My night at 1 or 8 was absolutely perfect! The food was beautiful and sophisticated yet accessible and not pretentious. Same can be said about the staff-- knowledgeable, friendly, and attentitive. Cocktails were superb, and the bartender offered sake recommendations to pair with our bento boxes that ended up spot on.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4

I always love the $50 Omakase!

vip
Dined on December 6, 2014

Great Omakase plus a good sake selection! I have been here serval times and I am never disappointed! Great for dates or special events! It is a bit hard to spot from the street so don't worry about going in to what looks like an empty bar.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Inventive food, atmosphere, beverages ++

Dined on November 15, 2014

This place was awesome. Food was even better than I expected, very creative. I feel like I had something that was at once traditionally Japanese and new. Ambiance is fantastic. Sculptural and 2 dimensional art on the inside is great coupled with a very clean, almost all white setting. Pretty much, if you love great food, highly recommend.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience4
service5

A real find

Dined on November 1, 2014

I honestly don't know how I missed out on this place for the last 4 years since it opened. Only recently have I heard a buzz about it from various friends. From the moment we walked in the door we knew we were in for a treat. From the hostess to the delivery of the check everything was spot on. Ambiance, servers, sushi chef uniforms, decor, and of course...the main event. The food was out of this world. Will be going again very soon. Especially since I left my umbrella there.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Sushi Grade

Dined on October 17, 2014

With a lot of experience on the left coast I am admittedly a sushi snob. With specials like Golden-eye Snapper and standards like the amazing shrimp dumplings I was pleasantly surprised. If you like sushi, this is your place!

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5

Great place

Dined on September 28, 2014

Very polite staff, food is amazing, although it is a bit pricey. But, if you like sushi, this is a place to go!

Tags: great for brunch, romantic
food2
ambience2
service4

1 and 8 doesn't hit the mark. The sushi ...

vip
Dined on September 21, 2014

1 and 8 doesn't hit the mark. The sushi is decent quality but the quality does not justify the price. The special nigiri are worth trying. Was wow'ed by the pike mackerel. However, a restaurant with this reputation should have every piece of Nigiri be delicious not just the most expensive pieces. It does not hold a candle to Blue Ribbon Sushi, Sushi Yasuda, or Sushi Azabu. However, in Williamsburg it is the most high end sushi. I still prefer Bozu, just because it is not trying to be something it is not. Bozu is always fun, the fish is fresh, and the price is right.

Tags: fit for foodies
food3
ambience3
service3

Inconsistent quality of food

Dined on September 19, 2014

The fish at 1 or 8 is not universally excellent. Bright spots were the uni, fluke carpaccio, and anago. Tuna, salmon, and yellowtail were mediocre. Soba side dish was the highlight of the entire meal. Reasonably priced for the area. Service mostly efficient and helpful, though they ignored my friend's raised hand when her sushi arrived without wasabi or ginger. Once I raised my hand, they came right over. Not a standout sushi experience overall, and it's not likely I will return.

food5
ambience5
service5

Fab place

Dined on September 13, 2014

I have to say the good is fantastic and service was spot on. Love the presentation of food and the funky sushi selection the make highly recommend the salmon and mozzarella role

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent!

Dined on September 6, 2014

I've been to several high-end sushi restaurants in NYC, but the consistency and presentation is never as good as here. The chefs are also very friendly and knowledgeable if you choose to engage them at the sushi bar.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience5
service4

gorgeou

vip
Dined on August 29, 2014

Behind a nondescript door is the gorgeous large white space. Wonderful Japanese food. Always like to come back

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4

This place is so good.

Dined on August 29, 2014

The staff is so nice, especially the bartender. He was very thorough in explaining the different types of sake. The sushi was really fresh and amazing. Will definitely be coming back here again!

Tags: romantic, late-night find, hot spot
food4
ambience4
service4

nice decor, quality japanese food

Dined on August 21, 2014

The all white decor was very nice, service was very good. We had the dumplings, pretty good, the croquettes, not eventful, the tuna tartar, ok, the fluke carpaccio was outstanding. For main, the nigiri were very good, the fish of the day was good, the tempura, ok, the skirt steak, pretty good. will definitely return.

Tags: romantic, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Absolutely lovely and elegant food, warm ...

Dined on July 30, 2014

Absolutely lovely and elegant food, warm service and great atmosphere.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Amazing every time

vip
Dined on May 14, 2014

Great everything. Highly recommended. Very consistent high quality.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience4
service3

Long ride for a short slide

vip
Dined on May 3, 2014

Traveled from the UWS having heard about the "sublime" sushi from someone who frequents this place. Big disappointment for everyone. There are better places right in our neighborhood where you can get phenomenal sushi at the same outrageous prices that 1or 8 charges and not have to travel. Sushi of Gari for example or if you can go downtown Tomoe is a great option. We will not return.

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