About Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya

187 Orchard St.
New York, NY 10002
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Located on the bustling Lower East Side, Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya offers an eclectic menu, including a sushi bar with fresh fish flown in daily from Japan, award-winning Fried Chicken, Japanese small plates, and innovative entrees. Offering a full bar and extensive wine and sake list, Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya brings the party for the Late-Night crowd.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 12:00pm;

Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm;

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00am - 5:00pm;

Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am,

Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am

Cross Street:
East Houston & Stanton

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 466-0404

Website:
http://www.blueribbonrestaurants.com/rests_sushi_i

Parking Details:
There is a lot of street parking surrounding Blue RIbbon Sushi Izakaya on both Orchard and Allen Streets between E Houston and Rivington Street. There is a Delancey & Essex Municiple Parking Garage: 107 Essex Street (between Delancey St & Rivington St) Manhattan, NY 10002

Public Transit:
F Train - Second Avenue Stop (Allen Street Exit)

Executive Chef:
Bruce & Eric Bromberg

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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Private Dining

Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya offers several private dining options. We have an intimate private table off our main dining room which seats up to 7. Kanpai Garden, our all weather. covered roof-top garden is available for 75 to 150. Our main dining or bar areas can also be booked for larger parties.

Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

good for groups (33)
fit for foodies (31)
special occasion (30)
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neighborhood gem (22)
romantic (22)
hot spot (21)
vibrant bar scene (9)
notable wine list (7)
late-night find (6)
great for lunch (4)
kid-friendly (1)
great for outdoor dining (1)
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food5
ambience5
service5

Outstanding food and service.

vip
Dined 6 days ago

Outstanding food and service.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

I love this restaurant.

Dined 6 days ago

I love this restaurant. Their innovative take on sushi always results in fresh interesting seafood and always features things I've never tried before. It's nice not to always taste the same things, no matter how high the quality.

food5
ambience5
service5

Superb if pricey. But you get what you p ...

vip
Dined on April 25, 2016

Superb if pricey. But you get what you pay for!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent Excellent

Dined on April 25, 2016

I would imagine that this is where actual Japanese people go when they want sushi in new york, because it is as elegant and authentic a place you could find. Sushi-lovers rejoice for their spicy scallop, uni, and signature Blue Ribbon roll (lobster topped with caviar?!). Will return for sure.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience3
service4
value4

Amazing

Dined on April 18, 2016

This place was amazing! I came with a group of 10 and they were really understanding and nice about half of the group not arriving on the reservation time. Great service, amazing vibes, very chill, not too quiet but not overwhelming either. I will definitely go back here again!

Tags: good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience5
service5

Love their food. Will come back to try m ...

Dined on April 17, 2016

Love their food. Will come back to try more.

food2
ambience3
service4
value1

Overrated

Dined on April 4, 2016

The service was very good but the food was poor. Very expensive for what it is.

food5
ambience5
service5

Really enjoyed it and will definitely be ...

Dined on March 24, 2016

Really enjoyed it and will definitely be back!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Service & Food

Dined on March 5, 2016

The food was amazing but what really made the entire experience enjoyable was the service. We tasted three different wines before selecting the bottle that we ended up ordering and the sommelier was more than happy to do this. Our waiter was friendly but not overly aggressive and recommended amazing dishes. The fish was fresh and the food was exquisite .

Tags: special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food4
ambience2
service4
value2

good food, but very, very loud

Dined on February 27, 2016

We had dinner here last Saturday and we had to almost yell to hear each other. We sat in the 'tavern' area, there appears to be a dining room on the other side of the hostess stand that would be much quieter. food was good, but for those prices ($5 and up for one piece of sashimi) I don't want to feel like I am in a college bar.

Tags: good for groups
food2
ambience1
service1

For the price the sushi was not very goo ...

vip
Dined on February 20, 2016

For the price the sushi was not very good, could get the same quality at my local sushi take out place. The server was unhelpful. Ambiance is like a college bar.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Delicious

vip
Dined on February 19, 2016

This is my second time at Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya and the food never disappoints! Thank you again. =)

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service3
value3

Great for dinner with friends or family or a date!

Dined on February 15, 2016

Beautiful, upscale, contemporary vibe yet still cozy. Fish was delicious and fresh. The very special platter for 4 was AMAZING!

Tags: good for groups, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service5

This place is a commitment by your walle ...

Dined on February 6, 2016

This place is a commitment by your wallet but don't get me wrong it's definitely worth the visit and it's the one place I think stand out sufficiently to justify the extra price. The service was efficient and the waiter. The lighting of the restaurant was quite dim. The food was alright, and the appetizers food portions were VERY tiny, so make sure you don't just order from the appetizer menu if you are really hungry. I love their fried chicken wings and oxtail fried rice, So yum! Overall I had a great first dinner at blue ribbon sushi and would definitely come back again (:

food3
ambience5
service5

Small plates are better than the actual ...

vip
Dined on February 6, 2016

Small plates are better than the actual sushi. Skewers are the best thing on the menu

food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Great dinner! Amazing sake!

Dined on February 5, 2016

Amazing sake! We had the unpasteurized sake and it was the best sake I've ever had! Some fish could have been fresher, but delicious overall! Awesome that you have gluten free soy sauce & gluten free options! Wonderful service! Thanks again for a wonderful dinner!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience3
service4
value3

The Oxtail & Bone Marrow rice was out of ...

Dined on February 2, 2016

The Oxtail & Bone Marrow rice was out of this world. If you like mushrooms, I'd highly recommend the Mushroom Bake. Felt a little cramped, but overall the food makes up for any other shortcomings.

Tags: special occasion
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Great food down the LES

vip
Dined on January 30, 2016

I had made reservations for 2 for a Friday night and when the restaurant called to reconfirm, I asked if it can be changed to a party of 3. They quickly accommodated with no hesitation. We sat and order their yummy martinis and a few popular dishes that Yelpers mentioned like the bone marrow fried rice, wings, sushi...all were prepared with care and pleasing to the palate. Go venue downtown to taste for yourself..enjoy!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

Enjoy every dish! Excellent!

Dined on January 27, 2016

Enjoy every dish! Excellent!

food3
ambience2
service4
value2

So loud like a club. I couldn't have a convo

Dined on January 15, 2016

Sushi was mediocre at best. Sad. The bone marrow was the best thing I ate.

Tags: good for groups, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Food & ambiance were 8/10.

Dined on January 9, 2016

This place is great to come for a Friday girls night dinner. The menu is so large, everyone will find something to eat. I got the spicy tuna roll which was great and the oxtail fried rice...which was amazing. Drinks were good but nothing special. I think the overall vibe and atmosphere is what you come for. If you want good, fresh sushi in a fancier, trendy environment this is the place to go.

Tags: good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food2
ambience2
service4
value1

Mediocre sushi in pretentious price

vip
Dined on January 5, 2016

$11 for a mediocre spice tuna role? Nothing in this restaurant justifies these super-high prices.

food5
ambience4
service2
value4

Very good sushi and Izakaya type food

Dined on January 1, 2016

First the bad: What happened to service here? The waiter would come over and then pay zero attention, constantly looking around, I was always confirming whether he had heard me or not... Failed to bring me my second drink, so he had to be reminded. I have been here about five or six times spending at least $300 each time. Service should be much better. Food was great, however the Toro was surprisingly fishy, but I didn't put a dab of soy on it. The king crab fried rice was great, all the other sushi was up to Blue Ribbon standards.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Amazing fresh sushi

Dined on December 31, 2015

This is our favorite sushi spot in the city. The fish is all very fresh and well-assembled. Also have great cocktails!

Tags: fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food3
ambience2
service2

I am unhappy when I go to a sushi restau ...

Dined on December 23, 2015

I am unhappy when I go to a sushi restaurant that pretends to be upper echelon and I find the fish has already been presliced and is sitting in the glass case waiting to be slapped upon a bed of rice. It's offensive particularly at these prices and with the Blue Ribbon name. The owners should be ashamed. Is this what they have fallen to? I reserved 2 seats at the sushi bar for a business lunch. The place was about 10% occupied giving it the ambience of a funeral parlour. The sushi was adequate, nothing special, certainly not worth $5 and up per piece. Green tea was tepid. Really, if you can't do it right just shut it down. Definitely remove the Blue Ribbon name or face the consequences to the brand.

food4
ambience5
service4
value2

LES sushi in Style

Dined on December 17, 2015

Nice combinations and cold drinks in a Hip area...

Tags: fit for foodies, hot spot
food1
ambience2
service1

Not good

vip
Dined on December 12, 2015

Not good food. Sushi was worse than supermarket sushi.

food4
ambience5
service5

Get the fried oyster maki roll inside ou ...

vip
Dined on November 30, 2015

Get the fried oyster maki roll inside out and fluke with quail egg!!!

food5
ambience5
service5

We had an Omakase set lunch. Lots of foo ...

Dined on November 21, 2015

We had an Omakase set lunch. Lots of food, great quality and the sushi chefs at the sushi bar were very friendly and helpful.

food4
ambience4
service4

great GNO

Dined on November 20, 2015

The food was pretty good, especially love the sake ikura roll and the uni. Uni was fresh and the uni black squid fried rice, oxtail bone marrow fried rice were delicious. Overall we had a nice time.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent food Superior service Highly r ...

vip
Dined on November 20, 2015

Excellent food Superior service Highly recommend

food3
ambience4
service3

Gone down hill

vip
Dined on November 20, 2015

Really disappointed. The sushi was nothing special, especially for New York. At this price point, I expected much more--it was basically the same quality you could get at any non-name, neighborhood sushi place.

food5
ambience5
service5

in one word Great!

Dined on November 16, 2015

Great sushi great service amazing fun at sushibar. The food was delicious. And the chefs at the sushi bar kept things fun.

Tags: good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience4
service5

my favorite NYC sushi

vip
Dined on November 15, 2015

I've been there 3 times now and had the chef's selection omekase each time. I love the presentation, the creative mix of sushi and sashimi, fish and shellfish, seasonings and sauces and straight up. The aji/horse mackerel is always my personal favorite. Service is very attentive and not intrusive. Lively, casual but classy atmosphere. I've also been to the Columbus circle location, which is more popular and doesn't take reservations. I think this one is better. This time the broiled skewer appies were good, chicken thigh better than the short rib which was a bit chewy and less flavorful. Nice sake selections as well - haven't gone wrong yet. Enjoy!

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service3

sub-par service but delicious sushi

Dined on November 7, 2015

I'm personally not a sushi fanatic, but my girlfriend was in town and she wanted a "fancier" sushi dinner... Since Blue Ribbon was rated among best in the city, we made reservations and got each other pumped up for it. The wait-staff was very attentive at first: filling our water glasses and taking drink orders then apps quickly... After that, water glass was not filled without having to ask any staff. Also, when we ordered the rolls, we requested extra ginger - but had to remind them twice, before actually getting it. $130 later, our bellies were sufficiently full but not my wallet... 3 small plate / appetizers and 4 sushi / maki rolls were eaten and all were extremely tasty, fresh, and delicious. In the end, for sub-par service and fancy rice/fish/veggies rolls it was super expensive (even though I knew it would be)!!!!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4

Excellent Food but Small Portions

Dined on November 6, 2015

I've gone to the Blue Ribbon a lot near Columbus Circle, but decided to go downtown for a change of scenery. The food is excellent at both locations, but I thought the portions were smaller downtown on Orchard Street.

food4
ambience3
service4

Food outshines ambience

vip
Dined on November 1, 2015

We ate well at Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya. My spouse enjoyed his sushi. I ordered from the izakaya side of the menu and found my mushroom skewer, chicken wings, and spare ribs well prepared, flavorful, and fun to eat. The meal was paced properly, with our food coming at well-spaced intervals. Notwithstanding this, my enthusiasm for the restaurant was limited. The first impression one gets is not a strong one -- enter from the street, and you are directly confronted by a flight and a half of stairs. I found the dance music played throughout the meal irritating. Also, we ate dinner on Halloween night -- and found all of the hostesses and servers (but not the sushi chefs, fortunately) in costume. Maybe I'm an old fogey, but I just found that off-putting.

food5
ambience3
service5

Come earlier for less noise and crowds! ...

vip
Dined on October 24, 2015

Come earlier for less noise and crowds! Once it got to 8-9pm, the place fills up with people and noise, to the point where it can be difficult to have an intimate conversation. Great food here (and at their Las Vegas location), never disappoints. Let the hostess know if you're celebrating anything special and they will do their best to accommodate!

food5
ambience5
service5

Loved it here!!

Dined on October 18, 2015

Loved it here!!

food2
ambience2
service3
value2

Decent, not spectacular

vip
Dined on October 17, 2015

Food generally didn't taste that fresh and flavors didn't seem right. Rolls were decent, but nothing fabulous. Atmosphere lacked vibeā€¦bit stark and dark.

Tags: late-night find

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