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239 E 5th St, New York City, NY 10003-8507 (Between 2nd Ave. & 3rd Ave.)
+1 212-979-1012
18:30 - 00:00
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Mon - Thu 18:30 - 23:30
Fri - Sat 18:30 - 00:00
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Fairfield, Connecticut
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31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is a great for foodies. Fresh food that is literally prepared in front of you. Small place and very quiet. Highly recommend!

Thank funinthesunby3
Los Angeles, California
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333 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is still one of our favorite place to eat in NY. The restaurant is tiny (converted Japanese restaurant space), so it's essentially an L-shaped sushi bar. You can choose a la carte or chef's tasting menu (which features items not on the a la carte menu). Wow, it's an explosion of flavors and everything was done impeccably. Since it's... More 

Thank Luvtosafari
New York City, New York
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139 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

The food was creative and delicious. The four of us loved every bite and the wine pairing was well done. I liked the seating setup but not the one ther three. Service was tio-top. Will go back in a heart beat.

Thank ArtNYC
Borne, The Netherlands
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

We made a reservation 1,5 weeks in advance because of the good review in the lonely Planet. Arriving arround 20.30PM on a saturday night we entered the almost empty 18 Seat restaurant. The two hostes handed the menu and winelist. We did our research and ordered the 7 course tasting menu (€85) and asked if there was a food/wine paring.... More 

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New York City, New York
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90 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

First time my husband and I opted for the seven course chef's tasting menu - it was exquisite!! Second time, we went with a friend of ours and we ordered a la carte. We shared Croquetas, Spiced Carrot, Roasted Squash, Gambas a la Plancha, Crisp Octopus, Striped Bass, Skirt Steak and Quail - so basically, 80% of their menu! Everything... More 

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New York
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372 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

I have been to this restaurant on several occasions, and each time had a pleasant experience. This time our party of three ordered the tasting menu. The dishes ranged from interesting to excellent. There were a few misses, but on average a very good food experience.

Thank Antionio10
Istanbul, Turkey
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196 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Bar seating was the originality of the restaurant. Watching one of the cooks having a beer while working was unusual. Three of us tried 8 dishes and most of them tasted great. The hostess was very helpful.

Thank Istanbulapt
Leawood, Kansas
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328 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Small place with bar style seating. Dishes were prepared in full view of diners which was entertaining. We opted not to do the chefs tasting as there were certain items on the menu that we really wanted to try. Our two favorites were the fresh vegetable salad with delicata squash and the grilled octopus with squid ink cream sauce. Both... More 

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San Diego, CA
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70 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

We did the tasting menu, 7 dishes including dessert; it was just exquisite. Different cooking techniques employed. The restaurant has a unique sitting arrangement around the kitchen. The chefs cook right in front of you, so you see how everything is prepared. We found this on the web when looking up molecular gastronomy and they do use this technique on... More 

Thank bossings
New York City, New York
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876 reviews
539 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

I had not been here in a long time and was overdue to revisit. I'm giving 3 rating and not 4 because we found a hair in our octopus. It happens, so not a huge deal, but I'd rather do without a hair in my food obviously. They apologized but didn't offer to comp the dish or anything else you'd... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 100
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
18:30 - 23:30
18:30 - 23:30
18:30 - 23:30
18:30 - 23:30
18:30 - 00:00
18:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 239 E 5th St, New York City, NY 10003-8507
    (Between 2nd Ave. & 3rd Ave.)
  • Public Transportation: 6 Train to Astor Place
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighbourhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: +1 212-979-1012

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in East Village

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East Village
There’s still an independent vibe to the East Village, which offers plenty of unique small businesses catering to longtime New Yorkers and area college students alike. The East Village retains a bit of the old-time neighbourhood feel that you can still experience today thanks to a mix of locally-owned shops, cozy restaurants, and lively bars. The scale of the residential blocks makes this a wonderful place to wander up and down the streets searching for the newest hip spot, or an old-school favorite. In the center of the neighbourhood, Tompkins Square Park serves as a gathering point for the New Yorkers that call the East Village home. The people-watching here is hard to beat.
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