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Map & Directions 136 W. Houston St.
New York, NY 10012
  • Japanese, Sushi
  • Mon-Sat 6pm-11:30pm
  • MasterCard, Visa, American Express
  • Takeout
  • Dinner, Late Night
  • Beer, Wine
  • Accepted
  • No Parking


Village Voice's Description

Named after a 12th-century superhero, Ushiwakamaru refreshingly devotes itself almost exclusively to sushi, without the extraneous fried and broiled main courses that clog the typical downtown Japanese menu. The raw fish is of similar caliber to Tomoe and Hasaki, which means that it's damn good, and the length of the list means that you can often compare sea eel and freshwater eel, fatty tuna and semi-fatty tuna, horse mackerel and real Japanese mackerel, and other luscious combinations. The turban shellfish appetizer-flamed at your table so that the sake cooking fluid bubbles right in the shell-is not to be missed.

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  • AskMen on 12/17/10

    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.

  • citizenM on 01/16/13

    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.

  • Erica C. on 03/10/11

    One of the best sushi restaurants in the city. Small but really, really good. Always the freshest fish and the chef is top notch.

  • Kathryn Y. on 03/16/09

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

  • Time Out New York on 06/04/13

    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.

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