favorite omakase in NYC! Ask to sit with Tamoki-San. But not the nights that I go because I want to sit with him.
The name of this place is a little misleading because they don't actually serve any sake. The establishment is BYO[S] so you can bring a bottle of whatever you like, whether it's made of rice, grapes or grains. The food here is outstanding, and it is filled to the brim with people every single time I've been here, no matter what time of day it is. Sometimes it's a little too crowded though. For this reason, and for the fact that you can get sushi a little bit better and a little bit cheaper at other spots in town, I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. Don't get me wrong, this place is definitely worth trying, but you might have to wait a minute to get in. What I can't get over either is that fact that it's called a sake bar and they don't serve any sake! The first time I ate here I sat down thinking I would be trying out some exotic sake that I have never had a chance to try, but instead I just found that I won't even be drinking at all because I didn't bring my own. This was kind of a big disappointment. But the food here is better than most spots.
Second time at Tanoshi, it might very well be the best sushi I've had. The experience is authentic, soulful, and absolutely tasty. Worth the price tag for an outstanding omakase experience. Make sure to bring a large bottle of sake.
Incredible experience. Friendly and fast. Very delicious sushi - the real deal!
I've been here twice with my husband and we love it for the quality of sushi you get. However, it is not cheap (even with byob (a gorgeous bottle of $70 sake from across the street) our bill was upwards of $350+tip for two). We enjoy it because we enjoy each other, especially when sake and delicious sushi are involved. Our server was friendly but our sushi chef was a bit cranky. Or tired. Or something. The place is cramped, which is typical in NYC but here more than other places. You get 1.5 hours only and that's a lot of money to spend for such a short period of time. The place isn't pretty, in fact it seems as though many things are falling apart, and for a premium $ type of place they should really upkeep it better. I'm not saying make it fancy, just better upkeep. Hole in the walls can be quite charming without being dingy I really like Tanoshi Sushi for their fish quality and their byob, but I'm researching other great quality sushi restaurants to try because I want one that I feel is top notch in all areas. When I pay that much money I don't want to feel like the chef or staff is annoyed at me for being there.
Perfect sushi place - thank you! If you think sushi is just the quality of the fish (which is true for the standard sushi), you may learn and experience at this place that sushi can be much more: the chefs make sophisticated sushi adding a variety of special ingredients to underline or enhance the fish’s taste. The sequence of the menu was fantastic, like an arc of suspense during the whole dinner. Try something new (we tried the crab brain as an extra which was really delicious), it’s all very good. And don’t forget to bring a decent bottle of wine to match the quality of the food. The place itself is simple, but fits it’s purpose. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly (we were very late, but they made us feel welcome nevertheless).
Pricey but well worth it. All the focus is on the food here - no pretentious surroundings, just authentic, interesting and delicious omakase, in a relaxed and social setting.
Exceptional omakase. Have been there so many times. Still trying to figure out why THE chef is rude. If this is his way of trying to appear cool, it could be misleading and sends wrong message.
Tanoshi Sushi is a must for NY visitors and locals. Served in a tiny space some of the best sushi you will be able to experience outside of Japan. It is a small place that urges you to bring your own drinks - luckily there is a 24/7 next door with solid selection of sake and wine for all tastes... Get a reservation and go for a sea food ride in this tiny magical place!
Absolutely incomparable sushi, created by a true artist. Don't expect the 5 star atmosphere. This is NOT Nobu (thankfully).....This place has ONLY the essentials : THE finest ingredients and a maniacal passion for flavor, texture and creativity. Bring your own Sake.
Serving at Tanoshi is by seatings, meaning that you arrive at 6pm, 7:30pm, 9pm. Pro is that you never have to wait long for food, con is that it's hard to take to the Itamae which is part of the experience of eating at the sushi bar. It is BYOB, so make sure you bring your own alcoholic beverages if you want to drink. Highlight of the night for us were Kohada(extra), the 3 eggs. Also enjoyed the kanpachi marinated with pickled sakura. The shari(sushi rice) was nice, although I prefer a bit firmer, and maybe a tad more acidity. The quality of neta(toppgings) were mostly good with some pieces being mediocre. The first piece, for example, Hirami with umeboshi and shiso tasted off balance. The Uni on the Uni and Hotate had a sharp taste to it that wasn't pleasing, but can't really complaint about that cause the subsequent Uni was good, so might be it was just one off. Would I return? Yes. Overall, I liked Tanoshi. I've paid a lot more for sushi in NYC and didn't enjoy it as much. At the same time, I've definitely had much better sushi, albeit not in NYC.
Efficient, fresh, homey, and relatively affordable omakase. Tops in my book. I cannot wait to go back.
Best omakase for under $100 on UES maybe in all Manhattan. BYOB
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Just about the best omakase in New York City. You'll need a reservation. Not elegant or fancy, and not cheap. Just incredible fresh and perfectly executed high end sushi.
It's hard to overstate my joy when I discovered Tanoshi Sushi Sake Bar was opening on York Ave & 73rd Street. If you follow my reviews, you know I spend most of my time in Japanese restaurants so having a place this good - and authentic - open up steps from my office is too good to be true. The Omakase only dinner is one of the best values in NYC, especially since it's BYOB. The sushi here is no frills. Just edo mae style expertly prepared. If you sit at the counter Tanoshi-san will serve the sushi to you by hand where you're expected to eat it by hand. Do it. You also need to eat it when its served. The rice is the perfect temperature when served and if you delay it won't have the same ideal taste and texture. Tanoshi-san has worked in a number of the big sushi houses both here and in California, but now he's back with his own simple traditional sushiya and he really seems to be enjoying himself. He chooses the fish himself at the local fish market, ages the fish on site, and prepares everything himself. The staff is simply to fetch beverages and clean up. This is really a one man show. You won't be disappointed. Check it out before it changes. Kampai!
Some of the best sushi I've had in the city
The decor leaves much to be desired, so close your eyes, pick up the inventive sushi with your fingers, and chow down. A word of warning - the crab brain is intensely salty and very much unlike the gentle flavors of raw fish you'd have experienced up to that point.
Tiny sushi only place