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Bamboo 52

344 W. 52nd St., New York, NY 10019 40.764038 -73.986483
nr. Eighth Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-315-2777 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Japanese/Sushi
  • Price Range: $$$

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Official Website

bamboo52nyc.com

Hours

Mon-Wed, 11am-2am; Thu-Fri, 11am-4am; Sat, 4pm-4am; Sun, 4pm-2am

Nearby Subway Stops

C, E at 50th St.

Prices

$15-$33

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Delivery
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Sake and Soju
  • Full Bar

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

42nd St. to 62nd St., Seventh Ave. to Eleventh Ave.

Profile

Bamboo bills itself as a restaurant, but the low lighting, pulsing D.J.-spun tracks, 40-foot bar, and mural-size celebrity portraits—including one of Natasha Lyonne as a mermaid—make the space feel like a club with a not-so-clubby, sometimes rowdy crowd. (The bamboo garden out back, with potted trees and umbrella-shaded tables, has a less boisterous vibe.) Given the chaotic setting, the food, once it arrives, is surprisingly refined: Appetizers like hijiki salad with sesame seeds, sliced ginger, and lotus root or tangy pickled mountain vegetables with yamakurage, red pepper, and shiitake mushroom caps are stylishly served in nori-lined parfait dishes. Sushi rolls like spicy bamboo (tuna, avocado and wasabi tomiko) and naruto (tuna, salmon, and yellowtail wrapped in paper-thin cucumber strips) are fresh and delicately seasoned. Sadly, one ambitious concoction, the spicy sushi sandwich, is a mess of a miss: The triangle-shaped layers of sticky rice, cooked eel, and tuna in a fiery pineapple-ginger sauce are irrevocably marred by the incongruous and unwelcome addition of melted American cheese.

Kitchen Hours

The kitchen closes at 2 a.m. every night.

Recommended Dishes

Hijiki salad, $7; spicy bamboo roll, $9.95

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