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115 E. 18th St., New York, NY 10003 40.736772 -73.987598
nr. Irving Pl.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-387-8885 Send to Phone

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

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Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R at 14th St.-Union Sq.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Business Lunch
  • Delivery
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef


  • Sake and Soju
  • Full Bar



Delivery Area

8th St. to 28th St., First Ave. to Sixth Ave.


This venue is closed.

At first glance, Butai, "stage" in Japanese, looks as sleek as a men's club, with a brown-and-beige color scheme, a large sushi bar lit from within and glowing on the main level, and an upstairs room decorated in brown velvet and punctuated by red and black Japanese lettering. The food, too, looks inviting, despite the seven-page menu's master-list presentation on a clipboard. But whether you enjoy your meal may depend on how you order: Japanese patrons stick with simple whole fish and skewers, and so should you. The restaurant works on a small-plate theme, which is terrific because many of the dishes are good enough for several bites, but not always inspiring as a meal. You won't go wrong with the Buta-Bara Ponzu, pork belly skewered and grilled, and topped with ponzu sauce and grated radish. Grilling is a theme; you'll find a wide selection of deep-fried, flame-broiled, and skewered items. The smartest choices tend to be the most straightforward. That said, most dishes lack bite and bold flavorings. But whether you fancy squid tentacles, crossbreed duck, deep-fried pork, simple gizzards with salt, you won't be pressed for options.

Recommended Dishes

Buta-bara ponzu, $3; filet mignon aburi yaki, $16-$28; crunchy dragon roll, $16; orange river roll, $16; rainbow road roll, $16