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Ichi Umi

6 E. 32nd St., New York, NY 10016 40.74696 -73.985181
nr. Fifth Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-725-1333 Send to Phone

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

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Hours

Daily, 11:45am-3pm and 5:30pm-10pm

Nearby Subway Stops

B, D, F, M, N, Q, R at 34th St.-Herald Sq.; 6 at 33rd St.

Prices

$28.95-$31.95

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Buffet

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

An all-you-can-eat sushi and pan-Asian buffet in midtown could be a recipe for tepid rolls and sloppy casseroles, but high turnover helps Ichi Umi deliver a shockingly vast assortment of fresh fish, hot items, salads, and even desserts for $18.95 at lunch and $31.95 at dinner (both six dollars more on weekends). The room is enormous and as stylish as you’d want a buffet atmosphere to be, with large plastic swordfish hanging on otherwise unadorned, neutral walls. Myriad options make the buffet a good way to sample, say, sea urchin without committing to an $8 roll—or to stuff yourself with stone-crab legs for cheap. Standouts include the smoky, grilled Korean kalbi, oily Japanese mackerel nigiri, and chewy jellyfish salad. Noodle dishes are also available, with ramen in a complex, meaty broth, and soba served with an array of toppings including shredded daikon and light, refreshing ponzu. Hot entrées can get dried out, and bite-size pastries for dessert tend to look better than they taste. Americanization is limited to Philadelphia rolls and a crêpe station just in case you want to follow nigiri with Nutella.

Recommended Dishes

Nigiri sushi, hiyashi soba, ramen, grilled kalbi, jellyfish salad

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