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Ozu

566 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10024 40.788599 -73.974382
nr. 87th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-787-8316 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Asian: Southeast, Health Food, Japanese/Sushi, Kosher, Vegetarian/Vegan
  • Price Range: $$

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Official Website

ozunyc.com

Hours

Mon-Fri, 11:30am-10:30pm; Sat, 4:15pm-10:30pm; Sun, 11:30am-10:15pm

Nearby Subway Stops

1 at 86th St.; B, C at 86th St.

Prices

$12-$20

Payment Methods

MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only
  • Sake and Soju

Reservations

Not Accepted

Delivery Area

76th St. to 96th St., Central Park West to Riverside Dr.

Profile

Tiny Ozu, named after a miniscule island in the Hiroshima region of Japan, can be defined by what it isn't: The restaurant serves no dairy products, no meat, no refined sugar, no shellfish, no soft drinks, and no hard booze. What they do, however, they do very, very well. Vegan entrées like Asian-oriented grains, noodles, and flavorful vegetables, such as shredded carrots inside a translucent dumpling wrapper, are prefaced by summer rolls stuffed with basil, julienned cucumber, and soft tofu, with a peanut dipping sauce on the side. Cooked fish, like buttery sea bass or wild or farmed salmon, also makes the Ozu list. Kabocha, tender steamed Hokkaido pumpkin, fragrant with sesame seeds, is particularly simple and good. Also fine are coconut curries, Korean nabe pots—heated stone bowls filled with vegetables, rice, or soup—and, in a welcome twist, decidedly un-Asian pastas like kabocha gnocchi. And Upper West Siders love Ozu: Denizens filter in Noah's Ark style, two by two, to perch on low-backed wooden chairs, chopsticks poised over steaming bowls of brown soba noodles, in this austere little box of a restaurant with about a dozen tables for two.

Extra

Ozu has kosher certification, though it's practically an afterthought in this vegan eatery.

Recommended Dishes

Kabocha, $6; vegetable dumplings, $7; summer roll, $7.50; salmon with steamed greens, $19

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