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Ichiumi

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
  • Price Range: $$$

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Official Website

ichiumi.com

Hours

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

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 33rd St.

Prices

$18.95-$34.95

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Business Lunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Kids' Menu
  • Lunch
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Take-Out
  • Buffet

Alcohol

  • Sake and Soju
  • Full Bar

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

Ichiumi, formerly called Todai, a worldwide behemoth of a Japanese buffet chain, is a fine example of how the pleasure of all-you-can-eat need not simply be its excess; dishes, though abundant, can be fresh, authentic, and made to order. Located at the edge of Murray Hill's small Koreatown, Ichiumi hosts hundreds of Asian businessmen, international tourists, and large families in its two-story dining room, with sky-high ceilings and a 160-foot buffet that stretches as far as the eye can see. With trays of sushi rolls, seaweed salads, soba noodles, and a hibachi grill all neatly displayed like small museum pieces, the effect resembles an amusement park of Japanese cuisine. Children holding huge plates gaze at silver dolphins projected on the walls; tourists stand in long lines; and corporate suits take their seats at the private upstairs dining room, enclosed in shoji screens. Occasionally dishes miss the mark, but most satisfy—watercress salad is crisp, grilled hibachi eel is sweet and smoky, and tonkatsu, deep-fried pork cutlet, is tender and homey. There's an exhaustive selection of imported sake brands to boot. For a friendly summary of Japanese cuisine, Ichiumi is worth a visit.

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