308 W. 58th St., New York, NY, 10019
nr. Eighth Ave.
By hungrynovelist on 5/21/2009
Went at 6 pm one weeknight pre-theater for the fried chicken, had to try it after New York mag gave it a best of rating in 2008. It was very tasty and juicy, also pricey. The tofu and sushi we ordered to go with were nothing special, however. When I compared the menu items here and at Nami (a high end Japanese restaurant in Toronto) in my hungry novelist food blog, Nami won overall, though the Blue Ribbon fried chicken was better in its category. Very dark room. Staff were pleasant, if overeager with the plate removal (hate that).
By martin_chamois on 1/20/2008
The interior couples traditional Japanese architecture elements with contemporary Manhattan interior design. With a no reservations policy, one begins the journey in the dark but inviting bar area. The dinning are is composed of three areas, a series of wooden booths along the walk way to the main dinning room, a back room niche ideal for a group dinner, and the large main dinning room made up of a long sushi counter, a small single table niche, more wooden booths, and the main dinning area all with views of the sushi chefs. The menu is very long filled with various type of starters; fish, shellfish,meat, poultry and tempura main courses. In addition there is Hakozusho, Maki, yasai, taiheiyo and taiseiyo sushi/sashimi/rolls. The ingredients are first class and the preparation is perfect. It is debatable, but the cooked dishes are somewhat superior to the raw dishes. The service, while well meaning, is far from perfect, but the overall positive attitude of the service staff makes the food even more enjoyable. While the current over popularity may ruin the place, right now Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill is nearly perfect despite the crowds.