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251 W. 51st St., New York, NY, 10019
Small portions, high prices
By ebuchana on 9/18/2009
First and last time I'll go to bluechili - for what we received, it was terrible value. There are so many better sushi restaurants in the city that offer fresh, generous portions with lovely flavor - bluechili is not one of them. We ordered the shrimp tempura roll...$12 for only 5 small pieces! Flavorless and limp. The service was so bad...the woman couldn't speak a word of English. In fact, she had told us when we ordered that the roll had 8 pieces and when we asked her why the roll we got had only 5 instead, she didn't understand. The sashimi was clearly previously frozen with little ice crystals in the pieces. Only redeeming quality was the decor, which is modern and clean.
Exactly what we expected
By west_villager on 12/17/2007
My wife, our nephew, a friend and I dined at bluechili Saturday night and had a nice time. The description of the restaurant on this web site was apt: laid back, not crowded and good food. We shared a couple appetizers calimari (well done), thai hand rolls (interesting) and steam dumplings (ok). The sushi ordered was above average, but the chili chicken was perfect. My wife had the chicken pad thai which she enjoyed and I reheated the next day). Although I could tell his experience was mixed, our nephew gave the California roll a "thumbs-up." (Disclaimer: when our nephew [age 9] stated he wanted to try sushi, I chose the restaurant for its location to my corporate apartment in HK. Obviously, kids + sushi = uneasy dining experience.) For dessert, we ordered the fried ice cream (again, interesting) and the steamed pear a la mode (tasty) and left quite satisfied. The wait staff was polite and attentive and allowed us plenty of time for after dinner conversation (there was no one angling for our table, though). I plan to return for the chicken chili, if not just to sit at the bar and enjoy the cool, laid-back atmosphere.
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