331 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11217
nr. Prospect Pl.
By VWBrooklyn on 1/15/2013
I happened on Geido after a decade in the neighborhood, thought I'd landed in a hidden sushi haven. The sushi was fresh & moist, tender, and delicious, combos (mostly not on the menu) were inventive, and the sushi bar was communal and friendly, with the owner in a fabulous mood. Special requests? Absolutely! The next two times were unremarkable, with none of the charms that swept me off my feet the first visit. Staff was reluctant to admit there were specials not on the menu (and that neighboring guests were ordering; eventually, they brought them), and grudging about exceptions. The fish both times was chewy and strong flavored. I stopped going. 6 months later, I decided to give it another try on a freezing cold winter night. It was 6 p.m., and the sign on the door said it opened at 5:30. Staff and owner were inside, as were 3 patrons, eating. The door was locked. 6 people gathered, 2 with children, everyone shivering and looking through the Venetian blinds. For 1/2 hour we stood in the freezing cold. We knocked at the door, at the window & called. No one came to the door. No one answered the phone. It was clearly a private party for the 3 guest, but the refusal to let customers know whether/when the place would open demonstrated the disdain the owner & staff have for customers. You might get in, and might get something spectacular; you might get very ordinary food. Or you might be kept outside indefinitely with no explanation. I won't return.
By tonypmontana on 8/2/2012
I had to check this joint online after I've been coming here for a couple of weeks now. I never write reviews. I don't have a YELP account. I can't be bothered to, but I am writing this review here because Geido really deserves it. They are what a restaurant SHOULD be like. They consistently change up their delicious menu and service is consistently efficient and friendly. The owner, Sam, is hella funny and down to earth. If you are lucky enough, he'll share a drink with you and tell you stories about his incredible journey from the streets of Osaka to the heart of Prospect Heights, where he has been living his dream for the past 26 years. Geido is truly a 'neighborhood gem' in every sense of the phrase. Well said, tensnylkoorb: "We love Geido!"
By tensnylkoorb on 7/25/2012
...is going on with these negative posts? Haters! Geido is a family owned restaurant that has been around forever and they have always served super fresh sushi and awesome, authentic hot dishes. It might not be the fanciest but the value is unreal. Plus, all the staff make you feel at home even if it's your first time there. "We love Geido!"
By wheatond on 10/9/2011
Can't believe the negative reviews. It must be people who secretly love Geidos but don't like the long lines. I've been going there for years. Although I've tried other places, I always come back. The fish is incredibly fresh. Osamu, the owner and head sushi chef, gets only the best. I grant you it's nothing trendy, but well prepared food at reasonable prices. I've never been disappointed.
By grumpy76 on 11/16/2010
We went because it was a critics pick by NY Magazine and this place does not even come close to the review. This is not Blue Ribbon or anything like it. Anyone who thinks so doesn't know good sushi. I would not go back.
By teeteringwreck on 10/24/2010
The service was great, but the atmosphere is too bright (dim the lights and get some candles, please) and, most importantly, the sushi was bad. Nearby Sushi Tatsu, a little dive of a place on the next block that has a great lunch special, has much better sushi than this. Geido kind of ruined a Saturday night date for me and this wasn't the first (but will be the last) time I've eaten there. Why is this considered a neighborhood treasure by some people?
By peresedu on 2/14/2009
While it is not offensive, you'd have to be in the mood for sushi, not good sushi, to go with Geido. Taking a date or business assoociates would be a mistake if you are trying to impress. Geido is a fairly good value, a huge meal for under $20. The sushi, however, is not special, so an 8 or 9 for food is completely unwarranted. The "white tuna" was instead some other sort of seared fish that was tasteless. The salmon sashimi is much nicer: thin, flat slices of fairly tasty fish, but I'd still put lemon on it because it is not always fresh. The "spicy" rolls are not spicy, especially the ultra-bland vegetable roll -- the tuna roll is not good either. The highlight, sushi-wise, are actually the vegetable rolls, which are larger, made with more care, and much more flavorful. They serve a nice inari sushi, but it is not on the menu. The restaurant is oddly laid out, such that every table gets a piece of the draft from the door. They do not delivery. All in all, a high 5 out of 10, but more is simply kind..
By rascalnikov on 7/17/2008
Go to Geido as your every day sushi place. Order the Spicy Kaisen Nabe when it's cold outside. Go to Taro Sushi when you want to mix things up or if you want to eat in a quieter, more intimate setting. Go to Blue Ribbon Sushi for your extra $pecial occasions.
By hautepanda on 3/12/2007
Stunningly executed Japanese standards (the chicken katsu and the curry rice are both marvelous and authentic), rather good sushi with some neat/daring options like the natto roll, with a couple neat homestyle dishes (stewed salmon and vegetables) and some of the street food of the kind you get in St Mark's Pl (I heart their okonomiyaki). Hideous/charming decor (hand-painted). A mellow, diverse crowd. Pros: good chance of running into someone you want to see in the neighborhood. Cons: the people you don't want to see probably eat here, too.