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25 Hudson St., New York, NY, 10013
nr. Reade St.
By jazztastic on 9/17/2009
We went to Ninja for a friend's birthday, thinking that we would have exquisite Japanese cuisine & a fun and unique dining experience, but we were sorely mistaken. We ordered our drinks, but we could tell something was off when we had an Irish Ninja greeting us upon entering the 'dungeon'. Dining in a prison basement is the most accurate description for the atmosphere, but I think Andy Duphrane would have preferred the slop at Shawshank to NinjaÂ’s culinary obscurity. It took a long time for our waiter to come over to take our orders, so we decided to order appetizers only and see how the meal progressed. After plantain chips and an unrecognizable gelatinous special we decided to cut our losses and end dinner right there. The check was close to $200, inclusive of an obligatory 20% tip. I have no problem paying high NYC prices for good food, but they certainly Ninja'd us on the check. Seems like this place is a tourist trap, that belongs in times square.
By mkatan on 4/25/2009
I took my son to dinner on 4/18/09 and we had a great time. They place looks like a japanese village and we were greeted by a waiter wearing ninja costume(my son loved that). They had a great kids meal and the adult selections were interesting and quite tasty as well. They had a magician that come by the table & entertain you while waiting for desert, I will definitely come back. Dinner for 2 adults and a child with dessert was $185 before gratuity(not cheap yet not crazy expensive)
Good, if sense of humor is intact
By mulciber on 11/1/2006
Japanese diners and those who have dined extensively in Japan, and appreciate Japanese cuisine on an advanced level should not dine here if that is what they are seeking. Nearly everything about this restaurant can be summed up with the term "unsubtle" (an exception being the sake selection). However, experienced diners will be pleased by the sheer quality and variety of ingredients. Flavors may be extremely broad, but the preparation is very precise and the presentation is generally thoughtful. Make no mistake about it, you're dining here for the theatre as much as anything, but to date I have not read a review that has been able to get beyond that to see that the quality of the ingredients is really unimpeachable, the preparation clean and well-turned and the service polite, efficient, and nothing if not earnest. This is a place to bring out-of-towners, perhaps, or kids. It's intended to be fun and if one is generous enough of spirit, it is. The biggest problem it has is that the shtick is probably only good one time out, no matter how generous of spirit one is.
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