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154 W. 13th St., New York, NY, 10011
nr. Seventh Ave.
Overpriced with small portions and long wait!
By annechimp on 1/23/2004
Horrendous! We went here on a double-date for our birthday. The service was slow, portions were TINY! One in our group waited an hour for his first course while the three of us had one or more plates served. No hot sake. And to top it off, they forgot to bring out our special birthday desserts, despite having it prearranged over the phone before we arrived! We would NEVER go back and you should never go!
Time to change your perception of value...
By schutd on 11/20/2003
The hardest part I had with this meal was walking away not completely stuffed. I think that's the standard of American eating. Value is perceived by portion size, and how many holes one's belt needs to be loosened after a meal. Say goodbye to that notion. Sumile offers a well rounded tasting menu of plates that generally run $14 each, give or take a few bucks. My wife and I shared 5 dishes, had a dessert each and a wonderful cold sake each. The plating was gorgeous, but the taste. THE TASTE! Every bite was from heaven. Every plate was excellent, but the shrimp in horseradish consomme and the duckbreast in fois gras mousse stood out as the favorites on this night, the egg custard a very close second. The desserts are all made in house. Recommend the Panna Cotta three ways, and the pistachio and almond gelatos are wonderful. I went home after this meal trying to justify the cost to fullness factor. Here I am two weeks later still dreaming of that meal. There's your value. I cant wait to go back.
By jemange on 11/18/2003
for a superb experience, sensual and culinary, go to this place, the light, the decor, is superb, a mix of a chic Tibetan, meditative place, with intense tasting food, especially meat, and scallop dish...superb small portions, delicately perfumed and intense experience. don't expect to hold a conversation, acoustic is not a forte here, but a powerful experience. I highly recommend it.
Great food and evening
By cyntseng on 10/4/2003
Not your usual Japanese restaurant, has an interesting menu. They serve tapas size dishes ($14 each for dishes and $7 each for dessert). With 3 of us,we did try a lot. The dishes in menu were listed by temperature, from cold , warm, to hot. Noteworthy were: kumamoto oysters, crab w/cavier, sashimi berramundi, poached hamachi, skate, and the steak. WE did not think the desserts were as outstanding as the dishes, we tried the top 5 from the menu (portions were not big), others we did not try were the ice creams and sorbets. Diners at next table raved about the sorbets. Just because our particular waiter gave us only minimum required service, does not mean the others are the same.
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