Kura

Kura

(Now Closed)
Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
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  • Jason S.heart icon on user image
    Jason SuSeptember 17, 2017
    Amazing. Did the 20 piece omakase for 150, it came with two small appetizers, soup and dessert. Each piece is unique and delicious. Say it's a birthday and they give you free dessert and a Polaroid!
  • Rachel I.heart icon on user image
    Rachel IvyApril 22, 2017
    Excellent and delicious, defiantly comparable to nakazawa with a way less stuffy feel. The sake the waitress recommended was great too! Old school jazz and intimate bar dining totally transports you.
  • Jesse L.heart icon on user image
    Jesse LaneFebruary 16, 2018
    Relatively reasonably priced Omakase with unbelievably fresh and delicious fish. The intimate 12 person restaurant makes the experience feel even more special.
  • Melody H.heart icon on user image
    Melody HanSeptember 19, 2015
    I've heard it called a poor man's Nakazawa which is awesome for me since I'm not baller enough to Nakazawa frequently. Kura has solid fish and entertaining service courtesy of chef. Get the omakase.
  • David N.heart icon on user image
    David NarazakiOctober 13, 2015
    In my humble opinion, one of the best Sushi restaurants in NYC. Ishizuka-san, owner/chef, puts his heart and soul into each offering.
  • Barry H.heart icon on user image
    Barry HottDecember 27, 2019
    Cheaper than a flight to Japan and totally worth it. Order one (or two) size smaller meal than you think you need and you can always order more after.
  • Ina L.heart icon on user image
    Ina LiMarch 22, 2015
    They don't have a menu. But 85 dollar omakasa for 13 sushi pieces is well worth the price. The place is small and hidden make sure you don't miss it. Also don't forget to make reservation!
  • Barry H.heart icon on user image
    Barry HottDecember 27, 2019
    Tiny place tucked away from the St Marks madness. Impressive and extremely satisfying omakase. Felt like I was in Tokyo.
  • David D.
    David DawsonOctober 13, 2018
    Omakase is incredible here and not priced out of range. Very chill setting with extra nice chefs. Sushi selection is super tasty.
  • Jennifer N.
    Jennifer NypSeptember 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    We chose the $65 sushi omakase and at the end were still ready for more, so Norihiro gave us 2 more pieces- one uni and with that we said good night to one of the best sushi meals ever.
  • Cynthia L.heart icon on user image
    Cynthia LinSeptember 13, 2015
    Love this place! Traditional but super laid back and some of the more unique offerings I've seen. Raw cherry blossom shrimp! Got the large omakase, which is really filling.
  • Celena C.heart icon on user image
    Celena ChanSeptember 18, 2015
    I had the small omakase with two hot entrees-- the duck and chawanmushi (steamed egg). Everything was wonderful but it was the great service and jolly chefs that makes this place stand out!
  • Prins P.heart icon on user image
    Prins PoloOctober 21, 2020
    18pcs omakase is the way to go
  • Caroline S.heart icon on user image
    Caroline SchulweisApril 11, 2015
    Intimate spot with delicious and fresh sushi. We did the medium size omakase and loved it (13 pieces for $105).
  • Joan P.
    Joan ParkMarch 14, 2015
    $85 omakase option includes 13 pieces of sushi, 2 small appetizers, miso soup & dessert. enough to fill me up but i did covet my neighbors' stuffed squid (which we ended up ordering) and raw shrimp.
  • Hien L.heart icon on user image
    Hien LyOctober 16, 2016
    Kura is one of those places I ache to go back to the moment I leave. Simply phenomenal. Will need to sit at sushi bar next time!
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyFebruary 14, 2014
    The menu exists in the chef’s head, and you can watch him as he works. The majority of Kura’s fish is shipped straight from the motherland. Specialties include squid sashimi and giant clam.
  • Preeti S.heart icon on user image
    Preeti SJuly 4, 2013
    Simple, clean food and unpretentious atmosphere. Do the omakase (Kappo and regular if you go with someone so you can try both). Really enjoyed and will be back soon.
  • Catherine
    CatherineJanuary 6, 2015
    Definitely a top tier sushi omakase restaurant in new york city. Highly recommended to those who seek quality sushi.
  • Christina T.heart icon on user image
    Christina TangMarch 2, 2014
    An oasis hidden behind a wooden door. A beautiful omakase experience without too much formality. Make reservations to sit in front of the chef.
  • heather d.heart icon on user image
    heather doughertyAugust 4, 2015
    truly awesome sushi & service - 3 omakase options, various cooked appetizers and great sake list. funny sushi chef is added bonus.
  • Danika L.heart icon on user image
    Danika LandersJune 16, 2013
    Wonderful food made and served to you by wonderful people. Some of the best sushi I've had. And so refreshingly unpretentious. Call for seats in advance.
  • Desiree
    DesireeApril 14, 2015
    Pretty good omakase. Had to order a few extra pieces at the end. Would like to go back and sit with Chef Ishizuka (check out his business card!).
  • Phil T.heart icon on user image
    Phil TorontoAugust 9, 2015
    Omakase 👌 - exceptional meal, service and ambiance.
  • alexandra k.
    alexandra kOctober 11, 2014
    After a delightful meal here, I couldn't eat any Asian food for a week. It was too good, and I didn't want to ruin it. Get everything and come hungry
  • olivier P.heart icon on user image
    olivier PEYREOctober 21, 2014
    Adorable prix fixe sushi menu. Feel adventurous. Or mention your distaste for giant clams :)
  • Diem H.heart icon on user image
    Diem HuynhAugust 21, 2013
    Two types of omakase at 65 or 85: kappo (cooked dishes with sushi) or all sushi. I prefer the 85 sushi omakase (uni and chutoro my favvvvv).
  • Edward H.heart icon on user image
    Edward HenryJanuary 25, 2016
    Amazing hidden sushi bar. The chef is awesome. I've been twice and it's been worth every penny
  • Betty L.heart icon on user image
    Betty LiaoFebruary 24, 2019
    Obsessed with the mackerel pressed sushi
  • Cbl C.heart icon on user image
    Cbl CblOctober 4, 2017
    Best Omakase I had so far. But the 20 piece menu plus sashimi and extras for 180 bucks was too much for me.
  • miles l.heart icon on user image
    miles lennonApril 13, 2013
    Sit down. Shut up. Let the food come to you. Talk to the chef and soak in the atmosphere. You're in Japan.
  • Jennifer N.
    Jennifer NypMarch 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Did the $105 cooked + sushi tasting and gotta say, it rocked. Unlike any other omakase you'll have for the price. yum.
  • Nick A.heart icon on user image
    Nick AndlingerMay 20, 2015
    The best omakase in NYC. Hands down.
  • Mike G.
    Mike GrushinSeptember 4, 2017
    We eat at many high end sushi places and this place is NOT at the same level while the price is comparable. Service was great but omakase was very average (we chose $180,the most extensive)
  • Jennifer N.
    Jennifer NypDecember 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Still agree the $65 omakase is best. We've been 5 times and it's getting better and better!
  • Michael C.
    Michael ChanAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the 105 dollar Omakase. And if you're lucky, there might be hotaru Ika or Sakura ebi in season
  • Rock Rainesheart icon on user image
    Rock RainesMay 27, 2018
    Got the 12-banger for $100. Pretty pretty pretty pretty good!
  • Justin K.
    Justin KalifowitzMarch 20, 2013
    There's no sign but walk past the curtain, open the door and be transported to a hidden gem. Chef Norihito will not let you down.
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    bOctober 30, 2015
    Fantastic edomae style sushi. also really enjoyed the stuffed squid
  • Sheenaheart icon on user image
    SheenaNovember 9, 2018
    Intimate scene with friendly staff. Great for special occasions
  • julia t.heart icon on user image
    julia tNovember 16, 2014
    Love the omakase and small space which means a prime spot at the sushi bar.
  • Denise L.
    Denise LSeptember 20, 2014
    Consistently good, traditional omakase. Save space for the mackerel and anago.
  • Sang Wook J.heart icon on user image
    Sang Wook JoSeptember 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Favorite sushi place in NYC
  • Eugene N.heart icon on user image
    Eugene NamDecember 30, 2016
    Omakase! Go for the 15 piece. Medium fatty tuna! Amazing!
  • MLOheart icon on user image
    MLOFebruary 25, 2015
    Omakase or bust. And ask for a sake recommendation.
  • D S.heart icon on user image
    D SicApril 20, 2016
    Excellent Omasake
  • Eze U.heart icon on user image
    Eze UdeJune 20, 2015
    Excellent low-key vibe and exceptional service. Order the omakase and savor the experience.
  • Jadeheart icon on user image
    JadeApril 6, 2016
    Omakase! Maybe my favorite in the city. Need reservations.
  • Jose F.heart icon on user image
    Jose FuentesDecember 23, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Best sushi spot in NYC in you are willing to spend the time.
  • Rachael C.heart icon on user image
    Rachael ChongJune 1, 2013
    One of the most amazing soups ever. Tuna miso soup. I already know that I'll crave it...
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