Samurai Mama

Samurai Mama

Japanese Restaurant and Noodle Restaurant$$$$
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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    Jeremy K.
    "Udon, gyoza, sushi tacos, and eggplant appetizer are all musts."(28 Tips)
    Hila R.
    "Order the eel taco rolls they're killer- and udon with sansai!"(115 Tips)
    Jaimee E.
    "spicy bukkake udon"(9 Tips)
    André
    "Gyoza is great, and it also comes on a nice little frying pan."(43 Tips)
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  • Jeremy K.heart icon on user image
    Jeremy KuriloffMarch 14, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Unbelievable non-pretentious Japanese. Try the communal table and make a friend. Udon, gyoza, sushi tacos, and eggplant appetizer are all musts. 😻
    Upvoted Mar 30
  • Thea M.
    Thea McCSeptember 17, 2017
    Sushi tacos! Get the "taco set" and sample five delicious (& generously portioned) sushi treats! Pair it with a sumptuous gyoza starter, baked to a perfect brown crispy in a small cast iron skillet.
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    EMarch 20, 2015
    If you're craving for a nice bowl of udon noodles, go here! I love the kinoko (mushroom) kake udon served hot. I recommend adding a poached egg and pork belly on top!
  • Brian P.heart icon on user image
    Brian ParkNovember 10, 2015
    New contemporary take on japanese. Three different soy sauce blends based on intensity and udon noodle served with broth separate from the dish. It's not pretentious, it's actually all quite good.
  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissJuly 11, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Delicious Japanese at decade old prices. Sushi taco sampler, gyoza in a cast iron skillet, and pork belly using with a poached egg.
  • Dina
    DinaApril 24, 2014
    Delicious, inexpensive Japanese restaurant specializing in udon. The udon is best I've tried in NY. To be more cozy ask to sit at the bar in the back. A great stop for lunch and dinner.
  • Foodiesprheart icon on user image
    FoodiesprNovember 14, 2016
    Great Japanese Izakaya amazing Udon you got to have the braised Pork Belly and scallion, the Pork Gyozas are a must and the sushi is phenomenal. Really good prices! Love this place!!
  • Leigh Q.
    Leigh QuindaraMay 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    This is my favorite Japanese spot. I'm usually more of a traditionalist, but I just adore the atmosphere here, and the food is spot on. Everything I've tried is pure delight.
  • Raluca M.heart icon on user image
    Raluca MunteanuAugust 17, 2017
    Sushi was delish! We had a feast with salmon avocado, tuna avocado and salmon negi. Loved their three type of soya sauce as well! Try also the pork gyozas.
  • Basakheart icon on user image
    BasakJanuary 21, 2016
    Super cozy spot with great authentic food. Udon is amazing. If you are in a sushi mode, sushi tacos are pretty delicious.
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedMay 30, 2018
    The lunch special at Samurai Mama in Williamsburg — you can have a super tasty soup, a salad, a side of picked vegetables, and a big main dish for only $10! Read more
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BursteinNovember 5, 2020
    Loved the sake, sushi taco sampler, veggie dumplings, beef sukiyaki udon. Fatty mama ramen ok
  • Matt R.heart icon on user image
    Matt RaoulFebruary 25, 2015
    Their gyoza is served in a sizzling skillet and you should wash it down with whatever sake the chef recommends that day.
  • Nancy A.heart icon on user image
    Nancy AckenhausenOctober 25, 2015
    To die for udon, sushi "tacos"- servers give great recommendations- ask them! The communal table up front is fun, but pass thro the kitchen and there's a whole cozy seating space + bar in back
  • kate w.heart icon on user image
    kate wangFebruary 7, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The dipping style Kinoko Tsukcjil Udon- Cooked variety of mushrooms dipping sauce - is my go to favorite. Also. Never skip out on the black sesame ice cream for dessert. One of the best.
  • Jaimee E.
    Jaimee EstrellerMarch 16, 2014
    Yummy food - ordered the iced ginger mint tea, uni and salmon roe over rice, spicy bukkake udon, and green tea ice cream. Hits the spot. Try it out
  • Omar H.heart icon on user image
    Omar HarounDecember 4, 2013
    Some of the best most authentic Japanese food I've had. Lunch special ftw -- $10 for huge donburi w salad and soup. Ask for the spicy red pepper for some extra kick
  • Abheart icon on user image
    AbJanuary 7, 2018
    WTF that was perfect Winter food. Wish I’d have ordered a better beer. The spicy seafood curry something or other was pheNomNom
  • Franco E.heart icon on user image
    Franco Easel-MantidSeptember 9, 2018
    Everything is absolutely good tasting fresh and well presented! Stuff is very nice too. Old fashioned Inari is to try!
  • Michelle C.heart icon on user image
    Michelle CheungFebruary 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    We always order the tempura to start. They have decent sushi. I personally like their "taco" spin though my husband doesn't. They have affordable lunch specials, too. This place is 1 of our staples.
  • Charlottesheart icon on user image
    CharlottesDecember 30, 2016
    We stumbled happily upon this place and had a delightful dinner of udon, dumplings and garlic chicken. Perfect for a cold winter's night, pre movie next door.
  • Kevin O.heart icon on user image
    Kevin O'NeillJuly 26, 2016
    The sushi tacos are pretty crazy. Mostly because the fish tastes super fresh but also because it's a Japanese taco. Can't go wrong.
  • Tristan D.
    Tristan DurandOctober 27, 2018
    Take the 10 pork dumplings. That’s the way to start your meal, they‘ll be gone in an instant. Sushi options are great too.
  • Sheryl R.
    Sheryl RivasOctober 4, 2018
    Extra spicy wasabi soy — already mixed for ya! Lunch special hits the spot! Got the two roll set and came with cute fixings that made this meal even more enjoyable.
  • Oz L.heart icon on user image
    Oz LublingAugust 12, 2015
    Killer meal! You cannot go wrong here. Get the taco sampler, house margarita and an udon dish
  • Joseph L.heart icon on user image
    Joseph LJuly 2, 2016
    Yummy bara chirashi. Good place to eat alone at the bar if you are solo.
  • Anna S.heart icon on user image
    Anna SantiagoJuly 13, 2016
    Go with a group so you can try everything or stuff your face by yourself. Good vegan options!!
  • Luyba Z.heart icon on user image
    Luyba ZeylikmanJuly 10, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    We've tried almost everything on the menu at this point and all I can say is good things! Everything is delicious! We love getting the taco set!
  • Sraj G.heart icon on user image
    Sraj GeenSeptember 9, 2016
    The udon salad = cold noodles + salad, best of both worlds! And it comes with two delicious dipping sauces.
  • Elisabeth G.heart icon on user image
    Elisabeth GuptillSeptember 12, 2016
    I'm very picky and rarely go out of my way to give a good review, but this is the best sushi I've ever had.
  • Liz T.heart icon on user image
    Liz TanDecember 27, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    My standard fare: Kitsune Udon, AB Crunchy roll, and Inari. Come for lunch specials too, if you can.
  • Lianyheart icon on user image
    LianyAugust 4, 2019
    Delicious, traditional sushi. Food is well priced, great prices for lunch and friendly staff.
  • John-Carlos L.heart icon on user image
    John-Carlos LunardiniJanuary 11, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The bukkake noodles were perfect, the texture of the poached egg was incredible and their spicy sushi rolls have ruined other local sushi spots
  • Alejandro V.heart icon on user image
    Alejandro VizioSeptember 26, 2014
    The curry spice udon is awesome! Don't forget to try the sushi tacos and be careful with the spicy soy sauce, do not over use it, I repeat do not...
  • Benjamin P.heart icon on user image
    Benjamin PalmerNovember 22, 2016
    it's all pretty flawless food & vibes here. try the sensai udon and the weird pan of gyoza with a crispy skin on top.
  • Bond Street
    Bond StreetOctober 3, 2016
    "Authentic Japanese comfort food... It feels like a real izakaya that you might find yourself at in Tokyo. Or someone’s kitchen at home." - Kimou “Grotesk” Meyer, designer & artist Read more
  • Emily W.heart icon on user image
    Emily WilsonJuly 28, 2015
    An affordable Japanese spot with excellent pork gyoza, sushi 'taco' rolls, & udon (get the kinoko tsukcjil)
  • Eugene B.
    Eugene BOctober 3, 2015
    Great udon and Gyoza. Don't be afraid to aggressively hail down the server - they are pretty absent minded and slow. Food should also come at the same time, not after one person has finished eating.
  • Al L.heart icon on user image
    Al LoNovember 20, 2016
    The udon bowls here are amazing. There are so many options. You can't go wrong. They also have big sushi "tacos!"
  • Alexheart icon on user image
    AlexAugust 12, 2016
    get any type of udon. order the mackerel and the agedashi tofu. enjoy a nice dinner at the communal table.
  • Vanessa R.heart icon on user image
    Vanessa RuedaSeptember 17, 2016
    oh! great ideas in the menu. Get guacamole tuna taco or any tempura roll. Lychee martini is citric and soft, yummy
  • Tiffanyheart icon on user image
    TiffanyNovember 19, 2015
    Good Japanese food in Williamsburg area! Try the pork belly - they were so soft and served on top of fried udon.
  • Jesse B.heart icon on user image
    Jesse BagelsOctober 4, 2015
    Fun menu, I went surf & turf, the bukkake ramen isn't worth it so try the other stuff
  • Rachel P.heart icon on user image
    Rachel PortSeptember 30, 2016
    The sushi tacos are so fun!! I looooved the pork gyoza, and the avocado tuna roll was amazing.
  • Felipe B.heart icon on user image
    Felipe BDecember 20, 2015
    The taco set was great and I also enjoyed the Wakame Udon with pork belly and a poached egg.
  • Valeria B.heart icon on user image
    Valeria BredaNovember 3, 2015
    Super cozy atmosphere and great good quality Japanese food. The classic place for local week-time dinner.
  • Kim B.heart icon on user image
    Kim B.February 5, 2015
    Awesome vegetarian udon. Grated daikon radish topping totally changes the flavor (in a delicious way).
  • Cole K.heart icon on user image
    Cole KennedyDecember 5, 2016
    Tasty izakaya fare, perfect for a cold day. Dig the communal table. The spicy bukkake udon was good but not great.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneMarch 27, 2012
    Lunch during weekdays are quiet and $12 gets you the sushi special - 4 sushi tacos, salad, pickles and soup all made fresh. Delicious!
  • Simon L.
    Simon LeungSeptember 2, 2015
    There are very few places that serve cold udon period. This place does it amazingly well. One of my favorites.
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