Tanoshi Sushi

Tanoshi Sushi

Sushi Restaurant and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Upper East Side, New York
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    Tara C.
    "Best sushi find!! $80 omakase small Japanese traditional find!"(61 Tips)
    Lauren K.
    "Omakase is amazing was shocked how full I was by the end and byob 🍣"(15 Tips)
    Denise L.
    "Triple X (uni, ikura, quail egg) - everything good in a bite"(5 Tips)
    Ha D.
    "My favorites were uni with quail egg, pike and crab brains."(6 Tips)
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  • Cynthia L.heart icon on user image
    Cynthia LinAugust 9, 2015
    Really great value at $75 for the omakase. Never had a cherry blossom leaf which was unique. But definitely order one or two a la carte pieces afterwards, especially the botan shrimp topped with uni
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 24, 2017
    Sake is the natural choice for a sushi pairing, and Tanoshi lets diners bring their own, but if there happens to be a bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine around the house, bring it. Read more
  • Jess N.
    Jess NaldoNovember 12, 2014
    As w/ all omakase experiences... Just let the Chef do his sushi voodoo magic. Nothing but the best, freshest, and most precise cuts you'll ever have the privilege of dining on in all of NYC. Touch me.
  • Eater
    EaterApril 6, 2016
    An omakase will set you back around $80—a bargain for New York City. Guests can also supplement their omakase meals with a small selection of a la carte sushi. Tanoshi has three seatings per night. Read more
  • Ilia M.
    Ilia MMay 16, 2014
    Really great omakase (chef's choice) experience. They opened a second place right next door - Tanoshi Bento - with the same menu and we reserved just an hour before. The young Korean girl is great
  • Nikolai C.heart icon on user image
    Nikolai ChowdhuryJune 26, 2019
    Best value Omakase in NYC - likely in the US. Fresh and creative. The unique rice treatment is signature! Don’t miss out on the XXX or fatty tuna as an extra.
  • Lauren
    LaurenAugust 2, 2018
    Prices range from $95-$99 depending on what’s on offer, but the omakase menu consistently includes akadashi miso soup, crispy fluke, ten pieces of chef-selected sushi, one half roll and one hand roll.
  • Jason H.heart icon on user image
    Jason H.November 25, 2017
    Tokyo-esque Omakase is a treat to have in NY. Excellent quality and variety. Prices have risen and reservation policy is harsh - I was personally burned years ago - but it's a great sushi meal.
  • Ha D.heart icon on user image
    Ha DiemNovember 16, 2014
    My first omakase experience and I'm so hooked. Everything was fresh and service was amazing. My favorites were uni with quail egg, pike and crab brains. Make your reservations, you won't regret it!!
  • Douglas Elliman
    Douglas EllimanJuly 17, 2014
    Popularly deemed the “holy grail of NY sushi” this spot is known for its authentic sushi and omakase tasting meals. We ordered the omakase meal and especially loved the branzino and scallop nigiri.
  • Vijay P.
    Vijay PaintalJanuary 15, 2014
    Incredible meal. The best sushi I've had in NY hands down. The restaurant only seats 10 people and has 3 settings a night so it's really a great experience and the price is great
  • emily c.heart icon on user image
    emily chenFebruary 12, 2017
    Quaint, casual vibe omakase. They seat in waves so make sure to make a reso and pick up some sake for BYOB. Their white fish is superb and of course, get the XXX. 1 of my fav NYC sushi joints.
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyFebruary 14, 2014
    Tanoshi bends traditional sushi to please contemporary tastes, but keeps its integrity with top-quality catch. Feeling lucky? Nab one of ten seats and indulge in an unforgettable omakase tasting menu.
  • Angela H.heart icon on user image
    Angela HumJanuary 31, 2015
    Intimate dining experience - only 10 seats; reserve early! Amazing omakase sushi for a great price ~$70. Each piece was melt-in-your-mouth delicious! Get the spicy scallop sashimi a-la-carte. & BYOB
  • Kris C.heart icon on user image
    Kris ConcepcionFebruary 28, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Follow Tanoshi-san's advice while eating your omakase! You will not be disappointed. Try the uni with botan afterward.
  • Ben M.heart icon on user image
    Ben MackeyAugust 30, 2018
    Pretty amazing little omakase place on the UES. Arrive on time and bring your own sake from the liquor store one block south.
  • Rachel R.
    Rachel ReedAugust 1, 2013
    Great addition to the neighborhood. Delicious bento box with unique sides. Can't go wrong with the chicken teriyaki or the shrimp tempora. And definitely try the salad dressing-- incredible!
  • Yanique
    YaniqueAugust 23, 2014
    Incredible sushi! The experience is authentic & will make you feel like you're dining in Tokyo! restaurant only seats ten however (bummer) & only does three seatings a night! Make your reservation!
  • William D.
    William DoonanMay 2, 2017
    Don't forget to BYOB. I love anything with quail eggs. You must come here if you want to celebrate a special occasion. Nice ambiance and even better food/service.
  • Rachel P.
    Rachel PortJuly 20, 2017
    The omakase here is amazing. The black sable was so orgasmically melt-in-your-mouth incredible, I asked for another at the end.
  • Simon L.
    Simon LeungSeptember 1, 2015
    If you want sushi, this the best deal in town. It still runs you $100 for the omakase (only option) but it's one of the best sushi restaurants in town.
  • Nina L.heart icon on user image
    Nina LoSchiavoMarch 21, 2014
    Fantastic fish and great learning experience for those interested in the origins of their meal. Miso cured black sable was grand.
  • Lenaheart icon on user image
    LenaJanuary 22, 2016
    Fresh. Simple. Delicious. Highly recommend! But be careful, narrow walkway and don't expect sushi entertainment!
  • Rosie M.
    Rosie MMay 2, 2013
    Only 3 seatings a night- 6,7:30,9pm. And need to put your name down starting at 2pm on the clipboard. Omakase is amazing. Also get some of the seasonal pieces like uni on botan and the crab brains.
  • Brad P.
    Brad ParkJanuary 7, 2014
    Tanoshi is one of the best omakase sushi experiences you can find in New York City, and it comes at a better price than all of its contemporaries.
  • Katie S.
    Katie ShellyNovember 9, 2013
    We spent time with every bite and tried to fully appreciate the craft of our chefs. They noticed. Don't miss the art by just chowing down like you would at any old sushi joint.
  • No Leftovers J.
    Hidden gem of the UES. Super small but so incredible. Get the XXX roll!
  • Lin d.heart icon on user image
    Lin daJanuary 18, 2019
    Apparently chef toshio loves Michael Jackson! He was camera shy but on occasion sang and moved to the beat, spectacularly preparing our omakase 😆
  • Marc C.heart icon on user image
    Marc CohenAugust 6, 2017
    BYOB, and best omakase for the price in the city. Small and unstated interior but thats the charm of this place. Highly recommend.
  • Kyulee S.heart icon on user image
    Kyulee SeoSeptember 26, 2016
    Terrific omakase and probably one of the most wallet-friendly ones around. Triple X should not be skipped!
  • Tara C.
    Tara CApril 11, 2014
    Best sushi find!! $80 omakase small Japanese traditional find! BYO to top it all off!!
  • Dmitry W.heart icon on user image
    Dmitry WitmanApril 25, 2016
    It's one of the 2-3 best omakase sets that i had, including places in Tokyo. Really, really good!
  • Ramsenheart icon on user image
    RamsenApril 8, 2016
    Definitely come for the omakase. Very authentic experience similar to Tokyo.
  • Curtis S.heart icon on user image
    Curtis ShoungNovember 15, 2015
    Omakase. You don't have a choice, literally, until after and can pick from this menu on the wall of seasonal fish.
  • Denise L.
    Denise LNovember 6, 2014
    10 piece omakase + BYOB. Triple X (uni, ikura, quail egg) - everything good in a bite
  • Sefi K.
    Sefi KeiniSeptember 18, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Believe the hype! Serious contender for best sushi in the city and a bargain compared to other places of similar quality
  • Jenny C.heart icon on user image
    Jenny CuiSeptember 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Loved this place. Get the special omakase. It's worth it.
  • Peter J.heart icon on user image
    Peter JanowskiMay 10, 2015
    A step below nakazawa, but fantastic omakase at a more reasonable price. Get the monkfish liver and scallop apps.
  • Angela
    AngelaMarch 1, 2013
    Seatings are at 6, 7:30, and 9. Get here a few hours earlier to sign up for a spot (only 10 people per seating). The omakase is sooo worth it!
  • Desiree
    DesireeApril 14, 2015
    Amazing omakase in a small casual space. Leave room for the unique specials. BYOB. Another favorite!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 29, 2013
    Go go go. You will not find a a better sushi experience than at this 10-seat, omakase-only hole in the wall in New York.
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaApril 27, 2018
    Reasonably priced omakase: $100 for app, 10 nigiri, 1/2 maki roll, hand roll, miso soup. BYOSake 🍣
  • Michael G.heart icon on user image
    Michael G.December 6, 2018
    Unbelievably good quality sushi at a reasonable price for omakase. Don’t order the additional menu items or else you’ll be paying handsomely for them
  • Tiina
    TiinaDecember 9, 2012
    Amazing quality of fish in and intimate setting. Reminds me of the sushi bars in Tokyo. The chef was a little heavy on the wasabi though.
  • Chris K.heart icon on user image
    Chris KonecnyApril 6, 2015
    Hole in the wall, very casual and superb sushi makes for a great restaurant experience. Omakase only. BYOB
  • Konrad K.heart icon on user image
    Konrad KopczynskiMarch 16, 2018
    Awesome omakase, Black Throat and Golden Eye are my favorites
  • Erick M.heart icon on user image
    Erick MelendezFebruary 16, 2018
    Great and affordable omakase! Great for dates ;)
  • Suzy T.heart icon on user image
    Suzy TranOctober 31, 2019
    Fatty tuna a la carte slab is generously huge. Get it.
  • Ben R.
    Ben RMarch 15, 2014
    Incredible value. Creamy scallop app and Triple X a la carte FTW.
  • Tamás N.heart icon on user image
    Tamás NovákApril 7, 2016
    Omakase! No frills, just great sushi. BYOB and splurge a la carte afterwards.
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