121 2nd Ave# 1, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.728252 -73.988286
Neighborhoods: Downtown, East Village
Editorial Review by Marcella Veneziale – This no-frills Japanese restaurant off the St Marks drag already boasts a modestly-priced menu, but also features half-price sushi nights.
budget sushi: gotta love it – discovered sushi park few years ago. the sushi is almost always tasty although like the other reviewers I always doubt the freshness. Though its never happened to me in the numerous times ive gone there ive had friends walk away with stomachaches, nausea, etc and Ive even been told by the waitstaff that they did not recommend certain meals on account of freshness. my major complaint is with the 50% off incentive. As people have said the half-off on sushi is really what makes or breaks the restaurant (I honestly doubt I?d pay 18+ for their sushi when I?ve had better and I never touch the other food for the same reasons). The policy only applies if your meal is over $14, which doesn?t always seem like a good bargain to everyone. what they also don?t tell you is that every one in your party must order at least 7 dollars to even eat there and they?re very uptight about it. the worst experience I remember is being KICKED OUT by the manager because I brought one friend who wasn?t very hungry and refused to shell out 7 bucks for food she wouldn?t eat. Speaking of the service, it?s a mixed bag: on some days you?ll get a waiter who is absolutely accommodating, on others you have to beg for even water. So would I recommend it? Yeah, if you?re looking for a relatively cheap eat, plenty of sushi (18 pc) and you keep everything ive said in mind
Not even the Food can Compensate for the Horrible Service! – This is my first restaurant review ( I am generally too lazy to do write ups) because the service and food should put this restaurant out of business! I've been here a few times and never expected spectacular sushi and service but went in for a quick sushi bite anyway. We ordered a seaweed salad as a starter and rolls to follow. The seaweed came out looking mushy but I went ahead to taste it which left a slimy film in my mouth. We informed the waiter who came back 5 minutes later with the same seaweed dish in hand telling us that it is perfectly fine. Trust me, I've had seaweed salad MANY times and can discern bad seaweed from good. We asked to substitute with a different dish with same or greater value. The poor waiter went to speak to the boss and returned telling us substituting is not an option. We told the waiter that we will not take the risk of getting food poisoned and just told him to take it away. He did so. Minutes later, the lady-boss (manager) came to us with a take-out container with seaweed and shoved it in front of my cousin's face telling her "there is nothing wrong with seaweed..look..look!". I was absolutely appalled the manager would treat her customers this way. At the end, we winded up paying for the seaweed salad anyway. Like most reviewers noted, Sushi Park ONLY wants your money by delivering subpar food and service. DON'T waste your time and money here...there are hundreds of other Japanese restaurants in the area...like my favorite-Takahashi on Ave A.
cheap sushi often comes at a price. and this one does. the rolls are poorly rolled, the service isn't very good, and the fish doesn't taste too fresh. i always go expecting a good price, but never expecting great sushi.
My stomach is still queasy... – I went last night with two friends because one of them recommended it. The restaurant was fairly full but we were seated almost immediately. A waiter came to take our order after we had barely gotten a chance to look over the menu but we quickly decided on a sashimi regular, sushi regular, avocado and cucumber roll, and a seaweed salad roll, something that none of us had seen before. The sashimi was sub par, specifically the tuna which was completely flavorless and not fresh. My friends were not stunned by their food either but for a total bill of $32, I guess its fine for anyone on a budget. I personally will stick to Sushi Hana on 2nd Ave or Tako Sushi in Forest Hills.
Sushi Park is like walking into a disaster * Beware of 50% off Sushi * – Had I known that the Sushi was * 50% off * I would have avoided it like
* The buck toothed girl * I went to school with in the 5th grade
I ordered the Chriashi combo, and as I waited for my sashimi
I could not help but to overhear the * 3 Sushi chefs * arguing about
team work ( very amusing ) they were of different asian backgrounds
but as usual these days there are no JAPANESE Sushi chefs around
where have all the Japanese sushi chefs gone? have they all retreated back
home in shame of what has happened to their national fame and craft?
Sushi making is not only a sharp knife and a rice cooker it is a TRUE skill
and not just an asian face can make you an instant Sushi Chef.
Anyways..... So my Chirashi duley arrived and the Hamachi looked as if it were wrapped in saran and looked rather freezer burned and also like water had entered the package ( like eww! ) the Tuna had been frozen, because it was wet and limp. Everything else was O.K......
I must give rave reviews about the 33.8 FL Oz Asahi beer I had, It was cold and most tasty.
It was the one and only enjoyable thing I had for lunch.
Moral of the story: You get what you pay for - If I would have paid full price
I would have gotten full quality ( had I known it was 50% off I would have steered clear )
Truly disgusting maki – Looking forward to a light lunch of sushi rolls, my sister and I dropped into Sushi Park after being unable to locate a more familiar restaurant. The menu seemed reasonable and the lunch deal for half off sushi was tempting. We both ordered maki. When it arrived, however, the quality of the fish was immediately put into question. The fish appeared to be pureed, possibly filled with mayonaise, and smelled fishy. As we sat there, these 'tuna' smoothies sank into their rice casings. We were appalled. When we complained about these way it was prepared, saying we'd never seen maki that wasn't in solid pieces of fish, one of the three waiters shrugged and said we got what we ordered. Waitstaff was rude and unwilling to make a substitution or refund when we made it clear that we found it unacceptable. We grudgingly paid our check and left a great deal of food uneaten. I highly discourage anyone from trying this restaurant. There are plenty of authentic japanese restaurants in the Village; this is not one of them.
Ask before you order – This place is known for their half price sushi but really when you think about it.. it's about almost the same price you would have paid at any other sushi restaurant. maybe a dollar or two cheaper. Just be careful of what you order b/c not everything is half off. Service is not great either.
cheap prices don't make up for genuinely bad food – i really wanted to like this place due to the lower than average prices. but after a few tries ( and too many stomach aches ) i've sworn them off.
if you're looking for affordable decent sushi, try sandobe ( 10th & 1st ave ), down the street instead.
Sushi Yuck – Sushi Park might as well give up that 50% off discount and start giving away the sushi for free and even then the sushi isn't worth eating. The food is terrible as is the service. Welfare sushi is what this place is, perhaps its budget sushi that really chimes the "get what you pay for" adage. Stay away unless you're absolutely starving for sushi better prepared at a deli.
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