“The decor is warm and woody.”
“Everything, starting from the Miso soup to Green Tea ice-cream was great.”
“best known and extraordinarily popular Kyoto restaurant, Omen is famous for its namesake: noodles (o-men meaning honorable noodles), but it is also known for its fresh, bold combinations of ingredients in its "okazu" (the getting-the-rice-down things).”
“The sake selection and advice give at Omen is also superb.”
“Omen is my favorite japanese restaurant.”
“The prix fixe meal is very large, however, the restaurant was very nice about some people ordering a la carte and some order the set meals.”
“Plus, Omen is fairly expensive (5-mini-course prix fixe start at around $43), but if you stick with the a la carte menu in the back, a few of the delicious appetizers (the soba appetizer is amazingly good, but simple) can be a good value.”
amazing experience, AMAZING food. i frequent sushi/sashimi/japanese places. i don't know what's authentic, but i know what's good. the food here is really good. my mouth is watering just thinking about it, to be honest. the yellow fin is so delicious. the freshness of everything is unfathomable. the sushi chef, Tom, is so nice and somehow manages to make conversation while preparing dozens of dishes simultaneously. the waiters are extremely nice. things aren't cheap here, but everything is well worth the cost. it could be much more expensive and still be worth it... the best sea urchin i've ever had... the vegetables are all so delicious... decent sake menu (with silly little letter designations like P for Peachy, stuff like that). lots of other non-sushi/sashimi options... i really want to return QUITE SOON because i'm so excited to try out absolutely EVERYTHING.
Exquisite Japanese Food. This is the real deal. Not some Japanese restaurant run by non-Japanese asians. I was introduced by a Japanese friend of mine. The food is authentic and unique to New York. I recommend getting the sesaonal menu the first time. It changes every season. The most amazing part is the young chef. He is one to watch - i dont mean literaly watch as he prepares the food, but his career. This is better than Nobu and without the fuss/attitude.
One of the Best -- not your average Japanese. This place is definitely on my list of all-time favs. Kaiseki , the style of cuisine at Omen, is hard to find even in NYC. This is a culinary experience that everyone should try at least once! The sake selection and advice give at Omen is also superb. The prix fixe meal is very large, however, the restaurant was very nice about some people ordering a la carte and some order the set meals. We were able to share a lot of things. Although the prices are high, you really get your money's worth.
Authentic Japanese at its best available without round-trip tickets. A best known and extraordinarily popular Kyoto restaurant, Omen is famous for its namesake: noodles (o-men meaning honorable noodles), but it is also known for its fresh, bold combinations of ingredients in its "okazu" (the getting-the-rice-down things). The best of Omen's cuisine is not Americanized Japanese, or even as one reviewer stated, "country Japanese." Rather, Kyoto's Omen serves seasonal dishes with the subtle blending of textures and tastes that mark authentic Japanese cookery using traditional ingredients. To experience the best of this restaurant, venture into the a la carte menu, open your mind and your palate, and savor each morsel, small and savory, at the tip of your hashi. New Yorkers and visitors can revel in a real culinary trip to Japan's ancient capital via Soho. The proprietors have even imported their own tofu recipe (Kyoto, being inland, is famous for tofu rather than for fish), and has shared its secret with one of NY's Chinatown tofu makers in the production of its delectible silken variety. In Japan, eating is a cerebral and sensory art which blends presentation, history, anecdotes and taste in an ultimate appreciation of the dishes presented. Have such an experience at Omen, and for that, you cannot beat the price. -- by a former American resident of Kyoto who visits Omen EVERY time I travel to NY
Delicious!. We were walking around SOHO and it seemed that all of the Japanese Restaurants that we knew were closed on Labor day. We found this one and thank g-d! The food was simply amazing! Everything, starting from the Miso soup to Green Tea ice-cream was great. Staff was friendly and attentive. Usually you will need a reservation but you could try walking in if there are only 2-3 of you and you will be seated. I will definitely go back.
Out-of-the-way Japanese for folks who want to venture beyond sushi..
Located on a quiet Soho side street, Omen's brick-wrapped dining room exudes a cozy, austere feel. Though there are a handful of Japanese a la carte offerings on the menu, the prix fixe is most popular by far. Daily specials typically include the sweet eel omelet, smoked salmon, and the signature steamed kingfish with plum. Desserts range from exotic ice creams to fresh fruit.
Delicious SASHIMI, no sushi. Omen does not serve your typical take-out, aluminum-and-plastic-container Japanese food. It serves Kyoto-style Japanese, which means not just incredibly fresh and generous portions of fish (their "Gardens" is a wonderful medley of raw salmon, yellowtail, and tuna), but also more unique and beautifully-presented items, such as a watercress-crab-scallop house salad, filet mignon, broiled fish with miso glaze, etc. The portions are small, in true Japanese form, so if you are looking for an all-you-can-eat type of establishment, this is the wrong place. Plus, Omen is fairly expensive (5-mini-course prix fixe start at around $43), but if you stick with the a la carte menu in the back, a few of the delicious appetizers (the soba appetizer is amazingly good, but simple) can be a good value.
Surprise at the end should be an Ome.
Our Ikura arrived as a pile of shredded sea-wheat some loose salmon roe eggs sprinkled over an artfully cut radish with an open quail egg on the side. There was no way to maneuver the quail egg onto the salmon row and eat it as intended.
When, presented with a $400.00 bill we were told that only Amex was accepted. No one told us while making the reservation. The note on the handwritten menu in 8 point writing is hard to decipher. A sign on the front door is placed so low, it can only be seen when approaching the restaurant on all fours.
There are better options in that price range. Spare yourself the trouble to run out to the ATM as recommended by the staff , it will give you a max. of $ 100.00 .
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