17 E 48th St, New York, NY | Directions 1001740.756870 -73.977054
Mon-Fri 11:45am-2:45pm, 5:30pm-10pm; Sat 5pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Midtown Center, Midtown
My Fav In NYC – My overall fav place in manhattan. High quality without the outrageous prices. Traditional, consistent, simple, delicious, won't empty your account. My kind of sushi place.
Fresh sashimi without crazy price – It is as high quality as Sushi Yasuda without the crazy price.
We ordered Box of Dream and the Restaurant week dinner. Everything is fresh and tasty. I love love love the toro, uni, eel mini bowl. Ikura egg was not too salty and tamago egg was sweet right to the point. The Tazamian ocean trout carpaccio was nicely seasoned too.
Everything was presented beautifully.
The restaurant was very busy and packed on a Wednesday night. Many midtown Caucasian businessmen were here
It is not cheap but with the quality, definitely worth it.
Traditional Sushi Restaurant - Best Sashimi – Hatsuhana is a traditional sushi house - a true classic left amid the trendy new sushi restaurants that boast japanese fusions, loud music, glamourous atmosphere.
The fish is so fresh that you can eat all sashimi - all of which melts on your tongue. Also, they make an amazing salmon skin roll.
Hatsuhana reminds you of why sushi became so popular without creating crazy "alternate sushi" to tempt the consumer.
Also, the green tea and miso soup are very good as well as the salmon skin hand roll.
If you frequent this spot a lot, the sushi chef is able to make an outstanding menu to suit your palate (very good!)
The way that delivery is packed is also very elegant and beautiful.
Bottom line: Fantastic service, Excellent quality sushi/sashimi, traditional chef, clean atmosphere
True to Tradition and worth the try – TRaditional style service, facilty and food preparation. Everything was excellent - nice restaurant interior, very clean restroom, very polite host, wait staff and coat check. Good food. I ate off the fixed price menu - $27 plus tea.
Best sushi ever – I sit at the bar every time and have the chef whip up yummy sushi and sashimi. Pros are that it's the best sushi ever. Cons are that it's ruined sushi from any other place for me...;-)
Better late than never!! We just wanted to thank you for such a positive review! We want to continue to ruin sushi from any other place for you. Thanks again!
Maybe I Just Need To Go Again? – This place got 4 stars from the NY Times.... in 1983. Is 1983 relevant to 2008? Well, my Dad thought so when he based his decision on this review to bring my family and visiting foodies from abroad to show them "good NYC sushi" at, no, not Yasuda or Jewel Bako or the myriad of other great sushi places in the city (Masa is in a league of its own), but at Hatsuhana. As someone who loves and treasures the NYC culinary scene (I feel like a proud father when talking about or introducing outsiders to NYC food), imagine my shame and embarrassment when service for our private party included a 40 minute interval between ordering and service, an hour before anything from the sushi bar was served at all, fish that was shockingly pedestrian, and a bill that surpassed 1000 dollars for a party of 9. After instilling the expectation in our visiting guests that this restaurant would be a representation of top shelf NYC sushi, and the three hour debacle that was our criminally overpriced meal, I felt like I had just watched my son royally F up his piano recital, make the game losing error in his little league game, and come home with straight F's on his report card all at the same time. One word sums up this place for me: Embarassing.
(To clarify, it is not like the food is inedible. In fact, their tempura was fabulous. But overall, their sushi could have been from any cookie cutter take-out sushi place in NYC and after charging those kinds of prices, that is simply unacceptable. I've paid 250 dollars per person for a sushi meal in NYC before, and after paying only a little over 100 per person at Hatsuhana, I never felt so robbed in my life.)
Very Fresh Sushi Rolls, Best Value in Midtown! – Food is delicious & fresh, the environment pleasant and service was good. Though I recommend reserevations in advance for lunch as they fill up quickly. Great place to have lunch with a client. Great value from menu.
Best sashimi I've ever had...and I lived in Japan for a decade!!! – I lived in Tokyo for almost ten years, and I have never had sashimi as good as this!!!
Granted, as the other reviewers have suggested, one's experience with sushi/sashimi all depends on the quality of the catch. My trip was just littered with good catch after good catch. The toro (tuna) was like butter. Unbelievable!! The order of uni (sea urchin) was as large as a golf ball and so perfect. The seared sashimi selection was also quite tasty. No matter what was placed in front of me, it was fantastic. Even fish that I normally would not enjoy was perfect.
The staff were always on the ball. Right when I needed a new beer, the waitress was there to confirm the order. Then as I continued my personal conversation, the waitress would quietly bring the bottle, fill my glass, then set the bottle down, twisting it to ensure that the label always faced me and that the bottle was unobtrusive. Very subtle, very "teinei", very "Japanese."
I recommend sitting at the sushi counter and just letting the chefs do their magic. You won't be disappointed!!
The price for two males to eat and drink their fill over a couple of hours of conversation was about $300.
They do try - I'll give them that – It's an age old story - someone who tries hard but has no talent competes in a world of those who have the talent but rest on their laurels. Still, the hard worker will never be the best. Such is the case with Hatsuhana. I did not eat in the restaurant, but had food delivered so I cannot speak to the decor. Whether the fish isn't of the highest quality or the chefs are not quite of sushi artist stature, but this restaurant turns out depressingly average, or perhaps slightly above average sushi. The tuna showed promise but I cannot say the same about the rest. However, what this restaurant lacks in quality of food they do make up for in style. The sushi arrived in a nice box, with a wet napkin, and some tea, and soup and salad. There was a card advising me to eat the sushi within two hours. There were a couple of other minor details that showed the restaurant does care about providing a good dining experience. Still, I wish they focused that energy on the food.
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