“The ambience is pretty average, but the service and the FOOD (most importantly) is superb.”
“the rice cakes were nice and chewy, though there were too few of them.”
“Good quality food and affordable prices.”
“recommend ordering the items in the Japanese menu, that's where the surprisingly good dishes are!”
“This was NOT a pleasant experience; you could not pay me to return.”
“The servers and wait staff were extremely friendly and hospitable.”
“The lunch specials are all around $12-$15, so it's not exactly cheap, but the food really is good.”
Im Japanese and live in NJ.
I went to lots of Japanese restaurants but Ise is the only one which knows real japanese foods.
I really hate some Japanese restaurants which Chinese or Koreans owned because they dont know Japanese foods besides taste is very terrible. but American ppl who dont know real japanese foods say " oh I like Japanese foods!!".
If you want to eat real Japanese foods, Ise is the best place to try.
HATED IT!!!!!!. I recently went to the restaurant with Clients and we found a dead spider under one of the pieces of sushi. It turned my stomach and I will never go back. The service was not very attentive. The clients were worried that their feet touched the floor in the tatami room. They had concerns about whether the floor was clean underneath the table...other people before them had removed their shoes and those people's feet had been on the floor. This was NOT a pleasant experience; you could not pay me to return. I can not believe the reviews other people posted based on my personal experience. I have never felt complled to add a restaurant review prior to this incident. The decor was dated. There was nothing positive about this dining experience.
Authentic Japanese food, Lost in Translation~!!! A must try in NYC!. As for Japnese food in midtown Manhattan, this is as good as it gets. I recommend ordering the items in the Japanese menu, that's where the surprisingly good dishes are! Yakitori (grilled meat) are fairly priced and delicious, which goes really well with saki or Japanese beer. Sushi and sashimi are fresh in this place, and you can tell the chefs are actually Japanese, not Mexicans or Chinese! Also recommend their soba (chilled noodles) and onigiri (rice-ball). There are private Japanese dining rooms available as well. Service is very good at this place, as expected since the whole staff is Japanese. This place gets a solid 8.0 on my scale, and I will definitely visit this place very soon.
good service but mediocre food.
my friend and i came here last night for dinner. we ordered the lobster tempura , sauteed ginger pork, and the queen roll. each thing was approximately $15. the waitress was very nice and honest when we asked her for a recommendation (we went with the pork because of her). the place is pretty quiet too, so it was really easy to get a table.
unfortunately, the food was just not very good. the tempura batter was thick and weighed down by oil, so i couldnt eat more than one piece. the pork was very dry, cut into thin slices, and tasted like airplane food. the roll was ok, but it was just tuna and avocado sprinkled with some sprouts. i was pretty disappointed with the food.
for dessert, we split the green tea mousse with sesame and rice cake dessert (it had a long japanese name i dont remember) and the red bean ice cream. the green tea dessert tasted very powdery, like they had dumped too much green tea powder and not enough water. the rice cakes were nice and chewy, though there were too few of them. the red bean ice cream was ok, but i found that it tasted more like melon than like red bean.
overall, i probably wont come again because there are other restaurants in the area.
great great great deal!. I LOVE this restaurant. I cannot stress this enough. The ambience is pretty average, but the service and the FOOD (most importantly) is superb. I usually get some sort of sashimi (favorite is the aje tataki, which I believe is diced mackerel with ginger and green onions on the side), the radish salad, and hot inaniwa (a plainer but, in my opinion, version of udon. Makes for a perfect night out!
Genuine japanese restaurant. Good quality food and affordable prices. It´s no coincidence that the restaurant is filled with japanse regulars every night.
Delicious authentic Japanese. It's tough to beat the lunch specials -- they change daily and give you a chance to taste a variety of what this restaurant can do. The lunch specials are all around $12-$15, so it's not exactly cheap, but the food really is good. This is not the part of town that I expected to find a high-quality, yet not a fancy/fusion Japanese restaurant and I'm very happy that I know about it.
good things are served up at small places. Like a magical world opening up behind a tiny door, ISE offered up a deluge of fresh sushi and the warmth of plummy sake on a blustery January evening. We shared a super lobster tempura, a combination of mouthwatering sushi, spine-tingling wasabi shumai, crunchy spicy squid, yummy tempura icecream and some exquisite sake. Nobody speaks much English so much pointing and sign language ensued but it all added to the charm and wonder of the place. Will definitely go back
Umm, umm, good!. I just happened to stumble across this little treasure and I am OH SO HAPPY that I did. Their sushi and sashimi are mouthwatering delicious and SUPER fresh! The servers and wait staff were extremely friendly and hospitable. I defiantly will be a return customer!
Absolutely Fabulous!. This is definitely THE authentic Japanese restaurant in Manhattan. Yes, the large number of Japanese customers proves it's authenticity. I ordered Negi/Teriyaki combination. It's 2 terriyaki chicken thighs and 5 thinly sliced beef roll with scallion PLUS soup and dessert. IT WAS DELICIOUS! and the price $15! you can't beat that! $15 dinner with such huge amount of tasty food in Manhattan, it's unbelievable! Highly recommended!
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