226 E 53RD St, New York, NY | Directions 1002240.757044 -73.968418
Mon. - Sun. 6pm - 4am
Neighborhoods: Midtown East, Midtown East (Turtle Bay), Midtown
Only Real Japanese in Sunnyside – How many times I got disappointment when I went to fake Japanese restarurant in Queens. I was even mad because dishes looked like being made by someone who never cooked before!
In Sunnyside, of course, there are many Japanese pretending place, but only Ariyoshi is the genuine one. I go to the place very offen. All tapas are good; not really Americanized.
Sushi, honestly speaking, most of places are almost same. Even Ariyoshi can't beat real sushi places in Manhattan. But still Ariyoshi maintains good level. If you don't like Ariyoshi's sushi, you hardly find better place in Queens, or you go to Manhattan and pay more!
Ok, you are not sushi-lover, then, you go ask them other tapas food. I recommend Japanese style quroket with creamy source inside. Grilled Hamachi neck is my favorit one. If you don't know, ask waitlesses what you are looking for. They kindly guid you to the right way.
Last thing, the owner always get good sake brands. When you go there, don't order cheap sake. Ask them cold "Namasake".
Enjoy your meal!
Yumm! – I've been going to Ariyoshi for about 7 years now. It's definitely one of the best restaurants in the Long Island City area. Most of the appetizers are great (make sure to try the Geso!) and the entrees are delicious and have generous portions-So you'll never leave this place hungry! The staff are also super nice :) This is one of my favorite restaurants!
the real thing – The owner has changed and this place is no longer the same. The food is not as good, and now they have TVs playing Japanese TV videos... nothing offensive, but it detracts from the what little atmosphere they had.
Highly Authentic and Relaxed – If you want to eat authentic and refined izakaya Japanese food this is the place on Manhattan. Not another fusion sushi joint catering to yuppies after Asian exotica--95% of the customers here are Japanese living in NYC, who come to Ariyoshi to relax and have home-style cooking. Fresh ingredients make for a varied daily menu, but it's best to bring a Japanese friend to help with the selecting, since the Japanese-language menu makes a lot more sense than the English version. The cooks are from South of the border just like everywhere else, but quality-control by the exacting chef is perfect. This is not a trendy place, it is where you go to have high quality Japanese food in a relaxed atmosphere with friends or with your existing girlfriend/boyfriend.
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