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Blue Chili - 45 Reviews - 251 W 51st St, New York, NY - Pan-Asian & Pacific Rim Reviews - Phone (212) 246-3330

Blue Chili

251 W 51st St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 246-3330
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If you want to get a taste of where asian fusion began or what it should be like, you have to go to bluechili. It was by far the best meal I have had in a long long time.The sushi...


I've heard great things about this restaurant consistently so I decide to try it. The food was actually pretty good, but the decor was not pleasing to the eye. While eating dinner...

Not Bad 4/5/2011

Not the best place that I have been for sushi but not that bad either. The service was good and they had a pretty good specialty drink selection as well. more

Nice, cozy and fancy in it's own little way. 7/3/2008

I love the food at this place. The service was good and I have no complaints. Try the duck noodles...LOVE IT!!! Pros: Food more

had a great time 4/29/2008

we went there with 10 people...we made a reservation so the tables are all set up we didnt have to wait to be seated at all...the food is great esp the sashimi plate, the sashimi are on the ice which is pretty cool and the sashimi are fresh also...we have some app. and an entree for almost everyone of us...2-3 drinks per person and it only cost us $600 something...the service and atmosphere are good too more

Great sushi - ok service 10/29/2007

Great sushi- but felt I had better at a less expensive restaurant \r \r customer service ok as well\r \r great wine/sake/ specialty drink selection!\r \r Loved the interior as well! Pros: great sushi and drinks! Cons: ok service, small dining area more

Fruit Fly Heaven 7/9/2007

I've heard great things about this restaurant consistently so I decide to try it. The food was actually pretty good, but the decor was not pleasing to the eye. While eating dinner, i noticed that there was about 25 fruit flies on the ceiling. Then as I passed by the bar, I saw atleast 20 fruit flies on the walls. Even in the bathroom there was about 5 fruit flies. This makes me wonder about the cleaniliness and condition of the fruits and vegs in the kitchen. Grossed me out. I wonder how many flies I ate in my sauce. Never again. Pros: service, taste Cons: many fruit flies, cleanliness more

Bluechili the best sushi on broadway. 6/23/2007

If you want to get a taste of where asian fusion began or what it should be like, you have to go to bluechili. It was by far the best meal I have had in a long long time.The sushi is so fresh. The Roasted Seabass rocks. There were so many flavors and textures that were working together. Everything I tried exploded with flavor, sweet, salty were perfectly blanced. The food is very well thought out.Drink are great and not expensive. will go back again.\r more

What happened??? 2/1/2007

I loved Siam Inn and Red Garlic so I was really excited to learn that the two restaurants merged with Bluechili. They're all owned by the same chef anyway. But instead of the new place being amazing, it became a big flop and far from authentic. The tom yum soup, which was amazing at Red Garlic, tasted more like broth with too much lemon. The frog leg basil, which was my fave at Siam Inn, tasted like general tso's frog. Thank goodness the pad thai was good. Can you please bring back the old chefs?!? more

Idotically rude, but good food. Oh well... 7/24/2006

Great food, interesting decor. So there are good points, but it was completely ruined by bad service. I had eaten there 3 times in 2 years as it was close to a hotel I often stay at, but on the last time I almost blew my top. We were sitting in the freezing air conditioning for 2 hours, and the staff basically ignored us when asked to either move or turn it down. \r \r When it is time to go, we paid in cash, and left 15% tip. Although this is not the 18% 'recommended' on the check I thought it was fair for ok service and some really good food. But the AC problem was not enough to get the full amount. \r \r My family leaves, and I head for the bathroom. Upon leaving, in front of the kitchen staff, wait staff and back few tables, they lay into me about the tip. Was there a problem!??? Why so little!???, etc... They were saying I only left a few dollars-which was well less than 10%. I was sort of confused on my math for a moment, but was confident I had left a fair tip. More on this in a minute.\r \r I think they were surprised when I went on the offensive and told them if customers are cold they should move them or turn down the AC or bring a darn blanket...I also told them that obviously the service was not that great if they had to ask, and that confronting someone like this proved that they did not really understand customer service.\r \r I left, somewhat confused but very mad. When hitting the street I told everyone what happened and we all realized that somehow the waitstaff had miscounted or stolen something from one another. We had paid in all 20's, and to make a long story short, their math didn't add up to the tip they confronted me about (I am a CPA by the way so trust me on that). I called back immediately and the manager that had confronted me was basically 'sorry about that, we see now' indicating that they now realized also what had happened.\r \r Basically they got all over me on a 15% tip after all. Do yourself a favor, find somewhere else. Pros: Good food, interesting place Cons: Service is horrible more

Not what I expected. 7/16/2006

I searched online for a good sushi restaurant for a special night for my Fiancees Birthday. I chose the Bluechili. I am not at all a sushi fan but I was doing it for my fiancee. Well to make a long story short. We had reservations to 7pm. I knew we were not going to make it on time so I call to reschedule. It was very easy. Strange! Ok. We arrived and was seated and realized that were two of a hand full of patrons for that night. Then come to find out they no longer served sushi. Wow, that was the reason I chose the Bluechili, FOR SUSHI. Their new menu was allegedly a week old and no longer served sushi. So for me it was a bad experience because the have advertising FOR sushi and comes to find out they dont serve sushi. Bad, bad. But the food was really good. I was just upset for my hard efforts to treat my Fiancee, to her favorite cuisine and not able to due to false advertising Pros: GOOD FOOD. QUITE. GOOD SERVICE. Cons: THEY DON'T SERVE SUSHI. more

Mmm Good, refreshing, pretty, pricey 6/21/2006

I'd walked by Blue Chili several times before dining there. I remember it being a hot day the afternoon I stopped in for a meal and I felt immediately refreshed the moment I stepped in the door. It wasn't busy and therefore relatively quiet. My friend and I had a delicious meal there. My duck salad was so good I almost forgot myself and started humming as I ate it. The decor didn't escape my notice in the least bit it was relaxing and impressive. I also had a rainbow roll that was pretty good with my salad and I'd have to say I left Blue Chili feeling extremely satisfied with my meal, the essence of the duck salad dressing lingered on my palate making me smile. Trendy? I don't know it certainly wasn't overrun by hipsters, but I had a great experience there. Pros: Just about everything Cons: The price more

I love this Blue Chili! 4/13/2006

The food is great, the ambiance is terrific, the DJ plays great music... The martinis are pretty tasty as well. I definitely recommend this place for a either a romantic dinner or a group gathering. Pros: Great Food, Friendly Service, Clean Facility more


I went last night and had a WONDERFUL time. This place is amazing, the interior is simple yet elegant. The staff is very attentive and friendly. Now for the food, this was some of the best sushi in NYC and made with FRESH FISH. If you go you must order the following appetizers, the chicken sate (which was bought to us flaming) it was a real eye catcher and the Crab Meat Pancake which had lumps of fresh crab inside that were to die for. We ordered an assortment of sushi (California, Spicy Tuna, Boston and Shrimp Tempura) and were pleased with each choice. The presentation of each item was so stunning we almost didn't want to touch it. Every bite was a taste of heaven. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND VISITING bluechili. I CANT WAIT TO GO BACK :) Pros: GREAT FOOD, attentive staff, decor more

I love this place 1/2/2006

The service is great...oh and great martinis too! The atmosphere is very trendy and on some nights there is a DJ there...great place to go before you head out to a lounge....or just a night out with the girls. Pros: Sushi, Drinks, Decor Cons: Location more

Pan Asian Served in Posh White Setting 6/19/2005

Decor at Bluechilli is fabulous! Very Asia de Cubaesque, the lower level is completely done in a gleaming stark white with lighted coloring behind the bar (it sounds weird but is actually very trendy). For such a trendy restaurant, I was surprised by the small crowd in the restaurant. Food was good. Everything was about average but, the stuffed mushrooms app and pad thai are exceptional. Drink specials during the week. Service was excellent. Very decently priced for such a beautiful restaurant. Will definately be back for low priced pad thai is a great setting. Ps: I feel part of the reason why this restaurant isn't bustling is due to location. But, a definate gem in the neighborhood! Pros: Pad Thai, Great Decor, Drink specials Cons: Avg. other food, out of the way locale more

Bad food for what you are paying 6/10/2005

Ok, to be fair, the food is average, but when you pair the food with it's price, the food is WAY below average. I actually placed an order for delivery. I had asked for TORO (fatty tuna), but I felt that I received regular tuna instead. For those of you who had TORO before, you'll know that TORO has a distinct taste and texture. It's also pricy. The yellow tails I ordered were also of poor quality. It was the kind that was stringy and you had to chew it for a long time wondering if you would choke if you just went ahead and swallowed it. Overall, I was disappointed with the quality and taste of the food. It received such a high rating. And this is New York!!! I thought New Yorkers KNOW sushi! Ahhh, what a disappointment. Cons: food, quality, service more

I liked it! 4/14/2005

Food was delicious and interesting. The grilled shrimp appetizer was fantastic. The changing color of the lights was a bit weird, but a cool effect. Went there before 6pm and found the place almost empty, so the service was great. Even after it got crowded we were well looked after. Definitely try this place out! Pros: nice decor, attentive staff, great food Cons: pricy (but worth it), crowded after 7pm more

Everything went smoothly 3/7/2005

I found Blue Chili on citysearch and was planning a birthday party for my best friend, so I figured why not there? Overall the dinner was great everything went smoothly especially with a group of 15 people. Our large party was seated upstairs. The service was prompt and helpful, food was good, and Blue Chili really suited all the needs for a great Birthday party. The sushi was fresh, but the main focus for me were on the cocktails, which were all great. We had a wonderful Birthday dinner and a good meal. Can't complain. more

fun and relaxed 1/29/2005

in the theater district where the selection of good eats and a fun, hip, low-key atmosphere is scarce, blue chili takes a stand. my friends and i had such a good time on New Years Eve here - the service was exceptionally friendly and hospitable, drinks were varied from novel martinis to your usual red, and the food had great presentation and flavor. this place is a find. enjoy! more

cool!! 1/19/2005

We have a birthday party and it was excellent.It was a beautiful place and there is waterfall.Try grill sea bass and you will fly.lovely dessert.perfect for party Pros: good service more

excellent 1/11/2005

It quite difficult to find a big place to have group party in midtown.and my friend recommend blue chili and it was excellent.waiter is friendly, food is dilicious and the place is cool, lovely drinks! Pros: dilicious, beatiful scene more
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  • Hours:

    Mon-Thurs 11:30 am-11:30 pm, Fri-Sat 11:30 am-midnight, Sun 11:30 am-11 pm
  • Payments:

    Master Card, American Express, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Midtown, Theater District - Times Square