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Bozu - 17 Reviews - 296 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, Brooklyn, NY - Tapas Bar Reviews - Phone (718) 384-7770

Bozu

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296 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (at nr. Havemeyer St.)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
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(718) 384-7770
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Bozu - Brooklyn, NY
Bozu - Brooklyn, NY
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Bozu - Brooklyn, NY
Bozu - Brooklyn, NY

Reviews

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Best

Excellent food. Very accommodating and friendly staff. Pros: Service, Ambiance, Food

Worst

They try to stand out from other sushi places by not actually serving real sushi and the quality of the fish was not so great. They over marinate their sushi in random flavors so...

For people who dont like fish. Also,weird vibe from service 9/4/2010

They try to stand out from other sushi places by not actually serving real sushi and the quality of the fish was not so great. They over marinate their sushi in random flavors so that you can't tell. Why eat sushi if you can't taste the fish? Why hide it with mayo, cream cheese, etc? Usually if a place serves sushi like this they at least serve traditional sushi too. Also, I really can't understand why they serve 3 jars of soy sauce with three levels of wasabi mixed in each. There is no reason, just again trying to stand out but in a way thats just silly and doesn't add to the meal. After eating a few bites we paid the bill and went next door to a more friendly atmosphere and better tasting food. more

Great local sushi in WIlliamsburg 4/10/2010

Really like this place - the sushi is always fresh and the atmosphere is great (albeit very dark). Try the ""Spicy McBomb"" - you can't go wrong. I like this place so much that you will find me there on a weekly basis. Pros: Great sushi and other food more

Exceptional Service and Great Food 10/1/2009

Excellent food. Very accommodating and friendly staff. Pros: Service, Ambiance, Food more

Inexpensive sushi place in Williamsburg that... 5/21/2009

Inexpensive sushi place in Williamsburg that tries to do things differently (sushi "bombs", pickled red... more

Inexpensive sushi place in Williamsburg that... 5/21/2009

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Inexpensive sushi place in Williamsburg that tries to do things differently (sushi "bombs", pickled red cabbage instead of ginger). Nice smoking a... more

Good food 12/22/2008

all foods are very good and creative yet stay with original Japanese food. Service is very good and price is reasonable. I can relax there and have a good time with my friends and boyfriend. I definitely go back there! more

Service Fantastic. Food experimental at best. 7/30/2008

Cute place.\r 2 worst mojitos, EVER. Indescribable.\r Edamame tasted like pop corn. Was perhaps buttered. The second bowl for throwing away the peels still had old food bits in it. Bad sign.\r Extremely sweet service. Couldn't make ourselves tell them the food absolutely sucked. Which is maybe why we got:\r ""Japanese curry"" which was essentially bland, chewy stew splashed on some rice.\r Bozu style sushi, which means it had none of the essentials (ginger - soy sauce was pre-wasabified, which I actually kinda liked). Personally sort-of liked the sushi, but we found the use of long grain rice a bit, uhm, surprising. Most puffy rolls we've ever experienced. At least it was fresh.\r Bozu Salad tasted exactly like Armani Eau De Toilette smelled in the 80's. Somewhat disturbing.\r \r Was one of these places where you just can't wait to get out. It was just all wrong - but I completely disagree that the service was bad.. I felt a bit bad for the service staff in fact, that is, until I saw the check. Pros: Cute place, sweet service Cons: Worst drinks, semi-crappy food more

too bad your service bites Bozu 8/10/2007

it's friday and almost midnight. my bf and i go to bozu to eat. we live in williamsburg/greenpoint, so it was with some trepidation we ventured out on a friday in our own 'hood, but we were hungry and wanted to try Bozu as it was recommended to us. ""Two""....""we cant seat you inside"".....""what about that four-top over there"".....""No it's friday night""....""huh? the street's empty, nobody's coming""\r ""No (with annoying smile)...... what? ""Ok, later lady...."" \r \r Note to Bamboozle: give up a table for two paying customers at midnight....if a four party comes in, put them outside, or at the table that would have opened by the time they MAYBE came in. seriously, you just lost a local customer and ANYONE i will tell about your restaurant. I wouldnt really care if it werent for the smarmy sh^t eating grin you served it to me with. Welcome to MY neighborhood, now please leave with the rest of the clowns who've invaded with you..... Pros: food? who knows Cons: getting past the mad clowns at the door more

Very Williamburg 4/28/2007

I went here about a month ago, and thought it seemed cool at first, but it was just ok. Their sushi bombs were interesting, but it seemed like they were just trying too hard to differentiate themselves from the surrounding Asian restaurants. I will admit that their normal sushi was very good and their hamburg steak was savory, but it was basically a small, spicy hamburger. The main downside was that the parties sitting on either side of us were the typical ultra-hipster people who thought they were very intellectual, but were not. It seemed from looking around that most of the people there were the same way. The best thing about this place was that it helped us find this awesome bar on the corner, which I believe was just called ""The Bar"". Pros: Good sushi Cons: Weird people, bad food aside from the sushi more

Dark, quiet, delicious. 4/8/2007

Great dishes, service & cocktails. Will go back for sure. Tuna tar tar was amazing. Nice to eat this genre of food as tapas -- makes for a unique dining experience. Ambiance fabulous. Pros: food, ambiance, service, background music Cons: prices can add up more

yum yum yum 3/12/2007

early dinner is the way to go. you can not go wrong on service and it is not too busy. the specials are always a must try (last time was toro bomb), the smoked oyster was tender and tasty, the rolls are made in such a way you can taste all ingredients since they dont use too much rice and the bombs are yum and fun. Bozu should bring back the wasabi panacotta. it was to die for! do not go here if you are looking for large portions. Pros: food, presentation, specials, ambiance Cons: parking on weekends more

Great drinks, tasty food, service needs improvement 3/4/2007

I was very satisfied with the tapas at Bozu. Portion sizes were larger than expected and I found 2 plates to be quite satisfactory. The vodka infusion drinks are wonderfully tasty and refreshing however, sip slowly as they do catch up with you an hour later. I highly recommend the Pork Betty and Shrimp Kataifi.\r \r The service could stand some improvement. After reading the reviews posted here I decided to sit at the bar rather than be seated at a table. The young women at the bar were completely indifferent or busy chatting away in Japanese. I had no idea who my waitress was and ended being waited on by a courteous Japanese gentleman who may have been one of the owners or the manager. I will go back again as I really enjoyed the food. Many places have off nights, and new establishments normally go through waitstaff readily. Let's hope they read these reviews. Pros: Very relaxed, nice music, delicious food Cons: the waitresses more

How unfortunate that the service is so horrible. 12/1/2006

I used to go here with my girlfriend. Then we tried to take our friends from out of town one night and were told point blank ""we can not seat you."" No explanation. We asked if we could come back later, to which the answer was ""we can not seat you."" Seriously! I know this sounds strange, but it is true and was one of the most shocking experiences of my life. Even though I am used to bad service in Williamsburg, this was too much to stomach and so I now boycot this place. In fact, the sole reason I opened an account on citysearch is to alert you that this restaurant can have horrible service. Caveat: I have to admit that when the service is good (and we have previously had good service at Bozu) the experience is quite nice. After all, the restaurant is charming and the food is tasty. But I personally will avoid going back at all cost. Pros: Decent food, great ambience Cons: Can get pricey if you like to eat, and service is inconsistent at best, and downright rude and nasty on at least one occassion more

Horrible service and mediocre food 11/8/2006

I had the worst experience ever! The waitress came to take our order and I asked if there were any rolls with crab in them and she said no. In disbelief because I was eating at a sushi restaurant I asked again and she said ""No, we do not have any crab."" We thought this was a little wierd, but okay we ordered some other rolls instead. About 10 minutes later we hear out waitress telling the table next to us the specials...one of which is a KING CRAB ROLL! At this point we are a little perplexed so we ask a different waitress if there are any specials and if so is there a crab roll. She says yes and we tell her that our waitress failed to tell us the specials and that we had asked her directly if there were any crab rolls. She laughed and said that our waitress was confused. I then told her that we had already ordered and recieved some other rolls, but what we really wanted was the special thinking that she would take back the food that was just delivered to us (no, we hadn't eaten any yet) and give us the special. However, she ignored our obvious request and asked if we wanted to order the special in addition that what we aleady ordered. Well, I wasn't about to pay for more food than we could eat just because our idiot watress forgot that they did in fact have crab in the restaurant. So, with an obvious attitude, I asked for the check. No one even aplogized. I'm sorry, even if the food was good, (it wasn't horrible, but definaltly not that great) it can't make up for an experience like that! Pros: interesting interior Cons: bad service, terrible variety, food mediocre more

Aweful, Unprofessional Service 6/18/2006

I have to admit that their food is relatively good even to my native Japanese's taste. But their service is unbearably terrible. We've been there once before, and that time too, the service was a bit slow. Craving for some Japanese food in my neighborhood, we tried Bozu again yesterday. When we got there, there were quite a few tables available. A un-experienced waitress took our drink order. 20 minutes later, our drink that has been sitting at the bar for 10 minutes and a glass of water my boyfriend asked for finally came to our table. The waitress took our menu away, without taking our food order! At that point, we've decided to leave as soon as we finish the drink. Non of the 3 waitresses/waiter didn't pay attention to us who'd got no food on the table and had been trying to get the check. Finally, my extremely patient boyfriend and I decided to leave a bill on the table to leave. As we were leaving, nobody still realized that we were taking off. Amazing. Pros: beef stake was good Cons: didn't get to eat anything more

Great food, superb drinks and priceless art. 8/22/2005

As one of the ""old school"" tenants I've seen the area of williamsburgh and greenpoint transform itself from a dark and crime infested spot to one of New York City's favorites. Everyday brings something new and worth checking out. One of ""must"" places is BOZU! If your night calls for a quiet get together with friends, or the significant other this is the place to visit. Sit down by a candle light, and gaze into each other's eyes. Great service, soul crafted food, and trendy cocktails might even make you fall in love ;) The few, but carefully chosen works of art make BOZU trully one of my favorites ... an ""original."" Pros: food, drinks, decor more

when you want to impress someone 8/22/2004

Bozu is a tight design. The food is as slick as the decor and its a really fun place to eat. The prices aren't out of line with trendier williamsburg eats until you see the heavy-handed use of negative space in the presentation of the food. Bottom line, don't go here if you're hungry. The food is extremely tasty but you'll need to get four orders of a dish to get a full meal. Go here because you're on a date and want a bite to eat before going out to a club. Its a fantastic place to flirt with your tragically hip girl. Pros: beautiful, great food more
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Editorial

  • The Scene
    The facade of dark wood beams hints at monastic simplicity, but this raw fish and sake joint is a bit more jumbled inside. Brick walls, mod white plastic tables and a curtain of...

  • 8/23/2005 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Sun-Thu, 6pm-11:30pm; Fri, 6pm-12:30am; Sat, noon-3:30pm and 6pm-12:30am; Sun, noon-3:30pm and 6pm-12:30am
  • Payments:

    Visa, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Williamsburg
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