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Sumile - 36 Reviews - 154 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011, New York, NY - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 989-7699


154 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011
New York, NY 10011
(212) 989-7699
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I'm a sushi fanatic and I've been to virtually every sushi restaurant in New York. Sumile is hands down the best in the city. The owner takes great pride in serving only the fre...


Splitting five entree-sized portions at $14.00 per dish plus one bottle of wine at $40.00 (one of the least expensive on the menu), three of us ended up paying $47.00 per person w...

Amazing 4/3/2009

I went here with my husband and 2 year old last night. When we walked in, I was afraid we'd have to leave bc in general, they are not set up for kids and there are no highchairs. But, there was a small section n the front, near the bar, that they lowered one of the tables at so my daughter could reach from a regular chair and we stayed. I am SO glad we did. The fish is amazing, and the menu unique. Eel guacamole?!!! Never heard of it before but it was terrific. Roles were fresh and not over-sauced, chicken terriaki for my daughter tasty and not rubbery. The hostess, Karen, came over every 30 minutes or so to give my daughter another treat, which kept all of us happy. The only con might be the regular waitstaff was not amazing, they were just good. I'm already trying to figure out a plan for returning on a non-kid night. Great place! Pros: Best sushi in a long time Cons: Wait staff good but not outstanding more

An empty sushi resturant 2/13/2009

An empty sushi restaurant is never a good idea. Waitstaff and hostess are bored and unresponsive. Food is overpriced. Sushi taste decent, but eating there is lonely since there are no customers. more

Best Sushi in New York 11/16/2008

I'm a sushi fanatic and I've been to virtually every sushi restaurant in New York. Sumile is hands down the best in the city. The owner takes great pride in serving only the freshest fish and in all the dozens of times I've eaten here, I've never had a piece of sushi that was even mediocre. Every piece of fish is the highest quality. Not only is the fresh fish amazing, but the cooked food is also delicious. Try the miso cod and you'll dream about it! There's also a large selection of sake. When you leave Sumile, not only will you have had an incredible meal but you will be thrilled because you won't have spent a fortune. Can't beat it! Pros: Food, service Cons: None more

Great atmosphere anf food. Must have their saki 9/6/2008

The ambiance and food are both exquisite. Whenever I visit NY City I must eat here!! I highly recommend this restauraunt to those who want high quality sushi. more

best sushi for a reasonable price!! 7/24/2008

I went there last night with my friends and we were very happy of what we got. the food was amazing and so is the service. all the employees were so friendly and understanding. the decor is romantic and very cozy. and on top of that, two of the casts from Gossip Girl (Leighton Meester and Chace Crawford) was in the same restaurant. Pros: reasonable price, good food and attentive service Cons: none more

My romantic night... 4/3/2008

A perfect dinner for my date, I loved it! It was very romantic. Food, sake, ambiance, service, EVERYTHING is just perfect. Pros: great Cons: none more

Great Sushi in the Neighborhood 1/14/2008

This is such a wonderful restaurant I don't understand why it's not more popular. We've been a few times, and have been very impressed with the quality of the sushi. We've tried some of their other dishes that are also delicious. Each time we've gone we've gotten very good sake recommendations. Service is attentive but not intrusive. Prices are not unreasonable for a sushi restaurant. The decor is interesting, and the tables are not on top of each other. So why aren't there more customers? I hope that it starts doing better as I would hate to see it go. more

had the omakase. it was wonderful. the sushi... 9/18/2007

by KCC at Menuism Provided by Menuism
had the omakase. it was wonderful. the sushi technique of the chef is from the Edo period. therefore, it is... more

had the omakase. it was wonderful. the sushi... 9/18/2007

KCC Provided by Partner
had the omakase. it was wonderful. the sushi technique of the chef is from the Edo period. therefore, it is definitely different from other resta... more

Traditional and Playful 6/17/2007

What I have loved about my two visits to Sumile is the elegance and simplicity to the sushi combined with the fun, exotic and delicious appetizers and main courses. Their service is warm and inviting, and the dining room is not so big you feel lost in it. Comfortable chairs, combined service from the waitstaff, management and chef's make it a really welcoming experience as well. All the ingredients are seasonal and balanced in each dish. The food is unique and constantly changing. Lots of great ingredients, greenmarket sensibilities and a pork belly that is to die for. I can't think of a single other place in NYC, that really has so much fun with their food, while maintaining serious sushi tradition. The fish is amazing. Eat here! Pros: Food, wine, sake, service Cons: While not exactly cheap, it is worth the money. Every penny! more

good mix 6/17/2007

I ate at Sumile about a year ago and had a pretty good time. I decided to go again recently, because I knew that there had been a lot of changes. I knew that the chef had left and that they had also added a lot of sushi to the menu. I wanted to check out the restaurant again to see how things were. I have to say, I really had an amazing time! The food was absolutely awesome! I started with some sushi which was impecable..."west coast uni" soooo good! I also had a fried egg with pea greens and a smokey sauce that was delicious. My friend had sliced scallops with cabbage and Japanese citrus which was perfect for a hot summer day. For our entrees my friend had the pork. It was served with seasonal vegetables that the new chef got from the market that morning and pickled mustard seeds! I had the cod crusted with miso. I can't begin to tell you how delicious it was! I'm usually not a fish person, but this was awesome! Service was ok. It needs a little work, but the food makes up for it. We were pretty full by the end of the meal and decided to pass on dessert. The chef made sure to send us out a little something anyway. A strawberry sorbet with chocolate mousse and "shiso". Wow! I will definately eat here again, and I hope I can spread the news about this little gem! Pros: food and sushi Cons: service more

Soooooo friggin' good. 3/26/2007

So I'm pretty sure there've been some staffing in the changes as of late, so maybe this explains some of the less than glowing reviews from last year. But holy mother this place is awesome - and anyone saying otherwise is clearly in need of a taste-bud transplant. First of all, the sea urchin is the best I've had outside of Hokkaido. I had dreams about it for the next week. Second, they made - I kid you not - tempura foie gras for one of the courses on the tasting menu, and it was every bit as awesome and artery-clogging as it sounds. I can barely remember everything in the seemingly endless parade of outstanding dishes I had that night. A lot of fish (obviously) that was invariably cooked to a T, and then wrapping up with this knock-out duckbreast with a foie gras rice bowl....yeah, it was awesome. Oh, and the desserts were pretty killer too. You know those Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies? They made ice cream out of 'em. THINK ABOUT THAT. Oy, I think I'm going to go throw myself at the chefs and offer them my first born child. Pros: The food, the food, dear god the food... Cons: The song playlist was a little 1999 chick flicky for my taste... more

lackluster 12/14/2006

lackluster is the perfect word for this place. it's nothing special, despite how the wait staff tries to carry itself. the food is nicely presented, but taste average. the decor is just clean and minimal enough that there's nothing noticeable about it. the waiters are attentive, but with an air of condescension. for all its lacklusterness, there's one thing that stands out about this place--the prices on the menu (meaning, the prices are rather high for what the restaurant is selling). no wonder the place was so empty. everything else's ultimately forgettable, including the drinks. i don't think this place is even worth checking out. there's something slightly uncomfortable about being there that leaving it felt liberating. Pros: plenty of space, as no one comes here Cons: condescending waiters and average food more

Sublime Foodie Club 10/3/2006

Sumile came highly recommended as the one NYC restaurant we had to try. If your'e palette is ready the food will transport you to a higher plane! Pros: Foodies Only Cons: Foodies Only more

fabulous food 4/14/2006

fabulous food, but not for everyone. the tasting menu will allow you to appreciate the superb quality of the ingredients (fresh! fresh!) used here and the artful way in which complex flavors are balanced and blended. every dish i have ever had here has been masterful and remarkable. the caveat: dishes are small with a (heavily) exotic japanese slant. if you come ravenous you will leave less than sated. and if you don't like raw fish or appreciate traditional japanese flavors, you would be better served dining elsewhere. (the black sesme dice with raspberry dessert is lovely, TASTY and always on the changing menu) Pros: FRESH fish, divine food, beautiful space Cons: small plates, expensive for size more

Great Food 4/11/2006

I went with three friends. The menu is a little pricey. Each course costs a flat rate (ie. the entrees all cost the same amnt), but it was delicious. I had a chicken entree that was incredible. The texture didnt feel like chicken because it almost melted in my mouth and dessert was great too. I wouldnt reccomend the chamomile pudding (i think that's what it was), but the other desserts were good. The decor is modern and the lighting is intimate. The customers were all 20 and early 30 somethings. Definitely a good date spot but be prepared to spend around $90 for two people, if not more. Pros: great food, attentive servers, intimate ambience Cons: pricey more

My New Favorite Restaurant!! 2/5/2006

I went to Sumile this weekend with my boyfriend and I absolutely loved it! The restaurant was so cute and romantic and the food was delicious. The menu was japanese fusion and totally original. I had the pekin duck and it was fantastic. They also had a great drink list and yummy desserts! Plus our waiter was extremely friendly and knowledgable I'm definately going back. Its a great spot for dates... maybe Valentine's Day? Pros: ambiance, unique menu, attentive service more

The best meals of my life 11/7/2005

I've been here twice now, and everytime I leave thinking that I've just had the one of the best meals that I've ever eaten. The apple and wasabi custard, the gulf shrimp, sashimi and the oysters were all impressive. The bass over a corn puree and the hanger steak are both AMAZING. You can tell this place uses the best ingredients. It's a little pricey, but you absolutely get what you pay for. The tapioca tart was my least favorite dessert, but the panna cotta in lemon juice was just soooo good! I wish I could eat here every day! I'll definitely be back. Pros: Cozy atmosphere, Delicious food, Attentive service more

exquisite yet down to earth! 2/1/2005

I never go on this street to eat, so I would have never thought of going here if it was not for a friend's recommendation. I immediately loved the sophisticated yet down to earth atmosphere. It's definitely zen defined by New York City. The food was amazing from the start, with our salads. The greens literally tasted like they just got picked from the ground and the vinaigrettes were like nothing we've ever tasted. My salmon came perfectly seared and my friend's cod was amazing as well. The service was attentive enough w/o being overbearing, which is always a buzzkill. The food here speaks for the restaurant-beautiful, delicious, effortless, chic, yet approachable. Highly recommended!!! more

wow! 1/20/2005

A few of us went the other night for cocktails (half price!) and ended up staying for dinnerso happy we did. The food was like nothing Ive ever hadIve been to a ton of fusion places in the city (cant help it these days!?), but nothing even compares to Sumile. The crab was absolutely amazing and perfectly balanced and the cod so well cooked, it melted in my mouth. We were all very happy with our meals and look forward to returning soon. Pros: food, service, ambience more
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