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Donguri Restaurant

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309 East 83rd Street, New York City, NY 10028
212-737-5656
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9:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Your palate will be very pleased and pampered

Last night was the third time in two months. Current ownership is the third as long as my family and I have been coming here over the years. It reopened recently. It is a very small place (20 seats?) but it made a big impression of my palate. Menu has a nice variety of raw and cooked dishes... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 18, 2015
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New York City, New York
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English first
New York City, New York
2 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We came to dine in on a weeknight. The restaurant was half empty, but the waiter and chef decided that we cannot be seated with a child, regardless of the fact that we have dined there with a child before. Inconsistent and very rude. Would never recommend to anyone.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Last night was the third time in two months. Current ownership is the third as long as my family and I have been coming here over the years. It reopened recently. It is a very small place (20 seats?) but it made a big impression of my palate. Menu has a nice variety of raw and cooked dishes. Every one... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Excellent Japanese cuisine. This is not a sushi bar. Tiny, unassuming spot. maybe 6 tables. entered on a Sunday night to a full rom. very warm greeting. We had sashimi. Maybe the best ever. My daughter had toured Japan with her aunt on a foodie trip an she said this was as good as anything in Japan. My main was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

Stumbled upon Donguri in our never ending quest for wonderful sashimi that won't break the bank. While not inexpensive, this restaurant has exceptional and unusual sashimi at prices less than other top Japanese restaurants. Bluefin tuna, uni, giant clam and more on the special sashimi for two (30 pieces). A delightful composed salad of lobster, uni and asparagus. Sweet corn... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

this restaurant is small and unassuming, no table cloths and mismatched chairs, and it is one of the best restaurants on the upper east side. daily specials are fresh and delicately prepared, and the presentation is nothing short of spectacular. each dish made with love and attention to detail. We tried the lobster, sea urchin over shaved tomatoes and asparagus.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We have been going to Donguri for about ten years, generally for special occasions as it is quite expensive (but definitely worth the money). The transition a few years ago, from the founders (Shuji & Michiko, who returned to Japan where they opened another Donguri) to the present owners, was more or less seamless and the new owners have stayed... More 

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New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

The food is authentic and sublime. I ate perhaps the best eggplant I've ever had - nice and smoky in a rich sesame sauce. The squid was juicy and divine. The kurobuta pork was fatty but flavorful. The service is thoughtful, and my glass was constantly being filled. The only drawback is the small space and rather plain surroundings. But... More 

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Provincetown, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

Donguri Restaurant is located at 83rd and 2nd Avenue UES. Donguri is simply a MUST visit, whether you live in or near Manhattan, or are traveling to the city. If you have only one restaurant choice to make, make it Donguri. We started with Hamachi (yellow tail) sashimi. The dish arrived on a bed of shaved ice, delicately decorated with... More 

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Larchmont, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

My wife and I keep coming back to this all time favorite. It is unlike any other Japanese restaurant we've ever been to: no sushi, but a selection of diverse and delicious options. We loved the sea bas cooked to perfection in an amazing broth, served with mushrooms, rice and vegetables. The sea food risotto was excellent. The appetizers were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2008

great small dishes, love the corn tempura

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 309 East 83rd Street, New York City, NY 10028
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighborhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: 212-737-5656

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese
Open Hours
Monday
9:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Tuesday
9:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Wednesday
9:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Thursday
9:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Friday
9:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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