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Tenzan

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285 Columbus Ave, New York City, NY 10023
+1 212-580-7300
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11:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
Description: Owner Leo Lin first brought his passion for Japanese cuisine to New York...
Owner Leo Lin first brought his passion for Japanese cuisine to New York after spending many years running a fish market. Over 12 years later, Tenzan continues to provide customers with quality Japanese dining at affordable prices. Tenzan prides itself in offering only the freshest quality raw fish items to its customers. The restaurant receives fresh fish deliveries every day of the week (including Sundays) and always ensures that the staff handles preparation with the utmost care. The restaurant's commitment to customer satisfaction is made apparent not only through its extensive menu selection, but by an equally enthusiastic staff. Tenzan is served by a line of professionally trained sushi-chefs in addition to an attentive kitchen well-versed in the art of Japanese cooking. Menu items span from traditional Japanese meals, such as Negimaki, Sukiyaki, and noodle specials, to the more intricate specialty sushi and sashimi rolls, including such menu items as the double taste roll, the dancing eel roll, and rainbow rolls, in addition to weekly specials. The restaurant can accommodate large parties, whether you're looking to hold a corporate event or celebrate a special occasions. We look forward to welcoming you to Tenzan.
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  • 16
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 11
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  • 5
    Poor
  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great Japanese restaurant

We had a great dinner in this restaurant. The price was right, excellent service and delicious food. What more do you want!

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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Antwerp, Belgium
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Antwerp, Belgium
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We had a great dinner in this restaurant. The price was right, excellent service and delicious food. What more do you want!

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Floral Park, New York
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148 reviews 148 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This is an attractive upper West side restaurant within walking distance of Lincoln Center. There is a large, attractive bar and good seating. Our cooked food was good with larger than average portions. Our friend's sushi was beautifully arranged and he enjoyed it as we enjoyed ours. The waiter seemed confused by our friend's request for a

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Leo L, Owner at Tenzan, responded to this review

Thanks so much! I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed the food. However, it seems as though your review got cut short. If you have any other feedback, don't hesitate to write to us again. Many thanks, Leo, Owner More 

New York City, New York
Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Tenzan is a top choice for fresh sushi on the UWS. There are 2 rooms on the main floor and an upstairs room, providing plenty of tables. Tenzan also has outdoor dining once the weather turns warm.

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Leo L, Owner at Tenzan, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to review! I hope to see you again soon. Best, Leo, Owner More 

Coral Gables, Florida
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is a really nice neighborhood restaurant in the Upper West Side. My daughter who lives in the neighborhood had been there before and took us because she knew we would like it. She was right! The menu has a variety of rolls that you can pick from and the one's I choose were of good quality and tasted wonderful.... More 

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Leo L, Owner at Tenzan, responded to this review

I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed it. Thanks so much for taking the time to review. The next time you're in town to visit your daughter, we'd love to see you! Thanks so much, Leo, Owner More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We where in New York last May and stayed at a friends apartment. He recommended this Japanese place around the corner for a quick, nice meal. We ended up going there twice! Once for dinner and then for lunch. On both occasions the food was excellent. I couldn't believe how much sushi you got, especially after getting the tab! Really... More 

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Leo L, Owner at Tenzan, responded to this review

Wow! Thanks so much for visiting us for dinner and lunch during your travels. It's great to hear how much you liked the sushi. If you ever visit New York again, we'd love to see you! Many thanks, Leo, Owner More 

New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I discovered Tenzan when I was living on the Upper East Side and their location on 2nd Ave and 89th street quickly became my go-to sushi place. I went there on dates, took out-of-towners, and regularly got takeout and it was always excellent quality sushi with really creative specialty rolls. I discovered that they had other locations so I brought... More 

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Leo L, Owner at Tenzan, responded to this review

Tracy, I'm glad you discovered our other locations, and that you were equally pleased with all of them. Thanks for the compliments on our food and service, and I hope to see you back again soon! Until then, Leo, Owner More 

New York City, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I eat here once a week. The rolls are larger than most places. The quality is very decent. The value for is amazing. It's hard to say a bad thing about this neighborhood, go-to spot. Not the greatest date spot but casual and comfortable. Staff is very attentive, have never had an issue.

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Leo L, Owner at Tenzan, responded to this review

Greg, coming from a local, this review is especially appreciated. I'm glad you love our restaurant enough to make it your go-to spot. Hope to see you soon for another roll! Best, Leo, Owner More 

Iowa City, Iowa
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 via mobile

I was excited to find this restaurant on trip advisor. Affordable, decent reviews, and an easy walk from my hotel. I went on a Monday evening and was seated immediately at a nice outdoor table. There were also seats available inside offered. The seating area was nice and well spaced. A waiter appeared immediately with water and took my drink... More 

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Leo L, Owner at Tenzan, responded to this review

I'm sorry to read about your disappointment in your meal here. We want your service to be top-notch, so I apologize that you were never asked about your food, especially since you weren't crazy about it. It looks like you caught us on an off-night, because that doesn't sound like our service. Still, your rolls should've been on-point. We like... More 

Livingston, New Jersey
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Had a Sunday night dinner enjoying the outdoor seating at Tenzan. The food was good, although the salmon sushi pieces were cut too thick for my liking. Not able to review the decor since only ate outside. Something was missing from this restaurant. The service was okay, nothing special. The green salad with ginger dressing was standard. I would say... More 

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Leo L, Owner at Tenzan, responded to this review

Amy, while I'm happy you enjoyed the outdoor seating here, it's a shame that you weren't blown away by our food. You mentioned that the ginger salad dressing was standard, but if you're willing to give us another shot, our servers would be happy to chat with you to find a dish that'll really knock your socks off. What do... More 

New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We love going to Tenzan but here are a few of the top reasons you should consider it: 1. It's a great local restaurant on the UWS where the staff know the neighbors. 2. The sushi is plentiful and fresh and they have a great variety from which to choose. 3. The bar is wonderful and Renata and Joanne (the... More 

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Leo L, Owner at Tenzan, responded to this review

Coming from such a loyal customer, this review is especially appreciated, Tim! Thank you for taking the time to reach out and leave such positive feedback. It's great to read you enjoy everything from the sushi to the bar (I'll be sure to pass the compliments along to Renata and Joanne!). The next time you're craving some beers and a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 285 Columbus Ave, New York City, NY 10023
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
  • Neighborhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-580-7300

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 40
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

Description

Owner Leo Lin first brought his passion for Japanese cuisine to New York after spending many years running a fish market. Over 12 years later, Tenzan continues to provide customers with quality Japanese dining at affordable prices. Tenzan prides itself in offering only the freshest quality raw fish items to its customers. The restaurant receives fresh fish deliveries every day of the week (including Sundays) and always ensures that the staff handles preparation with the utmost care. The restaurant's commitment to customer satisfaction is made apparent not only through its extensive menu selection, but by an equally enthusiastic staff. Tenzan is served by a line of professionally trained sushi-chefs in addition to an attentive kitchen well-versed in the art of Japanese cooking. Menu items span from traditional Japanese meals, such as Negimaki, Sukiyaki, and noodle specials, to the more intricate specialty sushi and sashimi rolls, including such menu items as the double taste roll, the dancing eel roll, and rainbow rolls, in addition to weekly specials. The restaurant can accommodate large parties, whether you're looking to hold a corporate event or celebrate a special occasions. We look forward to welcoming you to Tenzan.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm

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