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“Highly enjoyable!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Rosanjin - CLOSED

Rosanjin
Price range: $50 - $50
Cuisines: Sushi, Asian, Japanese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: TriBeCa
Cross street: Between Church Street and West Broadway
Transit: 1, 2, 3, A, C & E Trains to Chambers Street
New York City, New York
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116 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Highly enjoyable!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2014

The meal was fantastic, we had the 9 course dinner, which absolutely lived up to the top billing. Each course was unique and arranged beautifully as well as tasted fantastic. The service and presentation also played a large role.

The only cons would be the atmosphere felt like any other city sushi spot and while we enjoyed the meal it was a little like eating at the library. Definitely not a romantic spot. Very traditional Japanese setup.

Either way, if you want a great experience eating really good Japanese food, this is a spot I would recommend.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank bimmerny
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34 reviews from our community

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Malaysia
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120 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
“Overpriced with poor service”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2014

There is no doubt that the food was good and presentation was excellent but the atmosphere was too quiet and price exorbitant even for a Michelin starred establishment. The service was also very poor, the explanation of the dishes were done in such a haste that we hardly knew what the waitress was saying before she rushed off to attend to other more important matters. They were also not interested in arranging transportation for us back to our hotel and had the audacity to highlight that service fee was not included in the bill upon our departure when it was clear that I had no intention to tip for non-existent service. Very expensive lesson for us.

  • Visited May 2014
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2 Thank davidkwchong
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Louisville, Kentucky
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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Worth every penny.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is an excellent American-style version of the traditional Japanese kaiseki. Location can be a little hard to find at first - it looks like a dark storefront on a street in TriBeCa. You have to look twice to make sure it's actually open. They also request reservations in advance of your meal, so don't expect to walk in off the street and dine here, and they offer several levels of meal ($80 per person, $120, $150, and $200; for the $150 and $200 they request advance notification and a credit card to hold the deposit). You may also order sake/beverage pairings, or from a fairly extensive list of sake, wine, and Japanese beers.

The menu is not printed and changes daily, so each course will be a surprise. Presentation of the dishes is absolutely divine in classical Japanese understated, meticulous form. For the $150 per person, we got an appetizer of chrysanthemum leaf with mushrooms and caviar sprinkled with salmon roe, an assorted appetizer of various amuses-bouches (seared beef, king crab, tomato and asparagus, mackerel sushi, herring roe), assorted sashimi (including a delicious yellow tail and sea bass), miso soup with fish cake, a sushi course (the sea urchin was particularly memorable), a grilled fish (kamasu), an assortment of tempura (shrimp, mushroom, sweet potato), and then the highlight of the meal for me - the traditional hot pot. A bowl of boiling white miso over a candle to keep it heated, into which you dip the ingredients to cook. In a Spanish-Japanese fusion, the main ingredient was a delectable thinly sliced Iberico pork, included along with grilled scallion, enoki mushrooms, and more chrysanthemum leaves. Then rice cooked with fish, mushroom, and carrot. For dessert, we got strawberry and green tea mochi ice creams along with small slices of baked cheesecake and roasted green tea. All told came to around $400 with two Japanese beers each for two people, and I consider it money well-spent. The service was outstanding and attentive without hovering. It's also worth noting the bathroom has an authentic Japanese toilet, which if you've never used one...be prepared for a treat. :)

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank TFUltimate
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Incredibly overrated”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

The rating has nothing to do with the quality of the food (excellent) or service (fantastic) but frankly, the price for having what was a good, but not life-changing meal.

My wife and I didn't order anything spectacular, two of their 5 course meals and a relatively inexpensive bottle of sake. Nonetheless the bill came out to $400. That's a bit much, regardless of the quality for food. And I understand that this complaint could equally apply to any Michelin star restaurant, which seems to simply justify exorbitant prices for meals (thereby pricing out 90% of society). But it would be unfair to review the quality of the restaurant strictly on the taste of the meal and not on the value I'm getting for each dollar. Rosanjin is good. But I don't think its the best Japanese food I've ever had and I'm fairly confident I could get similar quality for a much cheaper price. In my book, that cost ratio is what brings this Michelin star restaurant down to 3 Yelp stars.

  • Visited November 2012
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1 Thank SFTraveler27188633
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connecticut
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55 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“A Japanese banquet beyond belief!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

I knew what the kaseiki style of Japanese cuisine involved, but I still was amazed at the presentation and variety of tastes, and preparation that we experienced. A little overpriced, but well worth a visit, if you are a foodie! An amazing selection of sakis as well.

Visited March 2013
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