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“The best sushi we've ever had”
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Ranked #547 of 5,494 Restaurants in Brooklyn
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Japanese
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Between Wythe and Kent
Transit: 10 min walk from Bedford Avenue station on the L, or Marcy Avenue station on J/M/Z. Also, it is right across Williamsburg Bridge if you are coming from Manhattan, so a very short taxi ride from downtown.
Description: The cuisine at 1 OR 8 is a reflection of the chefs' and owner's eclectic food experience growing up in Japan, where traditional dishes coexist with those originating from around the world often transformed with a Japanese touch. 1 OR 8 takes this approach, sometimes playfully pushing the envelope and experimenting with ingredients or techniques but always with a Japanese sensibility at heart. The open kitchen and sushi bar lets you see the preparation of the dishes, cooked or raw. Seasonal fish flown in from Japan are available daily. 1 OR 8 is a casual dining establishment proud of providing exceptional quality and execution in its adventurous offerings. Online reservation is for tables only. For reservation of seats at the sushi counter, please call the restaurant.
Reviewed September 21, 2013

It's an easy place to pass without a second thought. From the street, one only sees the small bar area, and with the name "1 or 8" being less than descriptive, I'm sure that many make the conclusion that what they see is all there is. Nothing could be further from the truth! Down a hallway, and tucked behind the bar area is a large, if not spartanly decorated dining area. With white on white coloring, the restaurant has a minimalist approach in its decorating; almost as if they are trying to make the statement "Let our food speak for itself". After all, how often does someone eat out for the decor?

The service staff was extremely attentive without being bothersome. Staff whisked in to clear plates and silver between courses, fill water glasses, and even wipe the table to ensure that it was gleaming white at all times. Specials were professionally presented by our server, and the overall timing of the service was perfect. We had plenty of time to enjoy our cocktails, wine, and each course before the next arrived.

The wine menu was impressive, and the cocktails we ordered were well mixed. We enjoyed several courses of food, and were most impressed with their sushi, shrimp dumplings, and special of the evening, kobe beef. The presentations were all neat and minimal, without fluff and flair that often stands to compensate for lack of general flavor. This place knows that they have amazing food, and they don't let anything detract from it.

We had a fantastic meal here, and we are thankful that it came recommended. Had it not, we would never have made the journey to Brooklyn to search it out. It's unique, and worthy of anything one could find in Manhattan. Again, don't let the modernest/hole in the wall decor fool you; you're eating there for the food, and the service. Enjoy!

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Reviewed June 16, 2013

This super-hot Japanese restaurant was voted "Best New Restaurant 2012" in Brooklyn and it's easy to see why: The food is fresh, creative and well presented; The service is attentive and without attitude; The decor is, um, ODD - Industrial white on white on white - but spacious and comfortable nonetheless.

Our party enjoyed the duck pastrami, parsnip soup, burdock root appetizer, and omakase sashimi. There is a wine list which covers all the bases and is well-priced. As a vegetarian, I especially enjoyed the vegetable sushi platter which featured 7 different pieces plus a roll - fantastically inventive, there was a ratatouille piece, some tempura pieces, and a roll with many different slivered vegetables.

The restaurant put together a wonderful dessert platter in honor of our special occasion, which featured 3 different sorbets (including black sesame - a standout); a fig cake, a chocolate cake, and a soy flan.

The omakase is pricey, but everything else was quite reasonable. We thought it was a wonderful experience and recommend.

TIP: Reservations, especially on the weekend - this place is happening!

TIP: Platters are chef's choice, but they will substitute for dietary or allergy.

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Thank nydolly
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Reviewed April 22, 2013 via mobile

Tucked away on a Williamsburg side street is 1 or 8. This is a silly name for an excellent Japanese Restuarant. Strong sushi together with excellent options across the menu - duck two ways is a treat - make for a great dining experience. Weird white box decor but lots of room for each table and very nice service too. Our party of 4 had a great time and may one day venture across the East River once again.

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Reviewed June 6, 2012

I'm a vegetarian married to a devout sushi snob. I've been to more than my fair share of Japanese restaurants and can be quite content with a simple avocado roll and a nice miso soup. Imagine my shock and awe when I found a complete vegetable sushi plate on the menu here- What a treat!! How much fun was it listening to the waiter point out my different veggies just like he names my husband's fishies?! They left me no choice but to take a picture to post for my fellow vegetarians. As amazing as this plate was, I actually enjoyed the Vege-Ten 1 or 8 roll even better! The sauce was incredible. What a unique and exciting experience to actually have choices- and I have a feeling that none of them could disappoint . . .
And yes, the sushi snob husband was impressed as well :)

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Thank NYCPandora
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Reviewed May 18, 2012

Well, technically, it could have been a little better. The food was perfect, and the bottle of French champagne was affordable and an excellent accompaniment. The waitress was very professional. Main distraction was the noise, which moderated as the evening wore on and tables emptied out. In any case, I'd go back. Interestingly, five years ago, I wouldn't have imagined such a big an stylish restaurant in Williamsburg; the neighborhood sure is coming up fast!

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Thank abecedarius
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