Sushi Kaito was a top notch Japanese dining experience. It’s intimate atmosphere was quite friendly and the waitstaff and chefs were total professionals as well as friendly and approachable. A neighborhood gem as well as a destination for the truly discerning diner who wants a top notch sushi experience without stuffy formality. The small sushi bar is the perfect complement to the preparation of world class fish in the Japanese tradition.
What a special place. The service was extremely accommodating, both with my time restraints and with my preferences. The sushi was impeccable. I can't wait to enjoy another special meal at Sushi Kaito.
Amazing ! Best sushi dinner I ever had ! Just go !
ONE OF THE BEST OMAKASE EXPERIENCES IN NYC! The fish was delicious and the chef was so great.
Service was stellar. Our chef was attentive to explaining everything he prepared and all the pieces of sushi were excellent
Amazing omekase experience. We've been to several in the city and this one was one of our favorites. The staples (fatty Toro, salmon, etc) were all extremely tasty and there were several very unique options that I've never had before like baby squid. Scallop was not seared and done exquisitely with charcoal salt top. Sea bream was one of my favorite. Highly recommend.
Food was fine, fish seemed fresh, we had the $120 menu. Very friendly and attentive service. I would not compare this to Uchu, Yasuda, Kuruma or other temples of sushi, and I will forever miss 15 East (under Masa) but as a neighborhood omakase joint it's a good choice.
Was perfectly adequate sushi but not for an omakase at the price point they charge. Fish quality and preparation were not premium omakase caliber. Sushi bar was cramped and uncomfortable. Would be fine for takeout.
Sushi Kaito was an amazing culinary experience. Sitting at the sushi bar watching the head chef lovingly and artistically prepare each sushi one by one for our omakase was incredible. The fish was extremely fresh and well prepared. The service was outstanding and it was a true japanese experience.
Would recommend in a heartbeat. This very quiet place is a hidden gem.
I already made another reservation.
Very good for the price in NYC. Fresh.
It’s good but not great, many more goos restaurants in NYC with the same price range.
Amazing! Great sushi, fabulous service, incredible value for the quality.
Sushi Kaito stand shoulder to shoulder with the other great Japanese restaurants in New York, giving away nothing except widespread recognition. The fish is the freshest, the menu is varied, well paced, and exciting, and the presentation is flawless. What a treasure for the Upper Westside!
Can you give six stars? Omakase from people who understand it. Spectacular fish. Exceptional knife work (not flashy, just good). Attentive service. Not cheap (omakase never is) but in the NYC context, fair. And the chefs and the wait staff are accommodating, nice, and skilled.
Chef Kei was amazing and I would highly recommend this Omakase for diners who enjoy fresh fish from Japan and no crazy toppings to hide any imperfections with the fish. I enjoyed the dinner very much and I will be back for another Omakase!
Bring cash to tip your chef! They don't allow tipping on cards. Unfortunately we weren't aware and were not as prepared as we'd like. I recommend the restaurant note that ahead of time in reservation confirmations (just as they note the cancellation fee without enough notice). Amazing food and service.
This is my favorite sushi restaurant in NYC. Be sure to make a reservation in advance.
My first time at Sushi Kaito was a thrill. We sat at the end of the bar on Valentine's Day. The food, service and environment were interesting and flawless.
This place is fantastic. You have to give over your brain to the Sushi chef because it is only Omakase. They choose what you eat. With that in mind, everything was wonderful. Uni, Baracuda, Brook Trout Row, Scallop, Ebi, Toro, Saba and more. To let you know, the bill will say that the staff is well compensated, so you can’t tip with a card. You can leave cash for the Sushi chef, however. LOVE this place.
The service was great. Everyone was very courteous and attentive. However, the sushi quality was disappointing, mainly because of the rice having varying temperatures. There were times when the rice was too warm so it ruined the taste of the fish. The rice was also under flavored. It was overworked so it made the grains of rice very sticky. I will say that the quality of the fish was great but when you take into consideration the nigiri as a whole, it missed the bar by far. Overall we were disappointed in the food for the price point.
Great experience. Went midweek so not too busy. Omakase chef was very friendly. Had some very unique courses compared with other Omakase spots! Nice Saki pairings as well. Small, but overall superb.
Authentic Japanese sushi experience - it was like we were transported to Tokyo for the evening - amazing quality and service - will return (many times).
Lovely and delicious exceptional sushi with true Harmony and delicacy of flavors and textures.
Chef/Master Kei truly attains perfection in his assemblies.
Zen-like balance and pace, so contemplate each course.
Outstanding service and food!
I had an amazing experience here. I ordered the 16pc omakase which came with a sashimi starter and a miso soup. The quality of the fish was excellent, some of the best saba I've ever had. They cure their own ikura in sake and soy sauce and it was incredible. The price-quality ratio is unheard of, a similar meal at most other places would've cost between 160-200 where as it was only $120 with tip included. I will most definitely be back soon!
Authentic, straight forward. Meticulous preparation of each item. Understated Tokyo-level service quality. The combinations of different fish and seasoning reflect their thoughtfulness and authenticity. Chef prep as good as it gets.
We took a friend. He said he could never eat sushi anywhere else.
Solid sushi joint. Very good value. Very small space so if you arrive early, you may neeed to wait outside as there is no waiting space.
We had a great meal. Sushi chef who took care of us was very accommodating...asks your likes and dislikes and will adjust what is served accordingly. Our chef had a sense of humor which was nice as it made for a friendly meal. I am not such a sushi lover but really enjoyed the meal...will be back!
My wife and I went last weekend. She had a handful of dietary restrictions and I was concerned how it would go. The chef prepared a slew of options that looked (and from what I was told) tasted amazing. The service and the experience were impeccable as was the food which was unbelievably fresh and delicious. I highly recommend this unique and special restaurant.
Excellent experience for sushi lovers. Quality fish creatively presented. If you love sushi and are on the upper west side, it's a must.
Amazing experience ! Definitely a special occasion meal
The sushi was absolutely incredible. Each piece was carefully and expertly handled. Service was very attentive and felt like we were treated very well. The 16 piece omakase was the perfect amount and had a very well rounded selection. The counterside seating is tight but not cramped. The selection ranged from familiar items like sweet shrimp to fish I've never heard of like gold eye. The drink prices are reasonable. It is the best sushi I've had.
I’ve been here twice already and wanted to take some friends from out of town for good sushi. They did not disappoint! Service was great and the sushi was delicious. It was my friend’s birthday as well and he got an extra piece for his birthday which was a nice touch. Highly recommend coming. It’s small and cozy.
This is the best sushi I ever ate. Third time I have been, once each now also with my from out-of-town sons, who are also blown away.
We had our own chef and it was a wonderful experience! We will be back
Overall the omakase was good for its price, and you’d get well-prepared and delightful pieces such as madai, shima aji, Arctic char, and nishin with a wonderful texture. But their rice is on the weaker side and at times the chef messes up the balance between the rice, the fish, and the wasabi so you end up with a mediocre piece even though the quality of the fish itself is pretty good. Would not recommend if you’re looking for top notch sushi.
Great Omakase experience