Ride the conveyor belt of life at East Japanese Restaurant NYC!



I so wanted to jump up on the conveyor belt and ride around for a few spins. Definitely a fun way to eat sushi, but be aware that the cost can pile up! If you’re anything like me just a few plates won’t do. As each plate moves along a conveyor belt you grab what you want. Each selection is priced according to dish color. After around five plates and a soda I realized I was hitting the $15 mark. Did I stop? Hell no! Pile on those plates of tasty fish. East Japanese Restaurant over in the Kips Bay section of NYC is one of the spots I hit up for an occasional meal during my work lunch break.

This is a solid place to get affordable eats. The sushi is fresh and I am able to sit close to the kitchen and watch them prepare then place the plates on the belt. Watching the food roll by is kind of mesmerizing. Service is pretty much non-existent as it is more like a do-it-yourself deal, which is fine by me when sitting up by the sushi belt counter. Staff will come by to bring you something to drink and remove all the plate covers piling up. There are charts in front of you listing the prices for each color plate. Usually in the $1.75 – $6.00 range. So when the plates pile up be sure to keep a tab on how much it all adds up to. There is a chef hanging out in the middle that can also make rolls on request if you want something different. Be nice and make friends. He is handling your food!

l (1)Each day seems to have different specials too – especially on Monday to Wednesday. Check the menu on the door when you walk in. A solid 3.5 stars. Not super high quality stuff, but decent enough to have an enjoyable yet quirky sushi meal. Many different sushi combinations here, along with a full menu of other items such as bento box, soups, noodles, sashimi, and more. There is just something fun about grabbing your food before it passes you by. It’s like fishing, but way easier. Oh, and there is a full bar here in case you want some saki, or a three martini lunch to go with your sushi. Good luck getting back to work on time!



East Japanese Restaurant on Urbanspoon

36 thoughts on “Ride the conveyor belt of life at East Japanese Restaurant NYC!”

  1. So how many fingers touch, poke, swipe your plate before it reaches you? What if you reach for something, then decide you’d rather not have it – do you put it back? How do they keep things sanitary?

    Sounds interesting, but kind of weird at the same time. I guess if you’re enjoying the fish with a martini or two you really don’t care that much.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt
    Patricia recently posted…Beer and BrothelsMy Profile

    1. At the end of the day, $$ puts me back to trying to make Asian dishes myself. Neither Cimmy or I have mastered sushi– it’s an art– but I think I’ve decently figured out phõ. Okonomiyaki was a disaster. We live in the Columbia Basin– apparently, the Bay Area of Seattle is the only place to get okonomiyaki in the state.
      jaklumen recently posted…Beginnings…My Profile

  2. Now I am seriously homesick for Japan. Sushi was my all time favourite. Everyone thinks that Japan is so expensive, but the conveyor places we would go to, averaged 99 cents a plate. And then, (I’ve had a some wine here) there is this one place called “The Sushi Nazi” If you didn’t eat fast enough, they would charge you six plates anyway. And then, in “Old Tokyo” we went to a tiny, at most, 6 seater sushi place. In my broken Japanese I asked how much food for 20 yen. The owner told me when he decided I had enough. Awesome.

  3. It sounds like a great, although dangerous place to go – stomach and wallet wise 🙂 Mind you fish is generally a healthy thing so I don’t think you can go far wrong losing time here.

    Someone recently asked me where I wanted to go to eat on Friday night, why Japanese of course 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge