‘Twas the night before the night before Christmas and the city was stirring about…craving some Sushi decided to try Zuma out…First off, Zuma is a Stunningly beautiful restaurant with a staff and crowd to match. I would put it up there as one of NYC’s best looking.

Their Japanese fusion menu offers both the raw and the cooked and I sampled from both. My bud and I started at the bar where I ordered a Rubabu a spin on a Saketini with Vodka and Rubarb infused Sake with a splash of passion fruit and lemon juices. It was tart and tasty vs sweet, though petite in a coup glass. We ordered some Rock Shrimp Tempura with lime and chili mayo and an order of Edamame at the bar but decided to grab a seat at the communal table. Of note, they have a process in place to move your bar tab to your table.

While eating the lightly perfectly fried Rock Shrimp we chose from the Sushi menu the Spider Roll which adds chili and tobiko wasabi to the soft shell crab and the Spicy Yellowtail with wasabi mayo and Serrano pepper. From the cooked we went with the Baby Back Ribs and the Chicken Robata.

The Sushi rolls were delicious, the Robata good, but the glazed and topped with cashew and scallion baby backs were my favorite dish of the meal. Of note, this is the sister restaurant to the original in London…I mention this because the prices and portion reflect that city more than ours(read a bit pricy for the portions).

While service was very good, oddly enough the Edamame never made it to the table, though when I pointed it out was removed from the tab immediately. While you can very easily really run up a rather large tab here, you can just as easily keep it reasonable, sample a number of items from the menu and leave well sated if not full.


ZUMA is located at 261 Madison Avenue


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