Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill is kind of a ridiculous concept on paper - a Frankenstein fusion of Blue Ribbon Brasserie and Blue Ribbon Sushi in a hotel lobby. We're huge fans of the Blue Ribbon brand, especially the brasserie and sushi outposts. We're not huge fans of Midtown, especially Midtown hotel restaurants. How is this going to work exactly? Believe it or not, pretty well. The sushi at this Blue Ribbon is excellent (as it should be), and they put some delicious tweaks on a few brasserie classics that will blow you away (see, fried chicken with wasabi honey). This place is, however, insanely expensive. So expensive that we don't recommend coming unless you're dropping a corporate card or rolling with someone that's so rich they eat Faberge eggs for breakfast. The service can also be a bit clumsy, and we don't exactly love the clientele. The crowd is usually some combination of old guys with young girls, executives having dinner meetings, and John Popper. Seriously, we sat next to John Popper when we ate here last, and had a front row seat as he threw some awkward rock star game. Unfortunately, no harmonicas were present.
Amberjack sashimi with yuzu pepper. This is in the yellowtail family, and is ridiculously good. The yuzu adds a bit of a kick, and has a little citrus to it, which makes for a tasty appetizer.
Blue crab rolls wrapped in cucumber and drenched in a ponzu sauce. We recently had a waiter highly recommend these, but they're not all that. Tasty for sure, but save the dollars for something else.Oxtail Fried Rice
This might be the greatest fried rice on earth. It's a good sized serving of oxtail fried rice with an omelet on top. Inside the omelet? Bone marrow. An absolute must order.Yaki Hama
Baked clams in miso butter. These are amazing, but you'll wish that there were more than four on the plate, and you'll wish they weren't four bucks each.Smoked Pork Belly Kushi Yaki
Like the fried rice, this is a good sized serving (rare for this place), and is another must order. Basically a pot of pulled pork served with rice and hot sauce. Get it.Fried Chicken "Blue Ribbon Style"
Very similar to the signature Blue Ribbon Brasserie version, but with wasabi added to the honey. The chicken is perfect, and the honey has a strong wasabi kick that makes it even better. This is outrageously good.