6 East 32nd St. [32nd btw Madison & 5th]
New York, NY
Should you try? Stick to non-buffet restaurants in the city
Buffets, particularly sushi buffets, ALWAYS sound like the best idea ever. That is until you finish your 6th plate of food, and you immediately regret your gluttonous moment. Buffets are probably the last thing you think of when you think of dining out in the city, but Ichi Umi provides a mix of sushi as well as Chinese, Korean and Japanese food. It comes out to around $30 for dinner, which is average for the city.
I’ve been to Ichi Umi several times, and I was impressed at first. They do offer a lot of sushi options, as well as crab legs, oysters, ramen and warm Chinese, Japanese and Korean food. What’s not to like?
But my main gripe with Ichi Umi is their inconsistency. There have been times where the warm food was better than the sushi, then other times when the latter was better. The last time I went, I left thinking the quality of the food has gone down. This isn’t to say the food is terrible, but for $30 you can get a better meal in the city.