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285 Columbus Ave, New York City, NY 10023-2303
+1 212-580-7300
11:30 - 23:30
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are local foodies, & Tenzan is our 'go-to' UWS local sushi joint. Whether take-out, delivery, or eating at the restaurant inside or out on the sidewalk, Tenzan is consistently tasty, with a great variety of creative and traditional sushi, along with other typical menu choices.

Thank Lori M
Leo L, Owner at Tenzan, responded to this review

Lori, we're glad to be your go-to sushi place! Thanks so much for all the love, and hopefully, we'll catch you around soon. Till then, please take care! Best, Leo, Owner More 

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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Nice place to relax after a couple hours in the park and shopping for lunch. Good lunch menu options including sushi plates and katsu for the kids. Delicious matcha iced tea and very reasonably priced. Would recommend.

Thank Morakot
Leo L, Owner at Tenzan, responded to this review

Morakot, glad you're such a fan of our sushi, katsu, and iced tea! We loved hosting you, and hopefully, we'll get another chance like this in the future after you get done shopping. Till then, please take care! Best, Leo, Owner More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

You don't need to go out of your way to come here but it's tasty and has great lunch specials. Skip the appetizers, the eel is yum and the miso is super tasty!

Thank Nikki D
Leo L, Owner at Tenzan, responded to this review

Nikki, glad you're a fan of our lunch specials and eel. Hopefully, the next time you're craving something tasty, you'll come through. We'd love to host you again and whip you up some miso soup. Till then! Take care, Leo, Owner More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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345 reviews
264 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Happened upon Tenzan while walking down Columbus and thought I would take a chance. Good move! They have a delicious $13.95 lunch special that includes soup, salad, sushi, egg roll, shumai, and an entree like chicken teriyaki. All of it is very good and I have yet to be able to finish everything. You get more than your money's worth... More 

Thank DuffyNC
Leo L, Owner at Tenzan, responded to this review

I'm delighted you dropped by and had lunch at Tenzan! It's awesome your chicken teriyaki entree hit the spot, and it's even cooler you had somethiing to snack on as leftovers, too. Hopefully, you'll drop on by for lucnh soon -- we'd love to see you again. Take care, Leo, Owner More 

Marlborough, Connecticut
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62 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Super delicious sushi! Try the eel don and the Uni which was super fresh. The staff is great and I will come here again!

Thank RRegina59
Leo L, Owner at Tenzan, responded to this review

Regina, thanks so much for the props to our sushi! I'm delighted you're a fan of our eel don and uni. Your kind words directed towards our staff are sweet as well. Hopefully, you'll drop on by soon -- we'd love to see you again. Take care, Leo, Owner More 

Connecticut, USA
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76 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

I had the chicken teriyaki lunch combination, and it was huge. Miso soup, a salad, then a box containing my chicken teriyaki, california roll, spring rolls, other stuff, and a huge bowl of rice. Paired with a large Sapporo. I can't eat all this! Good value and it was quite tasty - recommended if you're on the Upper West Side.

Thank PassThroughCustoms
Leo L, Owner at Tenzan, responded to this review

It was such a pleasure to have you join us! We definitely strive to give our diners the absolute best experience possible, and it looks like we really made that a reality for you -- thanks for taking the time to let us know! Hope to see you again soon, Leo, Owner More 

New York City, New York
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Frequent this neighborhood establishment for Sashimi and Reisling quite often. Service is very good. Nice cuts of fish....and the wine is a real bargain at $7.50, nicely chilled for a hot summer day.

Thank tkotnour
Leo L, Owner at Tenzan, responded to this review

It's always great hearing from a longtime visitor! I'm delighted you're a big fan of our sashimi and riesling, but it's even cooler you're such a fan of our wine. The next time the weather is blistering, come wine down with us. Take care, Leo, Owner More 

New York City, New York
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I live in the same Neighborhood where Tenzan is and I must tell you every time I go there they roll out the red carpet for me. The Food is wonderful and all the waiters are great especially Francis. He knows what I like and is very attentive to me and my guests. The food is consistently excellent. I highly... More 

Thank Lawrence F
Leo L, Owner at Tenzan, responded to this review

Lawrence, we love treating all our guests with the Hollywood treatment, so we're thrilled you always leave our place with such a glowing impression of us. It was also very sweet of you to shoutout Francis' service -- he's going to be so happy after I pass along your kind words to him. Hopefully, you'll drop by again soon. We'd... More 

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93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

The peanut avacado and sweet potatoe pineapple rolls were excellent and plentiful. Nice atmosphere but noisy. Try the mint lemonade for a refreshingly cool and different cocktail.

Thank bagelsnob
Leo L, Owner at Tenzan, responded to this review

Glad the Mint Lemonade and our sushi hit the spot! If the noise bothers you next time, please let us know and we'll see what we can do! Anyway, thanks for stopping by -- I really appreciate all your kind words regarding our food. Until next time! Take care, Leo, Owner More 

Scottsdale, Arizona
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313 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

We shared some gyoza and sushi rolls and thought the food was fresh and tasty. Nice outdoor patio. Lots of room on multiple floors inside. Service was friendly and efficient.

Thank booptraveler
Leo L, Owner at Tenzan, responded to this review

I'm thrilled you enjoyed the gyoza and sushi so much! It's also awesome you ate on the patio -- I feel that's one of the best places to enjoy a nice meal. Hopefully, you'll drop by again soon! We'd love to host you again. -Leo, Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$40
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 285 Columbus Ave, New York City, NY 10023-2303
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-580-7300
Owner Leo Lin first brought his passion for Japanese cuisine to New York after spending many years running a fish market. Over 12 years later, Tenzan continues to provide customers with quality Japanese dining at affordable prices.

Tenzan prides itself in offering only the freshest quality raw fish items to its customers. The restaurant receives fresh fish deliveries every day of the week (including Sundays) and always ensures that the staff handles preparation with the utmost care.

The restaurant's commitment to customer satisfaction is made apparent not only through its extensive menu selection, but by an equally enthusiastic staff. Tenzan is served by a line of professionally trained sushi-chefs in addition to an attentive kitchen well-versed in the art of Japanese cooking. Menu items span from traditional Japanese meals, such as Negimaki, Sukiyaki, and noodle specials, to the more intricate specialty sushi and sashimi rolls, including such menu items as the double taste roll, the dancing eel roll, and rainbow rolls, in addition to weekly specials.

The restaurant can accommodate large parties, whether you're looking to hold a corporate event or celebrate a special occasions.

We look forward to welcoming you to Tenzan.

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