Bamboo 52 sushi bar and lounge in New York, NY

 Bamboo 52 in New York, NY

Bamboo 52 in New York, NY

I did not know what to expect when I went to Bamboo 52, a Japanese restaurant located Midtown West: it was my first time there and I simply found it on Opentable, looking for a reservation for a large group. 

I immediately understood when I entered that it was not just a restaurant, but also a lounge, thanks to its neon and fluorescent lighting. 

 Dining room at Bamboo 52 in New York, NY

Dining room at Bamboo 52 in New York, NY

The place is big, with a garden in the back and a small room that is probably used for private parties when needed. 

 Sushi bat at Bamboo 52 in New York, NY

Sushi bat at Bamboo 52 in New York, NY

So it is a lounge and, therefore, they have a nice selection of alcohol, from Sake to draft beers. I decided to have a Yuengling, an all American beer from the Yuengling Cie, established in 1829 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. Ok, I got fooled by the name...Anyway, it was a nice beer...

 Yuengling beer at Bamboo 52 in New York, NY

Yuengling beer at Bamboo 52 in New York, NY

For the menu, no surprise: they serve sushi, sashimi, rolls, etc...with of course a lunch menu that is reasonably priced, especially considering that they offer a glass of sake and dessert with it, items that we did not get a chance to enjoy as we were running out of time (it took a while for the food to come). Not that they reminded either that we had these included when we ordered our drinks or at the end of the meal when they cleared our tables...I guess that is the only disappointing part of this whole experience, the food being quite good. Is it exceptional? Definitely not. I would say that the main advantages of this place are: can accommodate large parties, the lunch menu (especially if you get everything...) and the lounge. 

There, I tried:

 Salad with sesame seeds at Bamboo 52 in New York, NY

Salad with sesame seeds at Bamboo 52 in New York, NY

One of their bento boxes, that came with a salad that would have been boring if not for the sesame seeds on top that added a nice nutty flavor. What I like is that you pick the food that will go in the bento box, each time between two choices. For instance, chicken or salmon teriyaki; California or spicy tuna roll. 

 Bento box at Bamboo 52 in New York, NY

Bento box at Bamboo 52 in New York, NY

I decided to pick:

California roll (over the spicy tuna roll):

 California rolls at Bamboo 52 in New York, NY

California rolls at Bamboo 52 in New York, NY

Shrimp shumai (over the chicken shumai):

 Shrimp shumai at Bamboo 52 in New York, NY

Shrimp shumai at Bamboo 52 in New York, NY

Salmon teriyaki (over chicken teriyaki). 

 Salmon teriyaki at Bamboo 52 in New York, NY

Salmon teriyaki at Bamboo 52 in New York, NY

That was good, nothing out of the ordinary that would make this restaurant stand up to the competition, but good.

 Rolls at Bamboo 52 in New York, NY

Rolls at Bamboo 52 in New York, NY

I also tried some of their specialty rolls, such as The American Dream, made with spicy lobster, yellowtail, jalapeño, scallop, tobiko and honey wasabi sauce. 

 The American Dream roll at Bamboo 52 in New York, NY

The American Dream roll at Bamboo 52 in New York, NY

Or the Dinosaur, made with salmon, tuna, white tuna, kani, avocado, cucumber, wrapped in soy paper. 

 Dinosaur roll at Bamboo 52 in New York, NY

Dinosaur roll at Bamboo 52 in New York, NY

The rolls were delicious and the fish tasted fresh, but I am still upset about the fact that they did not honor their lunch menu! 

Enjoy (I did)!

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