Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Bozu
296 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121140.712781 -73.957551
Sun-Thu, 6pm-11:30pm; Fri, 6pm-12:30am; Sat, noon-3:30pm and 6pm-12:30am; Sun, noon-3:30pm and 6pm-12:30am
There's everything to love about Bozu, from the unique drinks (like a sesame liquor shake that blew my mind) to the fun bombs (cylinders of delicious sushi) to the dark, sexy, tiny space. I get the party bomb almost every time I'm there, of which my fave is the spicy una bomb with shiso. Check out sister restaurant Momo Shack in Bushwick for more fun, fresh sushi.
How unfortunate that the service is so horrible. – I used to go here with my girlfriend. Then we tried to take our friends from out of town one night and were told point blank "we can not seat you." No explanation. We asked if we could come back later, to which the answer was "we can not seat you." Seriously! I know this sounds strange, but it is true and was one of the most shocking experiences of my life. Even though I am used to bad service in Williamsburg, this was too much to stomach and so I now boycot this place. In fact, the sole reason I opened an account on citysearch is to alert you that this restaurant can have horrible service. Caveat: I have to admit that when the service is good (and we have previously had good service at Bozu) the experience is quite nice. After all, the restaurant is charming and the food is tasty. But I personally will avoid going back at all cost.
Horrible service and mediocre food – I had the worst experience ever! The waitress came to take our order and I asked if there were any rolls with crab in them and she said no. In disbelief because I was eating at a sushi restaurant I asked again and she said "No, we do not have any crab." We thought this was a little wierd, but okay we ordered some other rolls instead. About 10 minutes later we hear out waitress telling the table next to us the specials...one of which is a KING CRAB ROLL! At this point we are a little perplexed so we ask a different waitress if there are any specials and if so is there a crab roll. She says yes and we tell her that our waitress failed to tell us the specials and that we had asked her directly if there were any crab rolls. She laughed and said that our waitress was confused. I then told her that we had already ordered and recieved some other rolls, but what we really wanted was the special thinking that she would take back the food that was just delivered to us (no, we hadn't eaten any yet) and give us the special. However, she ignored our obvious request and asked if we wanted to order the special in addition that what we aleady ordered. Well, I wasn't about to pay for more food than we could eat just because our idiot watress forgot that they did in fact have crab in the restaurant. So, with an obvious attitude, I asked for the check. No one even aplogized. I'm sorry, even if the food was good, (it wasn't horrible, but definaltly not that great) it can't make up for an experience like that!
Aweful, Unprofessional Service – I have to admit that their food is relatively good even to my native Japanese's taste. But their service is unbearably terrible. We've been there once before, and that time too, the service was a bit slow. Craving for some Japanese food in my neighborhood, we tried Bozu again yesterday. When we got there, there were quite a few tables available. A un-experienced waitress took our drink order. 20 minutes later, our drink that has been sitting at the bar for 10 minutes and a glass of water my boyfriend asked for finally came to our table. The waitress took our menu away, without taking our food order! At that point, we've decided to leave as soon as we finish the drink. Non of the 3 waitresses/waiter didn't pay attention to us who'd got no food on the table and had been trying to get the check. Finally, my extremely patient boyfriend and I decided to leave a bill on the table to leave. As we were leaving, nobody still realized that we were taking off. Amazing.
Tiny Japanese plates pack lots of creative flavor in Williamsburg. – The Scene
The facade of dark wood beams hints at monastic simplicity, but this raw fish and sake joint is a bit more jumbled inside. Brick walls, mod white plastic tables and a curtain of strung Japanese figurines ring the perimeter, while a large three-sided bar sits right in the middle. The crowd can be sparse, but the staff is energetic and knowledgeable.
Clean, strong flavors prevail in the largely seafood-based tapas, among them a tuna tartare with a light mustard sorbet, and a vibrant ceviche of scallops and salmon over fanned avocado. Layered "bombs," a circular riff on sushi, hold such morsels as rich white tuna with ginger sauce, and a delectable eel topped with minty shiso. Seaweed salad and Japanese pickles, and the occasional special of a succulent barbecued rib, nicely complement the fish. Desserts change weekly and include unusual items like panna cotta with sweet red beans.
Great food, superb drinks and priceless art. – As one of the "old school" tenants I've seen the area of williamsburgh and greenpoint transform itself from a dark and crime infested spot to one of New York City's favorites. Everyday brings something new and worth checking out. One of "must" places is BOZU! If your night calls for a quiet get together with friends, or the significant other this is the place to visit. Sit down by a candle light, and gaze into each other's eyes. Great service, soul crafted food, and trendy cocktails might even make you fall in love ;) The few, but carefully chosen works of art make BOZU trully one of my favorites ... an "original."
when you want to impress someone – Bozu is a tight design. The food is as slick as the decor and its a really fun place to eat. The prices aren't out of line with trendier williamsburg eats until you see the heavy-handed use of negative space in the presentation of the food.
Bottom line, don't go here if you're hungry. The food is extremely tasty but you'll need to get four orders of a dish to get a full meal. Go here because you're on a date and want a bite to eat before going out to a club. Its a fantastic place to flirt with your tragically hip girl.
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