Bessou

4.6
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126 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese

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Bessou offers a modern take on everyday Japanese comfort food. Our ingredients are responsibly sourced and prepared with care, with a menu that is driven by local and seasonal produce.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.3
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious - would highly recommend the miso pork. Variety of sake, knowledgeable servers. A little pricey but the quality of the food is worth it. My only complaint is we had a 7:30 reservation and were not seated till 7:45/50. The place was packed. But once we sat nothing felt rushed and it was a great meal.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Warm hospitality and excellent food. Highly recommended.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Overall good, they just need to fix the door so that it will close when people leave

JX
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This is our second visit to Bessou and it was consistent with the first; interesting and friendly, low key and efficient. All our dishes were delicious, our waiter was warm and professional. It was a busy Friday night and we felt very well taken care of. Definitely will try to get here more often.

LV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, especially nice happy hour! Super friendly staff.

AS
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

This was our first time to try this restaurant. While the specialty Tonkatsu on Toast looked good, we went with our standard favorite of Udon. It was very mediocre. Just warm, not hot and the dashi broth was almost tasteless. This can not compare to the spectacular udon at Omen in SoHo (which unfortunately isn’t open for lunch). We also tried the homemade pickles which missed the mark as well.
The restaurant itself was charming but very noisy with slow (but friendly) service. Overall not terrible, but I don’t see a compelling reason to go back.

MG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gorgeous innovative cuisine. Beautiful artisanal minimalism. I will return again and again.

C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I'm Japanese, so I know a bit more than average Americans about Japanese cuisine. I love the creativity that is balanced so well with traditional ways, ultimately making dishes that are exciting and delicious and fun to eat. I think the chefs are outstanding. Go there now - before it moves somewhere else and becomes more pricey. We eat everything, so we tried dishes that were vegetarian, hanger steak and chirashi with raw fish. All excellent. The mochi dessert was so good and interesting, too. Love the place!

d
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this restaurant and have been coming for a few years. My favorite neighborhood spot with an innovative but authentic menu.

CS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The pancake is amazing. If you’re familiar with Filipino Bibingka, this feels like a not-too-distant cousin. Maybe they can do a version of this dish as an homage. The portions are nice, the food is creative and the price point is appropriate. It’s a small restaurant and the seats don’t invite you to linger but the staff is kind, attentive and didn’t rush us.

JE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Our first time here and we were excited to try out their offerings.

One of our friends has some slight dietary restrictions and wanted to clarify them with the waiter. He didn't seem to know all that much about the menu and when he went to check for us, just got lost and never came back for some time. It's a tapas style restaurant, so of course your encouraged to get as many small plates as they can sell you and we erred on the side of caution. We ordered what we thought would be enough and our waiter reassured us that if we wanted to order something more we could do so anytime during the meal.

We did in fact want to order some more food a little later in our meal as we enjoyed one of the dishes. When requesting to do so, the waiter asked us what we wanted and then had to "double check". He came back and advised that because they had another reservation for the table within 15-20 min, he could not accommodate the request for additional food, he could bring us desert however. Our reservation was at 7, this was now 8:30.

Our friend requested a desert, but wanted to make sure of the ingredients (again). The desert arrived and we had to hunt down the waiter to see if it was ok for our friend to consume. We found him outside the restaurant having a heated disagreement with a party that had just finished dining. I guess his tip wasn't up to par.....

The food was good, the fried chicken moist and delicious, the special yellowtail collar (only a small part of the collar to be exact) was very good and the Japanese take on the Chinese dandan noodles interesting. The rest of the 4 or 5 other plates were ok and easily forgettable. The restaurant was cozy and tight, busy and loud with a constant flow of guests waiting to be seated. We sat by the door and there was a constant stream of cold air by the never ending rush.

Unfortunately the poor service and time constraints could not overcome the reasonably good food. One and done for sure...

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We absolutely loved our meal and experience. You could tell that the food is made with so much care and attention. Flavors were unique and on point (I highly recommend the squid ink rice), with interesting dishes that you can’t find at typical Japanese restaurants. Attentive and warm staff and service as well. We’ll be back again...and again.

C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Interesting and delicious Japanese food experience (I'm Japanese, so I know!)

DM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

If you're pining for Kyoto, this is the place for you. The Japanese pancakes were exactly like the ones we had in the Rhinebeck Café in Kyoto. The rest of the menu is wonderfully inventive Japanese fusion home cooking. A fantastic place for brunch, especially, extremely warm, friendly, homey.

EJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Real Japanese cuisine.
Everything was great and especially their service was outstanding.

K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Delicious food! Everything had a distinct flavor to it . We ordered the blistered red potatoes, miso flavored pork ribs and the steak. Service was friendly. Seating was cramped. Great value for money!

SZ
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

A great little neighborhood restaurant with inventive Japanese food. Great atmosphere. Good for lunch and dinner

P
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great dishes, wonderful service. Was happy to stumble across Bessou in looking for dinner options. I love Japanese food and the flavors did not disappoint. Service was quick and friendly, giving great recommendations for beer and drinks. Started with the shishito peppers and spicy tuna rice cakes, and ended with crab and ikura chrirashi - everything was delicious.

NY
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Servers were great, though the pacing of the meal was way too fast. All the dishes came almost at the same time - no room at the table plus and food was going cold by the time we could get to it.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Service was not great. Asked the server for a drink menu several times and never received one until I asked a different server. The platters were worth it everything else was mediocre.

F
New York Area
223 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Keep checking Bessou’s Instagram for special dinners and sign right up. This time it was the Harvest, Full Moon Dinner. Extraordinary. Imaginative and delicious, delicious. I should say the cost was only $55 per person for an amazing meal. Does anyone on earth make Crispy Rice better than Chef Emily!

A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place. Everything on the menu is delicious and feels special.

KS
New York Area
137 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This restaurant is extraordinary - not clear why it's not on everyone's top 10 list - the Asian inspired dishes are both gorgeous and delicious - each one is a masterpiece and the wait staff are always eager to make suggestions and are concerned about allergy issues

CD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

There were too few options for meat fan. We are not fan of fish so we even could not make an order. The Udon and fried chicken were very mediocre and overpriced. Too expensive. The same Udon I can have for half price in other restaurants.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it - service was incredible and all the food was great!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great decoration and cozy place with reinterpretation of traditional Japanese cuisine. Food is over all thoughtful and fun. Great place

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love the food here! It’s so unique and delicious. Every dish!

KS
New York Area
137 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Love this restaurant - have eaten here many times - the food is outstanding and the servers are delightful - also located in the heart of the village - close to boutiques and streets to wander.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, excellent service. They serve tea instead of water which was really nice! Food has extremely high quality and delicious

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Japanese restaurant in the city!

JQ
New England
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my go to's. Great for sharing with a group or friend. Breakfasts are great

SF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The fried rice with hamachi was delicious I highly recommend it

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was amazing. The staff was so friendly and Yuki, the chefs sister was so hospitable. In the first few minutes I felt like I was at home.

J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good place for brunch and yummy dishes

VK
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience1

It was super loud. Table was right in the entrance door. Food portions were small and tasteless. Disappointment. Will unrecommend for all my friends.

LC
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great place for a comforting meal. The crispy rice topped with whatever seasonal fish is on the menu - get that!

f
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The food is awesome. We shared the grilled romaine, Japanese friend chicken, and the soft shell crabs. Everything had a distinct and unique flavor. Good sized portions, so much so we had no room for dessert. Will definitely be returning.

t
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We started the New Year @ Bessou and celebrated our wedding anniversary there. We are fortunate to live close by and able drop in for a FABUOLUS MEAL! They never disappoint.

T
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great! Excellent food, and not your typical Japanese food. The whole waitstaff was attentive and happy . The restaurant was nice inside. The tables are not on top of each other. We were early enough for happy hour so all the small plates were only 5$. It was a great night out.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Delicious food, cute ambience. Good place for sharing plates. The place got surprisingly loud once the place filled up.