Bessou

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104 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
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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73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KS
New York Area
130 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

KS
New York Area
131 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Japanese restaurant in the city!

JQ
New England
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fried rice with hamachi was delicious I highly recommend it

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good place for brunch and yummy dishes

VK
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
39 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, cute ambience. Good place for sharing plates. The place got surprisingly loud when full.

ON
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great comfort food, simple place, solid place

CL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food. Everything was delicious and beautifully presented.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner!!!! Everyone in NYC needs to check this place out!

JM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love this place. Quiet, affordable and just some really good food

AS
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing! Shared plates is the way to go

OT
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Very good food but really slow service. They need to have more servers for a busy brunch day. We kept asking for stuff for our table and servers kept forgetting to come back and bring things like water, or cutlery.

Food was amazing so will come back for that but hopefully service gets better.

LG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We had a wonderful dinner at Bessou. The food was incredible- great vegetarian, fish, and meat options. The salmon platter was decadent! The shishito peppers and grilled romaine salad were so unique! Excited to go back!

SN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The menu is interesting and the food is well prepared. Service is warm and professional. Unfortunately, the sound level in the restaurant was so loud that it was hard to carry on a conversation with people at our table.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Such a wonderful suprise. Flavors were so vibrant and different. Worth the visit! Definitely going back!

GE
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved Bessou. We found it through New York Magazine on a whim and decided to try it. So glad we did. Service was great, thanks to Cameron, and food was delicious. Get the brussels sprouts! Would highly recommend!

HD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

discovered Bessou thanks to Open Table's suggested woman owned/chef restaurants in honor of International Women's Day. Great find! Food was delicious, and waitstaff very helpful and attentive.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Comfortable Japanese food. Quaint space and ambience that is beautiful but not stuffy.

BR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Small space but cozy ambience. Great food and friendly staff.

CJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

I was so disappointed for tonight’ dinner. This is the second time I went here. Last time I like the food and ambiance so much. I posted on social media and recommended to a lot of friends.
However, today’s meal was terrible!!! We ordered one small plate and one big pot. Both are not worthy for there price and tasted so so. Then we had to order another “big” pot. The pot is called spicy seafood... what really interesting is, it tastes not spicy at all... even not salty... What the hell?! The seafood is not fresh... and we added the ramen, which tasted like instant noodles.
So disappointed! Will not go again!
Over priced food with upset taste! Don’t go!
If I can, I will give a negative point review!

JA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite downtown restaurant. Always inventive and fun.

A
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This restaurant had my reservation for 2 ppl instead of 5 and I could not be seated for 2 hours. They even called to confirm today. I did not eat here and would never recommend it again

CA
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Randomly chose this spot and am so happy we discovered it! Incredible service, stellar food and a super fun vibe! Highly recommend this place!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and service!!

NG
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The food is excellent - service was really bad. Try it...

p
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of six and had a great time at Bessou. The food was unique and delicious. Every dish we had, which we shared, was excellent. The service was warm and efficient. The atmosphere was cozy and inviting. Everyone said they wanted to come back again and try more dishes. The cost was reasonable especially considering the high quality. We even loved the desserts.

JX
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely pre-theater dinner on a cold Saturday night. Food was uniformly good, interesting, with some exceptionally nice touches. Knowledgeable staff; warm and friendly. This cuisine is precisely what in pretends to be, homey but not overly-familiar.

JA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love it at Bessou! The food is always inventive and delicious. The staff, charming and attentive.

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