The writer was invited to visit Sushi by Bou Jersey City and the meal was complimentary.
After a soft opening period, Sushi by Bou Jersey City officially opens Tuesday, January 7, within the popular Ani Ramen space on Newark Avenue. I recently attended a media preview and I can confirm that Sushi by Bou Jersey City is a fun, delicious experience with a fun vibe.
About Sushi by Bou
Sushi by Bou is the brainchild of Chef David Bouhadana, who add Jersey City to the list of locations for his creative sushi omakase concept. Other spots include inside the Limelight in Chelsea, Sanctuary Hotel in Times Square, both in the lobby and inside of a hotel room at Hotel 3232 in Nomad, and a location at the iconic former Versace Mansion in Miami.
The exciting new collaboration is presented by a New York City hospitality group called Simple Venue, which finds underutilized spaces and transforms them into “micro restaurants.”
Sushi by Bou is situated in a cozy speakeasy-like space within Ani Ramen Jersey City and features an eight-seat chef’s sushi counter, a lounge area with seating for diners who come early or want to stay after their dinner reservations, and a fun pop-up bar.
What is Sushi Omakase?
Many sushi lovers have yet to experience omakase, a meal left up to the creativity of the chef. Sushi by Bou offers a timed omakase (60 minutes/12 pieces/$50pp) showcasing the freshest of fish, locally sourced or brought in from around the world. The seasoned sushi chefs serve guests directly, guiding them through the meal, providing a truly exclusive and personalized experience.
Beverages include sake, signature cocktails, Japanese beers and whiskeys. I truly enjoyed the bright, tangy flavors of the Shiso Southsider I ordered, a blend of Suntory Haku vodka, shiso leaves, simple syrup, and lime juice.
The menu will change over time to feature the freshest fish and ingredients on the market, but this was the menu the evening we visited.
We found the fish to be of high quality and very fresh. It was truly a dinner-and-a-show experience as we watched the well-trained chefs prepare our meal mere inches from our seats (see a video of our chef torching the surface of one of the dishes).
Reservations are filling up fast, so book right away if you’d like to experience Sushi by Bou in Jersey City.
Hours of Operations
Monday through Thursday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Sunday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Sushi by Bou Jersey City at Ani Ramen House
218 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Hours and menu items are subject to change.