David Fishman, age 12, reviews Tenzan
A kid reviewer visits an Upper West Side Japanese restaurant.
Sun Mar 22 2009
Time Out Ratings<strong>Rating: </strong>0/5
Photograph: Donna Rickles
In a quiet, very nice neighborhood lies Tenzan (285 Columbus Ave at 73rd St; 212-580-7300, tenzanrestaurants.com). Before I get started I would like to introduce my 12-year-old cousin, Jonah, who dined with me. We were seated on the basement level, which was practically empty and unpleasantly quiet. But I was pleased with the fountain and the bottles of Japanese liquor on shelves. They gave it a Japanese-y look. Our waitress came over after a little too long, but apologized and offered us drinks. I asked if they had the spider roll, because no other restaurant I had gone to recently had it. It’s a magnificent dish if made correctly.
Miso soup came with our entres. It wasn’t the powder you find in stores, but a delicious misty soup with seaweed and tofu. Then our entres arrived. Wow, I thought asI saw huge crab legs and a giant roll. I began to eat and was astounded by a fresh taste of crab as if straight from Montauk. I asked to try my cousin’s shrimp tempura. It was okay, but I’ve had better at Haru (433 Amsterdam Ave). They could have given a little more shrimp.
Upper West Sider David, an aspiring restaurant critic, has been profiled in The New York Times and on CBS’s The Early Show.