We have visited Ani Sushi on a number of occasions to take adavantage of their very reasonable lunch specials. Located on busy Montague Street, Ani Sushi is one of the best lunch time options in the immediate area. Their food is always fresh and service is first rate. The only issue we have with the place is its soundscape. Specifically, they play club music that is louder than it should be.
It’s inevitable that the introduction of music would make Ani Sushi louder than it should be because the design choices ensure a live space. There is a wall of glass in the front that reflects a lot of the sound back into the front room. The seating in the front overlooking Montague Street is odd and a little uncomfortable, as all the seats face forward, requiring you to sit beside your dining companions. It’s awkward if you want to have a conversation.
Since the noise level is also louder in the front of the restaurant, we suggest you aim for the handful of tables located opposite the sushi bar. They are in a small sort of niche, which seems to help with the sound level.
Now about that music… It’s the same with each visit–loud, jarring pop and generic dance music. We know we are in a Japanese restaurant but it sounds like we are in a discotheque as the sound track features B-side disco tunes from the past. It doesn’t make much sense, and, sadly, it makes the space merely tolerable when it could be so much more.
In the end, Ani Sushi is worth the visit because of their very reasonably priced, delicious lunch specials and friendly, attentive staff. Just try to avoid sitting in the front dining area if you can, and your dining experience should be manageable. We haven’t eaten at Ani Sushi at dinner, but expect the soundscape to be similar and note that they offer dinner specials too.
Monday through Thursday: 11:00 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.
142 Montague Street (betw. Henry and Clinton Streets), Brooklyn, NY 11201