Ume is founded by Linda who was born in Manhattan, raised in Brooklyn and adopted by Tokyo (she has stayed in Tokyo more than any other city in the world other than New York). The idea of Ume is inspired from her travels both in and outside of Japan. Ume is not a traditional restaurant. It does not aspire to be “authentically” Japanese either.
The decor of Ume is based off the founder’s home and the cities she has visit.
Since the founder travels extensively, she brings back little pieces of her travel to Ume. You will find Peruvian leche de tigre, Moroccan citrus salt or Icelandic cured salmon at Ume.
We welcome you to dine at Ume with an open mind.
traditional omakase: $83 per person
sushi set: $65 per person
please be aware: as ume is a restaurant with a prix fixe menu, all diners will be automatically subjected to one of our prix fixe courses upon dining.
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We are located in Williamsburg in the grand borough of Brooklyn.
Our address is
237 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11249
The closest train station to our location is Bedford Avenue via the L train. We are also a few blocks away from the Williamsburg North Station via the New York Ferry.
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make a reservation
Ume accepts walk ins and reservations. You can make reservations via our:
text message: 929 - 420 - 3253
Please text or email us as we do not accept phone calls.
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Something Ume hears everytime someone enters the door is excitement about the interior. Ume has a front garden and back garden. It is minimalistic, but warm. Ume intends to be the home you stumble into- seriously, we ask you to take off your shoes and wash your hands before entering.
Ume incorporates a lot of bamboo into the decor. Like a lot of the smaller, off the road restaurants in Japan, Ume does not use tatami mats. Instead, Ume uses bamboo mats with cushions.
Ume does not intend to be an exact replica of Japan. Rather, it is based off the founder’s own home and the places she visited as a child in Tokyo. Please come to Ume with an open mind.
hours of operation
we are open seven days a week:
5pm - 10pm
tuesday to sunday:
12pm - 4pm
5pm - 10pm
our last session is 9:15pm for dinner.
Ume was founded by Brooklyn-er, Linda. Throughout the process, she kept tight creative control over the conception to ensure that Ume will be exactly how she envisioned it.
Because the founder has always been intimidated by the rigidness of most upscale and intimate establishments (noticeably omakase), she chose to create a setting of comfort and intimacy.
With a subtle touch of nostalgia for the past, Ume looks like a little cottage house you may find somewhere in an old, beaten, off the path street. Kind of how things used to be.
Ume does not set out to be authentically anything. It is its own concept with its own artistic and culinary direction.
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our seasoning palette
Ume offers one of the biggest and most wide ranging salt selections for any restaurants. Some of the salts and seasonings we carry: