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Best sushi in NYC

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by nahneun, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. mm84321

    mm84321 Senior member

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    Have any of you been to Sushi Nanase in Westchester? The chef/owner there used to work at both Masa and Nobu before setting up his own shop. It is also considerably cheaper, not being in NYC and all.
     
  2. gomestar

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    better than any of the other major players?


    15 east is apparently about 100, sushi yasuda between 150 and 200, and masa is 450 for the omakase.

    -_- 450 is currently more than my monthly budget for food (i spend at most 300) so i want to count masa out.


    I tend to like 15 East for consistently great quality. Better? At that level they're all great, it all kind of depends on the daily shipment. I like Gari, too.

    And FWIW, I haven't been able to get out of 15 East for 100, plan on 200. Then again, we tend to let the Gaysian pick our drinks for us since it makes him visibly super happy, and that is worth the upcharge.
     
  3. gomestar

    gomestar Senior member

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    I'd be willing to splurge on yasuda though if you come down from shithaca

    i find this offensive.
     
  4. nahneun

    nahneun Senior member

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    i find this offensive.
    why? not all cornellians love ithaca. tbh though, my only real gripe (but a very major one at that) with ithaca is the weather. it made me substantially more depressed
     
  5. changy

    changy Senior member

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    Hmm I usually go to Yasuda, Ushiwakamaru or Sushi Azabu. Yasuda is not necessarily $100-200. I've definitely done $70 before.
     
  6. juuceman

    juuceman Senior member

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    Yasuda. Go before he leaves NYC

    I'm pretty sure Yasuda is gone. He went to Japna for their annual closing around the holidays and I'm unsure whether he actually came back for he two weeks in Japan that he was planning on.

    That being said, while the overall experience is more fun with Yasuda, you're otherwise getting the same fish from any of the chefs.

    There's very little chance of getting out of Yasuda for under $100/person at dinner if you eat omakase. Lunch, definitely.
     
  7. Orange

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    Only one other person said Kuruma Zushi after me. You guys need to try it.
     
  8. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    I'm pretty sure Yasuda is gone. He went to Japna for their annual closing around the holidays and I'm unsure whether he actually came back for he two weeks in Japan that he was planning on.

    That being said, while the overall experience is more fun with Yasuda, you're otherwise getting the same fish from any of the chefs.

    There's very little chance of getting out of Yasuda for under $100/person at dinner if you eat omakase. Lunch, definitely.


    Didn't realize he was gone - I had heard it was his plan for 2011. I agree with your comment but it's always nice to go somewhere when the big chef is there. Maybe a bit irrational but I enjoy seeing Jean-Georges or Ripert walk the floor when I go their restaurants...

    I've pretty much always eaten for less than $100 btw. Then again, I don't do omakase, just a selection of sushi I like and recommended specials. I also don't run an expensive alcohol tab - a beer or two for me.
     
  9. nahneun

    nahneun Senior member

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    Didn't realize he was gone - I had heard it was his plan for 2011. I agree with your comment but it's always nice to go somewhere when the big chef is there. Maybe a bit irrational but I enjoy seeing Jean-Georges or Ripert walk the floor when I go their restaurants...

    I've pretty much always eaten for less than $100 btw. Then again, I don't do omakase, just a selection of sushi I like and recommended specials. I also don't run an expensive alcohol tab - a beer or two for me.


    Arghhhhhhhh Yasuda is gone?! fuck [​IMG]
     
  10. juuceman

    juuceman Senior member

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    few non-Japanese businessmen eat at Kuruma. Even fewer discuss food on a clothing board.
     
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    Orange Senior member

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    Nobu is so commercialized. If you want good new style sushi go to Sushi of Gari or Sushi Seki. If you want good traditional sushi, don't go to Nobu, go to Masa, Kuruma Zushi, or sushi Yasuda.

    A place that only japanese businessmen go to is generally very good. Kuruma Zushi is one such place, another is this Yakitori place called Tori Shin. It is amazingly good and most people haven't even heard of it.
     
  13. sportin_life

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    I'm also a huge fan of Nobu, although I also agree it's mostly commercialized at this point. In fact, they have several restaurants in the Los Angeles/Malibu area too. It still has great food!

    I'm not sure how it is now a days, but when I lived in NYC, we used to frequent Yama --- not the highest quality, but it was fairly high quality for a relatively cheap price.
     
  14. SirGrotius

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    Good summary. I was searching for some more info on the topic and came upon this thread. I've frequented quite a few places in NYC, and here are my quick snap shots...in no particular order:


    • Sushi Yasuda -- probably best omakase for the amount paid. Extremely fresh, exotic fish (sea urchin belly!), and friendly staff. Very happening scene. They seem to marry the whole traditional concept with an enjoyable atmosphere. Very clean.
    • Sushi Seki -- UES, I agree, much more new style. Diners here seem to love it. I'm more of a traditionalist, but admired a lot of the fish and the creative angle. They seem very tolerant, too, as the guys next to me at the sushi bar were swirling their wasabe in the soy sauce and ordering endless spicy tuna rolls. Seki himself is gifted
    • Kuruma Zushi -- Many people miss this, and I know why, the price tag is through the roof. I had omakase there recently, one person, no alcohol, no dessert, still north of $300. I consider that a lot. That said, you can tell it's a cut above other sushi restaurants, although I wonder if Yasuda is about tied in terms of freshness and uniqueness of fish. Oh, they're crazy about toro here (probably why more expensive)
    • Sasabune -- Has a crazy 29 food rating on Zagat, but the decor is laughably bad. That said, the omakase is DELICIOUS. I'm craving it right now. They use warm rice, which some people like, some do not. I fall in the latter camp and really like the freshness of the sushi and sashimi and they have a great blue crab handroll to end the meal
    • Sushiann -- My first foray into omakase. This is a little more modest than the above restaurants, but the chefs and staff are super friendly and I see lots of Japanese people here. In some ways, I find it very authentic, in that it's not over-the-top sushi
    • Morimoto -- Outside the box here, in that we're getting into fusion territory, but the fusion is SO good. It's impossible not to have fun here, but again, I'm more of a traditionalist so don't go here often (although top choice in Philly by far)
    • Sushi of Gari 46 -- I probably should've done the UES version, but I liked, didn't love the omakase here. They did some cooked dishes, which I generally find disappointing relative to nigiri style sushi

    On my list is Sushi of Gari (original), Masa (may be too expensive right now, though), Ushiwakamaru, and Sushi Azabu. Any recommendations of which of those to try next?
     
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    I haven't been in a while but really liked Ushiwakamaru back then

    Have you tried 15 East ?
     
  16. dabestspoona

    dabestspoona Active Member

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    15 East is my go to. I prefer it over Yasuda.

    I'm still on waiting list for Ichimura.

    I'm pretty much done with Kanoyama, my last bill there was near 300 and I could have 2-3 meals for that much at Ushiwakamaru or 15 East.

    There's a few new modestly priced places to check out like Tanoshi, and Yasaka that recently popped up.
     
  17. SirGrotius

    SirGrotius Senior member

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    15 East is next on my radar. I'm going to Ushiwakamaru tonight.
     
  18. gomestar

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    how was Ushiwakamaru?
     
  19. indesertum

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    Still haven't gone to yasuda
     
  20. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    I went a few weeks ago and had the omakase for four. I don't have the most refined sushi palate, but after a certain point everything started to taste the same - eel prepared five different ways was a little much.

    Lovely place and I'd go back. Just alone and sitting at the bar so I can order a little more on target to my taste.

    lefty
     
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