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Best sushi in NYC

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

  1. dabestspoona

    dabestspoona Active Member

    Jun 8, 2012
    Nakazawa is very good, strictly sushi and melon at the end, tries to be Jiro without the 20 minute rush, no tsumami, no amuse, no sashimi, no cooked foods. He experiments a little bit, like using mustard in akami, smoking fish in hay he found at petco(not sure if he was kidding). I usually hate cooked shrimp but his was very good. His shellfish is some of the best I've had in nyc. His tamago is more flan like custard and very sweet compared to other places that do a castella style or tamagoyaki style.

    Ichimura's tsumami is excellent if you love livers, guts and entrails, but I think I went during a time when there a high chance of a DOH inpsection, so all the fish was ice cold in both sushi and sashimi courses. He really tried to stuff me when I went, kept asking if I want seconds, but still charged me a flat rate. I will probably give it another chance one day.

    Azabu is very good, probably the most traditional of the ny places from my experience. Similar to Ichimura, not much variety in terms of seasoning, variety of fish wasnt as crazy as say 15 East, Kanoyama, Sushiden, or Yasuda, then again I am not a regular at Azabu maybe they save the rarer items for regulars, Seems like thye use the same type of house age tare on every piece but I've only been twice. I dont think there will be much drop off from Yasuda in terms of fish quality,definitely wont have the eel variety of yasuda, and its personal preference in regards to the rice for the most part. I stopped going to Yasuda years ago because he would always try to rush me out in under 20 minutes, probably because I never found him funny and didnt laugh at his jokes like his other customers would.

    I've been hearing good things about Sushi Dojo. Nakazawa told me he ate there and said it was very good. Recognized a few people from 15 East, Kurumazushi and Lan at the counter when I walked by.

    Avoid Kura. First time I went the rice was okay, a bit compressed, second time I went the rice was wet, sloppy and he raised the prices that I should have just tried to do a walk in at Dojo, but I was hungry as hell and they had 2 spots open at the counter.

    Kind of interested in Tanoshi, Sushi Yasaka, NY Sushiko(best yelp reviews ever lol) but they're kinda out of my walking distance.
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  2. SirGrotius

    SirGrotius Senior member

    Jan 23, 2011
    Great stuff dabestspoona!

    I'll look forward to trying Nakazawa. I was unable to get a reservation when I was in town.

    I, too, have heard GREAT things about Sushi Dojo, and looking at some reviews it seems perfect for the non-novice:

    I was at Yasuda last week and some of the fish was ice cold, too. I'm cringing at the thought of the health inspectors and their influence on sushi in the city, since ice-cold fish kills it for me.
  3. Griffyndor

    Griffyndor Senior member

    Feb 27, 2011

    Interesting. I've been to Ichimura four times now and I've never had liver, guts or entrails. Never had anything but fish. When did you go?
  4. dabestspoona

    dabestspoona Active Member

    Jun 8, 2012
    I went the end of June. Off the top of my head I was served some shiokara, engawa with the liver, some abalone with liver too.

    I hear some of the high end places got hit with C ratings because the chefs want to keep the fish at a much warmer temp than the DOH wants. My favorite yakitori place Tori Shin no longer serves raw egg and liver because of the DOH, really annoyed. The city should send these DOH inspectors to a culinary school to take some courses on food safety.
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2013
  5. renman23

    renman23 Active Member

    Feb 23, 2012
    Sushi azabu... very traditional. Very fresh. Fiance and i went and enjoyed it thoroughly.
  6. Jbravo

    Jbravo Senior member

    Dec 20, 2011
    I went to Ushiwakamaru which was pretty good - their o toro and uni were incredible, literally melted in mouth. Having said that, in half an hour I got hungry, while strolling around the nearby areas. Grabbed a slice of pizza at Joe's and a cannollo at Rocco's. Sushi never feels me up, no matter how many pieces I eat.
  7. marvin100

    marvin100 Senior member

    Nov 22, 2012
    Went to Yasuda last spring and was impressed. (I get to Japan a couple times a year, too--short hop from Seoul.)

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