Good Japanese in the Theater District?
- Al Ford
Anyone know of a good Japanese restaurant in the theater district (42nd-50th West of Broadway)?
A couple months ago, I tried Fuji, which is on 56th, between Broadway and 8th. It was pretty good. Nothing to write home about, but everything was fresh, and I remember the soft-shelled crab being particularly well-prepared. That, however, may have been a better time of year to get soft-shelled crab, I don't know. Anyway, the service was attentive, but the restaurant was not very full. We went early (6:30), in order to catch a show. The sushi is the traditional fare, nothing fancy, but it is of pretty good quality. Certainly one of the better places I've tried in New York.
I have a reservation next week at Sushi Zen, which is on 46th between 5th and 6th. I haven't been there before (if someone else has a report, I'd be glad to hear it), so I'll give a report on it afterwards.
Sorry, these are slightly outside of the area you requested, but not too far.
I've eaten at Sushi Zen once and frankly, aside from some unusual sushi dishes, I didn't find it anything special, especially not for their prices. I just kept thinking - I could have had Nobu or even Yama and come back with change.
I happened to really enjoy the lunch I had at Ya Bowl 125 West 45th Street. The atmosphere was very cozy - designed to be the interior of a living room - and the food - I had a salmon teryiaki dish was very good and very reasonable. All dishes aside from sushi are served in bowls.