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  • Eric May 11, 2003 06:37 PM
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I recently moved to Chelsea, and was interested in finding a good neighborhood sushi place -- I'm not looking for Nobu, in terms of quality or in pricing, but just a good place for a weeknight dinner. I did a Google search on Chowhound, and there was a thread on this two years ago -- the closest thing to a consensus was Monster Sushi, although even that had some dissenters. Has anything opened since then? Is Monster Sushi still decent?

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  1. I like Togi, on 24th and 7th. I don't generally order sushi or sashimi unless I'm going out for "event" sushi, but the rolls at Togi are good and I bet the nigiri is fine.

    I would steer of Monster for my money.

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    1. re: Craig

      sushi taro, recently opened on 26th st near 7th. Was decent the first time I went, not very good the second. This might be because I sat at the sushi bar and chatted with the owner the first time and sat at a table with some friends the second. I'm not sure. But it is worth trying.

    2. Some people here might disagree with me I'm just a American who has become gluttonized and like big pieces of sushi. If it not big I'll never be full, but as for Monster Sushi the pieces are big and it decent and the prices aren't to bad though the staff service could be better at times

      1. Had an opportunity to go to Jewel Bako when i was in NY recently.....some of the best sushi and japanese food i have ever had. 239 East 5th St.

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          MNS in Chelsea

          I don't know about weeknight dinner, but if you find yourself around during the day, Meriken (7th and 21st) has a great lunchbox deal and the sushi is acceptable. Other than that and an occasional snow crab roll from Whole Foods (in the category of emergency light snack) I don't eat Japanese in Chelsea.

          1. Monster Sushi is a joke...The sushi are made by Tibetan monks. The price don't even compensate for the quality. Sucks!!!!!

            1. I just went to Rock-n-Sake and it was very fresh, beautifully presented dishes. Great sake menu. they have sake tastings, too. 25th st between 6 and 7th

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              1. re: chowhound22

                I also have a hard time finding great sushi in Chelsea but here are two that I really enjoy:

                FOR TAKE OUT:
                Tono Sushi
                174 7th Ave, New York 10011
                Btwn 20th & 21st St
                Phone: 646-486-6288
                Great fresh sushi, best to order in-person 'cause the phone gal is hard to understand (for me),

                FOR EAT IN:
                Hamachi (it;s actually in between Chelsea & Gramercy)
                a 34 E 20th St, New York 10003
                Btwn Park Ave S & Bway
                Phone: 212-420-8608
                This place is very good, the 40-watt lighting and 70's wood interior reminds me of a mid-century lounge in California. Cool place near the movie theatre at 19th & Bway.
                They never rush you either. Very relaxing vibe.

              2. I'm a fan of Momoya (187 7th Ave @ 21st). Probably not as cheap as Monster Sushi but definitely better and with good service.

                1. Togi is good but I hands down suggest Mamoya. sushi selection is fantastic. decent prices, cute atmosphere.
                  Sushi Twist is also pretty good