sushi in brooklyn
Well, I haven't found any place truly outstanding in
the Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens area, but have had
pretty good sushi at Osaka and Inaka, both on Court
Street (Osaka's across from the movie theater just
above DeGraw Street and Inaka's a few blocks above
that), and recently had a very good assortment
delivered from Ichiban, which is also on Court Street
but higher up -- just North of Atlantic. The places
on Montague Street are all decent but pretty
interchangeable, unfortunately, but they have the
virtue of being inexpensive, which is good on a
publishing salary (if I read your e-mail address
Gotta say I just don't agree with Kendra on both Osaka
The chefs at Ichiban don't cut the fish properly, they
just slash away with no regard to the structure of the
filet, and how that will affect the mouthfeel and chew
of the sushi.
At Osaka, I'm still unhappy with the way the fish is
cut, albeit here it's a more personal preference.
Osaka cuts filets thin and long, which might have more
visual impact on the plate, but makes eating the
results awkward and less pleasurable. I've also
encountered some tough skinned shumai and less than
fresh oil used on tempura dishes.
For my tastes, well presented sushi should be a one
mouthful arrangement - and not have me looking around
wishing I had a knife to finish the job.
re: jen kalb
Geido is very good. SO is Hokkaido (the one on Emmons
Ave. in Sheepshead Bay, not the one in Bay Ridge - the
one on Queens Blvd. in Rego Park is good too!) and
MamaYo (or is it mamayoyo?) next to Lundy's is a good
sushi and grill joint...
Parking's a pain near MamaYo but much better further
down by Hokkaido...
I actually hated Inaka when I ate there about 4 years
ago, and haven't tried it again since. At the time,
the place smelled like old fish, and the sushi I
ordered did not taste fresh, so I never went back. A
lot of people have said they've liked it, though - I
just haven't had the stomach to give it a try in its
new location. Geido is fun, though, and inexpensive as
sushi restaurants go.
re: Jen Kalb
I am in Northern Brooklyn, (Williamsburg) and really
like the new sushi place, Wasabi (on Bedford at North
4th) Planet Thailand has moved to a larger location
and now has sushi as well (the planet thailand folks
do thai so well, i have yet to try to sushi there).
Planet Thailands new location, North 7th Street
between Berry and Bedford is very dignified, and
beautiful. THere is also Miyako (i may have mispelled
it) that has very nice sushi as well at North 6th and
Do other Williamsburgers use this site?
Sushi in the Northside. *sigh*
Of the choices - and I haven't sampled Planet Thai's
new sushi (but I can say that if anything, they're
doing a better job with the old standards since the
move than of late) - but the best you can say about
Wasabi and Miyako (sp?)is that they're there.
Of the two, Wasabi has the better food - the fish is
fresh and generally well cut - but I will never, ever,
never in a million years go back. Wasabi has the
worst service I've ever experienced in a restaurant in
my entire life. I want to like the place, but after
the third go round of interminable waits for
attention, wrong orders, wrong orders again, kitchen
mishaps, dishes never delivered - I've had it. Their
shumai are tough-skinned as well.
In contrast - the staff at Miyako are nothing less
than sweet and very accomodating - but the sushi is
just OK. It's there. And if you want they'll bring
it over to Galapogos - but you're still better off
running into the city for sushi and savoring our areas
pierogis, pasta, and whatever it is Ozznots is these
God, does anyone remember the "old" Ozznots. Sniff.
re: no respect
If your date is kind of informal, it would be fine.
There tend to be a lot of kids there early in the
evening. Not quite as many as at Two Boots, but a
similar vibe. The room isn't as dark, though.
I recall the sushi there being much better than at
Inaka on 7th, but I haven't been to Inkaka since they
re: no respect
Its a good place in the sense that you can sit for a
while and talk - the food is ok, its not loud and they
dont push you out if you don't have a particular
preference for Japanese food but want that area, the
New Prospect Cafe, on flatbush nr Grand Army Plaza is
perhaps a little nicer.
Okay, okay, none of them are *great*, but I don't know
of any better sushi in Bklyn... or are you holding out
One note about Osaka -- the main (fairly minor)
complaint I have with them lies not in their fish but
in their rice, which I find a little too sweet. The
three times I've been there the fish has always been
nicely soft to the mouth, not stringy. I do prefer
their fish to Inaka's.