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Bob Jan 10, 2006 08:44 PM

Looking for good sushi in Brooklyn Heights, Carrol Gardens or Cobble Hill. Tried Cube 63, a Zagat's recommendation and was not impressed. Have also tried Nanatori on Montague Street which is okay. Anyone have any other suggestions.

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    EJC RE: Bob Jan 10, 2006 09:59 PM

    in B Heights, my favorite place is Iron Chef Sushi on Clark St. Quality fish, creative rolls, pleasant atmosphere. I would also recommend you stay away from Sushi Gallery in the subway station (bleh).

    not far away, on Dean St @ 5th Ave is Taro which is my (and most of C'hound's) favorite place is the general area.

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      LB RE: EJC Jan 12, 2006 10:01 AM

      Iron Chef house, despite the silly name, is GREAT.

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        Hilltop RE: EJC Feb 9, 2007 07:17 PM

        Iron chef is great in every respect. The sushi tastes like it's still swimming. The staff is excellent. And it's cheap. If this place were in Manhattan it would be three times as much and people would rave about it.

        Kitty corner from this place, inside the Clark Street subway station is a dump called Sushi Gallery. It's sh*t on rice. Avoid at all costs.

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        fat ass RE: Bob Feb 9, 2007 07:26 PM

        Osaka on Court St. is a pretty good bet.

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          Nehna RE: Bob Feb 10, 2007 07:40 AM

          What didnt you like about Cube 63? We went a lot when it first opened and really enjoyed it. Esp sitting at the bar, chatting with the sushi chef, sharing a bottle of wine and eating some wonderfully fresh---and inventive, for brooklyn---fish.

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            bhill RE: Bob Feb 10, 2007 09:33 AM

            The best Sushi in that area is Ki Sushi on Smith St. You'll find several reviews (including mine) if you run a search. Probably the most hyped sushi spot on the board right now, and rightfully so. Fantastic quality food- both in terms of their sushi as well as their cooked dishes.

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              hamstrman RE: bhill Dec 19, 2007 06:09 PM

              I agree about Ki Sushi. It is fantastic. Iron Chef House is awful on many levels. The only place more awful that I've ever eaten at was jPan which is an offshoot of Iron Chef House.

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                Jeffy RE: hamstrman Aug 28, 2009 09:01 PM

                Ki is definitely the place to go. I now live much closer to Iron Chef (my number two choice) than I do to Ki, but the walk to Ki is worth it. It's the one place in the neighborhood where I'm excited to eat sushi pieces instead of just rolls, because the fish is just that fresh. Even the quality of the pickled ginger and wasabi is better at Ki.

                That being said, if you do find yourself at Iron Chef, your best bet is one of the more elaborate rolls that don't rely on the freshness of the fish. Something with softshell crab or eel, for instance.

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                chowkitty RE: bhill Aug 28, 2009 01:50 PM

                Ki really is good. Osaka is also good but not as pleasant to sit in unless you're in the garden. I did not like Iron Chef at all.

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                Susan_Sarandon RE: Bob Feb 10, 2007 09:52 AM

                I heard Ki's chef branched out from Osaka on Court st.
                Haven't ate there, but will try soon!

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                  happyjenny RE: Bob Dec 19, 2007 02:28 PM

                  Bob! I would totally recommend sushi gallery on Clark street! Food is delicious and made right in front of you so cleanliness and quality is out of the question. The staff is friendly and service is great. Plus if you're in a hurry you can just pick up one of the to-go boxes.
                  - If you are an "eel person" The black dragon roll is amazing!

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                    fishermb RE: happyjenny Dec 20, 2007 05:45 AM

                    Ki, Cube 63 and Osaka have always satisfied me.

                    There's a sushi place on Atlantic between Court and Clinton, but I've never been in, forget what it's called, anyone know about that place?

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                      Greg RE: fishermb Dec 20, 2007 06:29 AM

                      It's called Shinjuku. I went once when it first opened, was unimpressed, and never went back. Nevertheless, it's managed to stay open for several years and it usually has at least a few customers when I pass by.

                      While not in the Heights, proper, Hibino on Henry and Pacific has excellent sushi as well as small plates called obanzi that I can't get enough of.

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                        lambretta76 RE: Greg Dec 20, 2007 09:51 AM

                        I second Hibino - I'd put it as the number two sushi joint in Brooklyn, and one of the best Japanese restaurants in general in Brooklyn (along with Geido, who I don't like for sushi that much, and Sushi Gen, where again I prefer the cooked foods). The best in the borough in my opinion is Taro Sushi on Dean - go Thursday through Saturday when they have the largest fish selection. I've been easily two dozen times and have only been disappointed once (and that was in comparison only to itself, on its off night it was better than 90% of the sushi joints in the borough, and on pay with Osaka.) I think Osaka (and I guess Ki) and Cube 63 are both solid, but with better choices around I tend to forget about them.

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                    emgirlb RE: Bob Dec 20, 2007 07:25 AM

                    Ki Sushi is the best I've had in the neighborhood. Used to go to Hana Cafe on Smith street, which is still a good bet for large bento boxes and hot dishes, but their sushi quality really doesn't compare to Ki or Osaka. I think Ki's fish is much better and more interesting than Osaka, and the place has more seating so you don't have to worry that the post-movie going crowd will fill up Ki in a matter of seconds. Have you tried J-Pan on Fifth ave. in the Slope? Great menu with very different choices from most Japanese places in Brooklyn.

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                      Citizen Scribbler RE: Bob Aug 27, 2009 10:44 AM

                      The people who are criticizing Sushi Gallery in the Clark Street station couldn't be more wrong. Perhaps they visited it years ago before the current owners took it over. It's run by a lovely Korean family, so you'll find a handful of excellent Korean dishes to enjoy on the menu as well.

                      The sushi is always fresh, and you can pick up a pre-made pack made daily. I cannot vouch for the freshness of any of the other sushi places in Brooklyn Heights, and I've been to them all on many occasions over the dozen years I've lived here. I still go to them to check out if they've improved or not, but Sushi Gallery is still the best.

                      Some people believe that, for sushi to be good, it has to be served in a trendy looking place that you need a reservation for. They really haven't developed the palate' to know really fresh fish when they taste it. That's why some folks might be fooled by the nifty decor at Iron Chef House, where I used to go regularly until I was served tuna that had clearly gone off- that should never happen.

                      Sushi Gallery is small and unglamorous, but it has a charm all its own and is perfect for people watching.

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                        the_state RE: Bob Aug 27, 2009 03:06 PM

                        i'm convinced that all sushi in carroll gardens, cobble hill and columbia heights sucks.

                        prove me wrong.

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                          eeee RE: the_state Aug 28, 2009 06:17 AM

                          Koto Sushi on Carroll and Henry is my go-to place when I order sushi for delivery. It has been consistently good-quality and above average and the people there couldn't be nicer.

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                          mikeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee RE: Bob Aug 28, 2009 04:12 PM

                          try Iron Chef Sushi great rolls

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