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I'll be taking a homesick Japanese client to dinner this weekend in North Jersey. Is there any place that I can recommend that will bring a tear to his eye? (Will settle for a surprised sigh.)

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  1. Nagano on Washington Street in Morristown is Japanese owned and operated.
    Otai will take very good care of your Japanese friend.
    We take our Sake nicely chilled here, they know what to do with the brand that we chose for our sushi dinners.
    We don't have to explain what to do with it.

    Enjoy!!

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    1. re: wb

      I'll concur on the quality of Nagano but Morristown is hardly NORTH Jersey. Trust me, I live here.

      Fort Lee by far will give you the best hit ratio on Japanese-patroned sushi places due to Ft Lee's large indigenous Japanese population. Theres a few down by Edgewater in the Yaohan shopping center that are decent but they are overpriced.

      Best bet? Screw Jersey. Go into Manhattan and head to Sushisay, Kuruma Zushi, Sushi Yasuda, Sushi Samba or Nobu Next Door.

      1. re: Jason Perlow

        Where exactly in Ft. Lee area do you like for sushi?
        I work in Ft. Lee (have for 10 years). The only Japanese place I know is Noshiro on Main St. and it isn't too good. I'm no Asian expert, but I believe that a large portion of Ft. Lee's Asian population is actually Korean. The majority of the Asian restaurants are Korean, even most of the the "Japanese" restaurants are really Korean restaurants with a sushi bar (Korean's like sushi I am told) - sort of like the "Chinese" restaurant (Yeun Kyung) on Lemoine that is really a Korean restaurant with a slight Chinese influence (these palces all serve you kimchi when you sit down).
        In addition, Yoahan plaza/mall in Edgewater isn't called Yoahan anymore, another place took it over about a year ago (starts with an M, and I can't for the life of me remember the full name). And, other than a few lousy, pre-packaged taked out sushi places inside the mall, the only Japanese restaurant in that entire area (that I know of) is the one in back of the mall, over the water. I haven'e eaten there in about a year, but the sushi was good (not great), pricey and slow service , however it does have an awesome view of Manhattan.

        1. re: Brad K.

          "Where exactly in Ft. Lee area do you like for sushi?
          I work in Ft. Lee (have for 10 years). The only Japanese place I know is Noshiro on Main St. and it isn't too good."

          No, Noshiro isnt too hot. Theres one a bit further down main street that is in the nook at the corner of Anderson Ave that -only- Japanese go to thats been there for years. Its a little hole in the wall.

          Theres another restaurant on the road on the approach to the bridge where the shopping center with Its Greek to Me is, it had good sushi also.

          Theres also the sushi restaurant adjacent to the Ft. Lee Hilton, it was good but a pain in the ass to get to.

          About 2 years ago when we lived there Rachel and I used to go to Akasaka (Korean owned), which was a pretty decent place, but I think they closed it about a year ago. Now that I'm moving back into the area I'm going to have to really re-tread Fort Lee and find more places to eat. I guess finding a new sushi place is a mission.

          "I'm no Asian expert, but I believe that a large portion of Ft. Lee's Asian population is actually Korean."

          Yeah, but theres a considerable amount of Japanese there that live in the condos. I used to live in the condos on John Street, about 30 percent of the people there were Japanese.

          "The majority of the Asian restaurants are Korean, even most of the the "Japanese" restaurants are really Korean restaurants with a sushi bar (Korean's like sushi I am told) - sort of like the "Chinese" restaurant (Yeun Kyung) on Lemoine that is really a Korean restaurant with a slight Chinese influence"

          Yup. Yeung Kyung is a good place, by the way. This is not to say that korean restaurants cant serve perfectly good sushi -- in fact, I really like the hot-chili "Korean sashimi sauce" that they use to dip sashimi and put in maki rolls, particularly tuna. Many of the Korean restaurants in Ft. Lee make acceptable sushi -- but frankly if I'm going to go to a Korean restaurant I'm going for barbeque anyways.

          " (these palces all serve you kimchi when you sit down). In addition, Yoahan plaza/mall in Edgewater isn't called Yoahan anymore, another place took it over about a year ago (starts with an M, and I can't for the life of me remember the full name)."

          I know, I still call it Yaohan, old habits die hard.

          " And, other than a few lousy, pre-packaged taked out sushi places inside the mall, the only Japanese restaurant in that entire area (that I know of) is the one in back of the mall, over the water. I haven'e eaten there in about a year, but the sushi was good (not great), pricey and slow service , however it does have an awesome view of Manhattan."

          Yeah, thats the one I was talking about. Decent but not awe inspiring like the guy was asking for.

          1. re: Jason Perlow

            I think you will be surprised when you move back into the area. Akasaka has indeed closed (a new Korean place is there now), and there is no Japanese place near Its Greek to Me (was one across the street which closed about 2 years ago). Two new places recently opened, Dae Bak Japanese Restaurant (ate there yesterday) and Sushi World, but both are really Korean places.

            In the last few years most of the Japanese have apparently moved elsewhere (Edgewater?) and the Koreans have moved in (notice all the Korean signs on Main St.) - even the local German deli was just bought by a Korean woman.

            Unfortunately, I have not liked Yeung Keung on my last two visits (I loved it at first). And the "Korean sashimi sauce" is just the same chili sauce used as a condiment for dishes such as hwe dup bab and bi bam bab. Also, if you only go to Korean restaurants for barbeque, you are truly missing out! (I believe that Koreans mainly eat BBQ for special occasions). Overall, the sushi served at these places is decent, but clearly not worth recomending to anyone (particularly someone from Japan!)
            Good luck in your sushi-search (you are right though, for great sushi a trip across the river is needed)

            1. re: Brad K.
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              Jason "The iconoclastic prick" Perlow

              "Also, if you only go to Korean restaurants for barbeque, you are truly missing out! (I believe that Koreans mainly eat BBQ for special occasions)."

              Well, not strictly. I've been known to change my mind last minute even though barbeque is usually the driving force for me to get there. My fave Korean in the area is Shin Goong Jin in Palisades Park -- I'm fond the of their bimbimbap (especially the yook hwe raw bimbimpap with the spicy sauce, more like a carpaccio salad), their jap jae and their hot pepper pancakes (a must!).

              And oh yeah, the Pa-Jun too. :) But don't tell Jim. I have a reputation to uphold.

    2. Many thanks to all who have replied. I'll definitely stay on the "right bank" of the Hudson for most of my sushi ventures - and even for my Korean food forays (I love some of those places in the 30's off 5th).But, back to my homesick client - He has clarified where in "North" Jersey he's staying. It turns out to be the New/East Brunswick area. Morristown sounds great but may be a bit of a schlepp (unless I'm off on my sense of Jersey scale). Is there anything a touch closer to where he's staying. And, forget about tears and sighs - I'll settle for a smile and a pat on the back as we seal the deal.Best regards to all posters.- Hy