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  • Amy Keyishian Aug 8, 1997 11:21 AM
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In days of yore, I'd never eat raw fish that seemed to
be a bargain; I'd be too paranoid. But I've been okay
so far. My favorite cheap sushi used to be at Empire
Szechuan Greenwich (I know, I know -- Szechuan is not a
province of Japan, but they still have sushi at this
place), but now it's Edo on 17th street. Lovely
friendly staff, all the basic rolls done freshly, and a
few surprises.

Link: http://www.cuisinenet.com

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    Frank Language

    My favorite sushi? Has to be Esashi Japanese Restaurant
    (Ave. A at 3rd Street). They're small, intimate,
    reasonably priced (you can come in for the early bird
    special for like $9.95, or order a la carte) and clean.
    Oh, and their sushi is great and their waiters are
    helpful - they don't laugh at you if you forget
    momentarily the difference between hijiki and kukicha.

    Beth (using Frank's account)

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    1. re: Frank Language

      I was dragged to this restaurant on the Upper East Side
      where there is an All-You-Can-Eat sushi deal for $20.
      The downside is that if any food is left on the table,
      the regualr price is charged. For the sake of saving a
      few bucks, I gorged myself with raw fish. Haven't eaten
      at a Japanese restaurant since.

      1. re: Kai Lui

        I am not sure if it fits the "cheap sushi"
        category, but one of my favorite summer
        activities is what we call "sushi-baseball."

        The JPN (formerly Shogun) restaurant in
        downtown Baltimore has an "all-you-can-eat"
        deal at the sushi bar on Wednesdays. So I try
        to get my Oriole tickets on Wednesdays, so we
        can go to the game (if it is a day game) and
        cap the day with some great sushi. Or, if it
        is a night game, it is sushi first, then baseball.

        The sushi is very good, the people are very nice,
        and the concept really appeals to me. For
        one hour, you sit at the sushi bar and order
        anything that you want--nigiri, maki, etc...
        The first time, we ate too much too fast, but
        an hour is enough time to eat your fill...
        without stuffing yourself. One thing to keep
        in mind is that some of the fancier combination
        rolls tend to fill you up; I concentrate
        on the simpler preparations.

        The tab is $23.95 and I am sure that they are
        losing money on me...And this Wednesday is
        "sushi-baseball"....yum!!!!

        Jim Zurer -- Washington DC

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          Amy Keyishian

          Sounds good -- the only drawback being that you have to
          watch the Orioles. KIDDING!

          Jim, I agree -- the concept of cheap sushi is a little
          scary -- but you know, the fact is there are lots of
          little places that don't have such a high overhead and
          can do good, basic sushi really, really well. Meanwhile
          the much-touted Nobu is a big pile of crap. Gimme a
          nice guy in a big hat that chats with me while making
          my negihamachi roll anytime.

          There's a place that has all you can eat at 6th ave
          around Bleeker. Can't remember the name, but I had fun
          there too. It's like $16.95? something like that.

          Link: http://www.cuisinenet.com/cafe

    2. Amy, as far as I'm concerned, cheap sushi is like
      cheap brain surgery. It's probably possible to find,
      but why take a chance?

      Of course, expensive sushi--even ultrafresh expensive
      sushi--can also contain parasites.

      Check my "when bad food happens to good people" page
      for some new sushi lowdown...

      ciao

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        Stuart Brown

        For Upper West Siders and Lincoln Center groupies, Empire Szechwan Kyoto at Columbus between 69th and 68th is hard to beat. Sushi consumed on premises is half price meaning the $16. deluxe combination place is $8. Real value I think somewhere in between which means bargain. Pretty good and my kids adore it.

        1. I tend to shy away from those all-you-can-eat sushi
          places, which are usually more like all-you-can-eat
          rice! The East chain varies a lot in quality between
          the different locations, but the good ones are an
          excellent bargain (half price!) during their happy
          hours on weekdays. The one on third ave between 26th
          and 27th is pretty reliable.

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          1. re: Sage

            CHEAP BUT GOOD SUSHI.

            I have started a project on cheap but good valu sushi
            for the Australian market. I would appreciate if
            anybody can provide ANY feedback and OPINION on this. I
            propose a complete lunch meal at < A$12 and dinner at
            <A$ 15 per adult.

            1. re: Sage

              CHEAP BUT GOOD SUSHI.

              I have started a project on cheap but good valu sushi
              for the Australian market. I would appreciate if
              anybody can provide ANY feedback and OPINION on this. I
              propose a complete lunch meal at < A$12 and dinner at
              <A$ 15 per adult.

              1. re: Sage

                CHEAP BUT GOOD SUSHI.

                I have started a project on cheap but good valu sushi
                for the Australian market. I would appreciate if
                anybody can provide ANY feedback and OPINION on this. I
                propose a complete lunch meal at < A$12 and dinner at
                <A$ 15 per adult.

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                Howard Landeck

                Great Sushi is at D & S Sushi in hartsdale!!!

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