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Omakase for Anniversary?

I'm looking for help choosing a great Omakase to celebrate our anniversary. We are open to traditional or more sxperimental/creative sushi and a mix of cooked and raw dishes are also fine as long as the food is fabulous. I've nixed Yasuda as it seems it would be a rushed rather than festive experience (though I would love to try it some other time).

Looking to spend around 100+ per person, we are fairly flexible but don't want to cross into Masa territory. The anniversary is next week so no place that needs a month to reserve. Under consideration are...

Morimoto (may not be able to get in on such short notice)
Jewel Bako
Sushi of Gari (east side?)
Blue Ribbon Sushi
Ushi Wakamaru (not sure if this is right for a celebration)

On a completely different note - if we save omakase for some other time what would be a good Lupa (one of our faves)- like restaurant?

Thank you!!

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  1. Sushi of Gari Gari Gari (east side)...you can't go wrong. Totally non traditional from a sushi perspective, but the flavors and creativity will blow your mind.

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    1. re: livetoeat

      I wholeheartedly agree with this. For me it was life changing.

    2. For an anniversary, I think you should go with Morimoto.
      I had the Omakase there last month, and it was amazing.
      I don't think Morimoto is an excellent restaurant overall,
      but they pull out the big guns for their Omakase.
      They also have great sake pairings as well.
      They space is impressive, I'd start with a drink at the
      bar downstairs. Should be an amazing night!

      I vote no for Jewel Bako, this place is tiny and over-rated.
      I wouldn't do Gari, just because I don't want to go that far uptown
      (depends where you live), and I'd say no to Blue Ribbon because
      it's too quaint and casual. Have fun!

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      1. re: kvn

        I've seen (but not tried) the omakase at Blue Ribbon (which I go to about once a week) and it looks fabulous. I don't find the decor quaint, though it is casual. Much as I love Gari - the decor is so shabby that I'd hesitate to recommend for an anniversary. Have you considered Yasuda?

        1. re: MMRuth

          Sorry - just saw your comment about Yasuda - I've never experienced being rushed there - really fantastic sushi.

          1. re: MMRuth

            Thanks for all of the responses! Morimoto sounds like a possibility and Blue Ribbon is also very appealling, its a great location for us and the green tea creme brulee sounds fabulous.

            I got the idea that Yasuda could be rushed from old posts (not necessarily from this board)where people complained about spending a large sum and being zipped in and out within an hour - unless of course, I've confused this with someplace else!

            1. re: llinza

              Please don't do Blue Ribbon. It's truly not in the same league as some of the other places people have mentioned, and I would really not want you to be disappointed by a subpar Anniversary meal.

      2. Shimizu-west 51st, Taka on Grove, Lure has potential and my most recent discovery-Le Miu on Ave A.

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        1. re: guttergourmet

          I like Taka but it's too casual/neighborhood for a big celebration, I think. I second Morimoto for a splurge and the atmosphere--I haven't been to the one here but did omakase twice in Philly and it was good.

        2. I just did the Omakase at Morimoto and I thought it did not live up to its Philly branch. We were told there was no Sake pairing because "We'd have to hire a sommelier." The food was not bad but a little scattered, very quickly paced and not that interesting. For that amount of money, I think you can do a lot better.

          1. Nobu is still my favorite.