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Upper East Sushi - help!

Sparkles Sep 26, 2006 12:26 AM

Looking for a great sushi place on the Upper East Side...trendy atmosphere with great food...any recs? Has anyone been to Gajuymaru? Tokubei 86? Others?

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    jeanki Sep 26, 2006 01:26 AM

    Ichiro on 87th and 2nd has a nice vibe and decor. Gaiyumaru is fairly authentic/traditional and has above average sushi. Poke on 85th/1st is good/well priced. Sushi Hana on 75th/2nd is alright/got recently redecorated. If you want pricier, Sushi of Gari/Sushi Sennin/Sushi Seki are all excellent.

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      eve Sep 26, 2006 02:33 AM

      Relaxed, friendly vibe coupled with great quality (if pricey) sushi can be found at Sushi Senin (81st and 3rd). If you order the "assortments", the sushi and/or sashimi are great deals.

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        Muffin Sep 26, 2006 05:19 PM

        Gajumaru is excellent. It is very authentic, and as a Japanese, I think it's the best
        place in the neighborhood. Another very good place is Inase. A small place
        on 1st between 83 and 82nd.
        Neither places are so called 'trendy' but the food is very good.

        I would stay away from Poke or Ichiro unless you like american sushi.

        1. erica Sep 26, 2006 06:34 PM

          Not sure if "trendy" and "great sushi" can be found at the same place. Great sushi at Sushi Seki on First in the 60s. Chefs eat here although I would not call it in the least bit trendy.

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            chowgal3 Sep 27, 2006 02:42 AM

            I agree with the other posts that Sushi Senin serves great sushi on the UES. I recently ate at Geisha and enjoyed the sushi as well. If you are looking for a trendy atmosphere I would pick Geisha over Sushi Senin.

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              104manhattanite Oct 16, 2006 02:23 PM

              Not sure if it's great...but if you want to eat a lot, Yuka, on 2nd ave & 81st street (I believe) has all all you can eat sushi for $18. The standard sushi and rolls are good and you can eat all you want. Atmosphere is nothing to write home about. But you can't beat that deal.

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                hps Oct 16, 2006 04:04 PM

                My favorite UES sushi spot is UMI Sushi - it's on the corner of 2nd and 77th. Trendy's not the right word, more like TRADITIONAL SUSHI place. But the sushi is out of this world!

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                  pcwd Oct 16, 2006 06:29 PM

                  Sushi of Gari is the best on the UES, without a doubt. However, I wouldn't call the atmosphere trendy, though it is definitely nice. But if you are really looking for "trendy," I think the UES is generally the wrong choice.

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                  1. re: pcwd
                    MMRuth Oct 16, 2006 06:34 PM

                    Much as I love Gari ... I'm not even sure I'd describe the atmosphere as nice.

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