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Ushi Wakamaru v. Blue Ribbon Sushi

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my understanding is that these two places are of roughly the same caliber. have been to BRS, never to UW. BRS seems to have the edge on atmosphere.

looking for a quality/price breakdown and maybe an alternate suggestion in case i've missed something in the neighborhod.


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  1. They're both excellent. Aesthetically Ushi has the edge for me. I mean food-wise; it's not as nicely decorated as Blue Ribbon, but the fish at Ushi is more likely to surprise and delight. They're both expensive, I believe, though, you're more likely at Ushu to get exotic specials of the day flown in than you are at BR.


    1. they are very different places:

      -- foodwise, Ushi Wakamaru is far far superior...as mentioned above, they get fish flown in from Japan and many items that BRS would never have...and the sushi-making of Hideo-san (an award winning chef) is in a whole different class from the hastily-made stuff at BRS...the atmosphere is mellow and the clientele is often mostly Japanese...it feels like places i've been in Japan and the people are there for the food...

      -- Blue Ribbon has decent quality fish...but it's a trendy factory of a place, churning out all kinds of rolls, etc to suit a variety of American and foreign palates...occassionally i've had sub-par fish there, but it's usually good...but, it's fun place: the lighting is darkish and you can get a booth and drink and order a few rounds of alcohol&sushi and it makes for a fun date or late-night-feast...but you're paying for the atmosphere ("Oh, look, there's the cast of SNL" -- "Hey, there's RZA", etc) not for the food...

      Price-wise, either place could cost more or less depending on what you get...when i get the sashimi/sushi omakase for two (and three or so drinks a piece) at UW, it usually runs about 200 plus a healthy tip...but you could get a sushi combo, some appetizers, and bottle of sake and spend far less...similarly, at BRS, i've gone for a light afternoon meal or late-night-snack and spent 40/person and i've also had marathon birthday dinners there that cost double or triple that...

      i'd say, if you are interested in excellent traditional sushi (at a cost that's still lower than Yasuda), definitely give UW a try and get the omakase...