Best not crazy expensive sushi place in city?
Don't want to spend Sushi Yasuda, Gari or Nobu prices but looking for more of a Hatsuhana or Sushi Senin price range. Any suggestions? Are those two places great?
Don't want to go to UES or UWS and atmosphere is important.
We stumbled across Tora in the West Village and it's exactly what you're looking for. It's on 7th Ave. South, east side of street, below Bleecker. They have fabulous special rolls. I generally fill up on a combination of two and it's only around $20. Service is sweet. Everything we've had has been surprisingly fresh and great. For a treat we still go to Gari once or twice a year, but this is our go-to sushi place now. Strangely, it has remained relatively undiscovered.
My friend recommended Jewel Bako. Here's his review...
"Jewel Bako (5th Street between 2nd and 3rd Aves). Once again, it was stunning and is still the best sushi I've ever tasted ... and the room is really really cool and has impeccable service. I'm sure the full omakase is amazing, but the plain old sushi tasting is quite filling and every piece is uniquely done. '
Oh and I forgot the last line of his review...
'Please try ... or forever be ignorant of true (and affordable) culinary bliss."