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Jun 2, 2007 04:03 AM

Turn your kids on to sushi at Sushiya

Kaiten zushi a/k/a conveyor belt sushi or sushi-go-round is a great way to introduce kids to a variety of sushi. My 8 year old daughter tried nigori with snow crab, tuna, eel, shrimp and shrimp dumplings and had a great time grabbing what looked interesting off the conveyor belt. The color coded plates help keep track of prices. Very reasonable and they won't even accept tips. Sushiya (or "Sushi Hiya!" as she pronounces it) is located on the 2nd floor of Whole Foods on the Bowery. See great recent NY Times article lamenting uniform kids' menus all of which feature chicken fingers. Not for Guttergourmet's Daughter!

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  1. out of curiosity, did you see anything at Sushiya that wasn't full of mayo? I took a look at the belt and most thing were super-creamy (dumplings aside, of course)

    1. Unless you meant introducing them to unfiltered sake and the izakaya lifestyle, I think you meant "nigari" not "nigori". But kaiten-zushi are big family destination spots in Japan for just what you suggest. I'm actually surprised they're not more of them in NYC.

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      1. re: Silverjay

        Thanks. A little sake isn't bad for kids. Seriously though, I meant "nigiri"-hand formed sushi. When you said "nigari" did you mean the coagulent used to make tofu from soy milk which is magnesium chloride?

        1. re: guttergourmet

          Yipes. I typed in haste. You're right, we both meant "nigiri"....But hey, per a Japanese fad from a few years ago, you can introduce the kids to "nigari" too, which according to reports, can reduce fat intake during meals. People were putting in all sorts of foods- i.e. salads, soups, etc. But the fad has since cooled down. Probably thanks to common sense...

      2. East has the conveyor belt sushi,, but i took my kids to better sushi places to avoid them getting sick, kano yana or takahachi will rubberband the chopsticks for the kids