Has anyone been to Oya? I don't hear much about it but have always thought their menu looked interesting, just haven't gotten around to trying it. I might go tonight with a friend.
They have a $29 3-course menu special going on right now for their anniversary. Looks interesting: http://www.oyadc.com/
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It's got an INCREDIBLE atomosphere- they spent over $5M. Very cool, hip place, but for the price, you're best going someplace else. Chef's have changed several times there. Food is just OK.
I went for three courses at lunch. My companion and I each ordered sushi rolls for a starter. I got the crispy salmon, which was soft on the outside and crunchy on the inside (from panko) and was excellent. My friend got the tuna tempura, which was quickly tempura fried as a whole roll and sliced. It was wonderful. I recommend trying those.
I got the scallops for my lunch and they were lovely. Cooked well, with a tasty noodle side and hen of the woods, which are my favorite mushroom. It wasn't a mind-blowing meal, but it was pretty darn good. Well portioned, too.
We each got the sorbet dessert because it was lunch and we wanted light. It was as refreshing as you'd want, but I've heard excellent things about their banana bread pudding.
I know Oya gets a bad rap, but my one meal there was quite good, and it was a great deal. I believe champagne comes with the dinner special. I'd go back for the sushi rolls, for sure.
My meal experience was a lot like yours. The rolls were great, which is surprising when one doesn't SEE a sushi chef working. Definitely a high point.
As I posted earlier, though, the kitchen timing was horribly off, and the staff seemed to be perplexed by it. That doesn't explain the long, dry wait between seeing a wine list and actually GETTING a glass of wine, either. The very hip atmosphere and competent food just doesn't make up for a painfully slow delivery of the first course, especially when one is on a lunch hour and doesn't have lots of time to spare.
I have been there a few times [including last Sunday !]. Personally I would pass on the $29 deal even if it is a good bargain. Their strong suit is the small plates, not the entrees or the sushi. When we go, we do our own tasting menu or tapas menu and just order small plates. Especially good are the piquillo stuffed peppers, pekin crepes, and soft shell tempura. The ambaince is very nice--a great white leather and marble atmosphere.