Whenever most people think of Echigo they think of the silly $12- lunch special during the week which we feel generally sucks.
When we now go for lunch we generally sit at the Sushi Bar order Omakase and pay $30- ea for far superior Sushi experience than is being served on the Special.
Dinner is a completely different story. There is no Special so you have to order Omakase and tonight we decided to drive by our normal haunts like Zo , Hiko, Kirko and give Echigo a whirl because it's been awhile. Anyway the Sushi Bar Omakase was very good, still the best Ankimo in LA , very nice Toro (according to Kar better than Zo last week) and all around pretty good including the base price of $39.95 ea plus a couple of extras so figure $50- pp , a bargain everything considered. Dinner Omakase at the Bar is the reason to go to Echigo in our opinion.
If you sit at a table for dinner, you don't have to order Omakase, you can dine a la carte. The dinner at Echigo (Omakkase, or a la carte) is now substantially better than what you get for the lunch special. I don't think it was always the case though. The size and quality of the lunch special has gone down over the last couple years.