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Sep 15, 2007 11:19 PM

Urasawa - reservation is set for Wed 9/19

I called this past week to make my reservation. I asked if they had anything available on Thursday or Friday but the guy on the phone said they only have availability on Wed 9/19 so that's when I'm going.

I went there once last year and my post is at

Since then I have become an amateur photographer so you should expect much better pictures this time around....maybe even to rival perceptor8?

One thing that was a little bit odd though. They used to not have a corkage fee (at least that's what people in here used to say). I did not bring a bottle last year and I didn't ask at the time. This time I asked on the phone something along the lines of "oh, and do you have a corkage fee? if so, how much is it?" and the guy rather rudely said "oh course we have a corkage fee. $30".

So if anyone didn't know, it looks like there is a corkage fee.

Everything else was the usual...had to give him my credit card, he told me that it's $100/person charge if I don't cancel within 24 hours, etc.

I actually have another reservation there next month on 10/5. For that reservation, we brought up a few dates but he said they only had table space on those dates. for the sushi bar, he told us that 10/5 was the only date around that time so we got that day.

I've never heard of anyone sitting at those tables but oh well.

I hope Hiro won't mind me snapping away with my camera. For any photography nuts, I'll be using my Canon 40D (upgraded from my old 30D) + 24-70 f/2.8L. I just might bring a macro lens (EF 100mm) for some of the food shots but I don't know if I really need to get in *that* close.


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  1. I experience Urasawa vicariously through everyone's pics. Look forward to your "upgraded" pics.

    1. 30- corkage fee has only been since Jan 07'. Still the best overall Japanese experience in the USA. Enjoy, we'll be there in Nov.

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        1. When we were last there, Janet Jackson +1 were sitting at the table and receiving (not surprisingly) excellent service. Hiro commented that she goes there often.

          I think sitting at the table would be a different experience, but still good.

          1. Hiro-san is used to people snapping away with their cameras during their meals. Heck, I know I go nuts when I eat there... Be sure to take a photo of the fresh seafood for the night before you start your meal...

            Macro lens are preferred for food shots. You'll find that uni looks much better on macro.