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Best Sushi for $75-Food Only, 1 person

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lukebdonnelly79 Nov 6, 2007 07:02 PM

I'm interested in going to a Sushi place is manhattan where I can get an excellent meal for about $100-110 total. I'll have a few drinks so I'll probably spend about $75 on the food. I want to eat a pretty big meal so it seems that this precludes Yasuda. I'm looking purely for quality of food here, mostly sushi with maybe 1 or 2 cooked courses, and don't give a damn about scene, decor, even service really, as long as the food gets to me. Any suggestions?

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    cimui RE: lukebdonnelly79 Nov 6, 2007 08:40 PM

    Ushiwakamaru on Bleeker fits your requirements to a T. Not too much decor, but the fish, the sushi rice and the cooked courses are all phenomenal and a relative bargain. Make a reservation, though. It's gotten crowded as of late.

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      jon RE: cimui Nov 7, 2007 04:28 AM

      ushi is closed. you can definitely get out of yasuda for under $110 all in and still be quite full.

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        musicl1 RE: jon Nov 7, 2007 05:26 AM

        based on what i hear other people saying, it doesn't seem like you can get full on 110 all in on just sushi...or is that just omakase?

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          sam1 RE: musicl1 Nov 7, 2007 05:28 AM

          if you go to the table and pick your own meal, you can totally do yasuda for that price.

          ushi is returning...just not yet.

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            thegreekone RE: sam1 Nov 7, 2007 04:48 PM

            ditto that BIG TIME. I really enjoy the ambiance at Yasuda as well.

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          cimui RE: jon Nov 7, 2007 01:16 PM

          what the pho? when? ahh!!

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            kathryn RE: cimui Nov 7, 2007 02:35 PM

            Yes, around mid-Sept, it was closed by the DOH.

            http://eater.com/archives/2007/09/eat...

      2. ellenost RE: lukebdonnelly79 Nov 7, 2007 05:48 AM

        You should try Sushi Sen-nin; they have two locations (E. 33 St. between Park and Madison and Third Ave. between E. 80 & 81 St.). Great food -- always fresh fish. Nice decor too.

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          JimmyPage RE: lukebdonnelly79 Nov 7, 2007 08:03 AM

          Kirara on Carmine between Bleecker and Bedford. Not much decor, not much service. Just sit at the bar and order Omakasei and relax. You will NOT be disappointed by the parade of inventive dishes, sashimi, sushi and salads. I usually ask for so much Uni that the price gets to $80. But without it, you can get Omakasei for $65 or $70. I think they got a Michelin star recently...

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            druz99 RE: JimmyPage Nov 7, 2007 08:45 AM

            Ditto JimmyPage. Kirara! Just get the Omakase...it's totally worth it.

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            JFores RE: lukebdonnelly79 Nov 7, 2007 04:54 PM

            Sushi Yasuda, obviously. Omakase there rates on the top 10 experiences of my life.

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              oonth RE: JFores Nov 7, 2007 05:28 PM

              Hey and there was I thinking that you were an impoverished student!! I promise not to mention this to the other London hounds or your cred will be shattered :-)

              Of the names mentioned in this thread, Yasuda is the best quality option and you can definitely stay within the $110 budget and still eat and drink a fair amount. Ushi is great too but closed as mentioned. Kirara and Sen-nin in particular just not in the same league. In fact Sen-nin wouldn't make my Manhattan top 20 and it's not cheap either.

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              tpigeon RE: lukebdonnelly79 Nov 7, 2007 04:56 PM

              I gotta say, even though it isn't going to be a big meal, I would still do Yasuda. It is that good. Have a hamburger a few hours later to tide you over :).

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                jpeg07 RE: lukebdonnelly79 Nov 7, 2007 05:27 PM

                i like tsuki in the UES. 1st ave btwn 74/75.
                good value, really yummy sushi, and some good cooked dishes.

                Also, Dan Japanese in the UWS is good for cooked dishes.

                for a blow out meal go for omen. FAB!

                and Lan is really good too!

                1. sing me a bar RE: lukebdonnelly79 Nov 7, 2007 07:13 PM

                  Don't give up on Ushi Wakamura! They're redoing the place and will be back within days, judging by the progress. I am waiting with baited breath. Everyone I've taken there was stunned by how good it was. The prices are rumoured to be staying the same.

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                    Calliope1 RE: lukebdonnelly79 Nov 8, 2007 06:14 AM

                    Sushi of Gari. The east side location. It has incredible sushi, with some creative pieces as well, at far better prices than most of the "best" sushi places.

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                      fein RE: lukebdonnelly79 Nov 8, 2007 06:15 AM

                      i second sushi of gari. don't order off the menu. tell the waiter what you like and they will make you amazing stuff. definitely go to the east side location.

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                        damnlamb RE: lukebdonnelly79 Nov 8, 2007 07:29 AM

                        In addition to the names mentioned, try the $75 tasting menu @ Le Miu on Avenue A. Truly fantastic quality, and the "new style" sashimi is unique and delicious.

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                          djk RE: damnlamb Nov 8, 2007 07:39 AM

                          love ushi and look forward to its return, love yasuda but also love kyo-ya on east 7th st. very pretty space, great food - raw and cooked.

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                            kathryn RE: djk Nov 8, 2007 08:13 AM

                            Kyo Ya is good but they don't have Edo-style nigiri-zushi, if that's what you're looking for. They do offer oshizushi pressed sushi, and some sashimi dishes.

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                            kathryn RE: damnlamb Nov 8, 2007 08:10 AM

                            It is delicious but the $75 chef's menu includes nigiri sushi as only one of many courses (appetizers, new style sashimi, cooked dishes, dessert). And the new style sashimi is because the two chefs came from...Nobu.

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                              kobetobiko RE: kathryn Nov 8, 2007 12:17 PM

                              While I think the sushi and sashimi at Le Miu is quite good, I don't think it is at the same level as Yasuda or even Ushiwakmaru. I won't put Le Miu's sushi at the top tier of sushi available in NYC.

                              However, I do strongly recommend the cooked dishes there. I am not a big fan of fusion food, but I think their fusion food is actually quite delicious.

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                                kathryn RE: kobetobiko Nov 8, 2007 02:09 PM

                                What do you think of the new style sashimi? I love it a lot, but I can see how not everybody would.

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                                  kobetobiko RE: kathryn Nov 8, 2007 02:12 PM

                                  I think they are ok, some work and some don't. I do want to clarify that when I said Le Miu and Yasuda are not of the same level, I am mainly comparing based on the freshness and quality of the fish. That was clearly reflected when you ordered their sushi, new style or not.

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                                    kathryn RE: kobetobiko Nov 8, 2007 04:23 PM

                                    Ah, gotcha.

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                            snaporaz RE: lukebdonnelly79 Nov 14, 2007 06:03 AM

                            Chiming in late for Shimizu... and get the chawan muchi.

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