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Jan 18, 2008 05:02 PM

Conveyor Belt Sushi

Can any one tell me of any converyor belt sushi places in NYC? I know there's Genki in midtown and read there's one in the Whole Foods on Bowery called Sushiya. Anybody have any recent experiences at either?

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  1. there is a new one opening soon at 43rd & Lex.

    i have gone to East Japanese around 26th & 3rd a couple times. Sushi quality isnt as good as a "normal" place, but still good and fun.

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    1. re: travpard

      East is the only conveyor sushi i know,,, it grossed me out last time i was there,. Some guy that was coughing into his hands took some touched it and put it back. YUCK

      1. re: travpard

        I agree. I have been there a few times and the sushi was descent but not great. But it's fun and quick so I don't mind going back. (I would say the quality of their sushi is similar to that at a sushi buffet). It would help if you keep an eye on the chefs as they prepare sushi and place freshly-made plates of sushi on the belt. Those plates would be the freshest available to the customers. I usually look at what's on the belt and take only the fresh stuff. One good thing is that I have seen the chefs throwing out "old" plates that have been on the belt so you won't have to worry about things sitting on the conveyer belt for too long. However, it's always better to get the fresh stuff before the fish and the turn dry.

        In addition to their sushi, I think their noodle soup is descent too, if you want something to fill you up. You can order a "mini" udon or soba noodle bowl, which is about $3.50 or $4. I have done that before so I won't keep getting plates and plates of sushi, which could add up the cost. Nontheless, I have never spent more than $30 even if I went very hungry and ate plates after plates of sushi. One thing to avoid is their Chicken Teriyaki. Last time I ordered it, it was not very good... the chicken was very dry and the sauce had little flavor but way too sweet.

        Address = 366 3rd Ave ( Btwn 26th & 27th St ) New York, NY

        Please note that they do not open until around 1 PM for lunch on weekends. I was there once at 12 Noon and had to eat elsewhere because they weren't open yet.

        Hope you will like this place. If you go, please let us know of your thoughts.

        1. re: travpard

          This seems to be the place on 43rd and Lex:

          But I read an article that said they opened the day before you posted. Of course that's just based on an article. Does anyone know if they actually opened on the 18th? Did anyone eat there?

          1. re: hamstrman

            Not open yet. Stopped by today and the person inside said they are only doing private functions and will try to open by the end of the week.

            1. re: villager21

              Sakae sushi is now open on 43rd between 3rd and Lex...I'll be trying it out for lunch today...

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          1. I'm seeing a lot of comments about East on particluar how the sushi isn't quite fresh (because it's been going around on a conveyor). But if you ask, and especially if you're sitting right at the bar, you can get anything you want made to order. I don't know if that kills the conveyor belt experience or not, but it's something to consider.

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            1. re: douglas525

              Well how does it not kill the conveyer belt concept? You're not having conveyer belt sushi anymore... if I was going to eat at a sushi bar, I wouldn't go to East. The whole point is for the kaitenzushi!

              1. re: hamstrman

                Oh my...aren't we a little testy this morning. Anyway, by sitting right at the bar, you can see which dishes are being made right then, so you know which plates to grab. You can also mix it up--get some plates from the belt with a few items made to order thrown in.

                1. re: douglas525

                  24 hr delivery sushi? thats a first.

            2. 1. East is really bad; used to love the place, used to go a lot, but really, it's just bad. even if you can order direct from the chef, the whole point is that the sushi on the belt should be so delicious, so intriguing, that it disappears at each round.

              2. There is a preview of Sakae Sushi on midtownlunch (; seeing as it just opened, it should be really good (or is it the other way around usually?)

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              1. re: bigjeff

                All, thanks for your responses. Does anyone know if Genki is still open on 46th street is still open. I recall seeing it when when I use to work in the neigborhood many years ago. The number I found on the internet is disconnected.

                1. re: offtheeatenpath

                  Genki was replaced by another gringo-sushi place about a couple years back.

                  1. re: offtheeatenpath

                    no longer a sushi place in that location

                2. This reminds me: I saw one in Chinatown getting ready to open last month. Not sure if it's opened, yet. On Bowery near Hester I think, I'll have to check next time I'm in the neighborhood.

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                  1. re: HLing

                    HLing, is this restaurant open in Chinatown yet and does it have the conveyor belt?

                    1. re: wench31

                      Can't believe it's been almost 3 months since this post. Wench31, I will look next time I'm in Chinatown. I'll make it a point to walk past there either on my way to, or from the Jumbo Hot Dog.

                      1. re: wench31

                        Thank you! I was thinking of going with my daughter for Japanese with the conveyor belt but really couldn't find any good reviews on them. She loves watching the sushi goiing round and round....