Sushi at China Fun? YECCCCH!
Our local sushi palace (Kinoko on W. 72 St.) is closed for renovation, so we thought we'd try the sushi menu at China Fun (246 Columbus Ave. between 71-72 Sts.). Were we ever sorry. Besides paying about $20 more than at Kinoko for two take-out meals, we did not get even one piece of sushi that was fresh and flavorful. A monument of misery was the mackerel, which had been soaked in salt water, presumably to prevent it from spoiling. The yellowtail was tired and mushy. The salmon eggs had no snap. The octopus, which thankfully was an unusually small piece, was sliced very very thin. This was helpful because it was leathery. And tasteless. The eel was mealy. None of the fish tasted spoiled or rotten, it was just well past the peak of freshness. The restaurant served large portions of miso soup which was delicious.
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For a local alternative, I've heard the sushi is better than China Fun at Ivy's which is across the street from Kinoko. In fact, I've never seen anyone order it from China Fun but I always see it ordered at Ivy's. The most popular local sushi place in the nabe (IMO) seems to be Tenzan on Columbus between W73 and W74. Since I don't eat sushi, I want to mention I am not speaking from first-hand experience. This opinion is based on my finicky, sushi-eating friends who eat sushi several times per week. Lastly, there is a new restaurant on Columbus (bet. W71 and W70) called Amber that has a sushi bar; however, I haven't spoken with anyone who has tried the sushi there. I can say that the pad thai is very decent there for a neighborhood place. Lastly, and in defense of China Fun, they have great fried dumplings, probably among the top three places in the city despite a recent chinatown dumpling tour .
i definitely agree and think this is a given. but, sometimes, when a dining partner does not like sushi and/or crowds and fanfare seem unappealing, one is forced to do the chinese/sushi thing. if this is the case and the plan is to stay local, ivy does surpass china fun by far from what i hear. if i ate sushi, i'd probably opt out of sushi under those conditions but i do realize others may be less finicky.