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Jan 30, 2008 05:48 AM

Taro vs. Ki

Hi all - My wife and I have been to all the Cobble Hill places (Ki is probably our preferred) but never to Taro, and I'd like to try it. I am likely to order the omakase at either place, but my wife is a more middle-of-the-road eater -- the basic fish like salmon, yellowtail, toro, eel, some rolls, etc -- she can certainly distinguish between good and better, but is unlikely to go omakase.

So my questions are: is it worth it to try Taro given the above; how do Taro's prices compare to Ki / Osaka / Cube 63 (they seem comparable on the website), and is a reservation available or needed at Taro? This would be for tonight. Thanks in advance.

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  1. I've never been to Ki, but just went back to Taro last Saturday for the first time in a while (no reason -- just haven't been).

    I must say, Taro was better than I'd even remembered. Depending on my mood, I can be adventurous or middle of the road. On Saturday, I was feeling middle of the road, and everything was fantastic. The salmon and tuna were incredibly fresh and basically melted in your mouth. Delicious.

    And not very expensive (relatively speaking) either.

    I think we're going to have to start going there more often.

    1. Go on a Friday or Saturday, when they have the most interesting fish available (but go early, as it tends to get hectic).

      That said - I use this place as both my high-end sushi joint and my neighborhood sushi joint - at times I'll spend $30-$40 on individual pieces of interesting sushi, or just drop $11 on the 3-Roll Combo (salmon, spicy tuna, fake crab California).

      Besides the wonderful Hibino in Cobble Hill, this is the only other restaurant I'll go to for sushi in Brooklyn.

      oops - just saw that you're going tonight. Reservations are required or necessary, but they do take them. And they will have some interesting stuff available, such as the ankimo appetizer (which is really nice for the price) and they generally have a really tasty sardine sushi (not what you'd expect).

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      1. re: lambretta76

        I'm gonna have to second the sardine recommendation. I was leery of eating a raw sardine knowing what they're like from a can, but it was delicious and totally unlike what I had expected.

        1. re: lambretta76

          Does Hibino have a complete sushi offering in addition to the small plates? This is a place we've been curious about as well.

          1. re: cazique

            Yes, but I think Lambretta76 was referring to the Sardines at Taro. If you want to know what obanzi Hibino is offering tonight, check their blog:


            Ooh, and tonights look really good.

        2. We were at Taro a few weeks ago at the recommendations of others on Chowhound. We ordered the omakase, and were really impressed. The fish was very fresh and interesting, and you get a lot for what you pay. We recently moved from Manhattan and don't know many good Brooklyn sushi places yet, but have to say that this meal ranks comparably with some of the high end places in Manhattan. We ordered takeout from them recently (just generic sushi deluxe), and the sushi was good but not horribly outstanding, but definitely better than other sushi restaurants in the area. I highly recommend getting a recommendation, especially if you want to sit at the sushi bar, but should still be able to get one if you call now.

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          1. re: coho

            Shinjuku on Atlantic between Court and Clinton isn't bad either. I prefer others mentioned here, but sushi there is consistantly good and reasonably priced, when in need of a change-up.

            1. re: coho

              Coho, do you mind if I ask how much you paid for the omakase and approximately how many plates you had? Also, does the chef tell you when it's the last plate? I've never had omakase and I've been wanting to go to Taro for a while now. Thanks.

              1. re: sharonj

                $50 for the sushi and sashimi omakase, w/ 3 "courses", preceded by a monkfish liver appetizer, and then consisting of a generous sashimi, followed by 7 pieces of sushi, and finishing w/ a roll. Plenty of food for me, and great bang for the buck, in my opinion. Their omakase is different from other ones that I've had, in which it was a little more structured, but still very high quality fish. I will be definitely be going back again for this at some point.