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Apr 4, 2008 08:22 PM

Sushi Jun review

Well, after trying it for about the fourth time in 3 weeks, I've come to the conclusion that it's one of the best value sushi places in nyc.

Avid sushi fan here, current favorites are the Seki omakase and Yasuda, but this place, despite its dimunitive appearance, should definitely be tasted.

Scallop sushi is the best I've had in nyc, followed by on the best yellowtail pieces as well. Other standouts include the Sea Urchin and horse mackerel. The salmon and tuna are average but overall, this place is a complete gem considering how it's practically empty every night. Maybe it's location or size, but this should definitely be a destination for anyone in the midtown/upper west area without a doubt.

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  1. Thanks for posting this - ws doing some searching for just this kind of place - going to check it out tonight.

    Have you eaten at the Blue Ribbon in midtown and, if so, how does it compare?

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    1. re: MMRuth

      yes, been to blue ribbon in columbus circle about 4 times. I live about a block away. I go there more for the cooked food (fried chicken, etc) however then the fish. Their menu is a little too extensive for a pure "sushi" place which it is not. While I do like and prefer the blue ribbon sushi downtown, I've had fairly average sushi at the one in columbus circle so I've stayed away from it the past couple of times I've been there.

    2. I second Sushi Jun. I go to ny at least 2 or 3 times a year and it's just a couple of steps from where I stay. I've been there more times than I can count and I've never been disappointed. The fish is always very fresh, the atmosphere is very casual and the service is great. Great value considering how fresh the ingredients are... In terms of the quality of the fish they rival some of the better sushi restaurants in the city. Everytime I walk by this place I can't help but drop in and have their awesome monkfish liver. Definitely sit at the bar and get to know the chef and the staff as they're very friendly and they'll remember you by name after a few visits. It's on W. 50th b/w 8th and 9th (closer to 8th). I guess it's not as busy as it should be because of the location as it's easy to pass by without noticing it (it's tiny).

      1. Told you!

        Good to see some other people singing its praises now.



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        1. re: Nosher

          I still haven't gotten around to writing up a full report, but I left with mixed feelings. The oysters were fantastic (though they didn't know what kind they were) as was the scallop nigiri sushi, and the yellow tail. We went with two $50 "omakase" and asked for just a combination of sashimi and sushi. We first ordered the oysters and a dish of small fried fish (both specials). After the "omakase" we ordered 5-6 pieces of nigiri sushi, including more of the yellowtail. The quality was good - somewhat better than our neighborhood cheap sushi place, but not outstanding, and the bill was $190 before tip. I'm still searching for a place that falls in between "cheap sushi" and Gari and Yasuda, in terms of both price and quality. I probably won't go back, though I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to someone looking for sushi in the area.

          1. re: MMRuth

            We also ordered the $50 level omakase a few weeks ago and requested sushi only. The complete list of pieces is here:


            Based on the quality and types of sushi we received, as well as the quality of the overall experience, we felt it was a tremendous value. Since then, we've had different levels of omakase several times at Sushi Jun and have always left completely satisfied. Sushi omakase at other high level places can easily exceed $6 per piece, so I believe Sushi Jun's omakase is quite a bargain.

        2. I second this also. I happen to live in the neighborhood and Sushi Jun is my go to spot.