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Freshest/best quality kosher sushi in NY?

daverose808 Apr 22, 2008 03:45 PM

What kosher establishment comes closest to non-kosher sushi (like Nobu or Daruma) in terms of freshness and quality?

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  1. weinstein5 Apr 22, 2008 07:19 PM

    The Sushi at Prime Grill is excellent - compares to non-kosjer sushi I jave tasted

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      MartyB Apr 23, 2008 02:50 PM

      I don't eat sushi, I tried, after 6 attempts I still hate it, my kids, however, do. I just wanted to pass along an interesting comment that my daughter and son in law said - the sushi (kosher) that is sold in Key Food of Woodmere is according to them, real good, with large portions and at half the price of almost anywhere else

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        GilaB Apr 23, 2008 03:12 PM

        While I'm sure that the sushi at Key Food is excellent for grocery-store sushi, I really doubt it's up to the quality of a fine non-kosher sushi restaurant.

        I have always kept kosher, and thus can't compare to Nobu et al, but I would agree that the sushi at Prime Grill is the best sushi I've had.

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          koshergourmetmart Apr 23, 2008 04:16 PM

          haikara was my introduction and was great. We've really liked sushi metsuyan in teaneck. We also made our own sushi while living in sharon-we'd buy fresh salmon at legal seafoods, bring it home and fillet it. We'd then have an all you can eat salmon sushi fest and still have over 1/2 a fish left in our freezer for later consumption

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            ganeden Sep 21, 2008 07:27 AM


            New to this thread, but I would point out that salmon often has anilaria worms, and these are also parasitic in humans, and it's not pretty. Salmon must be frozen first before suahi is made, in order to kill the anilaria. That recommendation is often made for all fish destined for sushi, since even the deep waters are now poluted, and all fish therefore run the risk of infestation.

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            MartyB Apr 23, 2008 09:59 PM

            I don't for one second imply that the sushi at Key Food is anywhere near the top, but just wanted to inform the sushi eating public of the 5 towns that if they are in a sushi mood and do not want to shlep to Manhattan to go to Prime Grill, with its parking nightmare, high tolls, $4/gal cost of gas, long wait to be seated, and extreemly high price. That a short few minute ride, free parkng, very short checkout line, low price may do the trick.

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              daverose808 Apr 24, 2008 02:51 PM

              thanks, but the question was nobu-level sushi, regardless of how long the shlep will be. keeping with the topic tho, it seems that prime grill is the closest thing then. unless i hear of other suggestions, i thank you all for your recommendations.

        2. weinstein5 Apr 24, 2008 03:01 PM

          Another one that I have enjoyed is the Sushi at Abigaels -

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            Dovid Apr 24, 2008 03:41 PM

            A Japanese co-worker has the following observations. A place that stakes (pun not intended) its reputation on the sushi would probably offer sushi, miso soup and salads only. It would not have the smell of grilled or fried meat hanging in the air. A reputable place would cut the fish when you order, and not simply assemble the rolls for you using a tray of pre-sliced fish. A place serious about its sushi would pay a lot of attention to the quality of the rice (seriously, there are different grades of rice, and the difference is like that between a great challah and Wonder bread), and how recently it was prepared. Day old rice is flat tasting, and is not the perfect foil for good fish.

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              daverose808 Apr 24, 2008 07:05 PM

              Dovid, i completely agree. places like Nobu spend a fortune having fresh fish delivered daily from the far reaches of the world. a recent article in vanity fair covers this phenomenon (http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/fea...


              the question is: is the sushi at prime grill and abigails really good sushi, or is it just really good sushi compared to kosher sushi elsewhere (kosher pizza shops even make sushi).

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                weinstein5 Apr 24, 2008 07:13 PM

                I have eaten at some excellent non-kosher sushi places in NYC, Chicago and LA - and Prime Grill and Abigaels do compare compare to non-kosher sushi restaurants - serving exceedingly fresh fish and exciting presentations -

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                  daverose808 Apr 24, 2008 07:47 PM

                  thank you for your thoughtful responses, and i will check both out!

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            Hirscheys Apr 24, 2008 08:14 PM

            I have eaten sushi at Nobu, and although I think that sushi at Prime Grill and Abigael's are very good, the closest to Nobu-quality sushi at a Kosher restaurant is, in my opinion, Kyo in Monsey. I think the freshness and quality exceeds that of any other kosher establishment, as well as the kinds of really excellent sushi appeteizers they offer. Additionally, they have excellent Toro options, while I have not been impressed with the Toro at Prime Grill.

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              daverose808 Apr 25, 2008 03:36 PM

              thats fascinating. i never would have expected superior sushi in monsey. to make up for the high cost of the freshness and quality, the price must be pretty high, and i never imagined the monsey community would support that...

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                HERSHEYF Feb 1, 2009 02:49 PM

                KYO is by far the best kosher sushi it will melt in your moute
                ask him for toro tuna or toro salmon ones you eat by kyo sushi you will naver go back to your other place

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              TAKEOUTISFORME Apr 29, 2008 01:37 PM

              I was wondering if anyone has tried the Sushi at Glatt Mart.

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                momrn Apr 29, 2008 03:24 PM

                I have not tasted non kosher sushi . ?Sushi Metsuyan in Teaneck is the best that we have tasted. They serve no meat,only fish and vegetable items.

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                  holyhops1 Sep 8, 2008 05:54 PM

                  has anyone tried the sushi at fumio? Its amazing.

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                  SRG Sep 9, 2008 07:37 AM

                  Estihana on the uws is darn good and you don't have to put up with the scene at PG.

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                    daphnar Sep 9, 2008 11:52 AM

                    I had sushi at Abigael's recently and was not impressed. In contrast, the sushi at Fumio's was excellent. Although I love their meat options, I'm seriously considering returning for a sushi only meal.

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                      daverose808 Sep 10, 2008 09:45 AM

                      darn - never heard of fumio, and after searching on google, it looks like a NJ restaurant. not worth the drive from long island just for sushi! going to try prime grill as recommended tho...

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                      tomby Sep 17, 2008 06:26 PM

                      Nobu sushi is just not that good, imo. I think Estihana and for take out I liek Supersol although their variety is limited.

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                        Kishka08 Oct 5, 2008 05:55 PM

                        Something Fishy in Brooklyn! Excellent presentations too.

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                          rdc Oct 6, 2008 01:16 PM

                          Do you have an address or a website for this? I have a friend coming up this weekend who keeps Kosher and Sushi is on the agenda.

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                            GilaB Oct 6, 2008 05:55 PM

                            I've never been to Something Fishy (or even heard of it), so I can't vouch for it, but according to the Shamash kosher restaurant database, it's located at 5502 18th Ave., Brooklyn (in Boro Park.) The phone number is (718) 676-1080.

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                          tomby Feb 2, 2009 05:55 AM

                          I didn't think the sushi at Nobu was so great. For kosher, I thought Estihana's was excellent.

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