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Jun 9, 2008 09:36 PM

Best Sushi Below 23rd?

In your opinion, what's the best sushi to be had below 23rd street? Thinking of spending up to $60 a person.

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  1. Yama on Irving Pl (17th Street). Good combo of quality and value.

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    1. re: pierogi and bigos

      Yama is not authentic sushi. But if you prefer monster sized slabs, it is filling.

      Is Jewel Bako still good?

      1. re: jeanki

        Jewel Bako is no longer the same quality as it once was. The sushi chef went to work at 15 East and things have gone downhill.

    2. You can try Ushiwakamaru or Kanoyama. $60 is bit tight but you can still get a decent meal (not including alcohol, tips, and tax)

      Yama, IMO, is very average.

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      1. re: kobetobiko

        Ditto. Ushi or Kanoyama. $60 will yield you a good sized nigiri set + a few add-ons. At Ushi you can get 15 pieces for $50. At Kanoyama, you can get 8 pieces + 1 chutoro roll for $31, and they have a great list of daily specials.

        1. re: kathryn

          I really like Aki on W 4th. It is a hole in the wall, but they have great sushi and you can definitely spend less than $60pp.

        2. re: kobetobiko

          had a very nice meal for 2 at ushi for around $150 all told (no alcohol, but tea and dessert, etc.) and thoroughly satisfied both with quantity and quality. love that place! but yet to try kanoyama; the replies on this thread make me want to seek it out though.

        3. I second Kanoyama. It's in the East Village, it's not extremely popular but excellent. In the last Zagat it just got a 26 or 27 (if that means anything to you).

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          1. re: MsAlyp

            Kanoyama is pretty popular Wed/Thursday through Sundays. If you don't have a reservation, the wait can be over an hour. And they don't take reservations on Fridays and Saturdays.

            1. re: kathryn

              Kanoyama also has the omakase sushi and sashimi which were around $30-35 last time I ate there. A lot of the fish they serve on the omakase selections is from their seasonal special menu, and not the same old tuna, salmon, yellowtail, etc. Ask for the fresh wasabi, it cost a little more, but it's worth it.

              For anyone feeling splurgy, they have a true omakase where the chef will keep making small dishes for you until you tell him to stop. You can give them a rough dollar limit so you don't get any nasty surprises. I had it with my wife for her birthday and the dinner was awesome, including a strange clear tomato soup in a small glass, chilled and was packed with flavor.

              1. re: catfell

                Yes, as I said above, at Kanoyama, you can get 8 nigiri pieces + 1 chutoro roll for $31. This also includes a soup or salad, as well as dessert.

                1. re: kathryn

                  What about Tomoe Sushi on Thompson Street? I used to eat there when I worked in the area and it was quite good. Can any recent diners weigh in?

                  1. re: fsd1116

                    According to some diner reviews on Zagat, Tomoe has changed hands and no longer has the quality of sushi it once has. Such a pity, it was my favorite place!!!

                  2. re: kathryn

                    I think the so-called "omakase" sushi / sashimi set on the menu is ok. They are definitely better than most of the sushi or sashimi platters you get in other restaurants, but the best at Kanoyama is sitting at the sushi bar. You can tell the chef the budget you want to spend and ask him to give you the best at the price range. A true omakase is around $100 - $150 and even more depending how much you eat, but even if it is $60, I found it to be a better option to order at the sushi bar than to order the sushi set on the menu plus some add-ons. The latter probably will give you more pieces, but not as good quality.

                    1. re: kathryn

                      Went last night and the sashimi omakase was $36. Excellent pieces including cooked and marinated octopus, baby abalone, chutoro, striped bass, the smoothest and silkiest and butteriest arctic char I've ever had, kampachi, and very fresh and delicious amberjack, alongside a few other pieces I can't remember. It was surprisingly filling.

              2. try Soto on 6th av . They have excellent dishes with sea urchin too.

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                1. re: larryfr

                  Unfortunately $60 will not last long at Soto. May be 2 apps and that's about it.

                2. We like Hamachi on 20th between Park and B'way. Nothing fancy, just good, reasonable sushi.