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Fun, hip sushi place

faithdog Jul 9, 2008 08:26 AM

Looking for a fun, hip sushi restaurant that has good food too. Want a place that a couple of girlfriends would enjoy on a night out without the men.

Thanks in advance.

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    c11 RE: faithdog Jul 9, 2008 08:40 AM

    Avenue A Sushi. Its on Avenue A and 7th Street.

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      Mr.Black RE: c11 Jul 9, 2008 09:05 AM

      totally agree with Ave A!

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        small h RE: Mr.Black Jul 9, 2008 10:53 AM

        Have you been recently? Because I went to Avenue A about a year ago: the fish was waaaaay past fresh, the service was both distracted and surly, and the place didn't look particularly clean. I haven't been back, although I used to go there a lot, many years ago, when the techno music they play at top volume was new. Has it, perhaps, improved?

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          banjolinana RE: small h Jul 10, 2008 12:03 PM

          I agree with Small H. Last couple times i went the fish was not in it's prime thus i stopped going

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        kcijones001 RE: c11 Jul 9, 2008 09:07 AM

        There's a place across the street from Coppola's on 3rd Avenue between 27th & 28th Streets. It's semi new...Two floors..The name escapes me.

        There's also:

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          nycchitownmix RE: kcijones001 Jul 9, 2008 07:18 PM

          Amberjack? Haven't been, so can't comment on the food, but looks busy whenever I've walked past.

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        smokedgouda RE: faithdog Jul 9, 2008 09:05 AM

        Sushi Samba on 7th Avenue.

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          faithdog RE: faithdog Jul 9, 2008 10:02 AM

          Thanks for the recommendations so far - I should also add - late 30s and also want a good neighborhood. I was thinking of Morimoto-type place but I just don't think their sushi is great

          1. thew RE: faithdog Jul 9, 2008 11:07 AM

            kanoyama on 11th and 2nd

            if sushi isn't the primary desire matsuri on w 19th but they are about the food not the sushi, like morimoto

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              kobetobiko RE: thew Jul 9, 2008 11:39 AM

              I don't consider kanoyama as hip at all!

            2. raji212 RE: faithdog Jul 9, 2008 12:09 PM

              Matsuri is probably the best you can do food and scene-wise. Enjoy!

              1. kcijones001 RE: faithdog Jul 9, 2008 01:00 PM

                I would go with Geisha

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                  sloane RE: faithdog Jul 9, 2008 01:45 PM

                  The place on 3rd ave between 27th and 28th is called Amber. It looks hip, but it just opened and I'm not sure how the food is. I think there is another Amber uptown. Anyone tried it yet?

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                    kcijones001 RE: sloane Jul 9, 2008 02:08 PM

                    I just found some reviews and they're not too shabby! Even compared to NoBu!


                    FAITHDOG, i think this may be your place!

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                      kcijones001 RE: kcijones001 Jul 9, 2008 02:15 PM

                      Reviews for amber are outstanding (all locations) i think this may be the place to go!

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                      bigjeff RE: sloane Jul 9, 2008 04:56 PM

                      ya I biked by, the bar scene was bumpin' I was totally confused by the menu; not expecting the rolls and all that. anyone who's eaten there, I'd love to hear a report.

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                        sharinski RE: sloane Jul 10, 2008 11:31 AM

                        Order in from Amber a few weeks back, I ordered a spicy tuna and a king crab roll, and it was not good. The crab was definitly better than the tuna but I couldnt even finish the roll!

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                        Simon RE: faithdog Jul 9, 2008 08:00 PM

                        there is better sushi in town, but for a fun evening, i'll throw Blue Ribbon Sushi into the ring...not the most authentic place, but for fresh fish w/ a woodsy and trendy vibe, it can do the trick...as a bonus, you're likely to see people like the cast of SNL, John Singleton, RZA, etc...no reveservations, but you can leave your cell number and grab a cocktail nearby...makes for a fun night on the town...

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                          bigjeff RE: Simon Jul 10, 2008 02:31 AM

                          ugh, spent a lot of money at blue ribbon for really not so good food. quite disappointed actually.

                          might HARU do the trick, the one on park ave? sleek/hip for sure.

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                          girlcritic RE: faithdog Jul 10, 2008 05:56 AM

                          Lure has a great sushi chef and a nice atmosphere...And while I'm not a personal fan, Bond Street is still tops with ladies out on the town.

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                            foodwhisperer RE: faithdog Jul 10, 2008 06:25 AM

                            Probably the hippest funnest is Bond Street, bar downstairs and sushi bar upstairs. Food downstairs doesnt seem as good. The place is always packed and fun.
                            Sushi Samba on 7th ave south, would be a second choice.

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                              kcijones001 RE: foodwhisperer Jul 10, 2008 10:44 AM

                              hey faithdog..would love to know where you decided to go!

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                              banjolinana RE: faithdog Jul 10, 2008 12:05 PM

                              What about Megu (although pricey pricey)? Nobu is always so delicious when i go there. Bond street as someone else mentioned is a hip fun place but only the downstairs.

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                                digsnola RE: faithdog Jul 10, 2008 08:43 PM

                                Not as huge a fan as many with the sushi at Bond St. but usually love the scene.

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                                  picklesister RE: faithdog Jul 10, 2008 10:19 PM

                                  I think the problem here is that many sushi restaurants have a standardized style that doesn't lend itself to "girls night," hence suggestions like Sushi Samba. So in keeping with the "fun" factor and great atmosphere, Matsugen just opened in Tribeca in the former 66 spot, gorgeous restaurant, haven't been to the new incarnation yet but I know they serve sushi. Brand new so will probably be a bit of a scene for the next month or so. Also Lure on Mercer has an extensive sushi bar and good cocktails.

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