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Aug 23, 2008 02:07 PM

need a japanese restaurant -sushi and cooked food- for my bday dinner

in a bit of a conundrum - i love sushi and have had bday dinners before at jewel bako and yasuda and been perfectly happy. was thinking this year of returning to yasuda or finally trying ushi wakamaru, however, because of stomach issues, my mother cannot eat raw fish. is there an outstanding japanese restaurant with great sushi and cooked dishes? i looked up morimoto, but the consensus seems to be the sushi there is lacking. ty!

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    1. Ushiwakamaru would definitely work, as would Kanoyama.

      You might also want to look into a kaiseki place, such as Kyo Ya, which would have a smaller sushi selection but great cooked dishes.

      Skip Morimoto, as I found that the rice there is too gummy.

      4 Replies
      1. re: kathryn

        to confirm, ushi wakamaru has non-sushi dishes? menupages doesn't indicate that, and their site is down. forgot about soto, thanks!

        1. re: emma

          Yes, in fact, their chef's tasting menu has only a single "flight" of sushi pieces on it, the rest is cooked dishes from the kitchen. I don't think ANY of the online Ushi menus is actually accurate in regards to what they've been serving recently. However, the menu is much more extensive (including cooked dishes) at Kanoyama or Lan.

          1. re: kathryn

            I like Lan because of the variety of dishes they offer. I have had both sushi and also non-sushi dishes and they were all good. From what I remember, their price is lower than Yasuda and Jewel Bako, which helps too.

          2. re: emma

            Ushi Wakamaru is a sushi shop, with some, not many, non-sushi items. The chef's tasting menu is mostly sushi, with a few non-sushi items such as kabuto nitsuke (braised fish head) and chawanmushi (a savory seafood egg custard). Perhaps a few tempura items as well. Pretty standard stuff. You may be better off at Kanoyama, which has a broader menu of non-sushi items. Lan has both sushi and plenty of non-sushi items, but the cuisine is more Franco-Japanese than pure Japanese. Then again, many of Kanoyama's dishes lean toward American style Japanese. Ariyoshi, which has a couple of branches, as well as some of the small EV Japanese places, serve sushi and non-sushi menus with a more pure Japanese slant. But the quality of the sushi will not be as good. Your two best bets may be 15 East and Matsugen.

        2. Omen on Thompson St, The best. Aburriya Kinosuke. Sakagura. Not fancy, but very good and consistent: Sobaya. Sugiyama for kaiseki, or Kai on Madison and 68th.