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Possible to find reasonably priced GOOD sushi in midtown area?

lovessushi Dec 20, 2008 02:56 PM

We are going to a performance at the end of December and are not so familiar with sushi in the city...ideally we could find really fresh, well prepared sushi for a reasonable price but not sure that's possible. When we eat in NJ it's maybe 90-100 for the two of us...possible? Or will the sushi just be poor quality and a tourist trap? Looking for somewhere on the west side but does not have to be exactly in midtown. Thanks!

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    RedVelvet RE: lovessushi Dec 20, 2008 05:11 PM

    I love Sushiya on 56th between 5th and 6th. It's been my first choice for sushi in midtown for years and have never been disappointed.

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      talltravel RE: RedVelvet Mar 17, 2009 05:15 PM

      Ahhh i finally found this post again. I love this place, just plain good food!

      Thanks RedVelvet, just got back from another good meal.

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        RedVelvet RE: talltravel Mar 18, 2009 01:56 PM

        Glad you enjoyed it. Now don't tell anyone about it :))

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      huw RE: lovessushi Dec 20, 2008 05:39 PM

      its not in mid town but sushi yawa is very good and reasonable prices 25 west 8th btw 5th and 6th ave 212 253 9888 i read about it here and have been vvvv happy every time

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        david sprague RE: lovessushi Dec 21, 2008 03:46 AM

        sushiya, mentioned above, is good. i've also had good meals in that price range at aoki on west 48th -- one of the few places i'll eat one of those silly-sounding rolls :)

        it's possible -- not easy but not too too much of a stretch -- to eat for 50pp at Shimizu, often cited here as top notch regardless of price.

        1. Delucacheesemonger RE: lovessushi Dec 21, 2008 04:57 AM

          Shimizu on W 51st pre-theater is very reasonable. Last time there cost me $110 with sushi for 2 with drinks, tax,tip. Sushi was excellent.

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            lovessushi RE: Delucacheesemonger Dec 21, 2008 12:14 PM

            Thank you! These sound great - now we have to pick one...!

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              lovessushi RE: lovessushi Dec 24, 2008 02:54 PM

              Narrowed it down to Shimizu and Sushiya...both sound excellent! Any others want to weigh in as to their favorite?

              Happy Holidays!

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            talltravel RE: lovessushi Jan 7, 2009 07:20 PM

            Walked over to Sushiya based on reading this post from the Marriott Marquis tonight. Decent walk but worth it. Awesome sushi, great service and so fast. Very attentive with the warm sake and felt the most traditional i've felt in a sushi joint since I was in Tokyo.

            Speaking of Tokyo they had these awesome restaurants there where there was a grill and 2 guys behind it, everyone sat around the grill and they cooked food and served it to you on this huge paddle. The waitstaff walked around the grill and shouted orders to the grill guys. Very Very good wondering if there is something similar in NYC? If anywhere outside of Japan had this I thought there was a chance it was here. I think the place in Tokyo was called Robatya or something like that? And no i'm not talking about Hibachi :)

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              bosun RE: talltravel Jan 8, 2009 05:43 AM

              They don't serve it on a paddle, but Yakitori Totto offers a variety of grilled bits.

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                snaporaz RE: talltravel Jan 8, 2009 05:58 AM

                My japanese is pretty limited (maybe Silverjay can chime in) but robata-ya is the type of restaurant - a robata grill - rather than the name. Though it's more of a high end izakaya, Aburiya Kinnosuke on 45th b/w 2nd & 3rd - also part of the Totto/Torys empire - has a whole robatayaki section of their menu and they cook and serve their tsukune on a little paddle.
                There was also the short-lived Jewel Bako Robata, that I think that occupied the space that is currently Degustation.

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                  Delucacheesemonger RE: talltravel Jan 8, 2009 09:58 AM

                  New place in NYC that sounds like that, near 42nd, serves yakitori, anything on a skewer, will be trying this week, will report back.

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                    fooodie RE: talltravel May 14, 2009 01:48 PM

                    Inakaya opened recently in the NY Times building, but I haven't been yet. I believe they serve on paddles.

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                    secondbecky RE: lovessushi Jan 8, 2009 05:57 AM

                    My favorite cheaper sushi place is Ocha, on restaurant row (46th bw 8th and 9th)

                    Natsumi is a bit more expensive, but very good too

                    1. LeahBaila RE: lovessushi May 14, 2009 01:53 PM

                      Tenzan is my midtown go-to. It's fresh, reasonable and delicious. 2nd btw 52/53.


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                        MahatmaKanejeeves RE: lovessushi May 17, 2009 08:14 AM

                        Ginza on 35 St near 2nd ave is very good and very tiny.

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                          foodwhisperer RE: MahatmaKanejeeves May 17, 2009 05:36 PM

                          Hatsuhana, is very good, It was #1 sushi in NYC for probably 20 years. The clientele is mostly Japanese, and it is still excellent , With many fish from japan. I see Al Roper there occsionally , he isnt japanese , is he?

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                          cups123 RE: lovessushi May 17, 2009 05:11 PM

                          So tonight we ordered from hakata grill and it was terrible. Honestly, it got good reviews on seamlessweb.com and when it got here I was beyond surprised. I get sushi all the time in Philadelphia, a place that I don't necessarily think has a great diversity of restaurants and the places have much much better sushi. The fish didn't taste right, the rice was hard..it was just bad. Has anyone had this experience with this particular place?

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                            cups123 RE: lovessushi May 17, 2009 06:03 PM

                            Has anyone tried:



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                              david sprague RE: cups123 May 17, 2009 06:39 PM

                              hakata is not very good for sushi. better for cooked items.

                              go is awful. fast food (literally, not value judgment) place with little to recommend.

                              if you're in hakata's delivery zone, perhaps try aoki on the same block. very fresh fish and a couple clever rolls that make me rethink my policy of not ordering clever rolls :)

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                                cups123 RE: david sprague May 17, 2009 06:46 PM

                                It was absolutely terrible - but the thing that got me was how they had so many good reviews??? There were a bunch of sporadic ones that were like "awful sushi" etc etc but I didn't believe them since overall they had a good star rating. I looked at aoki's reviews as well - some were excellent others were average/bad. Its so hard to tell. I just want to find a good sushi place like the ones I had back home.

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                                  foodwhisperer RE: cups123 May 17, 2009 09:29 PM

                                  go sushi on st marks isnt too good, the cooked food is not bad. Nori is around the corner and is pretty good, Depending on what you want to spend there is plenty of good sushi, kanoyama is excellent for example.

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                                    cups123 RE: foodwhisperer May 18, 2009 08:16 AM

                                    I don't want to spend an insane amount but for example last nights $60 from hakata grill was a total waste because the sushi was terrible. If its good quality, I'm willing to pay for it. I just don't know where to go, so many places, so many reviews, but reviews tend to be variable so you never know what to go by.

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                                      jeffaggy RE: cups123 May 18, 2009 08:27 AM

                                      Aoki is pretty good, not exceptional. They have very nice lunch specials for around $10 that are worth the money. Dinner is more expensive, however, still a good value compared to other places in the area. Stick with the basics there and you will be fine.

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                                        cups123 RE: jeffaggy May 18, 2009 08:30 AM

                                        okay, but so where has exceptional sushi for takeout? I'm really picky about japanese:(

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                                          fooodie RE: cups123 May 18, 2009 01:10 PM

                                          A few blocks north, but Adaro is pretty good.

                                          129 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

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                                            stephaniec25 RE: fooodie May 18, 2009 01:37 PM

                                            Maru Maru is good and they deliver to some midtown areas.

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                                        foodwhisperer RE: cups123 May 18, 2009 09:36 PM

                                        You can do Kanoyama, the omakase is the better fish and expensive , but you can order good sushi and cooked more reasonable if you dont get omikase. Ushiwakamura, Soto, Nori, Takahachi, all in village area and good. Not on level of 15 east, yasuda, kanoyama (omiakase), jewel bako,.
                                        or try takahachi in tribeca. Hasaki on 9th st. used to be good years ago, not sure hw it is now

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                                          cups123 RE: foodwhisperer May 20, 2009 05:38 AM

                                          anyone else?

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                                            LeahBaila RE: cups123 May 20, 2009 05:54 AM

                                            Just ate at Tenzan (2nd btw 52/53) again last night, and it was as fresh and delicious as always. Highly recommended.


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