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Possible to find reasonably priced GOOD sushi in midtown area?

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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  1. 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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    1. re: RedVelvet

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

      Thanks RedVelvet, just got back from another good meal.

      1. re: talltravel

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

    2. 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

      1. 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. 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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          1. re: Delucacheesemonger

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

            1. re: lovessushi

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

              Happy Holidays!

          2. 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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            1. re: talltravel

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

              1. re: talltravel

                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.

                1. re: talltravel

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

                  1. re: talltravel

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

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


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

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                        1. re: MahatmaKanejeeves

                          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?

                        2. 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?

                            1. re: cups123

                              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 :)

                              1. re: david sprague

                                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.

                                1. re: cups123

                                  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.

                                  1. re: foodwhisperer

                                    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.

                                    1. re: cups123

                                      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.

                                      1. re: jeffaggy

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

                                        1. re: cups123

                                          A few blocks north, but Adaro is pretty good.

                                          129 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

                                          1. re: fooodie

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

                                      2. re: cups123

                                        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

                                          1. re: cups123

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