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GREAT but Affordable Sushi

I am looking for more great but affordable sushi places. I like to have sushi a few times a week but can't afford ushiwakamura, yasuda, sushi seki, and sasabune all the time. However, I rather not eat sushi if it is not really fresh and tasty. My local sushi placae was Mishima but they are not as good any more since they changed their sushi chef.

Any suggestions.

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  1. kanoyama can be expensive, but is also doable on the cheap, if you watch what you order.

    my old fave, sesumi, alas is no longer existent

    tenzan is ok

    1. Aki Sushi has an early bird special before 7.

      1. What are you ordering at Ushiwakamaru that is so expensive? The 10 piece set is pretty affordable, IIRC, at $40.

        Kanoyama is about in the same price range for the 8 piece nigiri "omakase" set + 1 roll. It's $31. But you would probably need to add on an appetizer or something to feel full, or at least a few other pieces of nigiri.

        What about Sushi Azabu's nigiri sets, 10 pieces for $30, 12 pieces for $40? Although I think their web site's prices might a bit outdated.

        Nori (2nd Ave and St Marks) has a similar "omakase" nigiri set. $30.

        I believe that Takahachi is also pretty good for the price, but I've never been.

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        1. re: kathryn

          We've been really happy dining at Ariyoshi on Broadway between 11th & 12th. We find the fish quality similar to Blue Ribbon. We also enjoy Soto and Ushiwakamaru, but not always the prices. We've tried Sushi Azabu, but weren't very wowed, although we liked the space.

          1. re: kathryn

            the $30 special at kanoyama also includes either miso soup or salad and ice cream

            1. re: kathryn

              Kanoyama always costs me at least $80 a person but the fish is great. Nori is reasonable and fresh. Takahachi is good both on Ave A and in Tribeca but can get up into high numbers just order carefully they have good special rolls and such. on W4th St the jamaican sushi place is that Aki ? if it is it is reasonable and good fish some jamaican sushi dishes the chef is japanese and was a bigtime chef in jamaica. Hatsuhana order carefully again.

              1. re: kathryn

                i second nori's sushi sets... they even have a $1 per piece special with surprisingly high quality fish for the price...

              2. Third Takahachi, although I am only familiar with the East Village branch.

                1. hatsuhana
                  Lunch" three rolls for about 19"

                  1. Umi is very reasonable and the sushi is always fresh and big pieces. Great value, although the decor could use some work.

                    Umi Sushi
                    118 E 31st St, New York, NY 10016

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                    1. re: fooodie

                      yasuda has a priced fix lunch. have you tried. the place just gets better with each visit.

                      1. re: fooodie

                        Thanks fooodie for your recommendation of UMI for everyday sushi. It was just what I was looking for. Plus, not only are they fresh but they give you so much. Loved the roles!

                        1. re: bottomlespit

                          Glad you enjoyed and thanks for reporting back. Umi is my go-to sushi spot - delicious sushi and rolls.

                        2. re: fooodie

                          oo, this is our neighborhood go-to sushi place as well. Fresh-tasting fish for reasonable prices, sometimes with a small appetizer on the house thrown in. The prices have gone up a tiny bit since they reprinted the menus, I think, so the sushi dinner (no choice between regular and deluxe now, I believe) is about $19 or $20, but you definitely won't leave hungry.

                        3. Are you willing to travel up to the UES/Yorkville? If so, I have two recommendations.

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                          1. re: MMRuth

                            give them up MM
                            we are clearly neighbors
                            we need to chow together sometime

                            1. re: thew

                              Sorry - I was being lazy. And I agree - my email is in my profile.

                              1659 1st Ave, New York, NY 10028

                              Tokubei 86
                              314 E 86th St, New York, NY 10028

                              1. re: MMRuth

                                What do you think of Poke? I liked it as well as Gajyumaru.

                                1. re: ethnicchic

                                  I've only been to Poke twice - once in the old location, when I thought it was pretty mediocre, and once in the new location. My recollection of my experience - which may well be two years ago now - is that we thought the rolls were good, but the sashimi - which we always like to have - was warm and poorly cut. The fact that it is byob is a plus. But, in my mind, Gajyuaru is much better - with the caveat that I've not been to Poke for awhile, and have now been to Gajyuaru maybe six or seven in the last couple of months.

                            2. re: MMRuth

                              what are your two recommendations?

                              1. re: bottomlespit

                                I posted them above - I think at the exact same time that you posted. I've posted reports on both places - will try to find them for you in the morning.

                            3. For every day sushi, I'm fond of Aoki. The restaurant itself is pretty, it's in the northern end of the theater district, and the dinner time bento boxes are an incredible bargain (two people could easily share one for under $18.) They also deliver.

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                              1. re: brendastarlet

                                I just went there 2 nights ago on your recommendation and man was it spot on!

                                Good Toro and Uni, generous cuts, and really REALLY wonderful service. I did a sashimi adventure that night and my friend and I had a great time. I even had their absolutely tasty cold soba noodles. If you get the house sashimi sampler you will NOT be dissappointed. A couple refreshing pieces of watermelon at the end of the meal and the top notch root tea rounded things off perfectly.

                                Next time I'm ever back in Vancouver you can be you'll find me there for sure.

                              2. I had a nice meal tonight at Iron Sushi (78th btw 1st & 2nd). The menu had lots of variety, and a couple unusual rolls which is a nice change. Can't say how authentic it was, but it was tasty! The bill came to $40 with a starter each and five rolls to share. This was plenty of food for both of us. I would go back, or recommend it for a casual weeknight meal.

                                1. I agree both Iron Sushi and Umi are good for everyday sushi. I also like Sushi time on Second Ave in the 40's.

                                  1. sushi you in midtown east is great...any of the byo's like cube 63 and poke are great, too. even if sushi not the cheapest, meal is cheap if you bring sake or wine (or grey goose like we did last time).

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                                    1. re: winedanddined

                                      I've always wondered about Sushi You...I live right nearby. good to know!

                                      1. re: winedanddined

                                        My GF lives a few blocks down from cube 63 and thus we used to frequent it quite often. Noticed recently that the rolls seem significantly smaller on several visits, and thus not quite the deal it used to be, we haven't been back in months.

                                      2. I will second the Iron Sushi rec. I order it for delivery 2-3 times a month and it's fine (not overly fancy but better than average) to eat in as well.

                                        Iron Sushi
                                        440 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

                                        1. Yoshi on Avenue A between 8th and 9th is the best i have been to in the city and so cheap

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                                          1. re: frenchbaguette

                                            really? yoshi? i get menu's dropped off from there under my door all the time and have walked by a million times and its always empty... is it seriously good? what'd you get? looks so suspect to me. almost as suspect as that yellow sushi place on A and 7th or 8th...

                                            I back Takahachi 100% - fish is fresh and fantastic... $13 for their chilean sea bass... so good. you can eat like a king here and not break bank.

                                            sing up!

                                            1. re: iFat

                                              I've been to Yoshi for their standard 2 or 3 rolls + soup or salad lunch special, and it was okay, but not anything to write home about. Service was good, sushi was fine, but there's really nothing special about the place. We were definitely the only ones in there.

                                          2. My favorite would absolutely be the Tenzan location on 2nd between 52nd and 53rd. Freshest fish, nice atmosphere and reasonable prices.


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                                            1. re: LeahBaila

                                              I love Tenzan on the west side...73rd and Amsterdam. THE FRESHEST fish in the nabe...and the tri-color sashimi. $24 for a big plate of fish. The slices are thick and huge. It maybe 12 slices, but it feels more like 20

                                              1. re: kelea

                                                I've been to Tenzan on the UES and thought it was pretty mediocre. I really enjoyed Kanoyama a couple of weeks ago.

                                                1. re: Lucia

                                                  Yes, that has been my experience with Tenzan on the UES as well. I'm not a fan of thick and huge slices for what it's worth.

                                            2. Natori in the East Village is my favorite cheap sushi place. fresh sushi for $15 a platter, better than many $20ish platters that I've had.

                                              1. I have some buddies who swear by Shima in the EV. Anyone a fan? Thanks.