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Feb 9, 2009 05:06 AM

Romantic Japanese / Sushi?

I will be visiting NY at the end of the month for my girlfriend's birthday and am looking for a romantic sushi restaurant to have dinner before we meet up with friends for birthday drinks. As usual, a few restrictions apply: Ambience is quite significant, the more intimate (I'm sorry I can't define it more specifically!), the better. Location would preferably be Midtown East or further south of that, but I'm open to other suggestions a well. Price is of secondary importance.

One big restriction is that I would prefer if there were also a few other things on the menu apart from sushi (e.g. kobe beef?) as I do not eat fish or seafood (I know, I know, but I've tried it several times, it just doesn't agree with me, mostly due to bad childhood experiences...). Why sushi then, I hear you ask? Well, she loves it and I feel bad depriving her of it, so I occasionally bite the bullet to indulge her, and her birthday would definitely be one such occasion! If this restricts options too much, I guess I can always have cucumber or avocado rolls too, what's more important is that she enjoys it!

I apologize for the slightly weird request, any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. I would say that the most romantic may be 15 East, though you may have some issues in regards to the menu. She'll be elated, but you may walk hungry. Check it out:

    1. Maybe Sushi Azabu? The restaurant is downstairs from Greenwich Grill in Tribeca and is very intimate. Maybe they'll let you order the food from Greenwich Grill :)

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      1. re: lanadai

        Thanks for the suggestions! I had come across 15 East previously, but Azabu also looks interesting (though I doubt I'll have any luck getting dishes from upstairs :-D ). Right now I'm leaning more towards 15 East both due to location and menu -they seem to have a Kobe-style beef entree, so I hope I won't starve!

        Thank you very much for the responses, any other suggestions are of course welcome!

        1. re: gcp

          You will be disappointed with the menu at both 15 east and sushi azabu, since you dont eat fish. Also they sushi isnt anything you might try as they dont make things like california rolls at either... Your better bet is Megu, they have great lamb chops, and lots of kobe beef, and skewered items as well as sushi. For sushi afficienados they would prefer the classic style of sushi at 15 east,,but Megu is far more beautiful and romantic than 15 east or Azabu. A 7 or 8 million dollar renovation job, you will be happier there , she will enjoy it also. It will cost the same as 15
          Greenwich Grill which as mentioned by other posters is upstairs from Azabu, they offer Italianish-Frenchish dishes with a japanese flair. You would enjoy that for sure. They will let you order some sushi from Azabu, none of the cooked dishes but they negiri sushi they will allow. Azabu would not let me order anything from Greenwich Grill. The Greenwich Grill is romantic. Azabu is very small and sitting at a sushi bar isnt romantic. I think they have 4 tables.

      2. I would second sushi Azabu, also because they have a few non-sushi non-fish items on the menu as well as daily specials (last time I was there they even had shirako which given your anti-fish proclivities is definitely not for you - but they have interesting things). And as lanadai mentioned they may let you order from Greenwich Grill upstairs. You could just try calling and see if they would accommodate that.

        1. while not intimate,a s the room is large, if you find modern stylish romantic ( I do, i know many do not) matsuri is an excellent place for nonsushi japanese

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          1. re: thew

            Matsuri is a great choice.
            Kanoyama is too crowded and noisy, great sushi though