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Gutter, shame hearing about the demise of Le Miu, I was a fan like yourself, Kobe and others, it was certainly worthy of a place in the sushi bar rotation and had a few veritable highlights (uni and oyster shooters immediately come to mind).
There was a thread a few days back about pressed sushi in Manhattan and I was going to recommend Ebisu on E9th but a quick google indicates that that place has become another casualty as of late 2008. Maybe a minority view but I liked it there too and the pressed sushi was a favourite offering. Kinder price point as well.
Unsurprisingly, we're seeing some closures (Japanese and other cuisine) here in London too. Where Japanese closures are concerned, we can ill afford them as we have nowhere near the number, or calibre, of sushi bars/Japanese restaurants that can be found in Manhattan.
Btw have you been to Sushi Azabu and if so what do you think? I would like to try on my next visit. Shame for them (and for me) that it wasn't there when I was based in NYC as is one very small block from where I used to live.