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Best sashimi in Philly?

I'll be in the city on Saturday night and am in the mood for the best sashimi I can find. I'll be by myself so sitting at a sushi bar ordering by the piece(s) suits me just fine. Was thinking of places like Morimoto or even XIX (which has a very nice raw bar) but want some suggestions (including cheaper ones) from you all. Thank you!

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  1. LaBan gave Izumi a pretty good review and the price point might be better than Morimoto...

    http://www.philly.com/philly/restaura...

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    1. re: Philly Ray

      Misso is my only choice for sashimi/sushi when I go downtown.

      1. re: mitchh

        Zento has wonderful, fresh sushi and sashimi.

    2. I would recommend either Misso (on Spruce between 13th and Broad) or Morimoto.

      1. Try Moshi-Moshi.

        I'm really fond of their churashi.

        1. morimoto the fish is flown in from Tokyo an experience not to be missed

          1. My choice is always Zento. I used to love Misso, but was really underwhelmed the last few times I went there.

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            1. re: Boognish

              Boog,

              Thanks for that post. I admit that I haven't been to Misso in quite some time (6 months). It's just too much of a hassle to go downtown. A drive that should take 25 minutes can end up taking an hour or more and then there's the drive back not to mention the $20 to park. Frankly it's just not worth it.

              1. re: mitchh

                Heh, I know what you mean! I live in W. Philly, and since they've removed the South St. Bridge, the normally 15 drive often takes close to 45 minutes.

                It's possible that Misso is back on its feet now. I might have hit them on a few off nights, but they really were lackluster IMO. With Zento on the other hand, I've never had a miss. Of course, it won't solve your driving issue with it being at 2nd and Chestnut, but I can generally find street parking($6/2hours) and walk right in. Definitely make a reservation though. It's small and gets packed.

            2. I tried Sakeya recently, and was very pleased. I got the hwe dap bap (basically a Korean chirashi bowl), and my husband had the tekkadon, and the fish was fresh and tasty, and the vegetables in the hwe dap bap crisp and delicious. Since those were good, I imagine their sashimi is good, since those are both essentially sashimi sitting on top of a bowl of rice.

              http://thesakeya.com/

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              1. re: bananafishes

                I also tried Sakeya recently and was not pleased, none of the raw fish I had (we got the sushi and sashimi omakase) was worth eating. The miso soup was indistinguishable from Trader Joe's. Stick to Zento.

              2. In terms of highest quality, I concur with Zento, and also recommend Uzu, about a block away on Market St. Both are BYO.

                However, dining by yourself, Raw on Sansom would be an ideal choice if you want more of a social scene. They actually have a bar, serve alcohol, and the quality/price point is quite good.