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Good Sushi Place for Loud Out of Town Friends

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I really didn't know any other way to put it. My friends are coming in from out of town and want some really good sushi. Of course I got a reservation at Yasuda. Then I began to second guess my self. First of all, we would be a group of 5. Two of the three have never been to the city before and are already so excited about coming they are going to be beyond pumped. Which is fine except they get LOUD! They just have loud laughs, loud voices and honestly can be a little too much for even me.

Now i"m thinking Yasuda is a little too calm for them (plus I love Yasuda and really don't want to piss him off:) We want some good sushi but maybe in a little more fun of an atmosphere? I'm thinking maybe one of the Haru's? Maybe the one in Times Square (I know, I know- I haven't ever eaten in Times Square but these are out of towners...I know I will end up there at some point)

I would welcme other suggestions though- maybe Lan? I've never been but heard good things...Le Miu used to be my back up in these sorts of situations :( Jewel Bako? Thanks!

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  1. Sushi Seki can get pretty noisy when busy, if that helps at all.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      That actually looks perfect if it wasn't on the Upper East side. We didn't want to travel much further than 42nd street sinc we plan to hang out in the village later on into the night The SO and I might have to try that out though!

      1. re: roze

        It's open really late too - perfect place to go when returning from vacationing somewhere where no sushi is to be had. We've actually gone there straight from the airport with our luggage on occasion. I do prefer Gari though for that "kind" of sushi.

      2. re: MMRuth

        i love sushi seki. used to go there all the time when i lived in ues

      3. how top-notch does the sushi have to be? Sushi Samba is a scene.

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        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          I'd like the sushi to be pretty good. I've only eaten at Samba once for lunch. I liked it but I wasn't blown away. I only had the spicy tuna roll sushi wise. How's the other fish?

          1. re: roze

            i haven't been there for a while, so you might want to do a search for recent discussions. i typically only eat sashimi, and from what i can remember theirs was fine. not particularly memorable, but serviceable...and *definitely* better than Haru.

            the problem is that you're not going to be "blown away" by the sushi at any place with the atmosphere/noise level you're looking for. gotta compromise somehow...

        2. Ah, the loud talkers (not be confused with the low talkers or close talkers)...

          Sushi Samba is good choice...I was in Haru in Times Square a year or so ago and remember it being pretty loud.

          Maybe Matsuri? Another sceney type..or at least used to be

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          1. re: harrison

            matsuri has never been a loud place, just stylish and hip. i'd also say that i love their japanese food, but their sushi isn't all that

          2. Takahashi on Avenue A might be a little downscale for you, but it's always full of screamers when I go. And the food is very good - way better than Haru, for sure. Lan and Jewel Bako are quiet.

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            1. re: small h

              Jewel Bako is very quiet,,, Yasuda quiet ,,, I second Sushi Samba, very loud, Matsugen very loud, Megu huge and nice and loud, Nobu can be loud. Takahachi aveA is loud. kanoyama at tables can get loud but the place is small,,,i think the best choices are sushi samba or Megu

            2. I have not been there for a while, but Mizu sushi in flatiron district gets pretty raucous.

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              1. re: susan robin

                How flashy are you looking? Maybe Japonais (I saw some pretty loud and crazy people near me) for higher end...or Amber down in the 20's on the East Side (last time I was there, I sat near a table of maybe 15...all doing sake bombs. I think they were co-workers. Crazy!

                http://earthlyepicurean.blogspot.com/

              2. Thanks everyone. All good recs I am currently looking into.

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                  1. re: imprylfsh

                    I've been to the one in Soho for dinner when I've been seated next to a very loud and obnoxious group of five, and it was truly unpleasant.

                1. try bondst. (bond st and lafayette). i haven't been there in awhile but the fish is fresh and your friends will enjoy the scene.

                  1. Cube 63 on LES. Sushi is not up to the quality of Gari, Seki, Yasuda, etc., but it's better than average, and it's BYO. The place is small, so e sure to make a reservation (5-6 would be a pretty big group for the place), but the place is loud and has a party atmosphere, especially on Thurs - Sat nights.