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Best Omakase in City?

Who does the best omakase in town? I'm looking for a real special-occasion place that will wow me with something new, high quality and above all, deliciousness.
Budget-wise, would like to keep it in the $100/pp realm, which I know eliminates Masa and the like, but that's okay.
Any suggestions greatly appreciated, thanks!

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  1. I think you will be hard pressed to find it for under a 100 in manhattan but a palce that can get you close and is a sleeper of a great joint is Inase on 2nd around 84 on east side of street

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    1. re: porkchampnc

      I think Inase is on First Ave & E. 82 St.

    2. Depending on your appetite, Sushi Yasuda can be done for around $100/pp. It's certainly a contender for best omakase in NYC, excluding Masa of course. Ushiwakamaru is also a great choice and should be within your budget as well.

      1. 15 East or Yasuda, and make sure to reserve at the sushi bar. Just give the sushi chefs the parameters going in and you'll be fine.

        1. If 100/pp isn't a hard and fast limit, you may also want to think about Soto. I think they have a few different price options. I had a very good, huge meal there about a year ago for 115 (i think).

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          1. re: egit

            Asuming we're talking about an omakase of sushi, Soto's strength is sashimi. I recommend Sushi of Gari (E.78th) for transcendent invention and taste.

            1. re: drumwine

              I see Sushi of Gari has a few locations (I went the the E 78th one many years ago). Are they all the same, or is 78th special? Do you think I'd need a reservation for omakase for two?

              1. re: Puppimus

                I do think that the 78th Street location is better, and you will need a reservation, particularly if you want to sit at the sushi bar. And, I agree with glutton08, it's next to impossible to get out of there spending the amount that you want to.

              2. re: drumwine

                Just note, as much as I enjoy it, I don't think I've ever gotten out of Gari for $100/pp

                1. re: drumwine

                  agreed about Soto and sashimi. plus most of the more interesting dishes come out of the kitchen, not the sushi bar

              3. Sushi Yasuda or 15 East, each a little over $100. Note that if Soto gets busy he may refuse a request for omakase and ask you to order from the menu.

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                1. re: Wilfrid

                  A third vote for 15 East -- but you absolutely must sit at the bar. I leave there with the biggest smile on my face every time. He does fabulous things with fish.

                2. Yasuda, Ushiwakamaru and 15 East would fit the bill. I believe the quality at Yasuda is somewhat higher. Soto is excellent for Sashimi preparations and lightly cooked seafood, and their sushi at the bar is underrated, but I doubt you could get out of there for $100.

                  1. for $100 or less, Sushi Azabu in Tribeca is probably your surest best for sticking to the price limit for a very high quality meal.

                    Yasuda, 15 East, and Gari are definitely better and could be done for $100 but probably closer to $120-$140 depending upon how much you can eat. if you're a bit more flexible on price i would recommend any of them; the first two are classic whereas gari is more 'nouveau' think tangy glazes and lots of blowtorch searing of fish.

                    ushi wakamaru is around the same price as azabu but i would say the quality at azabu is definitely better.

                    mind you all of these prices are before tax and tip. with drinks, we usually roll out of 15 east for about $400, all included for a couple.

                    1. Agree with all these recommendations, but what about Kanoyama in the EV if you actually want to come in around $100 pp or less?

                      I haven't been there too recently, but believe they offer true omakase at the bar, and some variation at the table ... never been disappointing there.

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                      1. re: bdurrett

                        kanoyama is excellent and should have been included. i'd say that they're at least at the same level as azabu and have had excellent and unusual fish there. kanoyama also has some excellent sushi prix fixe deals. i think it was around $55 or so for a set menu that had a pretty good level of variety and quality (maybe 12 pieces?).

                        also, if i remember correctly, you could even order a tuna rib bone and then carve off the very fatty rib meat with a spoon. it was looked like a higher quality but caveman equivalent to sapporo east's old special tekka don (which they don't seem to offer any more sadly).

                        man, i can't wait to break my sympathy sushi fast!

                      2. I have mentioned this before, but we had a delicious meal at the sushi bar at Yasuda for $75 per person, including tax and tip. We started with the $34 set (12 pieces + half roll I think), which allows you to get up to 2 of each kind. So, for $17 each, we had our first 6 pieces, which included uni, squid legs, kuchiko (described as sea scallop guts, amazing!), and warasa (adult yellowtail).

                        So quite a good selection for the price; I would say we probably would have received 5 of those pieces anyway. We then proceeded to order two kinds of eel, peace passage oyster, etc. and left with room for dessert. I imagine $100 per person, even with tax and tip, will leave you very satisfied if you go this route.

                        1. Thanks for all your input. I just made a reservation at Yasuda and was informed that they have a policy for parties of 2 that you have to be out in 1.5 hours. So my rez is at 8 and we have to be out by 9:30.

                          I am a little wary of this, as I don't want to feel rushed at my special dinner, but then again, one and a half hours seems like plenty of time for dinner. Does anyone have any experience with this policy at Yasuda who could set my mind at ease?

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                          1. re: Puppimus

                            Oh that's more than enough time to get in and get out. I'm usually done 45 mins max. They fire that sushi off in front of you at a pretty steady pace. I usually just eat my Sushi at Yasuda then go across the street to chill out and drink at Sakagura.

                            1. re: Puppimus

                              Yes, it will be over before you know it (and you'll be planning your next visit) but I've never felt rushed by Yasuda-san or any other itamae or servers.

                              1. re: Puppimus

                                Exactly why I don't consider Yasuda great for omakase.