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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!

(also posted to Outer Boroughs board)

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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.