Anniversery dinner at Matsuri 11/14
I'd skip Buddakan. It's a trendy Pan-Asian (mostly Chinese-inflected) spot and isn't Japanese in the slightest. Morimoto is nearby, but I think you can do a lot better for the money.
The two closest great Japanese restaurants to your hotel seem to be 15 East and Soto. Both are exceptional and have availability on Opentable for 11/14. Some hounds place 15 East's sushi up there with Masa, Kurumazushi, and Yasuda as among the best in the city. 15 East also has extraordinary soba, which is understandable since their soba chef is ex-Honmura An. I've heard Soto's sushi is very good as well, but they're better known for sashimi, cooked dishes, and working magic with uni. If you love sea urchin, Soto is probably a must visit.
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Oh! I am surprised... I thought Matsuri was well-thought-of.
Hmmmm I would love to hear some other opinions.
Kelea, isn't Buddakan kind of a loud gimmicky scene? We like a festive atmosphere but not sure if that place would be annoying on a Saturday night.
Thanks so much for your honest opinions!
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