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Nov 2, 2009 04:26 PM

Anniversery dinner at Matsuri 11/14

Any suggestions? We love sushi and japanese food and won a 1-night stay at the Maritime Hotel which is where Matsuri is.

369 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

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  1. I personally would skip it. I found the food just ok and unmemorable for the price. Other hounders would probably be able to recommend better sushi places. Another option is to go across the street Buddakan.

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    1. re: kelea

      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!

      75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

      369 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

    2. 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.

      15 East
      15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003