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Sushi for dinner, UES or UWS, not too pricey

I've never eaten sushi in NYC before, any recs for a moderately priced place to try? This will be for dinner for 4 New Years Day before the UF game. We would also like some drinks w our meal. Thanks! :) I'm not a huge sushi eater, usually go for the tempura and ahi

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  1. I don't eat on the UES too often, but last time I had sushi up there we ate at Fuji Yama. If I recall the drinks were pretty good as well.

    1. Can you give us a sense of how much you'd like to spend? That will help a lot in terms of the choices.

        1. re: smokeandapancake

          Suggest Sushi of Gari....creative sushi.....78th and York

          1. re: drumwine

            Sushi of Gari is not moderately priced!! it is my favorite but everytime i go our bill for 2 comes out to around $500!!! of course we have tons of sake but food aint cheap! I would suggest Ooki on 89/3rd or Tenzan on 89th/2nd for more modest prices-yes good food.

            1. re: UES Mayor

              Tenzan is awful. Fish is cut like slabs of meat, huge and full of sinew, and low quality. The wasabi is the lowest of the low, as is the ginger and the quality of the vegetables in general. Tenzan at this point is also a "chainlet" - they have at least 3 restaurants.

              Sushi of Gari is excellent but very expensive. For this poster, I would recommend Tsuki or Inase on the UES. Both small, family-run, well priced for the quality, and very pleasant.

              1. re: gutsofsteel

                Yes, I agree with you completely - both on Tenzan, and your other recommendations. To which I would add a third ... Gajyumaru ... which is pretty much the only place we go to these days, unless we go to Gari/Yasuda.

                1. re: MMRuth

                  Enthusiastic second to Gajyumaru. Wonderful place and strangely overlooked. A real sleeper.

        2. I agree that Sushi of Gari is delicious sushi, but I would also try Tenzan, which has restaurants both of the UES and UWS. I go to the location on the UWS, on 73rd and Columbus, often and the sushi is always fresh, large, and delicious. The lunch special is also nicely priced. guarantee you will enjoy it.

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          1. re: Student Eater

            I"m not a sushi person, but all my friends in the neighborhood who are speak very highly of Tenzen - on 2nd Ave. about 52nd St. I've always enjoyed the cooked items I've had there and like the space too.