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NYE 2010 Spots for Sushi in Los Angeles

Sushi Lush Dec 25, 2009 02:01 PM

Well it's started again; the yearly madness that is my search for a good sushi spot for NYE. How can it be so hard to have a nice, low-key restaurant experience without paying a huge premium? As usual, I am in charge of making the reservation for my group and here are my criteria: (1) no more than $100 per person; (2) no restriction on the time of my reservation (for example, Katsuya Brentwood only has 6 pm and 8 pm seatings) and (3) no minimum spend per person or table. These criteria immediately knocked out the following options:

- Nobu (West Hollywood): $165 per person
- Katsuya (Brentwood, Hollywood, Glendale & LA Live): $120 per person
- Katana (West Hollywood): combination of specified seatings & $125 per person

These spots have offerings that fit the needs of my group:
- Sushi Roku (West Hollywood, Pasadena & Santa Monica): open seating and no minimums with regular menu. Note: the NYE email announcement from Innovative Dining suggests holiday specials but their public relations firm, Wagstaff Int'l., could not confirm details as of deadline this afternoon.
- Sashi Sushi + Sake Lounge (Manhattan Beach): open seating and no minimums with regular menu or special NYE menu for $65 per person.

At this point, I am still in fact gathering mode...and welcome your input if there are more options available.

8439 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Sushi Roku
33 Miller Alley at One Colorado, Pasadena, CA 91103

Katsuya - Brentwood
11777 San Vicente Blvd, Brentwood, CA 90049

Katsuya Hollywood
6300 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

11357 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

11777 San Vicente Blvd, Brentwood, CA 90049

451 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

  1. m
    mc michael Dec 26, 2009 01:23 PM

    I could be way off, but you might check here.

    Takami Sushi and Robata Restaurant
    811 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90017

    1. Sushi Lush Dec 26, 2009 12:47 PM

      12/26 Updates:

      K-Zo (Culver City): open seating and no minimums with regular menu.

      Other spots suggested by readers; I don't have any information on their NYE offerings: Sushi Ike, Nishimura, and Hirozen.

      1. b
        bsquared2 Dec 25, 2009 06:09 PM

        Nice and low key? Nobu, Katsuya or Sushi Roku definitely wouldn't be on my low key list for NYE or any other day. Maybe it would be good to pick a place that wouldn't be a "scene" for New Years.

        1. goodhealthgourmet Dec 25, 2009 02:35 PM

          other places you might want to look into:
          The Hump
          *Chaya Venice

          *the last two may be a slight compromise on the food - the sushi is good but not necessarily great...but they both have a good energy level/vibe for an occasion like NYE.

          ETA: oops, just noticed you already have Katana on your list! i'll leave it there anyway.

          Chaya Venice
          110 Navy Street, Venice, CA 90291

          8439 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

          923 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

          9240 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

          The Hump
          3221 Donald Douglas Loop S, Santa Monica, CA 90405

          1. c
            cdub Dec 25, 2009 02:33 PM

            I believe that the Katsuya at LA Live is $90 per person and that includes an open bar and unlimited sushi. I didn't think that was too bad of a deal especially for NYE.

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            1. re: cdub
              Sushi Lush Dec 25, 2009 03:05 PM

              i saw that but was turned off by the description as "club katsuya" with Live DJ and also not sure what unlimited sushi means.

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