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Sushi midtown/UES

I have a friend who is going in for the night this week for a post-Valentine's celebration w/her husband. They're staying at The Palace and they want to go for sushi. Any suggestions for a good celebration place, great food (but not quite Masa prices ;) ?

Thanks!

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  1. Highly recommend Takesushi on 2nd Ave near 54th

    http://www.takesushi.com/MAIN.html

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    1. re: gutsofsteel

      Sushi Ann
      Hatsuhana

      1. re: smokeandapancake

        I was quite disappointed with a recent visit to Sushi Ann, and I have never been a big fan of Hatsuhana.

        Takesushi, for anybody who cares, used to be Restaurant On. This place is a very traditional restaurant, their tasting menus are delightful, quality and presentation are top notch. And it's a friendly place to sit too, at the bar.

    2. Shibashi on East 48th. Ask to sit with Mr. Nakajima.

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      1. re: sushiman

        any specific items you would recommend?

        1. re: SomeRandomIdiot

          Omakase

        2. re: sushiman

          Shibashi? Not Sushiden?
          On, the former Ichimura, is now Takesushi?

          1. re: TheDescendedLefticleOfAramis

            Nakajima was at Sushiden. He moved to the Suishiden West and that is closed. He is at Shinbashi. Ichimura closed and someone took the space, I have no idea what is there.

            1. re: sushiman

              As I recommended above....Takesushi is in the Ichimura space. In fact it is the same people. It's quite good.

              1. re: gutsofsteel

                Here's some Takezushi CH coverage from last year. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/617502 . We went once and found the sushi fine, but not nothing really special. They're kushiage, some of the entres, and the prices were all reasonable. It's a nice little space too. More a neighborhood choice than destination dining.

                1. re: Silverjay

                  I always did enjoy the kitchen here.
                  It was not, for me, however, the true highlight.

                  "Memory is a crazy woman that hoards colored rags and throws away food."

        3. Hane on the corner of 3rd Ave and 38th St has always been great. 5-10 minute walk from the hotel.

          1. Sushi Seki
            Sasabune
            Sushi of Gari (UES location)

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            1. re: demo5

              I like Seki and Gari very much, but there are quite expensive.

              Sasabune is lousy. Badly prepared rice that falls apart, crudely cut fish of not paritcularly good quality, and a lot of b.s. to go along with it.

            2. Sushi Seki is the best by far in this area. I love Nobu 57's sushi as well(their cooked food not so much). Avoid Geisha at all costs!

              1. I recently tried Wajima on 61st and Lex and thought the quality of the sushi was excellent.