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Moving to Hell's Kitchen

misnatalie Mar 3, 2010 02:34 PM

I'm moving to 54th between 9th and 10th tomorrow. I'll be meeting with a few friends for sushi or raw bar type food on Saturday after they look at my place (around 11pm) Any suggestions for pretty decent sushi, moderately priced (broke after the move), open late in the area. Thanks and any musts for the future would be great too.

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    delikado RE: misnatalie Mar 4, 2010 07:33 AM

    Personally, I think there's a dearth of good, moderately-priced sushi in Hell's Kitchen, and my old reliable (East Japanese on 55th between 7th and 8th) closes at 11PM. In case you find yourself without any options, you should drop by Sake Bar Hagi, which is on 49th between 6th and 7th. They have an izakaya-style menu (so very few raw items, if any), but the food is delicious, and they're open till 2 or 3AM.

    1. misnatalie RE: misnatalie Mar 4, 2010 01:15 PM

      Wow, not good news. I passed a place called Bamboo 52. Any thoughts on it. Also I'm willing to open up the area from Chelsea to Central Park South.

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        robertgoulet RE: misnatalie Mar 4, 2010 03:30 PM

        You don't want to go to Bamboo 52 for food. It's like a fusion-ish B&T bar. It's true, there's not a lot of good cheap sushi in the neighborhood. Sushi Damo on 58th between 8th and 9th isn't a bad choice if you like rolls -- it's not super cheap but it's not outrageous. Another decent option is Natsumi on 50th St. between 8th and 9th. It's a little weird because it claims to be half French/half Japanese, but they do a decent sushi combo plate that isn't too expensive....the sushi regular plate is like $19, the deluxe is $24. It won't blow your mind, but it might be good for the sushi craving. They're open until midnight I think.

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          JungMann RE: misnatalie Mar 5, 2010 07:10 AM

          I don't think you would enjoy Bamboo 52. The fish is not the best, which is masked by highly adulterated rolls. The place is better for drinks and snacks, though I do order the sushi on occasion.

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          orthorunner RE: misnatalie Mar 4, 2010 05:57 PM

          Can't say if theyre open late, but Shimizu b/w 8th and 9th, on either 52nd or 53rd. Hides under the radar a bit, but good quality compared to most of the other options. Another option for non-sushi Japanese food is Kyotofu, on 9th at 49th. Fantastic and open late with a good sake and shochu selection.

          1. misnatalie RE: misnatalie Mar 4, 2010 08:39 PM

            Thanks for the help Natsumi looks like my best bet.

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