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Apr 7, 2010 10:56 AM

Successor to Kura Sushi?..SEEKING quality, reasonable $ Japanese rest.

I was saddened by the demise of Kura Sushi on 4th Street in the EV.

It may not have been 5-star, but the chef was Japanese, the food was tasty, the prices reasonable, the service good and the atmosphere relaxed (dug their jazz music). A great neighborhood restaurant and a go to place for me and my lady in Manhattan.

Now that it has succumbed what are good quality, reasonable Japanese places that anyone might recommend?

I have tried many EV places and not like them much, or found them overpriced. Soba-ya for example is very good but very pricey and not a place to go unless you are not very hungry or you want to drop some cash. Its definitely a nice place but not a 'go to'.

Any gems in Manhattan or anywhere else in the 5 boroughs?

229 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

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  1. Where else did you try, other than Soba-ya?

    229 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

    4 Replies
    1. re: kathryn

      Honestly I don't tend to remember the names of places I do not like. I have tried a few on 9th street, one I remember that I did not like is one that is downstairs below street level. There was also a small family run soba place on Metropolitan Ave in Queens where everything, but the sushi, was very good . It was pricey but good.

      1. re: Zier

        Hasaki is the one I think you're thinking of. I also wasn't super impressed. It is rather cheap, though.

        My everyday sushi go-to is Nori (owner is ex-Takahachi). For something a little spendier, Kanoyama, though the wait can be super long Thursday - Saturday. For cooked dishes, Kyo Ya, but reservations are recommended.

        210 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

        175 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

        Kyo Ya
        94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

      2. re: kathryn

        I think the place in Forest Hills was Katsuno?

        1. re: Zier

          Yes, Katsuno is a good quality, authentic restaurant, not cheap yet well worth the money, IMHO. Although small, it's far from being a soba place. And it's definitely not a sushi restaurant.