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What to order in a sushi restaurant when STARVING

Hey All,

I am sure you have all faced this issue. Craving sushi, really hungry, and don't want to spend $$$$ breaking the bank to satisfy your stomach. Any advice on a "go to" order to fulfil your sushi crave.

Typically I go with some combination of miso soup/salad maybe a rock shrimp appey and sashimi/rolls. NYC loves to kill you on those $15 + rolls, so how do you get in and out of a high quality place without feeling bankrupt?


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  1. Soup is always a good thing to take the edge off your hunger.

    Futomaki is a good filling choice, I look at it as sort of the "kitchen sink" of rolled sushi. Everyone makes it differently but it may include omelet, shitake mushrooms, picked daikons, crab stick, or even that pink stuff that is like cotton candy. It's a big roll.

    I'm also a fan of naruto, which is sushi without rice. Instead of nori, it has thinly sliced cucumber as the binding that holds it together. There are many different varieties and I find them filling.

    That being said, I believe that the words "sushi" and "sale" or "discount" should not be used in the same sentence. Just never seems to work out.

    1. Start with an app of Endamame to share then continue with sushi - works for me!

        1. re: joonjoon

          Seconded. With a salad & a miso soup, it's more than enough food.

          1. re: joonjoon

            Agreed! When you're starving, chirashi is the ONLY way to fly!

          2. I dunno, I think the key is to find a sushi joint that's not stingy with the portions! My neighborhood sushi place, a swanky sit-down with a sommelier and the whole nine, has nary a roll over $8 and they're almost all very generously filled and topped.

            If I'm ravenous, soup is the answer! I don't find plain miso soup filling, but some places have a rice/green tea/fish concoction that's both reasonably priced and very satisfying.

            1. Uhh, tonkatsu curry? I find that sushi is not a good thing to eat when I'm super hungry because I end up spending way too much. Fill up on a greasy fried cutlet and then finish the meal with the cheapest, smallest roll to fill the sushi craving.

              1. edamame, agedashi tofu, roll or two esp. salmon skin, softshell crab, or something else fried/fatty/filling

                1. Can't imagine paying $15 for a roll, think the most I've ever paid was maybe $10. But then I'm not in NYC, so....

                  Anyway, the place I frequent starts diners off with complimentary sunomoro. My partner and I will then usually order edamame to share, or maybe a salad. Then it's a spicy tuna tempura roll, California roll and a crunch roll (basically a Cali roll with tempura shrimp inside, and crisp panko crumbs on top), sharing all the rolls (a total of twelve slices each). With a non-alcoholic drink apiece, our bill is under $30 before tips, and it's the best, freshest sushi I've had, hands down. I would stick with the 'normal' rolls and skip the specialty rolls. Keeps the price down for us.

                  1. Something cooked, from the entree part of their menu.

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                    1. re: Pincus

                      Among the entrees, one of the noodle hot-pots (e.g. nabemono, yosenabe ...) can be quite filling. Chankoname is used to bulkup sumo wrestlers.

                    2. Tempura, then green tea ice cream for dessert, preferably fried.

                      1. I don't know. Ask for extra rice with the nigiri?

                        1. I usually go for spicy tuna/salmon salad then soup then futomaki and if that doesn't do it for you ... chirashi! =)

                            1. re: Stephanie Wong

                              Too many bones; cheeks are made for kissing.

                              How about fast-food sushi? I wish they had sushi-mac on the east coast.

                              1. re: GraydonCarter

                                No cheek meat -- hamachi-kama is usually the collar portion of the body, just behind the gill cover (the cheek is on the head) and the pectoral fin and some surrounding flesh are usually included.

                                Some consider this area of a fish to be more succulent as it borders the belly.

                            2. I'll usually order one or two pieces of inari sushi in addition to my regular sushi plate.

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                              1. re: ctl98

                                Good call, ctl98. Inari is so tasting and very filling. I like it best when the itamae puts some sesame seeds in the bag. Though I often wait and have mine for "dessert" because of its sweetness.

                              2. I always like the places that offer a combo of Maguro sashimi and Tonkatsu. I get that fish and some nicely fried guilt.