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Hi, I'm looking for the best "Americanized" Sushi restaurant in the City at special request for a friend's birthday dinner.

The sushi can be deep-fried, with lots of yummy sauces, and different ingredients, but it must be the best "Americanized" Sushi in category!

Please help! I can think of several places in other cities, but no place in NYC other than the "real" sushi restaurants comes to mind.

Also, it would be great to have dinner and drinks for 2 for under $200 in a somewhat trendy atmosphere.

Kindly share your thoughts, and not make fun of me, please. : ) Thank you!

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  1. the best non traditional modern sushi, with sauces and bells and whistles in sushi of gari on 78th st.

    i wouldn't call it americanized, but then i wouldnt call anything americanized.

    1. My main suggestion would be Japonais, which has a good selection of more "normal" maki rolls, and three specialty rolls. It's a trendy atmosphere (I really like the lounge), the fish is fresh, and the price is right.

      Of the "real" sushi restaurants, it's also possible to go to Sushi Seki and achieve this, with their three golden flowers rolls, spicy scallop hand roll, and their regular sushi is definitely of the different sauces category. Here's my most recent trip (with photos): http://ramblingsandgamblings.blogspot...

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      Japonais
      111 East 18th Street, New York, NY 10003

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      1. re: fooder

        Second vote for Japonais. It's trend-ish (read: cool but passe) and their "special" rolls are actually pretty good. My favorite is the spicy mono (octopus) roll, which I'd pair with the cucumber martini and just keep ordering more of both until I reach my $200 limit. Also the desserts aren't bad.

        I'd skip Sushi Samba--it's never very high quality and you'll be surrounded by B&T high school kids.

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        Japonais
        111 East 18th Street, New York, NY 10003

      2. Is Blue Ribbon Americanized enough for your purposes?

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        1. re: kathryn

          I second Blue Ribbon - pretty Americanized, IMO, and high quality too.

          Gari is also very high-quality, but when I went there the bill was way over $100/person. Also I don't think it's quite what you're looking for.

          Sushi Samba was trendy years ago, maybe it still is - but not worth going if you want good sushi. Blue Ribbon's much better.

          1. re: uwsister

            uwsister , my bill at Gari the other nite was over $240 per person,,and we had beer and not sake, If we had sake it would have been over $350. YIKES

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            Gari
            370 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

        2. i havent been there for a few years but i liked the americanized rolls at blue water grill.

          1. I havent been to the NYC one, but when I think of "trendy Americanized sushi" I think of a spot like SushiSamba. Certainly not where to go for the highest quality sushi, but if your friend mainly wants a fun/trendy spot with decent sushi, it may be worth checking out.