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Looking for great evening of Japanese (esque) tastings, sushi, sake, nice room

Wife's birthday soon. Looking to sit back and enjoy lots of small plates along with great sake and pleasing environment.

Price is open.

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    1. re: gutsofsteel

      Sakagura would be perfect for this occasion, IMO.

        1. re: Notorious P.I.G.

          While Sakagura is good, the OP should know that Sugiyama is a more formal, quieter room, with better food.

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          Sakagura
          211 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017

          Sugiyama
          251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

          1. re: gutsofsteel

            The OP should also note that Sugiyama and Sakagura are completely different categories of Japanese restaurants. Better is relative.

            1. re: E Eto

              i found sakegura more innovative, interesting, and tasty than sugiyama. sugiyama was more classical (authentic- shudder)

              1. re: thew

                Have not been to Sugiyama - but from what I read it sounds like you'd "sit back" more at Sakagura.

      1. re: gutsofsteel

        Have been to both. Great suggestions.

      2. Ate at robotaya last night. Sat at the bar/counter in the front room and enjoyed the show. Great food lots of small plates. They even had an outstanding sashimi plate. You might want to check it out.

        1. I may be killed for saying this, but, Jewel Bako has a beautiful room and the sushi was better than I had expected it to be. I seem to recall a good sake list Believe it or not, we went there after dinner at Degustation, next door.

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          Jewel Bako
          239 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003

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          1. re: MMRuth

            Why would you be "killed for saying this"? I was under the impression that it's serving really creative, delicious seafood.

            1. re: plumpdumpling

              My sense is that Jewel Bako doesn't get much love on the board.

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              Jewel Bako
              239 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003

              1. re: MMRuth

                I too thought jewel bako was lovely and the food was fine BUT we definitely had issues with service and attitude.

          2. 15 East is my favorite. Great menu and great sake/wine list. If you sit at the counter, you will be charmed by the chef as well.

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            15 East
            15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

            1. Kyo Ya. Only sashimi and battera, no sushi. But everything is sublime. And the place is beautiful.

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

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              1. re: sushiman

                Agreed 100%. Shoulda thought of it earlier.

                1. re: sushiman

                  Another satisfied customer of Kyo Ya. Had a wonderful anniversary dinner with the wife earlier this year. Small, pleasant, quiet, great food and a good sake list.

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

                  1. re: sushiman

                    Battera is mackeral bozushi, yes?

                    IIRC, they several kinds of box sushi and it's always been delicious. The selection changes daily and is based upon what's in season, often flown in from Japan.

                    Definitely make reservations in advance.

                    1. re: sushiman

                      2nd (3rd? 4th?) Kyo Ya - reserve a couple days in advance if you want to get the Kaiseki menu. Sublime.

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

                      1. re: sushiman

                        When I took my girlfriend there for her birthday in late February, the sashimi was our favorite course, and that's saying something because the entire meal was sublime in the purest sense of the word.

                        1. re: sushiman

                          Ooops, should have said sashimi and bozushi.