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Please dont hate: Tomoe or alternative, (big portions, decent quality)

It has been about 5 years since I have been to NYC. In a few weeks, I will be meeting up with some out-of-town friends over a weekend stay and we all have a craving for sushi and sashimi. I will save the required visits to Yasuda and 15 East for a solo meal, this group will be 4 big eating college buddies. If memory serves me correctly, Tomoe would fit the bill: big slices of decent otoro, albacore (white) tuna, etc. for around 50 bucks per person. Does anyone have any recent experience there or are there any other recommendations?

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

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  1. I ate at Tomoe over the summer and was disappointed. It wasn't as good as I recall from earlier visits, admittedly quite a while ago. So, it's possible that my sushi standards, Tomoe's quality has declined or both. If you search the board there have been numerous posts on low / moderately-priced sushi. I don't remember them offhand but personally I find Sushiya good for the money.

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    Sushiya
    28 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

    1. Tomoe's quality has plummeted. I have given it several chances over the past two years and it just isn't the same restaurant as years ago (5+). The fish is just NOT good. The smell, the taste. You would be better off going to Monster Sushi, which serves disgusting fish but at least it is priced correctly.

      You would be better off going with your friends to Yasuda and eating well, order two portions of the set menu and the price is still very reasonable.

      If portion size is such an issue, ditch the idea of sushi, you have better value in other cuisines or leave Manhattan and try JJ's in Queens.

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      Monster Sushi
      22 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

      1. Try Momoya. Tomoe is really not good.

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        Momoya
        185 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

        1. Consider Yama, the one on Irving in Union Square.

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          1. re: Noodle fanatic

            There's also a location of Yama near Tomoe. I think it would fit the OP's bill -- humongous slabs of sushi.

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            Yama
            40 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

            1. re: Miss Needle

              I know it's the same restaurant and menu, but for some reason, I tend to think the sushi at Yama on Irving is better than the one on Carmine. Although the one on Carmine is a little bit less cramped.

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              Yama
              40 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

              1. re: Noodle fanatic

                Bleh, been to Yama on Irving twice (actually, from this board years ago) and thought it was gross actually. Fish was ick but big (so big slabs of icky fish, making it worse) and the AC wasn't working or something.

                Actually, this place called Umi Sushi in Murray Hill had a great chirashi and sashimi dinner deal - biig slices of fish for like $20, and the fish actually tasted pretty good for a neighborhood joint. I'm a big eater and I can't finish all the fish in the chirashi or sashimi dinner, it's a LOT. They've raised prices by about $4 recently though :(

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                Yama
                40 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

                Umi Sushi
                118 E 31st St, New York, NY 10016

              2. re: Miss Needle

                Tenzan serves huge slabs of crudely cut fish. And it's inexpensive.

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                Tenzan
                988 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

            2. Might be above your price point but Japonica on University Place serves large-sized sushi and sashimi and the quality is very good.

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              1. re: penthouse pup

                Sorry, but Japonica is way overpriced for the quality of fish they serve. For that price, I'd go to Kanoyama for real sushi.

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                Kanoyama
                175 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003