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Can anyone recommend a Japanese place with equally strong sushi and non-sushi menus?

Maximalist Dec 19, 2010 11:22 AM

A friend of mine wants to try sushi for the very first time. The game plan is to order a couple of pieces as an appetizer and either proceed to a full entree if she enjoys it or bail and order something different if it turns out that raw fish is not to her liking. Can anyone recommend a Japanese restaurant with equally strong sushi and non-sushi menus for this culinary adventure? I'd prefer a place in Manhattan or Queens, easily accessible from Midtown Manhattan and reasonably priced. Not too fancy.

Many thanks in advance!

  1. meatme Jan 2, 2011 03:50 PM

    15 East, for the sushi, sashimi, soba noodles, and the cooked dishes.

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      mirandabrooklyn Jan 16, 2011 10:18 AM

      Agreed! We had the best meal ever at 15 East. We never found truly great sea urchin until we tasted at 15 East. Their tuna-flight took us to Japan. Oshideshta.

    2. Miss Needle Dec 30, 2010 07:09 AM

      15 East is what you want. Sushi and non-sushi items are both wonderful.

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        Bkeats Dec 29, 2010 08:28 AM

        Your request creates contradictory goals. Its like asking for a really good fish place that also has spectacular dry aged steak. Possible but not likely. Generally I would say that a japanese restaurant where the sushi is as good as the cooked food is where both are of at best average quality. I think the reason many first timers don’t like sushi is because it wasn’t very good. I would suggest that for higher odds of a successful introduction to sushi, you go to a sushi place that focuses on sushi. Otherwise you risk an indifferent reaction from your friend followed by an order of shrimp tempura. In mid-town, there’s an abundance of choices. There’s always Sushi Yasuda, but that’s more on the pricey side than reasonable. But also on 43rd across the street is Sakagura. Not a sushi place but they have some fish starters that might make an easy introduction to raw fish along with many cooked items. Great sake choices too.

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