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So, I don't frequently go out for sushi, mostly because my partner-in-crime isn't that into it. When I lived in New York and felt the need (and could convince her to come and/or let me pay) we would go to Yasuda. I enjoyed it very much. She tolerated it.

I will be coming up to New York in January and was thinking about taking my little sister out to dinner. She loves sushi, but has never been to anywhere better than her local neighborhood place. I think that she would enjoy the experience of sitting at one of the city's better sushi bars and experiencing omakase service.

I have read all of the recent posts, but wanted to know what folks suggested.

Neither of us are big drinkers (perhaps a glass or two of sake each or a bottle to split) and I would like to keep the total bill, including tip and tax, under $300 (or $150/person). My initial thought was 15 East, but I am not sure we could pull it off for that price without being overly conscious of what we are spending.

Thanks so much!

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

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  1. I'm a big fan of Shimizu and you could definitely have a feast for that amount or less, depending on your appetite. You can sit with Shimizu himself, though a bit of Japanese goes a long way since his English is not that great, or with the other itamae (his name slips my mind), if you like a lot of interaction.

    1. How about Ushiwakamaru?

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      Ushiwakamaru
      136 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

      1. 15 East's tasting menu is $120 per person and omakase starts from $95, so I think you can manage at that price level, if you are not big drinkers.

        * This is tasting menu for $120 and it includes about nine to ten pieces of sushi too.
        http://blog.naver.com/kosmose7/901200...

         
         
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        1. re: kosmose7

          You are probably right that we could pull it off. Any idea what the standard omake typically includes?

          I realize quickly from the posts above that I am far too novice in the such world to understand the differences between some of these places. I will look up Ushiwakamaru and Shimizu. Any insight into the quality of fish and to the opportunity to try types of fish, and especially types of shellfish, not typically available, that would be great.

          Thanks, again.

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          Ushiwakamaru
          136 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

        2. while 15 East is my favorite sushi place in NYC, i think Ushiwakamaru (my second favorite) is a better call for this particular meal...if the OP's sister has a never had sushi above her local place, Ushi will be a giant step up, and will also be more doable for the price point, and somewhat more fun/less formal...and, while Masato-san's sushi at 15 East is impeccable, Ushiwakamaru has the feel of a sushi place you'd find in Japan (i.e. all the staff are Japanese), while 15 East has the feel of an elegant NYC restaurant, which happens to serve the best sushi in town...

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

          Ushiwakamaru
          136 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

          1. After suggesting 15 East, my sister looked at the menu/website and came back asking for dinner at Tocqueville instead. So, my hopes of enjoying good sushi after a few months stuck in Alabama have been dashed. On the other hand, I will let you all know how our new dinner plans turn out.

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            1. re: nmprisons

              I believe they are next door to each other. Try both!!

              1. re: princeofpork

                She may be set on eating Tocqueville food at Tocqueville, but I believe someone else had posted about going to 15 East with a party of three, and sitting at the bar, and the non-sushi eater of the party was able to order off the Tocqueville menu. (my guess is it wouldn't work as well the other way). Just in case that's an option