Jiro Dreams of Sushi I saw last year and loved it.It gets the point across that sushi making is not just cutting fish. Jiro who is supposedly the oldest sushi master in Japan that still goes to work everyday, happens to be a very close friend of the chef's master from 15 East. As a matter of fact Massa from 15 East was on the radio 2 weeks ago , and was interviewed regarding Jiro. So I agree after seeing Jiro, you want to eat the very best sushi,,so 15 East is the place to go.
On another note, the closest sushi restaurant is Soto to the IFC theatre. However, I have gone to Soto many times. I loved the little dishes, like the tartare dishes the uni shot etc. I must say, I did not like it very much the other night. I think either I caught an off night, or they are getting so popular that they are pre-making things. My squid with uni dish, was terrible, the strips of squid were all clumped together and has an extremely soft consistency. As if, it was crammed into a tupperware for awhile. The Chu toro tartare was like mush. Some of the other dishes were
off as well. In the old days, if you got a hamachi w/ scallion roll, you would want the hamachi chopped fresh. The hamachi and scallion they had pre-made was always a little off. That is the comparison I can make to many of the dishes I had at Soto the other night. Although the Kampachi tarae with pine nuts was very good, and the uni shot was very good. I did get a carpaccio of shima aji that I think was tai. It looked and tasted nothing like shima aji. Also, he had as a special Russian uni. I have my doubts about the origin of that uni. It looked and tasted like Maine uni. I finished with an anago roll that was cold and had no sauce or salt. And an oshinko roll that was lacking in oshinko. The best dish of the night was the two-tone tofu dish.
Go for sushi before the movie!
Samba Sushi? I have had major feedings years past, its on 7ths and quite famous.
The experience you are looking for might try something closer to Japanese you might try other locations, as I have not scouted out any other Japanese owned on the west Village end. Others might know of some.
I recommend making like a Caribu and do a cross migration to the East Village to Shima on 2nd Ave just corner 12th on the east side of the street.
Travel uptown to Lexington for a real nice Japan owned place called Ikeno Hana at Lexington Ave just below 73rd Street.
Shima on 2nd has so good cuts of fish, and it is fresh. The cuts are good size, I am referring to sashimi. This is good because though the cuts are hefty, the quality remains good. It is Japanese owned.
Ikeno Hana offers Japanese sushi and sashimi and is also Japanese owned, or someone from Japanese descent. It is an older establishment so the style is classic, and nice.
It is located at 1016 Lexington Ave.
1016 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10021
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SUSHI SAMBA!? the antithesis of the movie. Slap sauces on average fish and throw it out the door.
OP is asking about a specific area of Manhattan, if you're going to send him/her to other areas, then why not chose the best sushi-yas in the city and not Ikeno Hana and Shima? Curious selections.
Tough, especially on such VERY short notice. It's Friday night, and the good places probably won't take you as a walk-in customer. Maybe try to see if you can get a last minute reservation at Soto (known more for cooked dishes but also has sushi) or Niko or Neta (which is brand new, ex-Masa chefs)?
I see 10pm availability for 2 for tonight at Soto on OpenTable right now. Niko has 7:30pm and 9:30pm.
Ushiwakamaru is probably fully booked, too, but worth a call, too. I would call ASAP. You might be able to get a table on such short notice, but probably not the sushi bar.
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