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Mar 16, 2012 01:31 PM

Sushi West Village

I am going to see "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" tonight, and of course, want to follow it up with some sushi for myself.

Any suggestions?


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  1. The movie is pretty great, but you will likely be disappointed with any sushi here in the city after you watch it. I was glad we went before. Aside from that Ushiwakamaru on Houston would be your best bet if you can get in.

    136 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

    1. 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.

      357 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10014

      170 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012

      61 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011

      1. 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.

        Ikeno Hana
        1016 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10021

        SushiSamba 7
        87 Seventh Avenue South, New York, NY 10014

        188 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

        2 Replies
        1. re: jonkyo

          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.

        2. I loved Jiro Dreams of Sushi! Maybe 15 East afterwards? Though it's further away, 15 East is better that Ushiwakamaru. 15 East also has openings tonight on Opentable.

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

          1. Masatosan from 15 East trained at Sukeroku who's head chef trained with Jiro I think.