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Apr 20, 2012 10:36 AM

Sushi on the UES

We used to go to a sushi restaurant on 3rd and 94th that we loved. Lately, it is not as good. We are looking for a new local sushi place. We are not looking for Sushi of Gari. Just really fresh fish. We mostly eat sashimi. Any ideas?

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  1. Fellow UESer here.

    IMO, Inase on 83rd and 1st Avenue is far better than anything else in the area (not counting non-traditional like Gari).

    Some people on this board also like Gajyumaru on 87th and 1st, but I was completely underwhelmed by their sushi. I found their cooked dishes to be quite good, however.

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    1. re: lexismore

      I agree with this completely. I have been to Gajymaru twice and was underwhelmed each time. Inase is leagues better. His Ikura is top knotch.

    2. Gajyumaru might be your best bet. They are the only place I really like for nigiri sushi on the UES. I have a few places I might order non-controversial rolls from, but there aren't too many places I've found that have good sashimi.

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      1. re: JungMann

        Not to be too difficult, but for a local place, that is pretty far. Anything further west or north?

        1. re: JC2

          Thats under a 10 minute walk

          1. re: MVNYC

            I don't actually think it is a 10 minute walk - i live on 96. I take your point. I do of course go to restaurants near there, but when I think about going for a bite after work, i think more local - like a few blocks. As JungMann says, fortunately there are several good restaurants in Carnegie HIll. And, if I really want something good, i usually hop on the subway and go downtown.

          2. re: JC2

            I wish. I've ordered sushi from pretty much every place in Carnegie Hill aside from Isohama and Chinatown East and nothing has been that great for anything more than a spicy tuna roll or salmon maki. Luckily the neighborhood has other options besides sushi.

            1. re: JungMann

              why did you specifically exclude Isohama?

              1. re: JC2

                There's no specific reason. I'm usually in gym clothes when I pass by there and they haven't left menus in my building's vestibule, so they're not part of the rotation when I browse through my collection.

          3. re: JungMann

            I passed by the restaurant yesterday, and it has a new name. Don't know whether it's the same owners. Has anyone been there in the past few weeks?

            1. re: ellenost

              I was there in the past few weeks and I saw the owner was still there. Maybe that accounts for why it has gone downhill IMO. I was a big fan, but lately the fish is just so so - even a little mushy.