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  1. Fellow hounds Foodwhisperer and Simon (I think) have been raving about this sushi counter for a while. Looks like Brushstroke's sushi counter is finally getting the attention they deserve. :D

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      1. re: Cheeryvisage

        yep...i was there again last Friday, and they warned me that the review would be coming out and things were about to get buzzy...am happy for Ichimura-san, as he deserves the acolade

        1. re: Simon

          Had another fantastic meal by Ichimura-san. He has a great technique of curing , aging, marinating fish. I had a cured uni that was fantastic, as well as his hirame cured in seaweed. Just fantastic. Also, his new fame, has not changed him a bit. He is humble as ever.

          1. re: foodwhisperer

            I also had another good dinner this week, although it was tiny, tiny bit less satisfying than my first time (if I rate my first time 100, this time it was like 90). A little less variety of neta than my first time. However, still an excellent sushiya better than most others in New York.

            1. re: kosmose7

              I didn't actually eat near as much tonite as other times. I wasn't that hungry. I like to treat each time separately , not comparing each time. I will say, that I did get a variety of dishes I hadn't had the previous times. Also, there were more people at the sushi bar, usually when I go, there are only about 2 other people. The review from NYTimes really did get the place booked. I hear they are solid booked every night for next 2 weeks. ( i'll squeeze in though). Ichimura-san gives off such good vibes , i love the place. Tomorrow is Sushi Gari Tribeca ( just to check it out) and hopefully 15 East next week. Everytime I go back to 15 East, it reminds me of how good Masa is.

              1. re: foodwhisperer

                is Gari actually at the Tribeca branch?

                when i used to go to Gari alot when my GF lived on the UES there was this one time when i called and the lady who answered was like "ok i have a reservation at that time, but you know Gari isn't here right?" and she actually told me that again when i was making the res since I think she knew who i was since I was coming there alot and i was like that's fine and didn't really think much about it then we went and it was noticeably worse and so after that I started only going when Gari himself was actually there

                1. re: foodwhisperer

                  I finally decided to check out Ichimura, 2 month waiting list. Amazing.

                  1. re: foodwhisperer

                    i randomly ran into Masato-san on the street a couple days ago and chatted with him -- i need to get 15 East back in my rotation; i'd been going to strictly Ushiwakamaru and Ichimura for the past few months...

                    1. re: Simon

                      Funny, I ran into him a few times on the street. I didn't recognize him for a minute then it clicks. he's a great guy. We who eat sushi often , need to keep the good ones in the rotation, always. That is my motto. It makes a big difference as you know, being a regular gets you "special" treatment. I do recommend you go to Blue Ribbon Izakaya, Kaz is from Ushi and will make you feel very special, he is talented and creative with his little dishes. Tonite is the new Gari. I'll report back.

                  2. re: kosmose7

                    kosmose7 ; so which are better ?

                    1. re: kid cha

                      I don't think you will find better, just different on the same quality level. WIth different assortments or styles. My number one pick though is 15 East

                        1. re: TheDescendedLefticleOfAramis

                          Right now i'm most concerned with who has fresh food in Lower Manhattan, I hate to eat stuff that has gone bad from the power outage

                          1. re: foodwhisperer

                            I'd imagine any good place will be serving Monday-delivered food. Not worried. If you are concerned, i'd say eat at simple places that served cooked (as opposed to raw) dishes til Tuesday

                            1. re: Simon

                              Didn't want to take a chance tonight, cooked or uncooked , so i went uptown to Danji. The food is pretty decent there.

                              1. re: foodwhisperer

                                During the blackout, i ate at Wu Liang Ye (48th/6thAve) on three consecutive days: it was delicious :)

                                1. re: Simon

                                  Good to know, I've never been there It might be tomorrow nights dinner spot

                                  1. re: foodwhisperer

                                    i've enjoyed the stir-fried lobster, mapotofu, and Sichuan pickled cabbage there especially...

            2. slight chill to the air ...
              gotta catch that grilled shirako in a while.

              1. couldn't have happened to a nicer man. so well respected in the sushi restaurant community. the only riff he had was with yasuda and he's no longer in the country. love and respect ichimura ever since his 52nd street restaurant on 2nd ave...

                1. Ichimura at Brushstroke , was never a secret or hidden .
                  It's simply a separate part of the restaurant Brushstroke .
                  Very annoying that Mr. Wells decided to take this approach in his review .

                  1. Was there the night the review came out and Bouley and his partners, including Ichimura were waiting for us to wrap up so they could start the celebration. Great meal with some interesting aged fish.