Chiba Restaurant in NoHo
So I was randomly browsing yelp today and was surprised to find Chiba Restaurant - 4.5* with 300+ reviews. I glanced over everything and it doesn't look promising, with rolls and just basic stuff. However, 300+ reviews averaging 4.5* is not ignored by me.
Any of you hounds want to chime in? Is this a decent neighborhood place or should I stick to my current neighborhood joints (Sushi Don Sasabune/Murakami Sushi/Daichan)
Chiba feels a little like a coffee shop to me, especially if you sit at a table. That said about the decor, it has multiple personalities and is capable of being all things to all people or anything you want it to be.
I have seen customers sitting with their family (small children included) at the sushi bar and enjoying rolls 'n things; Chiba can be very informal. In contrast, I have seen customers being served fine cuts of fish; in this sense, Chiba can be a very good sushi bar.
I think the key here is to sit at the sushi bar -- if sushi is what you want -- and talk with your chef. Explain to him what you like and let him serve you. I have had extraordinary sushi here; yes, that 4.5* that they have on Yelp is well deserved!
However, parking in this area can be very difficult.
Went with the parents last week because it's their neighborhood sushi place. Actually not bad, but I've been too spoiled by the places I go to - so it's just decent for me. Expect the quality and selection to be more along the lines of Hide Sushi on Sawtelle. Very generous cuts though.