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Nov 6, 2012 02:51 PM

First time at NAOE - Hints & Tips?

My wife and I will be celebrating our 10 Anniversary at NAOE on Saturday. I've had the reservation for 6 weeks and am beside myself with anticipation. (She doesn't know it yet but just as a warm-up we will be watching Jiro Dreams of Sushi again this week!)

I have likely read every review on the web but I wondered what tips and advice others who have been could add to help us enjoy our experience. Any tips on table manners and/or tipping would be especially appreciated but I'm sure we'll be grateful for any insights you could pass our way.



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  1. You really don't have many choices at NAOE. Just go and enjoy.

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    1. re: tpigeon

      Yep, I know how omakase works and I'm looking very much forward to it. I try anything he puts in front of me and enjoy it very much!

    2. Sit back, relax, and take it slow. They are lovely people.

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      1. Your choices are this:

        Sake or Beer? For this I'd go sake. It's from the chefs family's sake brewery in Japan. The organic junmai ginjo is a great selection and not overly pricey.

        Tap or Sparkling? I've gone back and forth on this. I prefer sparkling but at $7/bottle it adds up.

        Tea or no tea? Last meal I went with a Genmaicha tea rather than beer/sake and it was a great call. Really enjoyed it and it worked very well with the bento box.

        Stop after bento + 8 rounds of sushi or keep going? I'm bad to ask advice here. Every time I tell myself I'm stopping after the 8 rounds of sushi. Every. Time. It never happens.

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        1. re: Blind Mind

          Thank you...It will definitely be sake for me and tea for her. She'll stop at the 8 but me? I seriously doubt it!

        2. It's all been said. Sit back and relax. They'll make you feel like family and like there's nothing else going on in the world except this meal.