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First time at NAOE - Hints & Tips?

LiveRock Nov 6, 2012 02:51 PM

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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    tpigeon RE: LiveRock Nov 6, 2012 03:22 PM

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

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    1. re: tpigeon
      LiveRock RE: tpigeon Nov 7, 2012 12:44 PM

      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. taiga RE: LiveRock Nov 7, 2012 11:23 AM

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

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      1. re: taiga
        LiveRock RE: taiga Nov 7, 2012 12:42 PM

        So I have heard. Thanks!

      2. Blind Mind RE: LiveRock Nov 7, 2012 12:01 PM

        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
          LiveRock RE: Blind Mind Nov 7, 2012 12:40 PM

          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. lax2mia RE: LiveRock Nov 7, 2012 12:41 PM

          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.

          1. jpr54_1 RE: LiveRock Nov 8, 2012 03:24 PM


            bring $$$$

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              ShellySirju RE: LiveRock Nov 13, 2012 01:45 PM

              How was it?

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