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offthebeatenpath1 Feb 21, 2013 07:22 AM

Has anyone been? I have been to the original in SAG Harbor and have heard good things about the one on 21st. I am not expecting Yasuda quality, but is it worth it or are there better options? Looking for a good sushi experience that has a casual atmosphere for dinner with friends. Thanks!

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    foodwhisperer Feb 21, 2013 07:47 AM

    The sushi at Sen in Sag Harbor is mediocre. They have good cooked dishes. I haven't tried the one on 21st st.

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      Ricky Feb 21, 2013 11:53 AM

      The one on 21st street seems like a totally different restaurant than the menu for the one in Sag Harbor.

    2. Motosport Feb 21, 2013 08:43 AM

      Sag Harbor Sen = Ugh!

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        offthebeatenpath1 Feb 21, 2013 09:02 AM

        Ha, well, so far not too much enthusiasm...I am, for whatever reason, a bit out of touch with the really good sushi joints lately. Not looking for a long omakase type meal like at Yasuda. Something with great, fresh sushi/sashimi that is good for conversation and going out with friends. Price is not really a big concern.

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          strangemd Feb 21, 2013 10:09 AM

          Sen in Sag harbor reminds me of the old Woody Allen joke: "the food is terrible, and the portions are so small!" Not to mention overpriced.
          I think you might like Ushiwakamaru on Houston. The sushi and sashimi are excellent (IMHO as good as Yasuda, these days). You certainly don't have to do an omakase, though it is available, and the place has a casual, friendly, and non-stuffy atmosphere.

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            Motosport Feb 21, 2013 10:15 AM

            We were having lunch at Sen Sag Harbor one Winter day. The sushi is not great but it was the only sushi place in the area.
            The place was empty. Halfway thru our meal another couple came in and the owner asked if we could move because we were sitting at their favorite table.
            It was a real WTH? moment!!

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              foodwhisperer Feb 21, 2013 03:19 PM

              LOL, hey it's good when a place appreciates its regular customers. Once at a sushi place named Kameda, the sushi bar was full and the chef moved people to a table so me and my party could sit at the bar. It happened at Jewel Bako too.
              So, I'm all for treating the regulars well, especially if it helps me out .. haha,,, <selfish jerk= me>
              Sen in Sag is always packed and only because it is the only show in town. There used to be a place on 27 in E. Hampton that was run by Chinese people posing as Japanese, that was terrible ( Mr Fuji)

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                Motosport Feb 22, 2013 08:54 AM

                The people at Mt Fuji were from Malaysia. We went there often and liked it better than Sen.
                When we lived in E Hampton we did our best to support places like Mt Fuji that stayed open in Winter.
                Not the best sushi but they were there in January and the people were nice.

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                  foodwhisperer Feb 22, 2013 12:56 PM

                  They were Chinese Malay,and spoke Chinese to each other.
                  I've gone there with Chinese people who had conversations with them several times.
                  Their yosanabe was good. They did not age their tuna at all.
                  One night they told me the tuna was caught same day and they cleaned it a few hours later and served it.
                  I too lived in East Hampton for many years.

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                    Motosport Feb 23, 2013 08:04 AM

                    But they never pretended to be Japanese.
                    There was slim pickings on the East end in Winter. If you wanted sushi you went to Mt Fuji or the arrogant place in Sag Harbor.
                    Our favorite Sag Harbor restaurant was Conca D'Oro.

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              offthebeatenpath1 Feb 21, 2013 05:15 PM

              Thanks Strangemd. I always forget about Ushiwakamaru. I think I have it between this and Sushi Azabu. Any thoughts? They seem like completely different atmospheres.

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                strangemd Feb 21, 2013 06:08 PM

                I find Azabu mediocre these days, with occasional pleasant surprises.
                I go to Ushi quite a bit and am always happy. But the atmosphere is indeed different. For good food, good conversation in a place you can hear each other talk, and a good sake list, I vote Ushi.

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                  foodwhisperer Feb 21, 2013 08:54 PM

                  Your description of the atmosphere i.e. .. a place you can hear each other talk, and good sake list,,, sounds more like Azabu. Azabu is much quieter, classier, atmosphere. I've had equally good sushi at both. With friendlier head sushi chef at Azabu. Although the head guy at Ushi does have his fans. Personally I didn't like him much.

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                    strangemd Feb 22, 2013 07:13 PM

                    Maybe just bad luck on my part. I have a great deal of respect for your opinions, foodwhisperer, but I've been to Azabu 4 times over the years, and twice had fish that were almost mealy in texture, and several times rice under my fish that completely fell apart and tasted weird. It is a bit "fancier" than Ushi, but I am one of those who's quite fond of the head man, and he treats me very well (particularly since I always buy him beers).

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                      foodwhisperer Feb 22, 2013 09:56 PM

                      Those beers are huge. I bought him beer twice and the third time i was there he acted cold and snobby. Another time a different chef made my food and he had a bad cold. Turned me off. I have a friend who loves Ushi and is a regular. So maybe i'll go back and try it again. i know the chef at 15 East thinks the sushi is good there. Also FYI, the head sushi chef at Blue Ribbon Izakaya was a chef at Ushi. His name is Kaz. He really does a great omakase at Blue Ribbon. except for the wasabi.

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                        strangemd Feb 23, 2013 08:08 AM

                        Thanks for the tip. I'll give Blue Ribbon a try; I haven't been to any of their establishments in a few years.
                        Mostly, I go between 15E, Ichimura, and Ushi. Have to branch out and hit Konoyama one of these days too.

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          offthebeatenpath1 Feb 24, 2013 11:10 AM

          Ended up at Azabu. The fish was quite good and they gave very nice portions. The salmon was particularly excellent that day. My one complaint is that I felt they applied the soy sauce a bit too liberally. At least for my taste..

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