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foodwhisperer Apr 6, 2013 06:41 AM

Strolled by Ichimura and decided to see if they had room. Of course if you call they are booked for 3 months. The reality is, they get cancellations often, and it is always worth a shot to pop in. I've done this more than 20 times and at least half the time I get seats at the sushi bar.
The sushi/sashimi was fantastic as usual. What is very interesting is that
Ichimura-san takes great care in how long he ages his fish. He gave me
tastes of the same fish aged, 2, 3, 5 days and the subtle differences in taste and consistency is something to marvel at. I have not had that experience elsewhere. I have had fish aged and have asked how long, but not had the experience of comparison. Definitely a great sushi experience

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    Lau RE: foodwhisperer Apr 6, 2013 07:08 AM

    what time did you try?

    it has to be the hardest sushi reservation in NY right now and one of the only highly regarded places i havent been

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      foodwhisperer RE: Lau Apr 6, 2013 07:47 AM

      Lau, Just walk in and ask if they have room.. I have never called for a reservation and most of the time i get in. When they don't have room, i eat at Brushstroke, which is very good kaiseki type food. Last night there were 4 cancellations at Ichimura. There were only 3 of us at the sushi bar around 8:30,, and that's a Friday night. Just go for it. The best time to try is around 6 PM.

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        Lau RE: foodwhisperer Apr 6, 2013 08:31 AM

        yah i was going to say earlier usually works better at those types of places..ive done that at yasuda before

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      comiendosiempre RE: foodwhisperer Apr 6, 2013 07:08 PM

      It is indeed a very good spot. Ive taken clients there who are mad about sushi and they loved it. Excellent sake list. Great sommelier.

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        foodwhisperer RE: comiendosiempre Apr 7, 2013 07:12 AM

        The great sommelier, who was at Kyo Ya previously, went back to Japan. But they still have good sake.

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        tylerchris RE: foodwhisperer Apr 30, 2013 02:33 PM

        Very interesting observation... I was just there last Fri at the second seating (we started at 9pm) and there were 2 spots that were left open as well for the rest of the night. We called about 2 months in advance to get our spot.

        Towards the end of the meal, Ichimura-san told us that they were a no-show. I think you get charged if you no-show right (I seem to recall they took my credit card to hold the rez, although it was so long ago now I forgot)?

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          foodwhisperer RE: tylerchris May 3, 2013 09:30 PM

          I don't know if they charge for a no show. Perhaps, because I never make a reservation. I depend on no shows :)

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