Ichimura at Brushsroke
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
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.
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)?