Omakase that won't break the bank?
So here's the deal - I live above a very good sushi spot (Yasaka on the UWS) that's really affordable ($24 for six-piece omakase with cut roll, $45 for 12-piece).
Looking for a downtown spot that offers good omakase at a similar price point. Would love any suggestions. Arigato!
For weekday lunch, I believe that Sushi Yasuda still has a prix fixe. Approximately $25 for 5 pieces of nigiri and 2 rolls.
For dinner, Kanoyama. $37 for their "sushi omakase" set which includes 8 pieces of nigiri, 1 maki roll, and miso soup or salad. It's not a real omakase. It's a "set meal" which is what you are looking for. Also it's very large meal, though, being only 8 pieces of nigiri, so you'll probably need to order more food.
I'll second Kanoyama. As Kathryn notes, it's not the full-on "omakase" experience at that price point but I don't think anywhere in the city would give the true chef's choice omakase for that price. In terms of a high-quality set meal that showcases the day's special, the "sushi omakase" at Kanoyama is a winner - as is the sashimi omakase which I'd never ordered before my most recent visit, despite eating there all the time. Happy to report that the sashimi omakase is every bit as good: plenty of food, interesting presentation and good variety (for ~$40).
FWIW, the "super omakase" at Kanoyama - which is more of the true sit at the bar and eat whatever the chef prepares - is great, too. Make a reservation and sit at the bar back in the back room and have a great meal... we went about a year ago and it was one of our favorite meals of the year (in a year that included Per Se and two less-than-satisfactory meals at EMP).