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Yummy Sushi in Philadelphia

willscarlett Jun 17, 2013 03:38 PM

My girlfriend and I are heading to Philadelphia this week, either Wednesday or Friday. We've been several times before and are familiar with the city, but are wondering what the good sushi places are for a belated celebration of sorts. I'm not familiar with the Philly sushi scene at all. I live not far from NYC tho, so I do know the quality of good sushi, tho my knowledge of sushi venues in Philly pretty much stops at Morimoto. I've been to the Morimoto in NYC twice and it is quite good there, but what's good in the City of Brotherly Love?

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    Buckethead Jun 17, 2013 04:14 PM

    If you frequent sushi places in NYC I'd skip ours, it's not something Philly is great at. We do have some very good places (Zama would be my pick, though I haven't been in a while) but if you've only been here a few times and are not married to the sushi plan you may want to try something else.

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      willscarlett Jun 17, 2013 04:25 PM

      Definitely not married to it... what else might you suggest?

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        Buckethead Jun 17, 2013 06:01 PM

        Vedge and Zahav are both unlike anything you'll find in NYC (that I know of) and both have tables for 2 @ 8:15 on Wednesday according to Opentable. You may have been to Zahav already. We also have quite a few great BYOBs, Kanella (Cypriot Greek) is one of my favorites that you can get into on short notice. Koo Zee Doo (Portuguese) in Northern Liberties is another excellent one, though with a group of 2 you'd need to order a bit carefully as some of the plates there are huge.

        I'd recommend Vernick too if not for the fact that this is for this week, they're pretty much booked up. They do a lot of great raw and barely-cooked fish dishes, so if you wanted to keep kinda-sorta close to sushi in spirit you may want to call them and see if they have any availability. They also have 4 stools at the chef's counter, I don't know if they reserve those seats unless you specifically ask.

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          willscarlett Jun 17, 2013 06:17 PM

          Thanks for the info. Our trip is confirmed for Friday, which may make dining a bit more challenging and the city a bit busier!

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            fava_bean Jun 27, 2013 10:01 AM

            If you are not turned off by the idea of eating at a bar, you might have more options than opentable suggests. I have never made a reservation at Vedge or Vernick and eat at both regularly, at the bar. Full menu, a chance to chat with other diners, and lots of time to talk to the bartender (especially fun to do at Vernick where the cocktails are almost as remarkable as the food).

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      arepo Jun 18, 2013 06:48 AM

      Samurai in Villanova gets good press.

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        Bigley9 Jun 18, 2013 12:15 PM

        If you are driving, head to Fuji in Haddonfield NJ - just across the river from Center City Phila. Best sushi in the area.

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          Tom34 Jun 18, 2013 12:34 PM

          With over 45 years experience, Matt Ito is an icon. Back in the day, people drove all the way from NYC to eat at his South Jersey Cinnaminson Location. Definitely worth the trip across the river.

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          Beulah Jun 18, 2013 12:38 PM

          Zento on Chestnut Street between 2nd and Front Streets is very good and less expensive than Morimoto. We also like Fat salmon on Walnut Street betwen 7th and 8th (closer to 7th).

          1. Delucacheesemonger Jun 20, 2013 02:02 PM

            My current sushi Philadelphia is Doma on Callowhill between 18th and 19th

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              Seeker19104 Jun 24, 2013 02:42 PM

              Will follow your lead.

              Happy to see chirashi on the menu!

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                mazza3 Jun 26, 2013 07:40 AM

                doma is very, very good. they also do takoyaki, which can be hard to find in the states....someone else's rec for zento is also good. zento has an excellent king crab miso soup, though i may be the only person under the age of 80) who wants soup in this weather....

              2. willscarlett Jun 20, 2013 02:19 PM

                I'm not sure if we'll head to Haddonfield for Fuji, only because it'll be nice to continue walking around a bit after dinner. However, Fuji and Chef Ito look quite scrumptious.

                Anyways, after doing a bit more research, how do people like Dasiwa, Domo, Vic Sushi Bar, Umai Umai... anything else people would suggest? Based off what I've seen, maybe Zama or Fuji would be best.

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                  sockii Jun 20, 2013 03:21 PM

                  IMO Fuji is leagues better than Zama, and it's in a cute area to walk about. I am surprised no one mentioned Sagami because if you want true authentic, basic, traditional sushi and sashimi nothing in Philly compares to this old hole in the wall in Collingswood (but not in the nice, walkable, lingering part of Collingswood.)

                  Vic Sushi is ok for lunch but a tiny little counter place. Zero atmosphere. I might also toss into the mix Kidari Sushi which recently opened around 18th and South Street. It's BYOB with a great sushi chef behind the counter (Sam Yoon) and I've had a few great lunches there with wonderfully personable service.

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                  lawgirl3278 Jun 24, 2013 11:23 AM

                  I always enjoyed the sushi at Izumi, plus you can wander Passyunk Ave for drinks and get Capogiro gelato for dessert :)

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                    willscarlett Jun 24, 2013 11:30 AM

                    I did go to Capogiro... before dinner :)

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                      cwdonald Jun 24, 2013 12:27 PM

                      Palate cleanser? LOL

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