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Aug 27, 2013 02:58 PM

Sushi Nakazawa - Seeking a convive for this Sat (8/31)

Hi CH,

To my marked surprise, I managed to snag a reservation at the sushi bar of Sushi Nakazawa at the oddly-available time of 6:45 this Saturday, 8/31. However, as those who have been following the place will know, they actually only let you make a resy for two. And I am but one person.

So, as kosmose7 did recently, I am offering up my +1 spot. I may be a little distracted as a dining companion -- I plan on focusing on the food! -- but I assure you, I am pleasant enough. ;-)

E-mail me at "calefacient" at "" if you're interested. (Though it's by no means required, I'd love to hear about why you want to go, too.)

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  1. If it were during the week, I would have gone. I too would focus on the food and the chef's skill. Weekends i'm usually booked.
    Enjoy, I'm sure you will find someone to dine with.

    1. hmmmmm-this sounds like a trend! Perhaps we can start a blind dating foodie trend! With only one stipulation-no agenda except for food reviews.

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      1. re: UES Mayor

        Just to be clear, in case my significant other runs into this: I have a significant other. ;-)

        (She'll be out of town and wouldn't want to go to such a temple anyway.)

      2. Probably got the spot as its the Labor Day weekend. As I will be joining the throngs heading to the beach, I won't be able to take you up on the offer. Otherwise, I would be jumping at the opportunity and would tell the wife she would have to look after herself. LOL.

        1. This is neat. As a single diner, I am sometimes frustrated that occasionally restaurants require minimum two or more guests.

          I couldn't attend the "EMP-Alinea swap" last year because of that, although early this year, I finally experienced Alinea in Chicago (even then, I had to find someone to dine with me at Alinea's facebook and I successfully did. LOL).

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          1. re: kosmose7

            I think the 2 person minimum is quite absurd. An allowance of a single , allows for another single, it also allows for parties of 3 which is quite a common number of diners.

            1. re: foodwhisperer

              Which explains why I dine so frequently at Momofuku Ko, and can't dine at Brooklyn Fare. As a frequent solo diner, I think it is outrageous that restaurants discriminate against solo diners. Even Blanca and Atera (as well as EMP and Per Se) permit solo diners.

              1. re: ellenost

                >Even Blanca and Atera (as well as EMP and Per Se) permit solo diners.

                And Daniel, Jean Georges, Le Bernardin, etc, etc all welcome single diners!

                1. re: kosmose7

                  for that matter so does 15 East, Ichimura, Ushiwakamaru, Sushi Azabu, kanoyama, Kura, Dojo,jewlel Bako, Hatsuhana, Yasuda, Sushi Ko and Blue Ribbon,,,, I don't know about Masa
                  Solo diners rule

                  1. re: foodwhisperer

                    I went to Masa solo a few years ago...

                    1. re: tpigeon

                      good to know Masa takes solo diners. I never could get in on short notice. I've tried maybe 5 times. Is it worth it?

                      1. re: foodwhisperer

                        I have not been to 15 east (don't live in NYC), my favorite has been Yasuda, but Masa was a bit better but 3x the cost, so not worth it in my opinion but I am glad I went once...

                        1. re: foodwhisperer

                          It's one of those places that really depends on the state of the economy. When I went in 2010 and 2011, it was pretty dead. I was told some nights would have 3 diners total perhaps. I can't imagine that you would have trouble getting in in that scenario.

                          Another possibility is that given the ingredient costs, they only fly in ingredients from Tsukiji based on expected reserved guest numbers. So perhaps they don't really entertain guests on short notice unless someone cancels.

                  2. re: ellenost

                    If I can get a reservation sometime between Oct 5-12, I might need a 4th person to fill our reservation at Brooklyn Fare.

              2. FYI: The spot has been claimed!

                I will report back to the best of my ability.