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Sushi w/ a baby

dhenry18 Oct 16, 2013 06:03 PM

So it's my birthday, and I'm taking my 14 mo old with me and my wife for sushi. Any suggestions for what good places would be best to bring a baby? Planning for dinner at opening around 5 so less crowded. Didn't think Yasuda or East 15 would be good for a baby. Don't really want to go back to Blue Ribbon. Thoughts? Anyone think Sasabune would work? Never been

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    UES Mayor RE: dhenry18 Oct 17, 2013 04:23 AM

    Sassabune would work if you sit at a table. They have couple tables up front by sushi bar (it's a smallish space) and more in back. Be prepared to leave stroller out front thought as there is no room for it inside and be prepared to take baby outside should it act up as it is a very small space. Another great option is Tokubei on E 86th where ther is more space. I think sushi and cooked foods great there as well.

    1. Miss Needle RE: dhenry18 Oct 17, 2013 05:45 AM

      What about Neta? I thought the sushi was very good. Girl Eats City rates it an A baby rating.


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        kathryn RE: Miss Needle Oct 17, 2013 05:47 AM

        Who is behind the counter nowadays after their chefs left?

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          Miss Needle RE: kathryn Oct 17, 2013 05:52 AM

          Oh, I had no idea that happened! That's too bad. Hopefully Kim and Lau can find another place.

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        lexismore RE: dhenry18 Oct 17, 2013 07:46 AM

        I think if you're used to Yasuda and 15 East you're likely to be underwhelmed by Sasabune.

        I'd do Sushi Dojo - it's excellent, but still casual. It can get loud later, but if you go on the early side you should be ok.

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          dhenry18 RE: lexismore Oct 17, 2013 08:24 AM

          Thanks. Not "used to" Yasuda and 15 East but been there before for my birthday and they sort of set the standard for me of what great sushi is. My "standard" is more like a Blue Ribbon sushi.

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            villainx RE: lexismore Oct 17, 2013 10:26 AM

            The time I passed by Dojo, in the earlier evening, mostly empty and plenty of counter space. Not sure if it was reserved, but seems like it's doable with a baby.

            I'm in similar situation, so was thinking of giving that a try. Much younger baby though. At 14 month, probably okay to carry while sitting at counter, or in high chair (if there is one.)

            If you know your sushi places, probably the earliest seating is going to be slow or empty.

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              UES Mayor RE: lexismore Oct 18, 2013 04:20 AM

              I absolutely would take Sassabune oner Yasuda and esp. 15 East ANYDAY!!! Sassabune is a hole in the wall with fantastic sushi. Quality trumps decor anyday for me when it comes to sushi.

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                Shirang RE: UES Mayor Oct 18, 2013 06:39 AM

                That bottled eel sauce they put on every piece at sasabune is amazing. I think it says shirakaku on it.

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                  lexismore RE: UES Mayor Oct 18, 2013 09:09 AM

                  I wasn't talking about the decor at all. I find 15 East, Yasuda, Dojo, (as well as many others) all to have far superior sushi to Sasabune.

                  But to each their own.

              2. MVNYC RE: dhenry18 Oct 17, 2013 08:11 AM

                It's your birthday. Get a baby sitter, sit at the counter and focus on the sushi

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                  dhenry18 RE: MVNYC Oct 17, 2013 08:22 AM

                  The finances have taken a hit with the baby. So taking the baby with me allows me to afford the quality sushi I want....

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                    MVNYC RE: dhenry18 Oct 17, 2013 08:52 AM

                    Sorry to hear that. If only I weren't a stranger on the Internet and good with babies I would offer to help. If you are looking for an a good but affordable option you can try Inase uptown. Excellent traditional sushi and the best Ilura I've had in NY

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                  Simon RE: dhenry18 Oct 17, 2013 09:13 AM

                  Wherever you go, please sit at a table, not at the counter...

                  Perhaps Ushiwakamaru if you go very early...

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                    UES Mayor RE: Simon Oct 19, 2013 06:09 AM

                    A couple walked in w a stroller last night at Ushiwakamaru-baby slept whole time except for way into couple's meals when she woke up and cried a little. Absolutely didn't bother anyone. Babies as a whole are fine unless you have one that whines and screams incessantly -in which case, parent should take outside.

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