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Nov 13, 2013 06:53 PM

NYT downgrades Kuruma Zushi

From three stars to one. Basically said that for $300 you should get a 'WOW' factor, and it was not there. Any 'hounds with recent experience?

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  1. Since kuruma ("wheel") is Japanese slang for automobile, I suppose now the NYT considers it more pedestrian?

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      1. re: kathryn

        Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all week, folks.

    1. Only 300? Sounds like he didnt pay to play. Also I'm glad Pete moved beyond daikichi california rolls.

      1. Does Wells consider walking down St. Mark's Place the same as being in Japan? He can have his avant-garde Sushi Dojo, and I'll gladly stick with the quality and curiously germane ambiance of Kurumazushi.

        I was there a few weeks ago for lunch, and had an amiable conversation with Mr. Uezu to boot. Most of the nigiri was delicious, particularly the hamachi and tobiko, the latter of which I usually find to be insipid. None of the cuts were frozen either.

        That it is located on the 2nd floor of a nondescript building in Midtown lets me pretend for a moment that I'm in Tokyo.

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        1. re: BuildingMyBento

          Maybe he had the $90 nigiri omakase, which isn't worth $30 in my view. Pretty pedestrian (kaching!). If you want the good stuff, you'll have to pay to play.

          1. re: Uncle Yabai

            "pay to Play" is definitely the name of the game. But I'd rather pay to play at 15 East. I had two dinners at Kurumazushi, but not in awhile. I enjoyed my sushi but thought 15 East was better.IMO

          2. re: BuildingMyBento

            Just for grins, how much did you pay?

            1. re: swannee

              Heh, fortunately, I didn't pay, but my bill came to about ~$90 (no drinks).

          3. im going to go here and review it, its been years since ive been here. It was always really good maybe the best but it was also like 2x more expensive than Yasuda and i definitely did not think a very marginally better meal was worth 2x. We'll see how i feel now

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            1. re: Lau

              Definitely pay to play. Probably looking at $400-500 at least. I haven't been there for dinner in years either, but if you forget trying to give it a complete review and focus more on sashimi than sushi, you'll have a good time. His collar toro was still the single best piece of sashimi I've had in NYC.

              1. re: fooder

                im not as much a fan of sashimi vs sushi. Sushi rice is such a huge component for me that i think sushi is just much better than sashimi

                1. re: Lau

                  Well, in that case I would say don't expect too much. If I remember correctly his sushi rice is far from the top tier. Maybe similar to the rice at Sushi Seki.

                  If you do go and pay to play, I'd suggest doing sashimi+sushi omakase even if you're a much bigger sushi fan.

                  He skews traditional, but in a unique way in that the last time I was there for dinner years ago, he didn't serve raw salmon (smoked salmon instead) and served us a pressed herring roe that was bitter and I haven't seen anywhere else in NYC since.

                  1. re: fooder

                    its been several years since ive eaten there but i do remember liking the cuts of fish alot

                    1. re: fooder

                      I usually get sashimi and sushi when I have omakase. All of the top tier places have pressed herring roe. I happen to like it very much. As far as tuna goes, 15 East serves examples from many parts of the fish, and is always happy to show you a cross section of the tuna, and explain which part you are eating. Back in the late 70's and 80s Karuma Zushi would not serve non-Japanese. Just FYI.

                  1. re: Lau

                    Can't wait. Also am waiting for a report on Congee Bowery, where I believe you dined last weekend. (Talk about a difference in price...)

                    1. re: swannee

                      yah ill write up congee bowery but its on the back burner ive got a bunch of other stuff i want to write up first, but ill def write it up