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Best sushi experience in Mid-Town?

jranen Jan 23, 2014 04:35 PM

I'm a serious foodie and am taking a client out to lunch in NYC. The client is located at 222 West 44th Street.

I would appreciate recommendations on the best sushi restaurants in the immediate area. Décor is not important to me but very high end fish with renowned sushi chefs is what I'm going for. Price is irrelevant. I live in Los Angeles so the bar for sushi is set pretty high.

Thank you!

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    foodwhisperer Jan 23, 2014 05:50 PM

    Our bar here is only set at about 4 feet high.:: drumroll::
    Karumazushi ( excellent)
    +1 Masa (top choice)
    Sushi of Gari ( modern style)
    Nobu 57
    Sushi Ann
    Several high end places are either closed for lunch or located downtown. ( 15 East, Nakazawa, Ushiwakamaru,etc)
    Sakagura is Japanese Izakaya perhaps a good choice in the just east of your location, easily walkable.

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    1. re: foodwhisperer
      debinqueens Jan 23, 2014 09:02 PM

      i'm always surprised that Sushi Zen on 44th off 6th doesn't get more respect. it's a cut below the top five or so mentioned by foodwhisperer (but a few notches above Nobu). great care with seasonal specials, and a nice eating experience as well.

      1. re: debinqueens
        foodwhisperer Jan 23, 2014 09:48 PM

        I've never been to Sushi Zen, but I'll check it out next time i'm in the area. Thanks.

        1. re: debinqueens
          UES Mayor Jan 24, 2014 03:07 AM

          Sushi Zen is great!!!! My go to place for midtown sushi. Extremely competent staff and the best fish!

        2. re: foodwhisperer
          lexismore Jan 24, 2014 05:23 AM

          This is a good list. A few notes:

          Masa will be closest in style/experience to Urasawa.

          Sushi Zen is quite good, but based on their location, they get a lot of tourists, so you have to communicate to them that you know what you're doing. But I find Yasuda and Gari to be much better.

          For googling purposes, the spelling is "Kurumazushi"

          And Sakagura is across the street from Yasuda, so equally walkable, but not the closest.

          1. re: lexismore
            Blumie Jan 24, 2014 07:05 AM

            I have never experienced a disproportionate number of tourists at Sushi Zen. In fact, I would think that Gari, right on Restaurant Row, would attract a lot more tourists than would Sushi Zen at 44th and 6th. But then again, I never have felt that the presence of tourists have affected my meal at either restaurant.

            1. re: Blumie
              lexismore Jan 24, 2014 07:39 AM

              I didn't mean the presence of tourists would affect the meal. I meant the restaurant mistaking you for one might - unless you communicate that you know and enjoy good sushi.

              I've found that many sushi chefs will "try harder" (give more interesting fish, be more engaging) when they understand they're serving someone who really appreciates sushi.

              1. re: lexismore
                foodwhisperer Jan 24, 2014 08:26 PM

                I agree 100% that they "try harder" or appreciate you, appreciating them.

          2. re: foodwhisperer
            BuildingMyBento Jan 26, 2014 10:15 AM

            I wouldn't keep Sakagura on this list since it's not sushi-centric. Though, it's still worth a visit.

          3. k
            kathryn Jan 23, 2014 05:43 PM

            How far are you willing to go?

            W44th between 7th and 8th is a bit of a hike from places that are generally considered top tier but still in Midtown. Midtown is pretty big...

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              Bkeats Jan 23, 2014 05:19 PM

              We'll if price doesn't really matter, Masa.

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