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Where to take sushi loving teenager in midtown?

3rd trip to New York for my 16 year old son. He loves Sushi and Italian. We are staying in midtown, but willing to subway it. Where can I blow his mind?

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  1. Yasuda, tanoshi for sushi. Italian- so many...lupa (need to travel)- delicious and inexpensive.

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    1. What's your budget per person before tax and tip (and alcohol for you)?

      When is this trip? Dates and days of the week? Is this for lunch or dinner? Are you planning to make some reservations soon? If less than a month away, many of the famous places will be booked up.

      Where did you eat at in NYC previously and what did you think?

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      1. re: kathryn

        We're in town at the end of this month (23-25) and are looking for dinner on a Sunday and/or Tuesday and lunch on Tuesday.

        On previous trips, we tended to just go in to a place as we walked by. Ate Sushi at a place on 48th between 8th and 9th Ave, I think. It was OK. Mostly convenient for pre theatre.

        1. re: Michelle1201

          When you say he likes sushi do you mean maki rolls or so you mean nigiri sushi (and sushi omakase like in Jiro Dreams of Sushi)?

          Quite a few high quality sushi places are closed Sundays.

          What's your budget? It really matters for sushi, as it can cost quite a lot.

      2. Blue Ribbon izakaya in the 50's. The head chef from the one downtown is now there. Get the omakase, sit at the sushi bar.

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        1. re: foodwhisperer

          Where is there a Blue Ribbon Izakaya in the 50's? I want to go!

          1. re: lexismore

            Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill. Located near Columbus Circle. Different menu from the Izakaya on the LES.

        2. How much are you willing to spend on sushi? If all your son has ever had is the sushi that is served by a generic japanese place you happen to walk by, the cost differential between that and quality sushi is significant. Mind blowing can be budget blowing.

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          1. re: Bkeats

            I'm also thinking a 16yr old boy may be able to take down a considerable amount of sushi in one meal....

            1. re: Ttrockwood

              Ain't that the truth. My son could put me in the poor house the way he eats sushi.

            2. re: Bkeats

              Yea, my son can slam down 3 rolls all by himself. Sometimes he let's me share ;-)

              1. re: Michelle1201

                If he likes rolls then it makes no sense to take him to the top tier places like Yasuda. He hasn't graduated to that level yet. Go to one of the Blue Ribbon Sushi places, get the Kyuri Special roll.

                1. re: kathryn

                  Blue Ribbon sushi bar and grill W.58th Street ( i said izakaya earlier post) is the Blue Ribbon Mid or uptown. and I agree that is a good place for the teen to go.
                  I also think Sushi of Gari ( 43rd St) he would like a lot.The creative type sushi would surely excite a teenager starting out in the sushi world.
                  Nobu has some dishes like jalapeno yellowtail, or Wagyu beef on hot rock, that might be interesting also.
                  If it were downtown I'd recommend Takahachi. They have about 20 rolls named after movies i.e. Bee Movie.
                  Passage to India.... I like the Passage to India roll that comes with a curry sauce.
                  I don't think, yasuda, 15 East, Ushiwakamaru, and other top tier places are the right choice.

                  1. re: kathryn

                    I'm quoting a physicist here, but if you want to understand something, you need to encounter it in its highest form. There is a way in which children get socialized and processed by grade level and graduation which really has nothing to do with education. Just makes it easier for teachers to instill conformity. By the time they are allowed to "graduate" it is only because they are parroting this is higher and that is lower. They may not have learned anything.

                    There is also less segregation and categorization of people by age in other advanced countries. I don't know why this has become such a mania in a few places. I think if you talk down, condescend or shortchange young people, they can sense no matter how you try to disguise it.

                    That's a long way of saying if you can afford it, give a young person the best in as many varieties as you can. Young people have a natural aptitude for learning and outstripping their would-be teachers. A lot of what is held up to be "teaching" often just gets in the way.

              2. Sushi Zen at W. 44 & Sixth Ave is one of my favorites, and I have seen it turn up on "most underrated restaurant lists" for NYC and they recently won an award. I have never had trouble getting a reservation and I tend to book last minute or walk in. However, it is in the theatre district so it is easier to get seated if you are not dining right before curtain times. (They are closed Sundays)

                You can look at lunch and dinner menus online and see the prices.

                http://www.sushizen-ny.com/menu.php

                For Italian, take a look at the menu of Maialino, which is not midtown but at Gramercy Park. It is top quality Italian -- very close to what one might eat in Rome -- and service is quite nice. You might need to make a reservation immediately

                http://www.maialinonyc.com/#/menus/

                The Italian food is not "mind blowing" at Mercato in the high W. 30s near 9th Av, but the menu has a lot of traditional and tasty Southern Italian dishes that your son wouldn't otherwise have a chance to try. Best of all, prices are very friendly and the rustic atmosphere is casual and cheery. Take a look at the menu:

                http://www.mercatonyc.com/trattoria

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