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quick sushi dojo question

I've had very good experiences with their kitchen dishes.

What I've always done, which might work for you, is order the sushi-only omakase, but then supplemented it with any a la carte kitchen dishes I want to try.

Apr 14, 2014
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A NEW Ciano, Falai, Osteria Il Paiolo (Williamsburg)?

I haven't been, but there is, quite literally, a new Ciano on the UES:

http://cucinaciano.com/

Apr 06, 2014
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Kyo Ya or ? (seafood on a Tuesday)

For what it's worth, my recent dinner at brushstroke was pretty expensive and not particularly impressive - not bad, just no wow factor.

Mar 26, 2014
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What happened to Neo Sushi Studio??

If by "innovative" you mean unusual toppings etc, I'd say check out Sushi Yasaka on W 72nd st. They do a 12-piece omakase for $45.

Also, I think Sushi of Gari and Sushi Seki have set courses at a similar quantity/price - it might be slightly less food (9ish pieces and 1 roll).

Mar 13, 2014
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Where to take sushi loving teenager in midtown?

Ah thanks.

Mar 04, 2014
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Where to take sushi loving teenager in midtown?

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

Mar 04, 2014
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Best BBQ in NYC

I also love the moist brisket at Hill Country. Another favorite is the brontosaurus rib at Mighty Quinn's.

Mar 02, 2014
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Looking for best fancy pants burger

Black Label burger at Minetta Tavern is great.

The DB Bistro burger, not so much.

Does the lamb burger at The Breslin count as fancy pants?

Feb 28, 2014
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Healthy Restaurants Midtown East

Feb 25, 2014
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Healthy Restaurants Midtown East

I'm not 100% sure where these places are all located, but they're all on seamless and all deliver to my office on Lex and 46th so I imagine they're pretty close to you.

For me these all hit the balance of healthy, without being inedible.

7 Green & Grain
Num Pang (specifically the chicken salad)
Treehaus (has healthy options)
Dig Inn
Natureworks

Also sushi is a good low calorie option, especially vegetarian.

Feb 25, 2014
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Yasuda v 15 East v Ichimura

I'd definitely do Yasuda over 15 East without Masa.

I see in your original post you said you found Yasuda too heavy-handed with the wasabi. Was that with Mitsu? I don't know him, so can't comment. I will say, I've had very good experiences with Tatsu at Yasuda.

Feb 22, 2014
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Yasuda v 15 East v Ichimura

As an update - had a great lunch with Masa today. He had a number of less-common things, like mantis shrimp and baby sea eels.

He did say he is now only doing lunch service on Fridays. It's a recent change, and he seemed very happy about it.

Feb 21, 2014
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Chicken Liver Mousse at The NoMad - soooo good

I'm a big fan of the tagliatelle with crab.

Feb 18, 2014
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Kappo. An exceptional culinary adventure.

Any idea why? It seemed kind of sudden.

Feb 18, 2014
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SUSHI NAKAZAWA?

I don't remember any straight-up misses, but overall I'd agree with this assessment as well. I'm kinda glad, it would suck if the best sushi in the city was near-impossible to get a reservation at.

Feb 13, 2014
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Sushi - Times Square

Hakubai is a kaiseki restaurant. And, in my experience, not a very good one.

I'd say Sushi Zen or Shimizu for traditional, or Sushi of Gari on 46th street for modern sushi. I'm not sure if they'd be considered "elegant" though.

Feb 13, 2014
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Yasuda v 15 East v Ichimura

Interesting, that hasn't been my experience at all. I've had lunch with Masa many times. He served me. It wasn't rushed. There was a lot of variety. It was great.

I'm not saying dinner isn't also great, but lunch with Masa is one of my all-time favorite sushi experiences.

Feb 11, 2014
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Yasuda v 15 East v Ichimura

He's off Mondays, and there are some other days (it varies which) that he doesn't work lunch.

But I have lunch with him next Friday, so I sure hope he's working.

Just request Masa when you make the reservation.

Feb 11, 2014
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Yasuda v 15 East v Ichimura

I'm not sure exactly which menu items foodwhisperer is referring to with lunch vs dinner.

I've had lunch with Masa many times. I tend to just go for sushi, and I haven't found it lacking at all - usually have 15-20 different pieces, with an offer to continue, so there's certainly a decent amount of variety at lunch. I have seen people do a full omakase at lunch as well, with kitchen dishes and sashimi.

There was one time where Masa was marinating some Ikura from Japan that he said wouldn't be ready until dinner time. I suppose there could be other things like that.

Feb 11, 2014
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Yasuda v 15 East v Ichimura

I'd say 15 East with Masa for sure.

Feb 11, 2014
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Sushi Nakazawa Impressions After Two Meals

One note - when I went, it was at the last seating (9:30 PM), and there was no option to add more nigiri.

Feb 10, 2014
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Best restaurants for dinner on UWS or UES?

Any thoughts on how much you want to spend, or what kind of food you want to eat?

Feb 05, 2014
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Worst Dishes in 2014

Hah! Crickets I might be able to do. Roaches, I'm not so sure.

And if it's the crab that's throwing you, it's imitation crab, so rest assured - it adds no flavor. In the renditions I've had, all I tasted was cream cheese and crispy dough.

Feb 05, 2014
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Worst Dishes in 2014

Well, you can't argue with taste (although we chowhounds sure like to try).

I'd put them in the guilty pleasure category, like jalapeno poppers.

You enjoy your insects!

Feb 05, 2014
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Worst Dishes in 2014

Even a well-executed crab rangoon is an inauthentic culinary mess.

But that doesn't mean it tastes bad.

Or do we suddenly hate the taste of deep fried dough stuffed with cheese?

Feb 05, 2014
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Current views on Per Se?

Just another opinion, but I find EMP to be a similar dining experience to Per Se, but with better food, more fun, and at about half the price (if you do the supplemental dishes at Per Se).

Feb 03, 2014
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Kaitenzushi (Conveyor Belt Sushi)?

They definitely had it a couple years ago. Not sure if it's still around.

Jan 27, 2014
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Very Special Birthday Sushi

To offer a slightly different opinion -

I wouldn't discount Dojo at all. I think Dojo with David is one of my absolutely favorite sushi experiences in the city.

That being said, the restaurant has more of a casual atmosphere, perhaps not what you're looking for with a special birthday celebration. And they're closed Monday anyways.

I agree that while 15 East would be perfect, going without Masa is not what you want.

Jan 27, 2014
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Best sushi experience in Mid-Town?

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.

Jan 24, 2014
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Best sushi experience in Mid-Town?

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.

Jan 24, 2014
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