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nice sushi on Sunday....help, SF'er here

I'm an idiot, I meant sushi Azabu

Sep 01, 2014
Jsimo01 in Manhattan

nice sushi on Sunday....help, SF'er here

If we only had good sushi here, I'm sorry to out your haunt. Is the omakase good there?

Aug 31, 2014
Jsimo01 in Manhattan

nice sushi on Sunday....help, SF'er here

Need help Manhattanites! We are from San Francisco and need some sushi guidance. It's the one cuisine we've never experienced the real deal on, just run of the mill sushi bars and we are ready for it. The problem is we need to be somewhat budget minded and are limited to a Sunday night. Interested only in sushi/nigiri...not cooked dishes. The following is what I've seen so far..any advice is GREATLY appreciate. I'm having paralysis by analysis. Need to stay under $200 for two people

Sushi of Gari
Sushi Abuza
Sushi Yasaka

Aug 31, 2014
Jsimo01 in Manhattan

SF/Oaklander coming to Portland for 3 days..Kingdom of Roosevelt?

HI everyone, Need a little guaidance. For our one "nice" dinner I was thinking Kingdom of Roosevelt. The main reason I picked this is because it seems very local as far as the cuising it sells. I'd like to go places that are very very indicative of where they are located geographically. Would a place like OX/Beast/Le Pigeon be better, although the local angle isn't as strong?
thx!!!!

Jul 17, 2013
Jsimo01 in Metro Portland

SF'er coming to NYC HELP!!!

Did you not like it because it was too cutesy and precious? I'm not against molecular stuff But when it's technique for technique sake it falls flat. I'm interested possibly and I like the chef but am apprehensive.

May 26, 2013
Jsimo01 in Manhattan

SF'er coming to NYC HELP!!!

I know exactly what you mean. I hate walking away disappointed which can happen at 2 & 3 star places. That's one reason we love "high end food" in a simple cozy atmosphere, even up at a counter. Maybe it's an expectation thing.

we are relatively accomplished cooks and diners, so while service and atmosphere are important... we want to walk away from the meal feeling challenged. Saying things like "I had no idea those flavors could work together" and "I've never had anything like this". The French Laundry in Napa (several years ago), Benu in SF (two years ago), and L'agape Substance (last year) in Paris are the three restaurants that have done that for us. We'd love to find something just as challenging in NY, but don't particularly need the pomp and circumstance.

May 26, 2013
Jsimo01 in Manhattan

SF'er coming to NYC HELP!!!

Both, but I'm dirty and love a great big seared piece!!

May 26, 2013
Jsimo01 in Manhattan

SF'er coming to NYC HELP!!!

Another thing, I miss foie GRAS greatly and would appreciate a suggestion somewhere near where I'm staying in the East Village

May 25, 2013
Jsimo01 in Manhattan

SF'er coming to NYC HELP!!!

Your suggestions and help have been fantastic. I'm not a forum person usually but this showing me how great they can be.

May 25, 2013
Jsimo01 in Manhattan

SF'er coming to NYC HELP!!!

Wow,you are a great help, thx! I guess I should've been more specific in my post. My wife an I are looking at doing one or two dinners as expensive as EMP or Le Bernardin , etc..but we also want to make sure we get the best slice of pizza and brunch. we're staying in the East Village for one week in September Near Thompkins Park. I'm planning on doing momofuku at least twice and am trying to get into Ko. We don't need Michelin star restaurants necessarily is just an example I'm trying to use to say that I want to go to places that are trying to earn cred and are exciting and fresh not places that have already had success that's just stale trying to hold onto their clientele. Blue Hill looked great to us,we Bay Area folk love our farm to table seasonal menus And we would love to see New York's version of that.for Pizza we don't want to go to one of the two famous places that everybody goes to unless they truly are the best. is there a third fourth-place example the nobody really knows about that we need to hit up? This is our first trip to New York. We are very savvy Bay Area foodies are trying to apply the same logic to New York we want to find up-and-coming artisanal places that are not very touristy. We are suckers for everything done in house and a close relationship with the product. We like to feel that we live in the neighborhood when we are on vacation over there and other than the must must sees will avoid anything touristy. wd rather eat in the local bistro in our neighborhood that's fantastic and nobody knows about than go to an overpriced place in time square.

May 25, 2013
Jsimo01 in Manhattan

SF'er coming to NYC HELP!!!

Okay Chow Hounders I'm a San Franciscan going to New York and want the best of the best out there. I really want forward thinking cuisine nothing safe I'm much more interested in restaurants trying to earn Michelin stars than trying to protect them. Okay give me your opinions out there, prices and not a concern everything from burgers to foie gras for us! MUCH APPRECIATED!!

May 24, 2013
Jsimo01 in Manhattan