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Jul 08, 2014
howo5 in Austin
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Pre-marathon dinner in Manhattan

I'm having the same problem, finding foods that are safe and won't cause bowel movements/gas during the race on Sunday.

I think we're going to go with a huge late lunch at Bouley and some light dishes w/ rice and soup dumplings at Shanghai Cafe for dinner.

Oct 15, 2013
howo5 in Manhattan

NY/Austin Hound travelling to Tokyo for sushi overload

Hi Ninisix,

Sorry for the late response, life gets busier quickly when you return from such a wonderful trip. We enjoyed Harutaka very much, definitely the tuna was great there. Overall we had the best experiences at Taichi, I think in the end I value the quailty of the sushi as well as how well I get along with the sushi yasan. As for Sasaki, I found things quite strange as we were served tamago first for our meal and not much english was spoken at all. For visitors, I suggest reserving one of the first seatings as to allow for time to develop rapport with the sushi yasan before other regulars arrive.

We also made it to Soba Hosokawa and it was a slurping good time! The tempura anago was great!

May 16, 2013
howo5 in Japan

NY/Austin Hound travelling to Tokyo for sushi overload

Yeah I guess I should've said edomae. We went back to taichi today and had a wonderful time. Tonight will be harutaka. I read that edomae sushi tends to have spicier wasabi as is found also at jiro. Anyways will be curious to see how sasaki is as well as harutaka I'll let my wife know to ask for less spice if we encounter it again. Also will add that the uni we had at kozasa was really incredible as it is from hokkaido.

Apr 24, 2013
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NY/Austin Hound travelling to Tokyo for sushi overload

Hi thanks for your response just got back from sushi taichi and it was a wonderful experience. The sushi yasan is friends with masa at 15east in NYC and we got along well with his more modern style. The sushi was more what we're used to, not as large pieces compared to kozasa. The set was great Shari was really good, the rice had a brownish tint? I'd say it compares with 15 east and can now appreciate the differences in the flavor profile of Edo vs modern sushi. It was so good were going to go tommorrow again before butagumi. The set I got was the 5250 lunch sushi set.

Apr 23, 2013
howo5 in Japan

NY/Austin Hound travelling to Tokyo for sushi overload

Arrived yesterday and dined at sushi kozasa. The sushi yasan did speak some English and was really friendly and great to dine with. We were the only ones there last night with one customer arriving later in the meal. As this was my first time having I believe Edo style sushi it took a while for my palate to adjust to the vinegar and flavor forwardedness of the sushi. First course was a delicious fluke marinated in konbu. If you are sensitive to wasabi I wouldnt recommend here as it was too much for my wife but I got used to it as the meal went on. There was a fire fish I never had before that was great and I really enjoyed the uni and bonito. The tuna courses were great as well. We ended up with about 11 pieces for about 12500 yens each. I thought the omakase set would be about 9000 but I guess I need to specify before the meal begins. It was a good start to who I'm sure will be a delicious trip.

We also tried ikagura ramen nearby it was delicious but definitely more heavy and porky than I've had before.

Apr 23, 2013
howo5 in Japan

NY/Austin Hound travelling to Tokyo for sushi overload

I think I found it on google maps, The Nagasaki Champion Sushi must have been something else when the google car came by. I presume I just walk up the stairs on the right to the 8th floor?

Any of these other one's hard to find? I think Harutaka is but I found a good picture online of the building entrance, is Taichi or Kozasa going to be difficult?

Apr 03, 2013
howo5 in Japan

NY/Austin Hound travelling to Tokyo for sushi overload

Great thanks I found that one. Do I just go into the JDB door and then up to the 8th floor?

Apr 03, 2013
howo5 in Japan

NY/Austin Hound travelling to Tokyo for sushi overload

Hi, Thanks for your advice, I'm not sure I'm up for 3:30am to wait for the tuna auction, i'll be already time adjusted by then (Spending 10 days in Taiwan before Tokyo). I'm not a fan of uni in a shell either, have only had it like that in the states tho. Have booked most of the sushi places, I'm pretty sure I can enjoy many days of sushi (Last time I was in Japan I think I didn't even eat a single non-sushi meal) but that was before I discovered chowhound. One question, Is there any picture of the entrance to Sushi Sasaki? I have the google map and know it's on the 8th floor, but it's not clear to me which building to go into.

Apr 02, 2013
howo5 in Japan

NY/Austin Hound travelling to Tokyo for sushi overload

Thanks Ninisix. Everything I've seen refers to the 5am registration of the first 120 people. Luckily when I went last (about 8 years ago) I don't think we had to wait until 9am to get into the inside market. If you can find out more on the fresh tuna auction that would be great! Sounds like if not my 2 options are to go at 4am or wait until 8 or 9am to see the inside market?

Mar 31, 2013
howo5 in Japan

NY/Austin Hound travelling to Tokyo for sushi overload

Fresh Tuna sounds more interesting to see than frozen? Could you help me understand how to reserve a spot to see it? Also is the market closed on Wednesday April 24th? I can see the calendar but can't understand the kanji.

Mar 30, 2013
howo5 in Japan

NY/Austin Hound travelling to Tokyo for sushi overload

Thanks Ninisix, I booked Sasaki and Torie as you recommended.

I just found this calendar for tsukiji, it looks like it's closed on Wednesday April 24th. Is that correct?
http://www.tsukiji-market.or.jp/etc/c...

If so, i'll probably have to move our visit to Thursday. It's been 8 years since I've been there, could you suggest a time to go to see the tuna auction? It seems they start queueing up at 4:30am?

Mar 29, 2013
howo5 in Japan

NY/Austin Hound travelling to Tokyo for sushi overload

good point, I'm going to be in Taipei before then and expect to get plenty of sushi of that variety. I'll opt to skip Midori then.

Mar 26, 2013
howo5 in Japan

NY/Austin Hound travelling to Tokyo for sushi overload

Hi, just a quick update, I was able to get a few reservations from my concierge but there's now many gaps to fill....

Tuesday: arrive 12:55 to NRT:
Lunch: Check in at Hotel Niwa (Walk to Iidabashi for Izakaya)
Dinner: Sushi Kozasa - Ginza - 9,000yens first set should be enough (Booked! 8:30pm)
Wednesday:
Tsukiji fish market (Some sushi breakfast)
Lunch: sushi Taichi choose 5,250 set nigiri, can add more - Ginza (Booked 11:30am!)
Dinner: ????
Thursday:
Lunch: Tried for Sasaki, but concierge said it's not open for lunch?
Dinner: Sushi Harutaka - Ginza (booked for 9:30pm)
Friday:
Lunch: Sushi Iwa - Ginza, tried but closed in April during my trip
Dinner: Yakitori Torishiki - Meguro, was booked out already
Saturday:
Lunch: Soba Hosokawa (hopefully have great tempura too) or Soba Kyourakutei, + Ramen (Flight 17:35)

Looks like I still have 2 lunches and 2 dinners to fill. I wouldn't mind doing ramen/izakaya for one of each of these, so any other places in mind?

I haven't tried Manten, Ikkyu, Shimizu, Sasaki for dinner, Uoshin or Ichikawa yet, would Midori sushi be a waste of time?

If there's another yakitori suggestion would be much appreciated too.

Thanks!

Mar 26, 2013
howo5 in Japan

NY/Austin Hound travelling to Tokyo for sushi overload

Thanks so much Ninisix, we also prefer nigiri sushi and the shari is the biggest differentiator for us between good and great sushi. It sounds like you approve of Harutaka, do you know how much his omakase will be? It seems he's in similar price range from Mizutani/Jiro/Sawada but easier to reserve esp with his later hours of operation. Anything else in that price range we should consider?

Also which izakaya in Iidabashi do you recommend? I think we'll start our trip there. Is there any other seasonal items we should request? In the US torigai is terrible, I can't wait to taste what's available in Tokyo.

Here's a refined itinerary for us...
Tuesday: arrive 12:55 to NRT:
Lunch: Check in at Hotel Niwa (Walk to Iidabashi for Izakaya)
Dinner: Sushi Kozasa - Ginza - 9,000yens first set should be enough
Wednesday:
Tsukiji fish market (Some sushi breakfast)
Lunch: sushi Taichi choose 5,250 set nigiri, can add more - Ginza
Dinner: Aronia de Takazawa - Akasaka
Thursday:
Lunch: Sushi Manten - Ginza, maybe change this to Dai San Harumi as Manten will be busy?
Dinner: Sushi Harutaka - Ginza
Friday:
Lunch: Sushi Iwa - Ginza
Dinner: Yakitori Torishiki - Meguro
Saturday:
Lunch: Soba Hosokawa (hopefully have great tempura too) or Soba Kyourakutei, + Ramen (Flight 17:35)

Mar 04, 2013
howo5 in Japan

NY/Austin Hound travelling to Tokyo for sushi overload

Thanks Ninisix,

I booked Hotel Niwa as you suggested.

I think it makes some sense to re-arrange my meals a bit. I'm thinking to replace Harutaka with Dai San Harumi or Kanesaka (I've read the rice isn't great at Harutaka) What would you suggest? Seems Manten is also a pretty casual place, would probably make more sense for a weekday.

day 1:
Lunch: Ramen
Dinner: Sushi Kozasa - Ginza, should we get the 9,000yens first set?
day 2:
Tsukiji fish market (Some sushi breakfast)
Lunch: sushi Taichi (Which lunch set do you recommend?) - Ginza
Dinner: Aronia de Takazawa - Akasaka
day 3:
Lunch: Sushi Manten - Ginza
Dinner: Dai San Harumi or Kanesaka
day 4:
Lunch: Sushi Iwa - Ginza
Dinner: Yakitori Torishiki - Meguro
day 5:
Lunch: Soba Hosokawa or Soba Kyourakutei, + Ramen

Mar 01, 2013
howo5 in Japan

NY/Austin Hound travelling to Tokyo for sushi overload

Adding more details and tabelog links...

day 1:
Lunch: Ramen - any suggestions? (Ramen Aoshima - 800 yens, Akiharaba )
http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1310/A13100...
Dinner: Sushi Kozasa - Ginza, is Tamoiyanse next door or is this the wrong Kozasa?
http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A13010...
20,000~29,999yens 17:30~22:00
day 2:
Tsukiji fish market (Some sushi breakfast
)Lunch: sushi Taichi (I think that's close to there) - Ginza
http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A13010...
11:30 to 13:30 5000-6000 yens
Dinner: Aronia de Takazawa - Akasaka
A seven course for 16,000 yen, a 9-course for 20,000 yen, or an 11-course for 24,000 yen 18:00~21:00
day 3:
Lunch: Soba Hosokawa - Ryogoku?
http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1312/A13120...
11:45~15:00 1000-2000yens
Dinner: sushi Harutaka - Ginza
http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A13010...
17:00~22:30 Book later maybe 22:00
20,000~29,999yens
day 4:
Lunch: Sushi Iwa - Ginza
http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A13010...
¥8,000~¥9,999
12:00~14:00
Dinner: Sushi Uoshin- Higashi Ikebukuro
http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A13050...
17:30~22:00 6K-8K yens
day 5:
Lunch: Sushi Manten - Ginza
http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1302/A13020...
11:00~15:00 2K-3K yens

Feb 27, 2013
howo5 in Japan

NY/Austin Hound travelling to Tokyo for sushi overload

Adding locations to check to see if my itinerary makes sense....

As expected most of the Sushi is in Ginza, any suggestions on where to stay in that area? We were going to book Mitsui Garden Hotel Yotsuya, seems to be not too far from Ginza, but any other suggestions would be great.

day 1:
Lunch: Sushi Kozasa - Ginza
Dinner: Yakitori Torishiki - Meguro
day 2:
Tsukiji fish market (Some sushi breakfast)
Lunch: sushi Taichi (I think that's close to there) - Ginza
Dinner: Aronia de Takazawa - Akasaka
day 3:
Lunch: Soba Hosokawa - Ryogoku?
Dinner: sushi Harutaka - Ginza
day 4:
Lunch: Sushi Iwa - Ginza
Dinner: Sushi Uoshin- Higashi Ikebukuro
day 5:
Lunch: Sushi Manten - Ginza

Feb 27, 2013
howo5 in Japan

NY/Austin Hound travelling to Tokyo for sushi overload

agreed, I think we're being too aggressive here.

Let me try and break it down better since some are only for lunch and dinner.

day 1:
Lunch: Sushi Kozasa
Dinner: One of the non-sushi choices
day 2:
Tsukiji fish market (Some sushi breakfast)
Lunch: sushi Taichi (I think that's close to there)
Dinner: One of the non-sushi choices (Probably Aronia)
day 3:
Lunch: One of the non-sushi choices
Dinner: sushi Harutaka
day 4:
Lunch: Sushi Iwa
Dinner: Sushi Uoshin
day 5:
Lunch: Sushi Manten

That covers all the sushi places and leaves me 2 non-sushi besides Aronia.

Is the Ramen Museum worth going to? Or should I just stop by for ramen within the city as I walk off all the sushi?

I think we'd like to do yakitori and soba for some of those other meals. Does this itinerary make sense geographically?

Thanks so much! We're really excited!

Feb 26, 2013
howo5 in Japan

NY/Austin Hound travelling to Tokyo for sushi overload

Hi, my wife and I will be in Tokyo April 23rd-27th and are avid sushi eaters. It's been over 7 year since I was last in Tokyo and am excited for what coming to me. I've been reading many of Ninisix's posts and love what I'm reading so far (I like to go to nice places but not necessarily the ones with all the Michelin stars. We frequent Yasuda and 15 East in NYC, but have since moved to Austin where there's a dearth of sushi.

Here's some sushi places I'm interested in so far:

1. Manten Sushi
2. Sushi Taichi
3. Sushi Iwa
4. Sushi Kozasa
5. sushi Uoshin
6. Will be going to Tsukiji one morning, but sounds like Sushi Dai is overrated?
7. Sushi Harutaka
8. Sushi Ichikawa

So as to not have sushi overload here's some other places I'd like to visit:

1. Renkon-Ya Izakawa
2. Aronia de Takazawa
3. Yakitori Torishiki
4. Ramen Aoshima
5. Soba Hosokawa
6. Hakata Tenshin
7. Ramen Museum in Yokahama?

All we have is 5 lunches and 4 dinners so you can see I'm already overwhelmed.

Any help adding or narrowing down this list would be much appreciated!

Feb 25, 2013
howo5 in Japan

Spot Prawns

I'm visiting from Texas and it's been about 7 years since I've had spot prawns. Any suggestion as to where I can get these at a good tasty price point at a restaurant?

May 06, 2012
howo5 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Late Lunch / Happy hour on a Monday

I'll be flying out of Toronto on a Monday and wanted to get a nice meal between 2-5pm but not familiar with my options around this time. I'll be able to expense my meal so would like something nice and unique, and willing to travel (have a rental car) since I have a good amount of time free that afternoon.

Any suggestions? Many of the things I've been looking up don't seem to be open on a Monday.

May 03, 2012
howo5 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Any good traditional style sushi in Austin?

For those that have been to NY, I'm looking for something along the lines of Sushi Yasuda or 15 East.

I know that it's unlikely that there's anything on par with those in Austin but I'd like to see what's the closest. My wife and I love dining omakase at the sushi bar and getting to know the chef and what's fresh for the day. We also don't like the fancy garnishes such as Uchi and Uchiko and found their nigiri style sushi to be quite subpar (rice isn't quite right, tastes mass produced, not pre-seasoned by the chef)

We haven't been to Musashino, does it serve sushi in the traditional style?

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Uchi Restaurant
801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Uchiko
4200 North Lamar, Austin, TX 78756

Aug 01, 2011
howo5 in Austin

How is Sushi Yasuda without Yasuda?

Thanks guys, I went to 15 East today and had a great meal with Masa.
I'm still curious about Shinbashi though, Chef Nakajima does Kyushu style sushi? I asked Masa and it sounds like the difference is the fish is fresher, albeit with a chewier texture. Is that what to expect? Any tips on how to get a great meal at Shinbashi? Is it better to go at Lunch or Dinner? (I really enjoy lunch service at 15 East)

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15 East
15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

Shinbashi
7 East 48th Street, New York, NY 10017

Jun 16, 2011
howo5 in Manhattan

How is Sushi Yasuda without Yasuda?

Thanks Guts,

I'm not sure I get how they can have a variety of high end fish if they don't advertise it or it's not the focus like it is a Yasuda. Any tips/tricks to getting the good stuff? Do you have some examples as to what varieties of fishes they have a Shinbashi?

Thanks a lot, we're moving from NY soon and will miss the Sushi more than anything else here so want to maximize our meals.

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Shinbashi
7 East 48th Street, New York, NY 10017

Jun 15, 2011
howo5 in Manhattan

How is Sushi Yasuda without Yasuda?

Hi,

I've read your threads that Shinbashi is the way to go. but from what it sounds like you need to know the chef or speak japanese for the good stuff. Is that true? Any other recommendations?

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Shinbashi
7 East 48th Street, New York, NY 10017

Jun 15, 2011
howo5 in Manhattan

How is Sushi Yasuda without Yasuda?

I've been to 15 East but don't find it as varying in sushi/fish choices as Yasuda.

What's next in line to try that has that great variety of fish with high quality like Yasuda?

I'm pretty much a Sushiphile, so don't delve into sashimi or cooked dishes much.

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15 East
15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

Jun 15, 2011
howo5 in Manhattan

How is Sushi Yasuda without Yasuda?

How does everyone else feel about chef Mitsuru? I ate with him a couple weeks ago and although the quality is still there, I felt that he served us very fast and was not as engaging (of course who is compared with Yasuda). I also miss the fact that Yasuda always miscounted in our favor so the bill would come out considerably less when he was there.

Jun 14, 2011
howo5 in Manhattan

$50 per person at 15 East possible?

Just thought that I'd add if top tier sushi is what you're looking for, I think Yuba would be doable.

They have an omakase that's about $55, although I always eat up to the $75 level. (George is very flexible and will work with your budget and has quality stuff)

I also walked by the other day and saw they were offering 20% off your bill (This would probably help too).

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Yuba
105 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

Jun 14, 2011
howo5 in Manhattan

$50 per person at 15 East possible?

I haven't been to these, but they're next on my list. I believe both Niko or Ushiwakamaru do rather affordable omakase with good quality. Would love to hear back if you end up at one of those.

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Ushiwakamaru
136 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

Niko
170 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012

Jun 14, 2011
howo5 in Manhattan