h

hamstrman's Profile

Title Last Reply

Where can I buy a frozen anago fillet?

I searched the Manhattan forum and didn't find any topics referring to anago or conger eel. I know places like Sunrise Mart and Mitsuwa (in Edgewater, NJ) have vacuum-sealed roasted unagi fillets, but all references to anago seem only to be shipped from Japan.

Does anyone know where to get either a fresh, frozen and/or vacuum-sealed anago fillet in the city? I love the stuff!

That is my main inquiry, but if anyone has an expansive Japanese market in the city that they frequent, that'd be good to know too.

Apr 15, 2013
hamstrman in Manhattan

Best sushi in Brooklyn

I like resurrecting this thread because I can report on what little I may know now and hope to get some new responses.

Had Blue Ribbon Sushi Brooklyn as my "First Sushi of 2012" (it's a tradition of mine to try a place I never have each year) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Had the lobster three ways and thought it was a pretty cool concept, gorgeous-looking and tasted pretty great - in particular, the steamed claw nigiri and the lobster brain and roe mixed with spicy sauce in a tamago wrapper. The lobster tail sashimi was also deliciously sweet and tender, but the miso garlic butter sauce was overpowering and, luckily, on the side. Like others here, it is sad at how expensive it is and I won't be going out of my way to go back (and I find Yasuda to be so amazing as to be reasonably priced).

Yamato is another one I consider to be up there in quality... AGAIN. Here me out. They crashed and burned 4 or so years ago and I wouldn't eat there anymore. I think it was right around the economic turmoil. I finally got delivery from them recently, in the last month, and they were back up to their standards again - I was so relieved because of how bad they had fallen! I don't know what changed to allow them to stop sacrificing quality for, umm, *nothing* in return...

I will always say that Ki Sushi on Smith is the best in Brooklyn that I know of right now (again, I can only report what I know). They haven't wavered one bit in all the years I've eaten there since they opened. They are reasonably priced, have appropriately-sized sushi and rolls that are creative, but not drowned in sauces so you can taste the elements of each. They haven't hit a sour note for me.

And for the people sad over Ten going downhill, I thought they were dreadful when they first opened and I never went back. Almost the worst I've ever had. Maybe they improved? But now they seem to be downhill again from what I've reading...

Taro, I always said I loved in their old location, but I stopped going because it was out of my way. I forget when, but they were always great. Oh right, I remember: The head chef left the place and made his second-in-command the "head chef", who was before that just the "roll guy". It just wasn't as great. I guess it has fallen far? Have yet to try the new location, but I hesitate because it seems they aren't good anymore.

So what IS the consensus on the best sushi in Brooklyn now? I only am seeing a few posts that are more than 6 months old. I there no consensus? There used to be... Geido and Gen I've seen such mixed reviews on for years, I don't know what to make of it. Hibino has always sounded promising. But really, where did all the sushi go??

-----
Hibino
333 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Blue Ribbon Sushi Brooklyn
278 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Geido
331 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Gen
659 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Taro Sushi
244 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Ki Sushi
122 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Yamato
168 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Ten
440 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Jan 27, 2012
hamstrman in Outer Boroughs

any high quality sushi in brooklyn/queens??

Taro was mentioned in an August 8th post. So was Ki Sushi in the same post, which I'm surprised no one commented on. Taro went downhill, in my opinion, when the head sushi chef left. Ki has been consistently amazing.

They also get shipments from Tsukiji and have amazing seasonal sushi on their Supreme Omakase. Hokkaido uni, white salmon, Kumamoto oysters and their o-toro are among my favorites. And while it's not the bliss that Sushi Yasuda is, it comes pretty close and is very reasonably priced.

-----
Ki Sushi
122 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Oct 27, 2010
hamstrman in Outer Boroughs

Pumpkin/Yam Bread Pudding Recipe?

Thank you for the approx. ratios! This gives me something to go on at least when buying ingredients. I'll experiment.

Jan 02, 2010
hamstrman in Home Cooking

Pumpkin/Yam Bread Pudding Recipe?

Thank you very much for your input. Those are good tips! My dad is diabetic, but this sure as hell isn't getting made for him.

I re-watched the video and in addition to heavy cream, he uses *condensed* milk! I'm glad I like sugar and have normal sugar levels. After this, I might have diabetes.

Jan 02, 2010
hamstrman in Home Cooking

Pumpkin/Yam Bread Pudding Recipe?

On Dinner: Impossible a few weeks back, Robert Irvine worked with Guy Fieri to create a dinner celebration for The Boys & Girls Club of America.

He made one dessert that included a streusel or coffee cake, Libby's pure pumpkin, Royal Prince yams in syrup, eggs, heavy cream and some spices/other ingredients. He mixed everything except the streusel in a huge container and then poured it over the cubed streusel and baked it in the oven. I can't find a discussion of that recipe ANYWHERE! Does anyone have anything close??

I wouldn't know what proportions to use, how high a temperature to use or how long to bake it, but I want to so badly! Does anyone know the episode I'm referring to? Has anyone made anything similar where they could tell me how they've made it or would make it? Or if his recipe is online somewhere?

Thanks!

And P.S.: Are links allowed? Here's the episode: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BayW5g...

Sorry moderators, if not, please remove it. I hope I do not suffer repercussions.

Jan 01, 2010
hamstrman in Home Cooking

Top 10 Manhattan Sushi

I haven't been to all of the above, but mine would be, in no particular order:

1. Yasuda (actually is my #1)
2. Ushi Wakamaru
3. Sushi Azabu
4. Shimizu
5. Kanoyama

I work a block away from Sushi Zen and have never been! I keep looking at the menu and it looks amazing, but I keep looking at the prices and it turns me off to going. I find Yasuda to be acceptably priced because, when sitting at the bar, the experience is etherial. How is Sushi Zen relative to its price?

I know I will never go to Kuruma, even if the fish is "marginally better than Yasuda". I wasn't impressed with Sushi of Gari. 15 East is on my list of places to go too, but aren't the cooked dishes supposed to be better than the sushi?

Soto is also on my list of places to get to at some point.

And even though this is for Manhattan, I can't help but throw in Ki Sushi and Taro Sushi in Brooklyn! I just love them so much and I find them to be on par with places like Ushi! OK, sorry, back on track.

The list barely ever seems to change very much... where did all the up and coming NEW sushi restaurants go? Like Azabu is relatively new, so there's one. But maybe they just don't break the top 10 because the top 10 are just that good. I always ask in these threads, despite these consistently amazing places, what relatively new places would make the top 10 were it not for the mainstays?

Sep 20, 2009
hamstrman in Manhattan

Best sushi in Brooklyn

I thought their fish quality was really good and it was certainly presented nicely, but two separate pieces of my sushi platter had a bone in them... and I don't mean "Anago-so-soft-you're-supposed-to-eat-them" bones, I mean "Ow-as-I'm-chewing-my-sushi-it-stuck-me-in-the-mouth" bones. I do plan to go back, but that's just bad preparation on the chef's part. It's unfortunate because it's many steps above the generic sushi restaurants that throw 3 sauces on every roll (which can be enjoyable if done right and in moderation).

Dec 21, 2008
hamstrman in Outer Boroughs

Best Chirashi in Manhattan?

Hi All,

I'm looking for the best chirashi in Manhattan. Preferrably below 60th St.

"Best" can mean many things: best value, best rice, highest quality fish, broadest variety of fish, most atypical varieties of fish, most filling portion, etc.

Please let me know what places have the best chirashi experience and which of these qualities you believe your recommended chirashi has.

And a slight side-step, any other amazing sushi entrees (not things like "sushi deluxe" or "three roll combination") would be appreciated as well. Like oshi-sushi or a sashimi salad or some other amazing dish involving sushi. Let me know where to find it.

Thanks!

Oct 26, 2008
hamstrman in Manhattan

New Sushi in Kensington - "Maki Sushi"

"I don't think I said it was great"

I know. Sorry if I implied that you had.

"And if you've been living in this neighborhood for any length of time, you know that the appearance of a sushi restaurant of any kind is "something to write home about,""

Haha! This is true.

"This is the first sushi restaurant here. "

That would be false. In October of '97 there was a sushi takeout place on Church Ave btwn E 3rd and E 4th street. I was in love. It was where I first had sushi. It closed on December 31, 1999. I remember because I was getting New Years sushi when he told me was closing. I followed the chef to two other restaurants he opened (and closed eventually) and now he has disappeared.

This is the first sushi restaurant since, however. I am an admitted sushi snob. I'd travel for good sushi over sushi that made me unhappy to be eating it. And for me, Yamato in Park Slope, Taro, Ki on Smith, and Chikurin (my guilty pleasure) suffice. Ki is more than sufficient, it's downright amazing. Luckily I work in Grand Central Station, so I can go to Yasuda for lunch.

"it's decent and not that expensive"

I agree that it's decent, but I was a little surprised at the size of the spicy tuna roll for $8. *shrug* I'll have to give it another try.

"When there are better options, like Am Thai, there's no reason to get their food."

Yes! I love AM-Thai! So delicious.

Oct 25, 2008
hamstrman in Outer Boroughs

Yasuda on holiday who else to sit in front of?

So does anyone know when he's actually returning?

Oct 22, 2008
hamstrman in Manhattan

Best Chirashi

Hi All,

I'm looking for the best chirashi in either Brooklyn or Manhattan.

"Best" can mean many things: best value, best rice, highest quality fish, broadest variety of fish, most atypical varieties of fish, most filling portion, etc.

Please let me know what places have the best chirashi experience and which of these qualities you believe your recommended chirashi has.

And a slight side-step, any other amazing sushi entrees (not things like "sushi deluxe" or "three roll combination") would be appreciated as well. Like oshi-sushi or a sashimi salad or some other amazing dish involving sushi.

Let me know! Thanks!

Oct 12, 2008
hamstrman in Manhattan

Park Slope area sushi wars

So glad for your wife, Ralphus. You can always tell when sushi is quality when it causes you to enjoy things you never thought you would enjoy nor had you ever enjoyed anywhere else before.

Sep 10, 2008
hamstrman in Outer Boroughs

Park Slope area sushi wars

:( That's unfortunate both for your experiences and for your censoring. I've never had these "off nights" that people describe after going to Taro. I'm elitist enough to not turn a blind eye to bad sushi to support a place I like. I must get lucky.

Sep 10, 2008
hamstrman in Outer Boroughs

New Sushi in Kensington - "Maki Sushi"

I tried it once, I may try it again. I felt it was very mediocre. Not BAD like I didn't want to eat it, but I just felt it was standard and showed little effort... The quality of the fish was a little lower than average (in particular, the sweet shrimp was very iffy) and the spicy tuna roll tasted of squeeze bottle spicy sauce and it was $8 - in Kensington, Brooklyn! I didn't like the Thai restaurant next door when it first opened as well, owned by the same people. I understand that to be ambitious in a neighborhood that doesn't care is risky, if not pointless, but this just perpetuates the perception that our neighborhood can't have great food. If you use the term "but [...] I didn't get sick from it," it's far from being anything to write home about.

And which place in Windsor Terrace did you mean? Sushi Yu or Sushi Yama or some other place?

Sep 06, 2008
hamstrman in Outer Boroughs

delicious, affordable sushi?

Esashi is closed. Tomoe just sucks. I've never heard of Capitol or Mottsu.

Sep 06, 2008
hamstrman in Manhattan

delicious, affordable sushi?

My guilty pleasure (incredibly guilty) is Chikurin. The original is at 1105 Quentin Road in Brooklyn, but there are others.

http://www.chikurinsushi.com/location...

I eat at Yasuda and Ushi Wakamaru and Taro... and yet I still eat at this place! It's just so damn tasty! I love their spicy tuna rolls and their Wasabi Roll with sweet shrimp, tamago and wasabi tobiko. And their Rock N Roll with salmon skin, eel and tamago... It's incredibly cheap and yet it's not offputting in its quality. As I've said, I quite enjoy it.

Aug 21, 2008
hamstrman in Manhattan

Is Sakura still good?

Sorry to be one of those people who shares the same question but can't contribute an answer. I haven't been in over a year either, but would be interested to find out. I can tell you, however, that Taro is still great. But I have a feeling you already knew that.

Aug 21, 2008
hamstrman in Outer Boroughs

Bar Minnow is now Brooklyn Burger Bar

That's hysterical. Has anyone been? The picture on their site looks good...

Aug 15, 2008
hamstrman in Outer Boroughs

Park Slope area sushi wars

I don't remember what my posts said, but I don't like how Chowhound doesn't distinguish between food discussion and non-food discussion. My post about Sakura Cafe was entirely removed because of my criticism of your post.

If Chowhound moderators insist on deleting irrelevant posts and since they clearly read everything (otherwise they would not know what to delete), they should only remove nonrelevant portions of posts. I intentionally added relevant commentary regarding sushi restaurants in Park Slope as to not derail the thread from its original topic. Apparently talking about sushi restaurants in Park Slope is ALSO irrelevant in a thread about sushi restaurants in Park Slope.

ANYWAY, in order to contribute to this thread in a relevant and hopefully helpful manner, I would like to recommend Sakura Cafe on 6th St and 5th Ave. They have a master sushi chef from Japan working in their kitchen and, while they are a little pricey for the portion size, they make delicious sushi that has great variety and puts wasabi under each piece. It's quite good. When I originally posted this recommendation, I was (and still am) surprised that no one had mentioned it previously. Hopefully this recommendation can continue to provide people who read it with an additional option.

Aug 02, 2008
hamstrman in Outer Boroughs

Top 10 Manhattan Sushi

So does anyone have that update on Shimizu? I'm still interested to know if it's still great. I last went about a year ago and it was great stuff.

Jul 26, 2008
hamstrman in Manhattan

Top 10 Manhattan Sushi

I'm glad to find someone who agrees with me about Kanoyama. $13-15 for a piece of fish which may, in theory, be perfectly legitimate if the value is there, but Kanoyama was just good, not great. So it's value is incredibly low in my book. And amount of food is certainly not TOO much of a consideration, I mean I love Yasuda with a fiery passion, but at Kanoyama I just couldn't justify the price-to-quality or price-to-portion ratios in my own mind. At Yasuda, they could increase the prices and I'd still go back for the heavenly experiences I have there at the bar.

Jul 26, 2008
hamstrman in Manhattan

Kushi Q- kushiage fast and cheap

Did you not find the portions teeny tiny? I am not a kushiage expert, far from it, so I don't know, but my friend who has eaten in many of these places, we agree that it is grossly overpriced. Actually, with one exception: the shrimp special (Who knows when they'll have it? Is there a pattern?) is well worth it. Thoughts?

Jul 25, 2008
hamstrman in Manhattan

Park Slope area sushi wars

Amberjack is also known as kanpachi or kampachi - there's actually a chowhound thread about the different spellings! (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/482091) - and Taro has it. So does Ki Sushi on Smith and Yamato on 7th and 1st and most good sushi places. Hope this helps.

Jul 19, 2008
hamstrman in Outer Boroughs

Park Slope area sushi wars

Apple jack? Do you mean amberjack? Apple jacks are a cereal, heh. I couldn't find anything about any kind of fish named that. I recommend the butter fish which has a thin dashi broth gelatin sheet on it. Also, the sardine is great.

As for the collars, it's sad that I hate cooked fish, and yet sushi is far and away my strongest obsession. Go figure.

Jul 18, 2008
hamstrman in Outer Boroughs

Park Slope area sushi wars

I had been to Sushi Tatsu once. It was really out of my way. I recall it being alright, just overpriced. I don't know, I don't remember it that well.

Still haven't been to Geido. I'm very tempted to make it a stop on my list, though. What do they specialize in? Quality fish, a lot of varieties of fish, creative rolls?

Jul 17, 2008
hamstrman in Outer Boroughs

Park Slope area sushi wars

The takeout-only Kiku was, like you said, OK, but nothing great. I like the idea of strawberry and peanuts in a sushi roll, but the quality was just not good. I won't try the newer 7th avenue location because I just didn't enjoy myself enough to go back.

Jul 17, 2008
hamstrman in Outer Boroughs

Park Slope area sushi wars

Taro is the best pure sushi in Brooklyn in terms of diversity and perhaps quality. It's unfortunate they're so amazing with fish, but make subpar rolls, depending on what you like with sushi. Ki Sushi (not in Park Slope, I know) rivals Taro for best quality fish.

Jul 17, 2008
hamstrman in Outer Boroughs

Park Slope area sushi wars

I too love Yamato. Their toro is soft and buttery and they occasionally have anago. The Triple Color roll is awesome as is their spicy tuna. And the Red River appetizer is great too.

Jul 17, 2008
hamstrman in Outer Boroughs

Park Slope area sushi wars

Oh man, Ten is among my worst in Park Slope. The toro was so sinewy I had to pull it out of my mouth because I couldn't chew it up. The ideas for rolls are great in theory, but they were not so good in practice. The honey miso sauce on one roll was not quite pleasantly flavored. The Paradise roll with fried banana and lobster and shrimp tempura sounded great but was really greasy and only tasted of generic spicy mayo. The spicy tuna w/ spider roll (I forget what it's called) was also greasy (they need to make better tempura) and the spicy tuna was somewhat bland. I won't be going back.

Jul 17, 2008
hamstrman in Outer Boroughs