Sushi

SUGARCANE raw bar grill

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Overview:

The Miami hit Sugarcane has arrived in NYC from the team that also brought you Sushi Samba. The restaurant takes it's home in the newly expanding Empire Store complex of Dumbo, Brooklyn. The massive space has bright colors and low lighting, with views of Manhattan’s skyline and the Brooklyn bridge. The menu is made up of globally inspired small plates coming from their kitchen which includes an open fire grill & raw bar.  Asian, Latin and American influences mix to create plates like bacon-wrapped dates, an array of crudos and ceviches, and more substantial dishes like chimichurri skirt steak and yakitori chicken. It's a fun place to bring a big group and share some interesting food. 

Information:

Address55 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone (718) 473-9555

Neighborhood: Dumbo

Price: $$$


 

Koi

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Overview:

Koi is not your average "let's order sushi and sit on the couch" type of Japanese food joint. This Bryant Park Hotel venue is a bit of a boug-fest. The midtown restaurant is large and dark with towering ceilings, loud music and a chic vibe. You will be surrounded by men in suits with expense accounts and the rest of the power lunch set. The high end Japanese menu is done very well, offering fish of superior freshness and quality. There is a long list of share plates like the Koi signature crispy rice, wagyu carpaccio, potstickers and foie gras on seared tuna. The fish is obviously the star and you can't go wrong with any choices from the long list of signature rolls and sushi. Great place for a group if you are looking to get loud and share food, or for a Midtown business lunch.

Information:

Address:  40 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018

Phone:  (212) 921-3330

Neighborhood: Midtown West

Price: $$$


 

Sushi By Bou


Overview:

What does a young Jewish guy from Boca Raton know about sushi? Apparently a whole lot. (Also $20 says every article about this guy starts with that sentence). David Boudhana trained in Japan and worked at Morimoto and Sushi Dojo before striking out on his own. He popularized the concept of a 30 minute omakase at Sushi on Jones before leaving to open Sushi by Bou. At both locations of his restaurant he offers an affordable12-piece, $50 omakase in under 30 minutes. The spaces are small (just 4 seats in Gansevoort market and 7 in midtown) and intimate. The chef chooses the menu which includes toro, uni, scallop, unagi, and wagu. The experience is unique and quick; definitely a nice way to treat yourself. 

Information:

Address: 353 W 14th St, New York, NY 10014

Sanctuary Hotel 132 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

Phone:   (917) 870-1587

Neighborhood: Chelsea, Midtown West

Price: $$$


 

Sushi on Jones


Overview 

Bowery Market is a small dining space that opened in summer 2016 with 5  kiosks. Sushi on Jones occupies a tiny corner of the market with just a counter and 5 seats. It is NYC's first outdoor sushi bar. They serve only one thing - a 30 minute, $50, 12 piece omakase menu. Each piece of fish is expertly sliced and gently handed to you from their sushi chefs. Quality is great and seats are hard to come by so call well in advance for a reservation. They now offer takeout and delivery if you can't get your butt into one of the coveted seats. 

Information:

Address:  348 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

Phone: (917) 270-1815

Neighborhood: Nolita

Website : http://www.thebowerymarket.com/portfolio-item/sushi-on-jones

Price: $$$

Attire: Casual

Good for: outdoor dining, takeout & delivery, fast meals 


 

Blue Fin & Izi

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Say what you want about massive restaurant groups. Their venues can feel overly produced and painfully impersonal.  However, I appreciate a place in the world where I can go and always get the same high standard of service and quality. If you can do that and avoid the pitfalls, I’m happy. You cannot mention the words “massive restaurant group” and “NYC” without mentioning BR Guest and their rolodex of venues.

BR Guest restaurants span 4 cities and dozens of concepts from around the globe including Mexican, Japanese, and Italian. I can say with confidence that I have been frequenting their restaurants for nearly a decade and as far as large restaurant groups go, they rank the highest in my book. Every part of your experience is painstakingly choreographed to create consistency and quality but still make you think it's all natural (like my dye job).

Two of their seafood concepts, Blue Fin & Izi, occupy the corner space across from the Tix Booth in Times Square. Their staff, from the bus boy to the executive chef, could not have been kinder or more accommodating. The menu is vast with a large sushi section. Their rolls were creative and expertly prepared. They might have the best poke I’ve ever tasted, with tuna that is perfectly dressed and literally melts in your mouth. They offer a huge list of shareable dishes, best of which are the rock shrimp wontons and the spicy tartare trio that arrives in crispy wonton cups. Round out the meal with any number of wines from their list, which won the Wine Spectator award of excellence in 2016. Next time mom & dad are in town, it’s a great place to take them. Here’s what we had: 

FIERY LOBSTER ROLL - hamachi, avocado, jalapeño, rice puffs, spicy sweet basil

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SALMON - lime kosho, ginger blossom

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TIMES SQUARE - crab, spicy hamachi, mango, avocado, yuzu-miso

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TUNA POKE - sake braised hijikii, garlic chips

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SPICY TARTARE TRIO – Hamachi,  salmon, tuna,  crispy wontons, tobiko

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DRESSED LOBSTER COBB SALAD - deviled eggs, bacon, avocado, charred corn, market greens, lemon-buttermilk

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KOBE BEEF SLIDERS – tomato bacon jam

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ROCK SHRIMP WONTONS - Chili-soy broth, scallions

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ROCKY ROAD TO THE BIG FORTUNE – Chocolate covered giant fortune cookie, marshmallow, peanuts, filled with white and dark chocolate mousse

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Address: W New York Times Square, 1567 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

Phone(212) 918-1400

Menu: bluefinnyc.com

Natsumi Tapas

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Natsumi in the Theater District has opened up a sister restaurant, Natsumi Tapas, in Kips Bay.  The owner, restaurateur Barbara Matsumura, is no stranger to NYC dining. She is the leader behind 7 Haru Sushi locations and everyone’s favorite soup dumpling mecca Joe’s Shanghai.  The interior is a large sleek space lines with floor to ceiling windows, dim lighting and multiple dining rooms. You will be welcomed by a staff that is endlessly kind.

The food is Italian and Japanese fusion. I didn’t know I needed these two food styles melded but they came together on beautifuly modern plates with varying degrees of success. What exactly is Italian Japanese fusion you ask? Think spicy tuna flatbread topped with avocado and caviar. Or, basil pesto-teriyaki meatballs. There is a generous menu with ample selection of food, and I mean AMPLE. You could eat your way through tapas, seafood, pasta, sushi, and dumplings for days. The specialty rolls were excellent and I particularly recommend doing yourself a favor by ordering the Wolf Hall roll which is tempura fried and topped with spicy fish. The options are great for sharing and I would absolutely recommend bringing a big crowd. Here’s what we had:

CRUDO salmon jalapeno w. spicy sesame soy

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CRUDO hamachi w. balsamic vinaigrette

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TUNA TARTAR MARTINI  avocado, mango, yuzu miso, basil pesto

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BLUE CRAB DUMPLING   steamed, ginger soy vinaigrette

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KING CRAB DUMPLINGS 

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FRIED DUMPLINGS

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BEEF SHORT RIBS

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SPICY ROCK SHRIMP TEMPORA

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 SPICY TUNA CAVIAR FLATBREAD avocado, pepperoncini

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“LADY DAY” ROLL  tuna, salmon, spicy super white tuna, pepperoncini, crunch, avocado, mango

 

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“WOLF HALL” ROLL spicy salmon, spicy super white tuna, spicy tuna, tobiko over tempura roll

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Address: 323 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

Phone(212) 889-2182

natsumitapas.com

Catch

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I generally avoid the Meatpacking district like the plague. I'm too old to wear mini lyrca dresses and care about going to clubs with the bridge & tunnel set. I have less than zero interest in the restaurant-club hybrids that occupy this neighborhood. The food and service are never good because they don't have to be. Catch is absolutely the exception. 

The atmosphere & service leave nothing to be desired. The bar is a great place to people watch. It's full of everything & everyone you want to see. Euros wearing way too much cologne. Bachelorette parties. Wall Street guys and their wannabe wives. My friends & I, 3 drinks deep before our dinner. I'll say this- everyone is young and attractive. The 3 story restaurant is an explosion of energy. Everyone is loudly drinking & eating merrily. The staff flies in and out of the tables continuously refilling drinks and bringing more food. At night it's dark and the music is great. During the day it is open, sunny, and much slower paced. If you're looking for somewhere with a stellar view to sip cocktails as the sun sets, you need not look any further than the rooftop. 

The food is generally meant to share. The menu is broken up into sushi, raw bar, cold & hot items, etc. As the name suggests, the offering are seafood heavy. I can’t recall a time I've ever been unhappy with the food here. It’s beautifully presented & creative. The tartare trio is almost too gorgeous to eat. The truffle sashimi is topped with caviar making it all the things I need in my mouth. The crispy shrimp, which looks hilariously like Cheetos, are breaded to perfection and coated with a sticky-sweet sauce. All of the sushi combos are incredibly innoative and fresh. 

For lunch they have some fantastic light & vegetable forward options in the form of salads. I'll never say no to an avocado toast or lobster roll. Both versions are done to perfection at Catch.  Their burrata and tomato salad is elevated nicely with the addition of roasted peppers and oregano. Lastly, and most important to me, is the macaroni & lobster cream made with mascarpone & breadcrumbs. It is sinfully decadent and creamy. It makes all my cheesy-carby-lobstery dreams come true.  Here's what we had: 

 

Tomatoes w/ burrata, roasted peppers, basil pesto, herbed oregano

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Farro health bowl w/ market veggies, falafel, feta, toasted sesame seeds, egg, and sumac vinaigrette 

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Cucumber-quinoa carpaccio w/ pomegranate seeds, toasted whole grain croutons, spicy yogurt dressing

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Smashed organic avocado toast w/ pomegranate seeds, toasted almonds, roasted tomatoes, poached egg, 7 grain bread

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Tartare Trio salmon, hamachi, tuna, american caviar & wasabi creme fraiche.

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Truffle sashimi w/ tuna, hamachi, chili oil, ponzu, osetra caviar, black truffle

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MRC roll w/ seared tuna, shrimp, ponzu butter

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Roll Trio: 

MRC roll w/ seared tuna, shrimp, ponzu butter

Hellfire roll w/ spicy tuna 2 ways, pear, balsamic

Catch Roll- Crab, salmon, mison honey

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Crispy Shrimp w/  spicy mayo
 

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Macaroni & Lobster Cream mascarpone, breadcrumbs

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Wagyu short rib tacos w/ grilled pineapple, asian pear, ginger aioli

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Lobster rolls

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Assorted sorbets

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Address: 21 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

Phone:(212) 392-5978

catchrestaurants.com