sushi

Yo Sushi

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Overview:

Japanese dishes taken from the belt or ordered from the open kitchen at a colourful chain eatery.

Information:

Address: 23 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

Phone:  (646) 781-8640

Neighborhood: Flatiron

Price: $$


 

Juku

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Overview:

Juku is a rather unique new venue that recently popped up in the heart of Chinatown. The multi level venue is actually three concepts in one. Art plays a big role in the design with commissioned works from New York-based artists as well as others around the world. You'll find a street-level izakaya for cocktails and casual bites and a not-yet-open vibey bar downstairs. A la carte options include traditional dishes like tonkatsu and karaage, as well as more modern interpretations like uni rice, fried chicken and egg custard. On the second floor there is a 12-seat omakase sushi bar headed up by Chef Kazuo Yoshida, former sushi chef at Williamsburg’s 1 or 8. The space is reservation-only and offers two menus, $80 for 12 pieces of sushi and $120 for 15 pieces and a hand roll.

Information:

Address:   32 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

Phone:  (646) 590-2111

Neighborhood: Chinatown

https://jukunyc.com

Price: $$$


 

Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya

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I’m fairly certain there is nothing that the Bromberg brothers, owners of the Blue Ribbon team of restaurants, can’t do. They have multiple brasseries, sushi restaurants, and fried chicken places. The same team shouldn’t be able to do all these wildly varied concepts so well, but they do.

The brothers’ newest venture is Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya, an upscale Japanese style tavern and sushi bar. Ascend the steps the second floor of the SIXTY LES Hotel and you’ll find the dimly lit space.  Both the dining area and the sushi counter are elegant and intimate. The rooms accommodate either intimate dates or large groups comfortably.

The menu is designed to provide whatever type of experience you desire including vegetables, fish, and meat both raw and prepared. Plates range from small dishes to family style platters.  To start, the miso marinated black cod is the most delicate and expertly cooked piece of fish I’ve ever experienced. Their version of shumai is light and juicy, in both the shrimp and pork varieties. You can then pick your own sushi adventure from the expansive sushi bar. I suggest allowing them to assemble a platter for your table, since everything is expertly sliced, wrapped & rolled. Two favorites were the Blue Ribbon (lobster & caviar) and the Kaki Fri (fried oysters). Whatever you choose to dine on will surely be a pleasure much like all of their properties. Here’s what we had:

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Shrimp Shumai - Homemade Dumplings

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Miso Marinated Black Cod - Pickled Turnip

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Oxtail & Bone Marrow Fried Rice

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Sakana San Shu - Yellowtail, Tuna & Salmon

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Kaki Fri - Fried Oysters & Lettuce

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Dragon - Eel, Avocado & Radish Sprouts

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Blue Ribbon - 1/2 Lobster, Shiso & Black Caviar

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Address: 187 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

Phone(212) 466-0404

http://www.blueribbonrestaurants.com