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Kotobuki, my new favorite affordable sushi place.

Kotobuki
56 3rd Ave
(between 10th st & 11th st)
New York, NY 10003

Kotobuki just opened a few months ago in the East Village, replacing Lan Japanese Restaurant.  I had never been to Lan but it was apparently quite pricey and quite tasty.  Kotobuki is also quite tasty but is pretty cheap – probably a better combination for success in the East Village area.  Kotobuki is actually a chain that was first established in 1987 and has 3 locations in Long Island.  I guess it was smart of the owner to establish a track record of success before venturing into the harsh and unforgiving restaurant world of Manhattan.

I ordered the Sushi Deluxe ($23), which was supposed to include 10 pieces of nigiri and a California Roll (they actually gave me 11 pieces of nigiri – woo!).  Having recently gone to Sushi Yasuda, I tried to keep my expectations low, especially after seeing that the decor of the place kind of reminded me of a Chipotle… but I was definitely very, very happily surprised.  The fish was suuuuuuuuuuuuper fresh and smooth.  Not a single piece had any stringy bits or parts that would not just melt in your mouth.  Tuna is usually the most obvious indicator of freshness for me because bad tuna is just really bad.  The tuna here was delicious – sweet and slightly creamy.   Continue reading Kotobuki, my new favorite affordable sushi place.

Sushi Yasuda, the closest thing to Jiro in NYC?

Sushi Yasuda
204 E 43rd St
(between 3rd Ave & 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10017

I recently watched Jiro Dreams of Sushi again because LAW had not seen it yet.  It was, again, inspiring and humbling.  For LAW’s birthday, I decided to take him out to what I have synthesized to be the closest thing to Jiro we could find in NYC.

We ordered the omakase, which translates to, “I’ll leave it to you” in Japanese.  Ordering the omakase means you are entrusting your entire meal to the sushi chef.  It is a form of respect at these nice sushi places and also the way to go because you end up getting the freshest fish and potentially trying some new fish you did not know about.  The omakase at Sushi Yasuda ranges in price (averages at $125 per person), depending on how much you can eat and what kind of fish you are served.  The sushi chef serves about 20-30 pieces of nigiri sushi, one by one, ensuring that every piece you get is served at the proper fish temperature and rice temperature.  After the last nigiri of the set, usually an egg custard one, he asks if you would like anything else.  Our meal, including tip, was $350.  You are supposed to eat using your hands.  There is a pinched piece of cloth drenched in lemon water for you to wipe your fingers after each bite.

Bluefin Tuna

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