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.