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7 E. 47th St., 2nd Fl., nr. Fifth Ave. (Midtown East)
New York, NY
(1) 212-317-2802 | www.kurumazushi.com
HOURSMon.-Sat.: 11:30am-2:00pm, 5:30pm-10:00pm; Sun.: Closed
BEST FORLunch; dinner
YEAR OPENED1977 (relocated in 1996)
PRICE (LUNCH SET MENU; SASHIMI DINNER; OMAKASE DINNER)USD 18-60; USD 80; USD 250+
FAMOUS PLATESToro; uni; omakase
DRINKS AND WINEOutstanding sake list; beer; soju; wine
# OF SEATS12 at sushi bar; approximately 20 at tables
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes - Japanese-style
METRO42nd St.-Grand Central (4, 5, 6, 7, S)
A sushi and sashimi gem tucked away on the second floor of a nondescript Midtown office building. The restaurant’s traditional Japanese surroundings are simple and not particularly memorable, but the absolutely unmatchable quality of the sushi certainly is something you’ll be dreaming about for a long time. In addition to a few intimately arranged lacquered tables, there’s a 12-person sushi bar (the most coveted spot in the house), where head chef (and master of marine cuisine) Toshihiro Uezu crafts unforgettable flavorful and exquisitely presented dishes. Frequented by power suits and others willing to foot the hefty bills, Kurumazushi has earned its reputation as one of the best sushi bars in town–no small feat!–serving what many say to be the finest and freshest fish in the city.
Anyone willing to stump up for the pricey eats, from business execs to sushi connoisseurs to loyal locals.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Upscale business casual; a nice blouse, smart skirt, tasteful heels and accessories should do.
GO HERE WITH
Friends; coworkers; sushi foodies; yourself
WHY WE LIKE IT
It is a culinary heaven. The fish is amazingly fresh, despite being flown in all the way from Japan. We saw the most beautiful cut of o-toro imagineable (and it was huge!) when we were there, and we ate several pieces of the hamachi which was so buttery it was astounding.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
Sure, the best sushi in town is bound to have a hefty price tag, but it can still be tough to fork out.
GOOD TO KNOW
If you are feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of options (or just want to sit back and enjoy the artistry), you can leave the choices up to Chef Uezu himself by ordering the omakase, which is the chef’s tasting menu. You specify what you don’t eat, and your price point, then just sit with baited breath for his brilliance to begin. For omakase dinners, the bill is not itemized. Also, note that, if you sit at the bar, chef’s choice is the only choice (be sure to first check the website’s menu for pricing, because the omakase dishes he sets out can add up).
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