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    SASABUNE

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    Sasabune

    401 E. 73rd St., nr. First Ave. (Upper East Side)

    New York, NY

    (1) 212-249-8583

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    • CUISINE

      Sushi
    • HOURS

      Tue.-Fri.: 12:00pm-2:00pm, 5:30pm-10:00pm; Sat.: 5:30pm-10:00pm; Sun.-Mon.: Closed
    • BEST FOR

      Lunch; dinner
    • RESERVATIONS

      Highly recommended
    • BAR

      Yes - beer and wine only
    • YEAR OPENED

      2006
    • PRICE (OMAKASE PRIX FIXE)

      USD 60
    • NOISE

      Quiet
    • FAMOUS PLATES

      Ankimo; sashimi
    • DRINKS AND WINE

      Beer; wine; sake; soju
    • # OF SEATS

      Around 30
    • OUTDOOR DINING?

      No
    • PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?

      No
    • METRO

      68th St.-Hunter College (6); 77th St. (6)
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    VIBE

    Consider yourself warned: this sushi shrine, the New York outpost of the beloved LA resto, revolves around the head chef. Seriously, a sign outside simply reads, “Today’s special: trust me.” Chef Kenji Takahashi’s presence is inescapable, from the orders to customers (“No soy sauce!” his servers have been known to bark at diners for attempting to “desecrate” specific dishes), to the pace of the meal, to the menu (the offerings change daily at his discretion). Scoring a seat at the counter never disappoints: the main man himself can often be spotted cutting and preparing the fresh fishin classic sushi style.

    CROWD

    Sushi elitists, expense accounters, special occasioners, and those looking to burn a hole in their pockets.

    WHAT WE WOULD WEAR

    We’d go stylishly casual with a classic long-sleeve blouse, designer jeans, and fun boots.

    GO HERE WITH

    A client or colleague; significant other; a date; yourself

    WHY WE LIKE IT

    The fact that ordering omakase is required is actually a great perk–you don’t have to agonize over an extensive menu or take great pains in constructing a well-varied sushi dinner.

    WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE

    The price of omakase fluctuates, as the chef constantly changes his menu. If an expensive ingredient makes the cut, prepare to pay a little extra.

    GOOD TO KNOW

    Along with the strict policy of not serving California rolls or spicy tuna rolls (typical sushi defaults), this venue also discourages children from sitting at the sushi bar and groups from showing up with parties larger than four.

    OTHER LOCATIONS

    Sushi Sasabune (Los Angeles; Honolulu)

    CLOSEST COMPS

    Kurumazushi (New York); 15 East (New York)


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