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HOURSTue.-Fri.: 12:00pm-2:00pm, 5:30pm-10:00pm; Sat.: 5:30pm-10:00pm; Sun.-Mon.: Closed
BEST FORLunch; dinner
BARYes - beer and wine only
PRICE (OMAKASE PRIX FIXE)USD 60
FAMOUS PLATESAnkimo; sashimi
DRINKS AND WINEBeer; wine; sake; soju
# OF SEATSAround 30
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
METRO68th St.-Hunter College (6); 77th St. (6)
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.
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.
Sushi Sasabune (Los Angeles; Honolulu)
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