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172 Thompson St., nr. Houston St. (Greenwich Village)
New York, NY
(1) 212-777-9346 | tomoesushi.com
HOURSSun.-Mon.: 5:00pm-11:00pm; Tues.-Sat.:1:00pm-3:00pm; 5:00pm-11:00pm
PRICE (NON-SUSHI PLATE; DINNER PLATE; SASHIMI DINNER; SUSHI DINNER)USD 2.75-17.00; USD 16-28; USD 27.50-36; USD 16.50-35
FAMOUS PLATESSushi; hamachi kama; chicken katsu
DRINKS AND WINEBeer; wine; sake; soft drinks
# OF SEATS40
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
METROSpring St. (C, E); Broadway-Lafayette St. (B, D, F, M); Bleecker St. (6); Prince St. (N, R)
Despite having basically no atmosphere (think bland wooden tables and the day’s specials scrawled on pieces of paper hung on the wall), flocks of fish fans try their luck at getting into this impossibly small but ultra-popular sushi joint. For the incredible freshness of the fish and the size of the portions, it’s always worth a shot–let’s just say the slabs of sashimi, in sizes rarely found at places of equal quality, have “wow” factor. The rather curt wait staff hurry guests in and out in an attempt to shorten the never-ending lines (those in the queue usually outnumber the amount of people in the restaurant itself).
Mostly local sushi enthusiasts along with a smattering of in-the-know tourists and chowhounds.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Casual; go with a t-shirt, jeans, and fun flats.
GO HERE WITH
A friend; significant other; a casual date; yourself
WHY WE LIKE IT
The freshness of the fish, at these prices, is pretty amazing. Especially in this city, where sushi of equal caliber can (and usually does) go for pretentiously sky-high rates. Despite harried service and bare surrounds, the quality and affordability make this one of the city’s top sushi destinations, in our book anyway.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The service feels rushed (understandably so!). Also, everything (except the fish!) feels teeny tiny: the tables, the space between the tables, the restrooms…
GOOD TO KNOW
There will be lines, especially due to the no-reservations policy (the wait is often close to an hour long), so try to go earlier when the lines are less painful. Be mindful when coming with a group, as they generally do not permit parties of more than five people, especially when it’s crowded (which seems to be always!). There’s also an extensive list of à la carte options like seafood, tofu, tempura, maki, noodles, and rolls. Be sure not to miss the green tea ice cream here; it’s one of our personal faves. Cash or Amex only.
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