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    USHIWAKAMARU

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    Local Gems

    Ushiwakamaru

    136 W. Houston St., nr. Sullivan St. (Greenwich Village)

    New York, NY

    (1) 212-228-4181

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    • CUISINE

      Sushi
    • HOURS

      Mon.-Sat.: 6:00pm-10:30pm; Sun.: Closed
    • BEST FOR

      Dinner
    • RESERVATIONS

      Recommended
    • BAR

      Yes - sushi bar
    • YEAR OPENED

      2003 (renovated in 2007)
    • PRICE (OMAKASE)

      USD 100
    • NOISE

      Medium
    • FAMOUS PLATES

      Chef's sushi assortment; tofu salad; sashimi; shiroebi
    • DRINKS AND WINE

      Beer; wine; sake; soju
    • # OF SEATS

      50
    • OUTDOOR DINING?

      No
    • PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?

      No
    • METRO

      Spring St. (C, E); Prince St. (N, R)
    Karen Marcelo

    VIBE

    Ushiwakamaru is giving New York’s sushi powerhouses a run for their money. Tucked away in an unassuming subterranean space, this Village gem serves up fabulously fresh fish at unbeatable prices. Chef Hideo Kuribara excels with his choice assortments like toro, yellowtail, and sazae, all painstakingly arranged to meet the exacting standards of the sushi snobs that crowd the bar. The superior quality of the fare transforms this would-be-underdog into a noteworthy sushi destination.

    CROWD

    The expected mix of Village folk, sushi snobs, and Japanese expats.

    WHAT WE WOULD WEAR

    We’d go casual with a shirt and sleek pants, flats, and fun accessories.

    GO HERE WITH

    A small group of friends; significant other; a date; yourself

    WHY WE LIKE IT

    In this city, you’d be hard-pressed to find sushi of this quality at such great prices. (But note that the portions are traditionally delicate.) Plus, this place is also about as unpretentious as they come.

    WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE

    If you aren’t an expert on Japanese cuisine, you might struggle to follow the menu, as many of the seafood picks are rare Japanese varieties you’ve probably never heard of.

    GOOD TO KNOW

    As with all other sushi joints, the seats at the bar are the best in the house. If you’re willing to go all out, definitely opt for the chef’s assortment (omakase).

    CLOSEST COMPS

    Soto (New York); Sasabune (New York)


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