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Located in the basement, Sushi Azabu is a high-end Japanese restaurant that serves carefully prepared creations. The sushi is made with fresh fish that is imported from Japan. The Komai variety of rice is used along with Nikiri soy sauce that is prepared on-site. The floor of the venue is lined with soft pebbles and bamboo. Traditional Japanese wallpaper is used for the walls, completing the Japanese feel. The sushi is naturally a must try here, though the miso soup is also worth relishing.
A stylish and contemporary sake lounge, SakaMai is the ultimate hangout place, for the neighbors of Lower East Side. Essentially a bar serving sake, which is Japanese rice wine, it also has a wide variety of Japanese dishes. Dimly-lit interiors and a fashionable decor, give this bar a modern, yet cozy ambiance. Voted as the best Asian restaurant of Manhattan in 2013, it serves authentic preparations like uni crostini, Shabu slider, Kanpchi, branzino confit and oyster rice pot. Apart from sake, there is a decent range of beverages for those who don't prefer to experiment with alcohol. Call ahead for reservations, or visit their website for more information.
Sushi Nakazawa is a one-of-a kind sushi experience brought to New York as a partnership between Chef Daisuke Nakazawa and Alessandro Borgognone. Chef Nakazwa has been a student of sushi all his life, he learnt his culinary skills under the leadership of Ono Jiro. 11 years after his meticulous practice with, fish he opened Sushi Nakazawa in 2013, a place that serves one of the finest and freshest sushi and other Japanese culinary delights in New York and his Omakase (chef's choice of sushi) is one of the best. The atmosphere at the restaurant is very relaxed with comfortable leather chairs and soothing lights. With authentic ingredients, a versatile sake collection and a refined sushi experience, Sushi Nakazawa is bound to cast euphoria. Check website for additional details on menu.
Sushi Dojo not only serves authentic Japanese cuisine, but also educates the diners about sushi and various kinds of fish to enhance their overall experience. One of the stand-out features about this restaurant is that the chef understands the diners palate, recommending food accordingly and being open to feedback, thus making it an interactive experience. The sommeliers are knowledgeable too and recommend sakes that go best with the rest of the fare. The seating at the eatery is intimate, good for groups and even for people dining alone as it's easy to strike up a conversation. The omakase is a must-try. The food is slightly expensive, but worth it.
Chef Toshio Tomita, formerly of Nobu, brings his years of experience running a Japanese restaurant to his own kitchen. Creativity, quality and refinement combine to create a truly elegant dining experience at this kappo ryori style restaurant. Watch the sushi master as he hand crafts the delicate sushi dishes right in front of you. Dishes to try include the home-made soba noodles, made with flour ground at the restaurant. The three-course Omakase menu is the perfect way to sample a select variation of specialities at USD45, while the Chef's Omakase is a true culinary journey, perfect for sushi lovers willing to splurge a little at USD120. For reservations, give them a call.
As with many sushi restaurants in Manhattan, this popular East Village spot does not accept reservations on Friday and Saturday nights. So take a place in the line outside and start anticipating that first bite of traditional Japanese entrées like sushi, sashimi and more. Kanoyama's T-shirts were designed by the late pop artist Keith Haring, who was a regular here. A small place with enormous fresh flowers and branches, Kanoyama's fresh and contemporary atmosphere only adds to the experience.