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HOURSMon.-Sat.: 6:00pm-10:30pm; Sun.: Closed
BARYes - sushi bar
YEAR OPENED2003 (renovated in 2007)
PRICE (OMAKASE)USD 100
FAMOUS PLATESChef's sushi assortment; tofu salad; sashimi; shiroebi
DRINKS AND WINEBeer; wine; sake; soju
# OF SEATS50
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
METROSpring St. (C, E); Prince St. (N, R)
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.
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).
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