Sushi Seki has taken the space formerly occupied by Sushihatsu(1st between 62 and 63). Fans of Sushihatsu knew that it was the best sushi bar in NYC. When Sushi Seki first opened up it had two strikes against it in my book. First, I heard that the chef was x-Sushi of Gari and second, they closed early, at 10pm. (Sushihatsu was open until 3am).
Well, I have very good news. First, they have changed their hours and are open until 3am six days a week and and are closed on Sunday. Second, the quality of the fish is extremely high. Almost in the category of the former owner. Unlike Gari, Seki will serve you sashimi in the traditional style. I have been starting that way and finishing with sushi done Seki's way. The quality of the kitchen is also very good.
You must visit Sushi Seki. It is as good or better than all of our favorites.
On that note, I visited Jewel Bako for the first time last week. Other than amazing service, it did not live up to the hype. We had omakase. The sushi was better than the sashimi, which was served too warm. My friend asked if they had fresh wasabi and was told that we were served fresh wasabi. Yeah, fresh from the tube, it was powdered mustard. I know the difference. Don't get me wrong, the quality of the food was very good, but it was a rung lower than what I would say are the best places.
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