The title says it all. We love Sushi Jun. My SO and I moved to Hell's Kitchen back in September, and have since been on the seemingly endless quest for good neighborhood sushi. Needless to say, our search is over. Sushi Jun is a tiny little place on W. 50th, between 8th and 9th, but really, right on the corner of 8th. We would never have even known that it was there, but after reading a review two weeks ago from a fellow hound, made our way there this afternoon for lunch. We arrived around 1:30, at which time there was only one other table eating.
We sat at the sushi bar and quickly ordered some cold sake. I had a bottle of special junmai -- which was recommended by the waitress, and was super yummy. It was creamy (tasting, not as in unfiltered), and a perfect pairing with what was to come. The older sushi chef, who we would later learn was Chef Jun, the proprietor (this is his 1st restaurant, although I got the impression that he has worked elsewhere in Manhattan), whipped us up an amuse bouche of sorts, it was a little pickled salad of seaweed, radish, scallop, pickles, and another fish that I couldn't identify. Then he made us each a green salad -- your classic japanese salad with a ginger dressing, but both the quality and flavor of the dressing and a purple peruvian potato on top set the salad apart. The younger sushi chef then suggested a number of different fish -- we had toro, spanish mackeral, yellowtail, regular tuna, uni, marinated mackeral (different, but real good -- reminiscent of whitefish), and monkfish pate. I swear that the sushi was the BEST I have had in a LONG time -- and I am definitely a sushi snob. The chef knows how to cut his fish, and they must have a great monger, because the fish was super fresh. The toro literally melted in my mouth.
I HIGHLY recommend this place. Super fresh ingredients, loving preparation, and relatively inexpensive.
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