There are a lot of 'cheap' sushi joints in the city with great and not good versions. New Gen imho counts among the great affordable places; by comparison a dinner at Sushi Inn before a flick at the Varsity last night was just okay -- I didn't love it.
At the same time, there are a few more expensive places that I've been reading about lately -- Sushi Marche, Zen, Omi, etc. While I've only experienced the less expensive restaurants I am interested in the experience the better places offer. Good chow is good chow. I read about the subtleties and nuance around ingredients, prep and presentation and it's all something I think I can get into, money aside.
I'm wondering if there are restaurants in between these two polarities, in order for a novice to ramp up to the food and service of the Zens and Kansei Sakuras.