Here is the link for the NY Times review this week of Neta. The new Japanese restaurant started by Mr. Kim and Mr Lau from Masa, on W8th St.. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/06/din...
I have to say, these critics use so many adjectives to make a mediocre dish sound good. My rating for Neta is about a half of a star. I am not alone in this opinion. Many of my Japanese friends feel the same way. The place is a rip-off, with mediocre food. The toro tartare with caviar in a mini martini glass, is $48 and is totally not worth the price. The scallops are good, the sushi is not good. The review makes a piece of below average salmon with a veggie chip on top sound amazing, it is far from amazing. The reviewer says the rice is incredible, it is barely acceptable.
Tonite I had omakase from Ichimura-san at Brushstroke. That was an amazing meal. 3 kinds of shiokara with my shochu, 2 kinds of sardines, amazing uni, chu toro and otoro, etc etc etc and great chawan mushi. The amount of sushi and sashimi I had was triple what I had at Neta. The home made ginger was so good. The ikura was great. Everything was amazing. The personal contact with Ichimura-san also makes the meal special. He is such a humble master of sushi.
I would sooner pay $150 for an amazing omakase with Ichimura-san at Brushstroke Sushi, then have 5 omakase meals at Neta for free.