I recently moved to Manhattan from Los Angeles where I ate my fair share of sushi both high and low end. What I really wanted to find when I moved was a small sushi restaurant with a knowledgeable chef that's not too crowded and not too expensive. I want a place where I can develop a rapport with the chef. My requirements for the restaurant are:
1. Chef must be experienced and knowledgeable of fish and sushi
2. Small sushi bar
3. Not too crowded, able to get a spot without too much fuss on weekdays
4. Affordable to eat at regularly, ($20-30 range (for like 5 pieces of nigiri), maybe an outside $80 omakase)
5. Preferably in uptown Manhattan
Notice that I don't specify that it has to be an extraordinarily good restaurant. It can be middle of the line, given the requirements. Mostly I prize consistency of a decent sushi meal.I realize that if someone had the perfect place, they might be hesitant to spill the beans. But please post if you are trying to drum up support for your favorite little restaurant.