I know a plastic surgeon on the UES whose patients often ignore his suggestions. They'll insist on a certain procedure--they obsess over their love handles, say--without taking into account how the surgery will affect their resulting body proportions.
I bring this up because last night, I went to Sushi by Gari following the discussion here on high-quality sushi. After five minutes fussing with my non-English-speaking waitress ("Please ask them to hold any mayonnaise or any 'spicy sauces' that contain mayonnaise"), I finally said what the hell and asked for the chef's selection. I'm so glad I did.
The way it works is, every 5-10 minutes they bring out a different piece of sushi. A few did indeed have mayo-based sauces, but hey, if you don't like them, wait for the next piece. Other toppings included a tomato relish, a peanut sauce, and pine nuts and arugula. And the fish itself was quite fresh.
It's not cheap--the chef's selection will cost >$40, depending on how many pieces you order (typically about 8). Still, it was the most phenomenal tasting experience I've ever had, and I am definitely glad I put my faith in the chef.
(Speaking of cosmetic surgery: I felt completely out of place, and not because of the dress code, which wasn't strict. Everybody there looked like they belonged in the Ford Modeling Agency catalog.)