Restaurants & Bars

Omakase at Hasaki

Eric Eto | Jan 6, 2004 05:17 PM

Over the holiday week, I took advantage of a slow restaurant night and sat at the sushi bar at Hasaki in the east village. I decided to go omakase and the sushiya made me all the osusume (specialty) items of the day. I can't recall everything I had, but the memorable items were the aji (spanish mackerel), aburi toro (torched fatty tuna), mirugai (geoduck clam), a smaller clam (I think surf clam) that was freshly shucked and cut up so that it was still quivering over the nigiri rice, uni, and negi--which is a nigiri made from baby green onion in a bunch (the green onion looks more like tall grass about 2.5 inches high). Their miso soup which is made from red miso has a more pungent taste than the white miso, and was also very good. I probably had about a dozen nigiri items. The bill came to $42.

I decided to go to Hasaki since I usually avoid it when it's really busy--and it's usually busy. It's hard to gage the quality of a sushiya when they're so jammed with orders. This turned out to be a nice surprise. I'd definitely go back, but probably only for an early dinner when they can be more attentive.

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