I am still slightly confused about the differences between Kaiseki and Omakase despite trying to research this on Chowhounds...
Sounds like Kaiseki is more of a traditional japanese formal multicourse meal made with seasonal items and Omakase is more of a chef's favorite selections?
Is that the main difference and both often come with some sashimi or sushi depending on the restaurant?
Well, I was looking for a good (not best as I know best would mean Masa or Kuruma and we're not looking to dish out over 150 per person this time for our japanese meal)...
We prefer non-trendy places but do appreciate good atmosphere, traditional setting (though it doesnt have to mean boring dishes but also nothing too crazy which we found Sushi of Gari interesting last time but didnt love so much being done to my sushi)...and ofcourse good service if thats not too much to ask.
I understand sitting at the sushi bar is often the best way to experience NY japanese food but this meal we'd like a tasting with both cooked and raw food so not just all sushi/sashimi but a selection of small japanese cooked items as well...so please advise if sitting/requesting seats in front of the sushi chef is still the best way to enjoy the restaurants.
I have read up on some recs on here and am deciding between:
-Ushiwakamaru (is Ushi the same as this place since Ive seen people mention Ushi and then Ushiwakamaru so I was confused...??)
**unless there is another MUST TRY place I am missing from the list that also is closer to 200 USD total for 2 people (we dont drink)...
Any pricing guidelines for these places would be super helpful too...