We live in the UES but usually don't go out for sushi in that area. A couple that we're friends with (from LA I might add) have suggested we go out for sushi, since they just moved to our neighborhood. I think the occasion calls for something a little more exciting then just visiting our local takeout place (Hokkaido, Isohama), but we don't really want to spend like we're at Gari or Seki. Basically we want something special enough for a double date, but not on the price level of "special occasion". I also have a special request for Uni, which would probably make the natural choice Sasabune, but I haven't heard anything recently about this place, almost like it's dropped off the radar or closed. Has anyone been recently? We meant to go when it opened, but with our short restaurant attantion span just never had a good opportunity until now.
And Tenzan is also a contender, mainly from the reviews I've read here. Is it just a good neighborhood takeout place, or does it warrant a visit? I'd really like an affordable omakase, but wouldn't mind ordering a la carte.
It's sad how clueless we are when given the opportunity for a casual sushi night out. We aren't sushi experts by any means but have a hard time finding a happy medium between the top places and weeknight takeout spots. And if anyone has any other recs please let us know.