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Tokubei 86 - UES (Quick Report)

MMRuth | Aug 13, 200811:56 AM

After seeing two posters recommend this place on one of the UES threads, my husband and I ambled over early last evening (well, technically it may still have been afternoon). It's a funny cozy kind of place - looks to me like once upon a time it might have been a restaurant with a different cuisine, that now is a Japanese restaurant. We were warmly welcomed and seated, walking past the bar where there appeared to be a couple of regulars, and quickly ordered a large hot sake for my husband and a bottle of pinot grigio. The wine was fine, a little on the sweet side for me.

We started with a marinated squid dish with salmon roe and the squid was very tender. I had four oysters - two Kumamotos and two Hama Hamas. Both kinds were excellent, and had a little ponzu sauce sauce and sliced scallions on top. We then shared a sashimi deluxe, a soft shell crab roll, and then ordered a bit more - some nigiri - spanish mackeral, ikura, salmon, squid and yellow tail (six pieces). The fish was wonderful and the nigiri sushi had nice small pads of rice and well cut fish. There was quite a bit of lag between courses/orders, but we were enjoying ourselves, and grateful for the classical music, which was a nice change for the music at Ichiro, our "regular" place - they seem to have purchased a three CD set of best of the 60s, 70s and 80s and you're never quite sure which one you'll get! The service was friendly and the place filled up - again, there seemed to be quite a few regulars.

I look forward to going back - it's a little further afield than we usually go on a week night, but well worth it I think. It's not quite as good as Inase, but a lot less expensive - and a definitely a big step up from Ichiro, at about the same price. Our dinner without tip was about $110.

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