I saw a long debate about sushi on a previous string. Last night, the wifey and I headed out to slurp some oysters at Grand Central, only to be confronted by strking workers. Being leftist commies, we got back on the train to head downtown for some sushi. While in Portland, OR, we had eaten some "big" sushi from "sloppy knives" and loved it, so we decided to try Tomoe.
When we arrived at the small restaurant, there was a line of about a dozen people at 9pm on a Monday night, which kind of took us by surprise. Shockingly, it was easier to get a table next door at Lupa than at Tomoe. We waited it out for about 25 minutes and were seated.
I proceeded to order a number of special items off of the wall, while my wife got a chef's choice of sashimi. The appetizers I ordered off the wall were some of the most creative and delicious items that I have eaten at a sushi bar in a long time. I have spent time in Japan and have eaten at both conveyor belt and high class places, so I think I know my stuff. I had a grilled king crab plate with spicy mayo that was amazing. The crab was cooked just right, and then the spicy mayo left me with the hot peppers coming on at the exact right moment. A tataki special with white tuna melted in my mouth like butter, and oysters coked in broth were better than the cold ones I would have eaten at Grand Central.
To top it off, the sashimi we ordered were huge pieces. Leaving the artistic aspect aside, the fish was delicious. Fresh, soft, and oily toro that was to die for. We finished it off with a piece of cheese cake that was more like flan on top of green tea sponge cake.
Overall, if you want delicious fish, I can see why people wait. If you want art, head somewhere else. I choose the fish.