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Ushi Wakamaru Report (longish)

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Ushi Wakamaru Report (longish)

Simon | Feb 28, 2005 10:20 AM

Went there twice last week after hearing good words here...the space is charming: a narrow room with a small banquet area and longer sushi bar...on both my visits, the clientele was almost all Japanese...the vibe is relaxed yet professional: it feels places i've been to in Tokyo...as for the fish: it is extremely good, and cut in a rather delicate style: shiny slivers of sayori, thin slices of mackeral, bite-size wedges of otoro...on the first visit i found the sushi rice a bit too warm for my personal preference, but on the second visit it seemed just right...while i don't believe that overall the fish is as fine as Jewel Bako (which is my favorite in NY), the vibe at Ushi Wakamaru is both less formal and more Japanese...and the prices are quite reasonable for sushi this good...on the second visit we had miso soup, seaweed salad, a plate of sliced raw octopus w/ salt, and then asked for sort of an informal omakase of sashimi and sushi, which included a plate of sashimi (with otoro, fluke, sayori, yellowtail, aji, and a second type of mackeral) and ten pieces of sushi (which included, among others, two pieces of uni which were as good as any i've had in NY, and two pieces w/ sweet baby shrimp), two glasses of red wine, and some green tea ice cream: the bill was 125 plus tip...service is friendly and the sushi chef is garrulous and charming...overall, a very good restaurant...and a fine option when one wants a sushi dinner that is less out-on-the-town-involved than going to somewhere like Jewel Bako, yet finer in quality than merely good places like Hasaki...

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