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New Zutto on Bleecker St.

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New Zutto on Bleecker St.

Iron Frank | Jun 23, 2002 01:45 AM

It just opened this week and it's a scene already. Not at all as unassuming and calming as the underappreciated Greenwich Ave. branch. We got drawn in by the idea of eating in sushi in the garden on a warm summer night. The garden was lovely but the rest of the place seemed more like a wannabe hipster lounge for people out for a few drinks and maybe some sushi to keep their liquor down. The menu is shorter than the other Zutto and lacks pressed sushi and many cooked entree choices.

The miso soup was fine as was the standard seaweed salad that came with a nice gingery dressing on the side.
It was very weird how their was a total lack of flavor in everything involving the sushi. The soy sauce was purely diluted brown water. The sushi rice itself was pretty flavorless and the fish was a total blank slate. My guess is they are assuming people will order the more contrived Maki rolls(like the Big Apple with tuna and apple) that all involve fruit, mayo, or caviar. I think they skimped on the high quality fish and hope to compensate with the toppings. Maybe things will improve. It wasn't terrible by any means but the Greenwich Ave branch is much better.

Frank

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