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Posted by anonymous on 09/05/2013
My brother is a chef at a okonomi restaurant in Pittsburgh, so we went to this place while he was in town. As far as we can tell it's the only Okonomi Yaki place in NYC. We didn't eat sushi, we went straight for the noodle and meat Okono and the Egg and Ham. My bro knows his Okono now and he said it's excellent. This is a super authentic comfort / street food from Japan, hardly known here. It is a ridiculously tasty and filling dish, a batter and cabbage pancake tossed with toppings, fried to order and topped with bonito flakes that eerily keep waving around for 15 minutes. Rarely does anyone get to eat food that is moving, even rarer when the moving food is not still alive. It's an incredible experience that everyone should try.
Posted by anynymous on 07/16/2012
I've lived in the city all my life and have been eating at sushi restaurants forever. Natori is my favorite place in nyc, fresh sushi tastes great and always a good cut. The sushi early bird special and the avocado tuna salad are my favorites. I've been going here for 30 years never a disappointment. great food great value and a fun little hole in the wall place. Really recommend natori i bring all my friends and they love it. try the fluke fin sashimi.
Posted by bcaulf on 05/30/2010
I eat here at least once a week. The dinner set prix fixe meals are my favorite--12 to 18 dollars for soup/salad/2 small apps plus a broiled fish entree. I also like their Agedashi Tofu, Tori Asparagus, Avocado Tuna Salad, Deep Fried Muenster, and Amadai Chili Sauce. The sushi is not special but it is fresh and not cut in huge chunks like a lot of American style sushi. All food and alcohol is priced well. There are two small dining rooms so every table feels private and it never gets loud. I like the music choices, generally jazz or ambient and not loud. Service is friendly and accurate although the servers do vanish for periods of time. It does not attract children or drunks, yay! They serve a little later than most other good EV Japanese places. Don't come in too close to closing because they stop seating about 15-20 minutes before the posted closing time. If you are seated, they will let you order anything on the menu and not rush you to finish.
Posted by Kouma on 04/25/2010
I don't understand the five star rave reviews for this place!!! We ate there Sunday evening 4/25/10... We were excited at first to see the "early bird special prices", but the rolls were tiny and not fresh. We are not sushi roll experts, but we've had sushi all around the USA and this was likely the least fresh, the least amount, the worst tasting experience yet. I mentioned to the waiter that the one roll in particular was not fresh, I couldn't even eat it. But he just presented me with the bill with not another word. Save yourself the disappointment and go elsewhere.
Posted by MEL on 07/01/2009
It looks like an eatery not a restaurant but it's a good place. I've tried Wani Karaage(fried allitator meat) as an appetizer and Wani Shoga Yaki(broiled alligator meat with ginger sauce) as main course. Both were very good. I strongly encourage everybody to visit this restaurant.
Posted by Seevo on 04/14/2009
I cannot say enough about this Sushi/Brasserie Joint in the East Village. It is understated to say the least, but that is part of its coolness. The music played is always interesting and unknown. The service is sleepy but you could also say, chill. The Food is superb. The sushi is never anything but fresh and the choices are seasonal (as it must be). Its the little chochkies that make it such a great place. The Chicken skin on a skewer, the broiled Alligator (super juicy), the Eel and Avacado salad, the strong miso soup, I could go on. To be honest, I'd prefer it stayed a local secret, but they deserve better.
Posted by Sushifan on 02/24/2009
Natori, a itty bitty hole in the wall, has some delicious sushi! I particularly love their early bird special, on weeknights from 5-7, where you can get a ton of sushi and saki/beer for a very reasonable price. Worth getting your act together on the early side. The fried alligator is scrumptious. Go here.