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Midtown South / Chelsea >
Posted by chelsea-girl on 10/01/2014
Love the original Sushi Seki, do not love going all the way to the UES to get the experience. Imagine how jazzed I was to find that two blocks from my apartment, nestled between 7th avenue and the Chelsea hotel, lies this oasis that can only be fully appreciated by those who truly know their sushi. At any regular sushi joint, I order a la carte, but if you're going to let your guard down and go for a set-price sushi bar entree (or if you're really adventurous, omakase) this is the place to do it. Walked in at 8:30 on a Wednesday and the place was full (entire sushi bar was seated) but not loud and packed. The space was wonderfully clean and new with airy wooden beams and a stylized origami fish sculpture over the bar. The host graciously greeted my father and I and seated us immediately at a table near the sushi bar. He returned just after we sat to say that two seats would be opening up at the bar very shortly if we'd like to move there, but we declined and said we were fine where we were. I really appreciated the offer though, it was a nice touch of hospitality. Waitstaff was equally nice, and knowledgeable about the menu. We had some questions about the contents of the sushi entrees and the waitress patiently answered them (yes, this is something to note!). We decided to each order the chirashi, which is traditionally served as assorted sashimi over a bowl of sushi rice. The waitress informed us that their chirashi was a little different only in that the rice was served on the side topped with ikura, nori and a chopped pickled vegetable (I can't remember exactly what it was) with the fish in a separate lacquer box. We went for it, and were very pleased with the outcome. A great mix of fish, nothing too weird or unrecognizable, just a nice selection of top-choice toro, fluke, mackerel, salmon, shrimp and two buttery sweet GLORIOUS pieces of tamago. For $40 it was well worth it, especially since the ala carte pricing is VERY pricy (but still worth it!) I also like that they didn't try to pass off escolar as albacore (white tuna), every other place does this and it's really infuriating. Great scene, great food, overall excellent experience!