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Posted by Sushi Connoisseur on 04/09/2007
I read all your rave reviews of this rip off on 1st Ave, so I hurried over to Sushi Seki... I guess you guys are from the landlocked states. Seki is an average sushi place in every way except for the astronomical prices. We ordered the $50 Omakase (Chef's Choice) which somehow ended up being $80 each, once you include tax, tip and a green salad you somehow get a $200 dinner for two with no drinks. Now if you're thinking, 200 stones is not so bad for a top of the line joint in the Upper East Side, then you're right. Maybe we hit an off night, but most of the miniscule, half-bite sized pieces were slathered in some kind of sauce that overpowered the fish. Not that I minded so much cause the fish needed some help.
Posted by NYCGirl on 03/09/2007
Seki is the best sushi in the city. We have been to all of the famed sushi places and Seki cant compare. If you go, make sure that you sit at the bar and just let Seki order for you. You will not be disappointed.
Posted by dinearound on 03/07/2007
My friend's new apartment is right around the corner. I heard about Sushi Seki and how good it was. It was the best sushi I have eaten in about five years. A much better value than Gari and more comfortable, too.The service was very attentive and the assorted vegetarian appetizers we ordered were like jewels. The fish was fresh and beautifully presented. I will return again and again.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/29/2006
If you don't like sushi, you should definitely go to sushi seki and try the omakase. I can't keep track of the number of people I have converted into sushi lovers, including my husband. He refused to go to Japanese restaurants when we first met. Then we had omakase at Seki and he loved it. Now he still refuses to eat Japanese except at Sushi Seki. Once you have tasted real sushi at Seki, you will never be able to go back to the run of the mill Makis and rolls and such.
Posted by sharkie on 07/21/2006
I'm a regular at Sushi Seki. It is my favorite place for fresh fish. My favorites are the spicy scallop roll, the oyster roll, the seared salmon, the sunomono, and the omakase. The style of presentation is perhaps not as visually "fancy" as Gari but the taste is amazing. It's true it's not cheap but well worth it for the high quality of food. The flavors are simple and elegant.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/05/2006
Very fresh sushi, interesting twist to every piece (amazing sauces and accompaniments). Our waiter knew everything there is to know about the food. However, we did have to wait at least 45 minutes for our table, and there's really no waiting area or bar area. The decor is extremely plain, and the place is pretty cramped, but neither took away from the amazing food. Go there only if you aren't on a tight budget.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/17/2006
After reading the great reviews and noting it had gotten a 27 in the Zagat, we went to Sushi Seki recently to venture outside of our normal sushi spot, which we love. We had the omakase at the bar -- and it was a disappointment. The sushi rice was still warm and crumbled as we tried to eat the sushi. The fish selection was tastey, but not presented in a particularly memorable or mind-blowing way. It's fine, and it's great that Sushi Seki is open late.