Q. Hi Jordan!
I’m a longtime reader of your blog. I moved to the Upper East Side in November, and since you live in this area as well I was wondering – what are your recommendations for great, reasonably priced sushi up here? My boyfriend and I love sushi, but neither of our budgets exactly lend to trying out every restaurant. I remember reading a number of posts from you about sushi, so I figure you’d be a little more in the know than I am. I’d love to hear your input!
A. Hey Tara!
The best sushi I’ve found in the area is at Gajyumaru. The atmosphere is fairly run-of-the-mill (simple wooden tables, brightish lighting), but the quality of the fish is awesome, and there are lots of unusual options on the menu. For atmosphere + quality, I’d recommend Amber, on 3rd…but be warned: it can get expensive. Wasabi Lobby is my pick for quick + serviceable: the sushi isn’t anything special, but it’s totally fine, and it’s well-priced. And Poke is BYO, which is a plus, but they really rush you out the door when they’re busy, so i’d say only go during off-peak hours.
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Anyway, so last night Francesca and I went to Amber for dinner…and yep, nice atmosphere, not-so-nice prices. And look: we (coincidentally) wore the exact same nailpolish (Sephora by OPI in Dear Diary; a perfect, looks-good-on-everyone pale pink).