A couple months ago when I first heard that one of Jiro’s apprentices opened up a new restaurant in NYC, my pants quickly became moist with joy. Ever since I saw Jiro Dreams of Sushi, I’ve been wanting to go eat at his restaurant, but seeing that I probably would not be going to Tokyo anytime soon, this was a pretty awesome alternative. The restaurant is located in West Village and reservations weren’t surprisingly terrible to make.
The meal had roughly 20 pieces of nigiri with a nice raspberry sorbet at the end to top it off. We got the sake pairing as well which was a nice addition to the meal.
Overall verdict: I’m surprisingly pretty conflicted with this one. The quality and freshness of the fish is absolutely top class, without a doubt. The problem I ran into (and I think it’s mainly because I have the palate of a 2-year-old) was that I wasn’t able to taste the more subtle flavors of some of the fish. Fish with stronger, bolder flavors like mackerel and barracuda was absolutely spectacular, but there were some fish like the fluke which I thought was pretty bland. Overall, out of the 20 pieces, I would say 13-14 were amazing and the others were pretty average. I’m not sure if I’d go again but definitely worth a try.
Now for the pictures….Also I couldn’t decide whether or not my camera or phone took better close-up photos so half these pics are from my camera and the other half from my phone. But clearly there was an obvious winner…
Some other kind of wild salmon I forgot the name of
Best scallop ever
Wet Barracuda – this thing was AMAZING
Mackerel – so good
Tiger Shrimp – the tail was still moving when we ate it ~~
Skipjack – this thing was beautiful
Bluefin Tuna – pretty lean and bland sadface
Bluefin Tuna 2 – this was so good
Toro!! so fatty and yummy
Uni: Best dish of the night by far – butter of the sea
Roe – so good too
Sea eel – amazinggg
Egg sushi – in the documentary it talks about how Nakazawa spent 3 months making only egg sushi under Jiro’s tutelage.. and it fucking paid off LOL best egg sushi ever omg
Top off the meal with some nice raspberry sorbet yumyum