Located at the corner of 56th street and 8th ave, I stumbled in after a session at SpaJa which is next door. I wanted sushi/sashimi and thats what it said displayed in large letters on the awning. When I looked in the window before I entered and the place looked clean and casual and a good place to grab a quick bite to dine alone. It was busy for the early evening hour so I thought it must be good. Boy was I wrong.
I ordered the Momo Sashimi special for $15. I should have asked what it was before I ordered...What a disappointment!
I assumed the house special would be impressive since its supposed to represent what the restaurant is capable of.
The house special was some unidentifiable white fish that was thinly sliced and pan seared on the edges (basically cooked) accompanied by a slice of avocado with dab of tobiko on each piece. That tobiko couldn't have added up to even a teaspoon and the avocado had black spots on it. The spots were not from searing but from when it is ripened prematurely and almost rotten. The plate was spotted with some type of sweet sauce that was red and brown. Overall, it was not a good meal. In conclusion, it wasn't sashimi.
I ordered a natto roll because the special wasn't filling and that was surprisingly a disappointment as well. Natto is a fermented soybean and has the consistency of okra (sticky). The natto roll arrived where it wasn't sticky but warm as if cooked and the rice was overcooked.
The only part of the meal that was bearable was the hot sake...which is always good. Or at least it makes the food go down a bit easier.
I did notice that the other people who were eating there did not eat sashimi but ate rolls which did look good. So this must be one of those Japanese food places ran by Koreans where the rolls are good for people who don't eat anything more than rolls. You can easily tell because Japanese sushi rice is prepared differently and has a chewier consistency than Korean rice used for rolls.
I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone.