Mon-Thu, 11:30am-11pm; Fri, 11:30am-midnight; Sat, 12:30pm-midnight; Sun, 12:30pm-11pm
F, J, M, Z at Delancey St.-Essex St.
American Express, MasterCard, Visa
Canal St. to 2nd St., Clinton St. to Bowery
A low-key stylishness informs this neighborhood sushi spot. The high ceilings of the converted hosiery shop and the exposed brick and blond wood finishes have a contemporary feel; the kitschy Asian pop soundtrack adds cheer. A small Buddha statue surrounded by leafy bamboo sprigs welcomes diners into the space. The sushi bar sits on an island in the center, as a reflection of the restaurant’s priorities. Fresh, well-cut sashimi and sushi are joined by creative rolls. A white seaweed wrapping combines with oyster tempura to give a strong briny flavor to the Crazy Roll. The Lower East Side roll deftly balances its generous cuts of tuna, eel, and spicy salmon. Tuna Amazing augments white tuna tempura and black pepper tuna with an appealingly coarse-cut spicy tuna. On the kitchen side, mini Japanese pizzas are warm rice cakes topped with slabs of fresh salmon and a spicy drizzled wasabi sauce. The balance of the menu covers requisite noodle, tempura, and teriyaki territory. Yakitori comes in broad skewered chunks, and popular gyoza is available in pork or vegetable iterations. Maki lunch specials and lunch and dinner bento boxes provide more economical ways of sampling the offerings.Recommended Dishes
Spicy tuna, $5; Lower East Side roll, $11.95; salmon teriyaki, $15