Tue-Sat, 5:30pm-midnight; Sun-Mon, 5pm-11pm
L at Third Ave.; 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R at 14th St.-Union Sq.
American Express, MasterCard, Visa
Houston St. to 23rd St., Ave. B to Park Ave.
Perpetually packed with an East Village crowd, this off-the-radar sushi joint serves one of the largest daily specials menus in town. While modestly outfitted with feng-shui bare essentials, Kanoyama is far from your average spot. Somewhat of a well-guarded secret, the space finds those in the know lining up outside the door for uniquely seasonal sushi gems. Fresh off the plane from Tokyo, melt-in-your-mouth butterfish and buttery salmon make rare but unforgettable appearances. Even the red-miso soup, topped off with fresh crabmeat, manages to make a winning statement. Perhaps Tomoe loyalists should reconsider their allegiances and head east for a far superior selection of all things raw. This Japanese haunt even has a way with dessert, like a luscious tofu pudding laced with an earthy red-bean sauce.Prix-Fixe Menu
Omakase Dinners: sushi, $37; sashimi, $40
Veterans from the restaurant’s previous incarnation, Iso, bought the place from the much-admired chef, Shoji Iso, and made it their own.
Hamachi carpaccio $13; king salmon roll, $7