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83 Very Good

Quality and cost make Norihiro Ishizuka’s sushi joint a favorite in an omakase-addled town.

130 St. Marks Pl., New York, NY, 10009

212-228-1010

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The lowdown

What makes this one of our favorite omakase sushi joints in the city? Let’s start with the clean, cubbyhole-size room, which looks like it’s been beamed in from one of the more discreetly posh neighborhoods of Tokyo. Then there’s the impeccably sourced fish — sea scallops tipped with yuzu, silvery slices of jack fish and sardines. Whenever I’m asked, as I was the other day, “for a good sushi place, not too anal, and not bank-busting,” I direct people to this snug, refreshingly unpretentious omakase cubbyhole off Tompkins Square Park. Norihiro Ishizuka serves his relatively affordable menu (12 pieces of sushi, appetizer, soup, and dessert) with a happy smile, one piece at a time. Everything is first-rate, but the house specialty is the toro, which comes in four different grades. It’s a rare deal in this omakase-addled town.

Adam Platt

What you need to know

Insider Tips Try all four grades of toro.

Recommended Dishes“O-toro” nigiri; “chu-toro” maki.

DrinksBeer, Sake/Soju

Noise LevelHushed