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Kuruma Zushi

7 E. 47th St., 2nd fl., New York, NY 10017 40.756531 -73.978174
nr. Fifth Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-317-2802 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Japanese/Sushi
  • Price Range: $$$$

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Hours

Mon-Sat, 11:30am-2pm and 5:30pm-10pm; Sun, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

E, M at Fifth Ave.-53rd St.; 6 at 51st St.

Prices

$70-$150

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Business Lunch
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Lunch
  • Notable Chef
  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
  • Take-Out
  • Special Occasion

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

In 1977, Toshihiro Uezu opened this gloriously sceneless temple of toro, which has ignored New York's sushi fads from its perch on the second floor of an unremarkable Midtown building. In this building's tiny, dingy lobby is the rickety elevator that deposits you in Kurumazushi's plain, tranquil room, with a few tables and a small sushi bar. From behind the bar, Chef Uezu tends to high-rolling business types and contemplative cognoscenti with the same quiet intensity, distributing gemlike units of fish and rice, one by one. The menu lists bargain sushi and sashimi combinations and several appetizers, like usuzukuri, fluke cut into translucent rectangles and served with tart ponzu sauce. But the best way to experience Uezu's piscine mastery is to let him choose your meal. Soon after you say omakase, or chef's choice, he might nestle slices of unconscionably fatty tuna sashimi against a pile of seaweed, before moving on to the main event. His delicious warm rice is the platform for fish so pristine and unusual you'll think you're in Tokyo. Depending on the season and the chef's mood, you might sample crab roe, a cluster of many miniscule raw shrimp, and red snapper flown in from Japan. But even common seafood like tuna, yellowtail, and scallop are revelatory here. Unfortunately, there's the bill, which will inspire as many groans as the fish does oohs and aahs.

Recommended Dishes

Toro, market price; usuzukuri, $25; omakase, market price

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