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Overlook the spray-painted graffiti on the signage and ignore the seasick green stucco walls inside, and you’ll find that sea-fresh sushi is to be had in this minuscule spot. They also serve a smattering of unusual Japanese appetizers, like starchy, rice vinegar–marinated pumpkin and broiled alligator. The latter is imported from New Orleans, stuffed with shiso basil, and rubbed with a generous pile of sea salt; the result amounts to an addictive white meat, salty and tangy—reminiscent of chicken, but with a satisfying fishy aftertaste. If you’re here for sushi, you’ll get consistently fresh and simple renditions of familiar dishes. Slabs of sashimi draped over rice—from the generously marbled, deep-red fatty tuna to the soft, pink salmon—are melt-in-your-mouth tender. Expect to overhear many conversations in Japanese between young tourists intermingling with the low tones of the occasional celebrities who seem to revel in Natori’s grungy anonymity.Two Rooms, Same Kitchen
Natori has two separate entrances to two small, divided dining rooms; both share the same kitchen and practically the same interior.Recommended Dishes
Broiled alligator, $6