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Sushi Seki

1143 First Ave., New York, NY 10065 40.76189 -73.960352
nr. 63rd St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-371-0238 Send to Phone

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

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  • Reader Rating:

    7 out of 10

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    6 Reviews | Write a Review

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Hours

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

Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6 at 59th St.; N, Q, R at Lexington Ave.-59th St.

Prices

$26-$35

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Late-Night Dining
  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
  • Prix-Fixe

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only
  • Sake and Soju

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

On many nights, the small sushi bar is filled with hard-core sushi addicts and cluttered with reserve signs until well after 9 p.m. The establishment is poky and not very well appointedthe lighting’s dim, and on one of my visits, the carpets smelled of old turpentine. It had a similar following for many years when it was called Sushi Hatsu, but the old restaurant closed for a month, the original chef returned to Japan, and when it reopened, it was with the eponymous Mr. Seki behind the bar. For several years, he worked with the city’s most inventive sushi master, Gari Masatoshi, at Sushi of Gari, and he has brought many of the sensei’s tricks with him, including jalapeño as one of the favored seasonings. The chef’s basic omakase starts at $80. But if you’re in a spending mood, you can give him a rough figure and he’ll whip up an appropriate spread. You can have it delivered on an elaborate golden platter if you choose, or, if you’re sitting at the bar, he’ll serve it to you personally, dish by dish, in civilized little segments.

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