Saturday, June 23, 2012

USHIWAKAMARU - Japanese Restaurant

We stumbled on this Japanese restaurant after we watched an off-Broadway play on Spring Street and decided that we could no longer wait to get home and eat.  This part of SoHo is almost a mecca of restaurants to choose from.  We headed first to our favorite sushi place.  Although it was Thursday, that was jammed with people waiting. We considered another sushi place but made the wrong turn so we opted to try other options only to find out the wait would be 2 hours inspite the fact that it was already 9:30PM. Thus, as we were heading for the next block, we stumbled on this place - Ushiwakamaru which was about 3 steps down from the street level.

We took a quick peek and immediately fell in love with its clean decor and a room full of people; yet enough to accommodate two more famished walk-ins like us.

I opted for the set menu because it had the kinds of seafood I like as I compared it with the ala-carte pieces of sushi.  I chose the NAGIRI because of its description.  I had requested to have the seaweed salad in place of the regular salad that came with the order.  Paying a little extra for it, to replace the regular salad the dinner came with.  It was still less expensive than ordering it on the side.

Above, I watched the sushi being prepared.  On the left is the first part of the Nagiri I ordered.  It came with Torro and Ama-Ebi.  There was also seared tuna, salmon and fish that lay over some finely minced greens

On the right are the pieces included when you order the Nagiri.  Minced torro with minced scallions, uni, caviar, egg and eel.

Not to be missed:  Assorted seaweed salad with citrus dressing that you pour over.

Ushiwakamaru Restaurant

136 W Houston St
(between Mac Dougal St & Sullivan St)
New York, NY 10012
Neighborhood: Greenwich Village
(212) 228-4181

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