Nare Sushi

115 E 57th St. New York, NY 10022(646) 666-0061naresushi.com

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I only ordered take out from here based on the recommendations on Yelp, my craving for sushi and my desire to try someplace other than Hatsuhana, which I already know and love. Plus, I was intrigued by the Mozukusu, described as fresh caught seaweed with sweet soy and Japanese mountain yam. The “fresh caught” seeming to imply that the seaweed must try to escape in some fashion. I’m not exactly sure how, but I had to see for myself.

Sadly, the seaweed wasn’t flopping around like marlin on the line, but I do have to admit that it was the most interesting seaweed salad I think I have ever had. Granted it was also the goopiest, looking like something out of Ghostbusters. But if you just close your eyes and can work past the consistency, the flavors are really nice.

I wish I could say the same for the fluke sashimi (Usuzukuri), but I found it rather bland despite the ponzu sauce and spicy daikon radish.

And as for the edamame, yellowtail and tuna sushi, as well as the dragon roll, they were all reasonably good, but nothing beyond the expectations of your run of the mill NYC delivery sushi, making the four stars on Yelp seem a bit much by my ferocious standards.

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BONDST

6 Bond St. New York, NY 10012 • (212) 777-2500 • bondstrestaurant.com
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I went here after hearing so much hype and, as always, hype is a dangerous thing, because Bond didn’t even come close. Sure, they talk the talk, from the pretentious service to the sleek décor- but the prices are just obnoxious (as if they were shaved truffles as opposed to raw fish) and the sushi is nothing special. Nothing you couldn’t just get at Mottsu down the street, but at a third the price. Oh, and Mottsu would have bigger pieces.

That said, Bond did excel at one thing. The sushi pieces might win the award for the smallest I have ever seen (Hatsuhana coming in a distant second). So small, you might actually question whether or not you accidentally ordered of the children’s menu. So small the picture above was probably taken with a macro lens. I have several more small jokes, but I’ll spare you.

The place isn’t bad, mind you, and if you have money to blow and simply want to be “seen,” then Bondst should do the trick.

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