Restaurant Review: Nare Sushi (NYC)
Sushi has taken the hearts and souls of people for many years. Something about the raw fish, wrapped in rice makes some folks go crazy. The Japanese cuisine movement doesn’t seem to slow down especially in NYC, where sushi is king. With this booming market share, new spots pop up yearly looking to carve their piece of the pie, and its up to people like myself to decipher what’s good and what’s not. So one day, I decided to try a new sushi spot, Nare Sushi was the place and midtown east was the location. Paired up so eats with sake and along with the service, had myself a grand ole time.
Nare Sushi, a new Japanese restaurant located in the heart of Manhattan’s Midtown East neighborhood, has officially opened to the public. Exploring fresh ingredients and authentic flavors with traditional technique, Nare Sushi allows newbies to sushi simple and tasty options. Nare is not huge, it offers 60-seats of three open-floor levels that keep the energy of the restaurant flowing in unison. Subtle yellow accents and fresh flowers to make the space feel light and airy balance the dark wooden tables and chairs. Nare’s lunchtime is rocking and sells out practically everyday, this spot is great for dates, dinner meetings, and group outings with friends. One of the reasons it’s such a great group meeting place is their standout, the twelve pieces Omakase served with a traditional roll for a reasonable $55 per person. Chef carefully selects the freshest ingredients of the day with a focus on seasonality to experience the best traditional Edomae style of sushi. The appetizers are broken down between hot, cold, raw and broiled options, ranging from Sukui Tofu, scooped all natural silken tofu from Japan topped with bonito flakes, scallion, and dressed with savory sesame soy sauce; Asari Sake Butter, lightly braised short-neck clams with sake and homemade shiso butter; and Yuan Gindara, black cod marinated in sweet sake, soy sauce and seasoned yuzu juice.
Here are my recommendations:
Tuna Tataki - it’s fresh with a good balance of savory and sweet. The tuna is soft but not too soft.
Rock Shrimp Tempura - the spicy mayo doesn't over power the palate and it’s fried without being too crunchy. The seaweed flakes and tobiko add a nice touch.
Omakase - (means "chef's choice") is an assortment of wraps, and rolls with seasonal fish but it also includes some favorites like salmon, shrimp, and crab. The whole plate was exceptional.
Green Tea Cake with strawberry ice cream (Dessert) - The combination of the cake with the ice cream is magical.
Sake- Ask for the Nanbu Bijin Southern Beauty Daiginjo, it’s cold sake that just adds the cherry on top.
Overall, Nare Sushi is a 4.5. Their service, food and décor get all the love. Nare Sushi is located within the Galleria building located on 115 East 57th Street between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30am to 2:15pm, and dinner is served Monday through Sunday from 5:30pm to 10:15pm. Reservations are taken by Open Table or via phone: 646-666-0061. For more information, visit naresushi.com