Eat: Tanoshi Sushi and Sake Bar (New York City)

With a multitude of Japanese restaurants in New York, we wanted an omakase experience for our anniversary. We initially chose Sushi Yasuda, but with no set price and depends on how many pieces you order, we didn’t want a surprise on our bill.

We decided on Tanoshi Sushi and Sake Bar in the Upper East Side. Do note that Tanoshi has two sections: Tanoshi left is the regular service and Tanoshi right is the sushi bar where you get the omakase experience. Tanoshi right is small and narrow; taking only 10 guests at a time. It is a bit hole-in-the-wall looking too; you wouldn’t expect an omakase to be served here.

Reservations are a must and recommend to make it in advance. You can make it online on their website. They have three one-and-a-half hour seating per night and two omakase options, which you have to specify which option you want when making the reservation.

Heading the omakase experience is Chef Toshio Oguma. He specializes in edomae sushi, where the fish is prepared and cured with techniques like simmering in broth or marinating with vinegar and/or salt, etc. Chef Toshio also specializes in “loosey-sushi”, a technique where the sushi is not tightly packed, it is meant to dissemble in your mouth so the texture and flavours blend together. With “loosey-sushi”, it is best and recommended to eat with your fingers; they encourage you to.

In terms of drinks, it is strictly BYOB even though the restaurant has “Sake Bar” in it. So bring your best sake to enjoy with your omakase experience.

We did the Hinoki omakase, which is the expensive one at $90-$99 USD. At the end of the meal you can choose to order a few more pieces at a-la-carte.

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Striped Jack (Shima-Aji)
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New Zealand King Salmon
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Norwegian Big Eye Tuna
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Amberjack (Kanpachi) with Cherry Blossom Leaf
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Miso-cured Black Sablefish
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Japanese Sardine
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Young Seabream
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Bluefin Tuna
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Botan Shrimp with Hokkaido Sea Urchin (Uni)
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Marinated Salmon Roe, Quail Egg and Sea Urchin. This is listed as XXX on the a la carte choices.
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Bluefin Tuna with Japanese Pickles (daikon)
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Miso Salmon with Salmon Roe

Overall, it was an exceptional experience. We had Chef Toshio himself serving us and while he’s a man of a few words, he is serious in his presence and when he’s serving you, he means business — in making sure you’re enjoying every piece of sushi placed in front of you.

Tanoshi Sushi Sake Bar
1372 York Ave.
New York, NY 10021
United States

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Eat: Egg Shop (New York City)

If you love eating eggs, then you’ll probably love Egg Shop. The menu is essentially egg-centric — sandwiches with eggs, poached, scrambled, hard-boiled, you name it. The dinner menu offers more than eggy dishes though.

But, we weren’t there for dinner. We were there for brunch. As it turns out, people are willing to wait for eggs. I was advised that there could be up to an hour wait for a table on a weekend. Thankfully, we went on a weekday and it was pouring rain, but there was still a wait of 20 minutes. We went next door to Café Integral to kill time (there seems to be a partnership between the cafe and Egg Shop for patrons waiting for a table).

The Scrambler ($12 USD) – roasted asparagus, tomato confit, scallions and pecorino (omitted).

IMG_6948Benedict ($12 USD) – poached egg, black forest bacon, gluten-free English muffin croutons and Meyer lemon yogurt citronette. Plus a side of hashbrowns ($4 USD).

The scrambled egg is like one of the perfect scrambled egg; creamy, soft and fluffy. I do wish that there were more asparagus though. We left satisfied though.

The eatery is small, cramped and you’ll likely bump elbows with people next to you. Is it worth the wait? For eggs… not an hour.

Egg Shop
151 Elizabeth St.
New York, NY 10012
United States