Where Should I Take My 14-Year-Old Daughter to Eat Sushi?

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The sushi at Natori is pristine in its freshness, and cheap, too.


Abby S. asks: I'm hoping you can help me. I'm taking my niece out for a birthday lunch Friday; she's turning 14 and requested sushi. I need a place that's nice but not overwhelmingly so (she's a fairly sophisticated eater, but lives in the suburbs). Her birthday tends to get overshadowed, so I'd like lunch to be a sort of special affair. I was thinking something along the lines of Blue Ribbon, but it's a bit out of my price range. A tall order, probably, but any recommendations? Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Dear Abby: Accustoming a curious adolescent to expensive sushi is a mistake, since no other sushi will taste good after that, and a penchant for the high-priced stuff becomes such a drain on the pocketbook, she'd have to take two jobs just to eat it occasionally.

So, while keeping the quality mid-range (it's also important to discourage kids from eating sushi at salad bars, unless it's cucumber tekkamaki or California rolls), what's wanted is a good-quality place with a little flash and theatricality. Given the age of your daughter, I'd suggest an East Village spot.

On the higher end, there's Hasaki (210 East 9th Street, 212-473-3327), a walk-down place with some of the best sushi in the city, where you can get a deal on an omakase (sushi chef's market combos) anywhere from $30 to $60, and it comes with with soup or a salad and green tea.

On the lower end, you've got Natori (58 St. Marks Place, 212-533-7711), a small and almost shabby spot that has lots of East Village flavor. When the sushi arrives, you'll realize that the rickety decor is something of a pose for Japanese expats who are into the terroir of the historic neighborhood, where Allen Ginsberg and W.H. Auden -- along with punks, hippies and Beats -- once wandered the streets. Several sushi assortments are available at prices under $20, with one as low as $13!

Good luck, and tell your niece happy birthday for me!

--Robert


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Some friends enjoying the sushi at Hasaki.

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Asa
Asa

Ha! You changed it in the story, BUT YOU LEFT IT IN THE TITLE!!!You ASSWIPE!!!

JK
JK

You better get that resume polished up before your unemployment runs out. IMHO.

Asa
Asa

She said she was taking her niece out, not her daughter. Maybe all of your spelling errors are due to your lack of reading comprehension.

TarahT
TarahT

For lunch I really enjoy Nori in the East Village. Their sushi is very good, the place is small, but I've never had to wait for a table, and the service is good... and their prices are very good. If you wanted to partake in their lunch special it's the best I've had in the city. http://www.norinyc.com/

Abby
Abby

Thanks Robert! We ended up at Hasaki and it fit the bill perfectly - completely delicious. And lovely, to boot. -Abby

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