1143 1st Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1002140.766523 -73.956947
Neighborhoods: Lenox Hill, Upper East Side, Midtown
Sushi savants tend to have wildly varying opinions on what is great and what consitutes a mediocre rip-off. I'm no expert on the subject but Sushi Seki was the only sushi experience I can say really blew me away. The depth of umami, the orignalitiy, the presentation, are all unlike anything else in New York. Sushi Zen is the best for pure, no-frills, traditional sushi (with 15 east maybe a close second) but this place is the bomb.
Too Expensive For What Is Offered! – I?m not a negative person, so I?m going to keep it short and sweet. It?s not the best sushi that I?ve had. Try the quaint neighborhood charmer, Sushi Suki on York & 84th Street. Their sushi is many times better, now sure, I?ve had friends that have had both and all agree Sushi Suki is just as good if not better than Sushi Seki, without the heavy price tag. So try the expensive Sushi Seki if you like, but don?t have too high of expectations, and be sure to check out Sushi Suki on 84th Street, they?ve never let me down, and are delicious.
Mediocre Fish, Astronomical Prices – I read all your rave reviews of this rip off on 1st Ave, so I hurried over to Sushi Seki... I guess you guys are from the landlocked states. Seki is an average sushi place in every way except for the astronomical prices. We ordered the $50 Omakase (Chef's Choice) which somehow ended up being $80 each, once you include tax, tip and a green salad you somehow get a $200 dinner for two with no drinks.
Now if you're thinking, 200 stones is not so bad for a top of the line joint in the Upper East Side, then you're right. Maybe we got an off night, but most of the miniscule, half-bite sized pieces were slathered in some kind of sauce that overpowered the fish. Not that I minded so much cause the fish needed some help.
Creative & Delicious Fresh Sushi – I have been to Sushi of Gari's and then I round Sushi Seki! I would have to say, Sushi Seki was just as good when compared to freshness, taste, quality and creativity! BUT - at a much cheaper price! I have been back to Sushi Seki three times now - it is my favorite sushi place. However, since it is pricier than other sushi places, I don't go all the time - just whenever I feel like splurging a little! I highly recommend this place - but try to make reservations if possible.
One of New York's elite Sushi restaurants – Many reviewers try to compare Sushi Seki to places like Sushi of Gari and the Tokyo Tsukiji Market restaurants. I think comparisons of this type don't do any of these places justice because the reviewers assume that all Sushi is alike and one can simply compare it in terms of quality. The truth is that there isn't a continuum on which Sushi restaurants can be placed. The Tsukiji market restaurants, for instance, serve the freshest and most delicious fish in the world, at reasonable prices, but do so in very unimaginative ways. Sushi of Gari, on the other hand, loses out to the market in quality of fish, but puts out art rather than Sushi. A meal there is a celebration that far transgresses a typical Sushi experience. Seki, fits somewhere in the middle of the curve. It has truly outstanding, fresh fish, perhaps beating out Gari, but still below the quality of the Tsukiji market. At the same time, the Sushi here shows some flair but is nothing along the lines of the Gari experience in terms of the creative process involved in the preparation. The prices at Seki, are quite appropriately between those of Gari and of the Tsukiji market. In essence, Seki is no better or worse than the other two places I mentioned - it is just different. It has some of the best fish in New York and some variations on classic Sushi tastes, but still sticks to Japanese traditions rather than transgressing them into an entirely new style. In essence, it is simply one of the places you have to try if you love Sushi. Then you can decide how it works with your taste. Keep in mind, though, that what I said applies to Omakase meals, and the regular menu could be quite different.
It's an unlikely place to taste the best otoro of your life, but Chef Seki wows at this unassuming sushi mecca. – The Scene
As at all of the other fiercely guarded sushi temples in the city, the sushi bar is fervently popular and always packed. Rightly so, as the restaurant bothers little with refining its decor, instead putting its efforts and money into sourcing seriously impressive fish. The dimly lit dining room in back is popular with walk-ins, and service is quick and can be a bit harried, but is always friendly.
The sashimi and sushi here can knock you out. Otoro tuna, gorgeously marbled with fat, is captivating; hamachi sashimi, topped by the chef with a whisper of sea salt and a barely there squeeze of lemon, creates eye-rolling pleasure. Those who choose an omakase (chef's choice) menu will be happily surprised with accents of jalapeno or swaths of homemade sauce cleverly accenting rolls and sushi alike. But purists are rewarded as well, with some of the city's best sea urchin and abalone.
My Favorite Sushi Restaurant in NYC! – I've been a regular at sushi seki for the past 2 yrs.....and without a doubt, they have some of the freshest, most creative and best melt-in your mouth sushi I've ever had! In my opinion, I think the sushi is better than Nobu, Sushi of Gari, Gari and BondSt. Absolutely love it here! For the best experience, I would recommend sitting at the sushi bar by Chef Seki and getting the Omakase menu!
Great Sushi – We just discovered Sushi Seki and we will definitely be going back. Really fresh, great sushi! Service was very attentive and the food was delicious. Definitely recommmend this to Sushi lovers.
Some steam there – Good steam in the engine! The word was that the staff from Gary opened this...seems like they brought the creativity with them...
Rude, Intolerable Service – Twice we had enjoyed a late dinner here, but last night we vowed never to return. Arriving on time for our 11 pm reservation, we asked to be seated in the cozier back froom. They told us to wait. Despite the fact there were 20 diners there and two tables open - we were suddenly told the back room was not available at this hour. Instead they ordered us to eat at a cramped window table. When we objected to the chill coming in, they repeatedly snapped: "You sit there!" and refused to let me speak to a manager or to the owner - "he's taking a break." Nobody offered any explanations and the woman in charge was indescribably nasty. After a 25 minute wait, we left. They've permanently lost us as customers.
seki is a sushi genius – omakase is the only way to go. incredibly fresh fish that melts in your mouth. put yourself in the hands of chef seki and you're guaranteed an orgasmic foodie experience. the sea urchin is delectable. sushi here will cost a pretty penny, but is definately worth it. definately rivals sushi yasuda.
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