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Donburi SpecialTakahachi (85 Avenue A @6th St.) is by far my favorite sushi restaurant in the East Village.  My brother & I started going there back in 2002 when we first moved into the East Village & we still continue to eat there till this day (actually, as I type, my stomach is full of the dish you see to the right).  The restaurant is large (but slightly cramped, particularly towards the entrance), the staff are attentive & best of all the food is excellent.

The chefs obviously know what they are doing & it really shows in the taste of the fish & the care taken in its presentation.  I think that Takahachi has some of the freshest fish that I have had in New York.  This is particularly surprising as this is a really casual restaurant & doesn’t necessarily aim for ‘upscale clientele’.  It really has more of a neighborhood vibe.  More often than not, I bump into someone I know from the neighborhood.  College kids are right at home downing sake & beer next to a table of parents & toddlers.

Takahachi can fill up really quickly, so you’d do well to get there early or be prepared to wait.  Today we arrived around 6:30, just before the end of the early specials (7pm) & before the rush.  Sitting at the bar, we both ordered the Donburi Special; BBQ Chicken over rice, Yellowtail Sashimi w/Cucumber Salad & Ponzu Dressing and Deep Fried Sweet Shrimp.  All for $11!  I really enjoyed the yellowtail & the shrimp was pretty fun (maybe too much effort to extract such a small morsel).  I liked the chicken, but a few of my pieces were a bit dry, but not all was lost.  I washed my meal down with tea & house sake.

Takahachi is an excellent option for sushi in the EV.  Get there early, grab a seat at the bar & check out the daily specials (20 or so dishes that change every day, ensuring that you get something new each time).


Takahachi on Urbanspoon
Takahachi in New York


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