Location: 110 1st Avenue New York, NY 10009
FAT Scale (Flavor, Appeal, Taste): 9/10
- Flavor: 9/10
- Appeal: 9/10
- Taste: 9/10
HAPPY Scale (Hospitality, Atmosphere, Population, Price, Yearning for more): 8.4/10
- Hospitality: 9.2/10
- Atmosphere: 7.5/10
- Population: yuppies, sushi lovers, sake lovers, locals, some pretentious people that think they’re all that and a bag of chips
- Price: $$$
- Yearning for more: 8.6/10
If the video doesn’t make it loud and clear, GO to Sushi Dojo. With 14 seats at the counter, and a few tables, it is a small, intimate sushi bar perfect for a date night or small group dinner. They’re 15-piece/Hand Roll Chef’s Omakase is $85 – and while that may not be the cheapest price, it is super reasonable compared to some of the other high end omakase’s in the city. With staple pieces like tuna and salmon, as well as unique ones like Tasmanian Ocean Trout, Sushi Dojo is definitely worth the spend. All the chefs are well-trained and they execute some great, quality, and fresh sushi pieces. And while you’re at it, go big and spend on their sake, and go home feeling like a winner. The staff is trained and knowledgeable on their extensive sake list, and they will find one just right. If you go on a weekend, be prepared for things to get a little rowdy as it gets later because the crowd here loves to eat and drink.
My suggestion – if you want a nice date, go early so you can take your time and enjoy the experience without the loudness or huge crowd. If you want that loud, party atmosphere, then come here later at night. I have been around for both atmospheres, and I’ve enjoyed both experiences. The only downfall of the latter is sometimes you cannot avoid sitting next to pretentious people that talk a lot and talk loudly when they’re drunk. I kid you not, there was someone next to me going on and on about his social club and how rich and great he was. But on the upside, the people on the other side of me were some of the nicest strangers I’ve ever met. They were a couple and a friend, and the one man is from Tokyo, and he and his friend gave me some amazing Japanese recommendations in the city and in Japan (so stay tuned on those (: ). If you guys are reading this, thanks for the memorable chat; we hope to see you again soon! And if you’re out there still reading this, thanks for tuning it. You’ve made it this far, so please like and subscribe to my videos on YouTube and Facebook! (@befatbehappy for both!) Go to Sushi Dojo – you won’t regret it.