During a busy day of back-to-back meetings at a conference, I arranged to have a work lunch outside the meeting rooms to avoid a box sandwich lunch and actually enjoy the food. My lunch companion, Laird, who also loves food, suggested Kurumazushi – his favourite Japanese lunch spot where he goes twice per month. I had never been but I was dying for some fresh, tasty fish.
Kurumazushi is located on the 2nd floor of a little building on 47th street, and you could well miss it were you not paying attention. Kurumazushi has been around for 35 years and is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, Japanese restaurants in New York.
Chef Toshihiro Uezu was there when we went, and according to Laird is always there. The chef was very smiley and friendly, but Laird said he goes often and the chef never paid any attention to him but because I was there, he suddenly engaged in laughs and conversation – not sure I believe it…
Laird also suggested eating at the counter so that we could have front row seats to witness all of the action….and he suggested the sushi deluxe for $35. I was still hungry, which he doubted, I could order additional things. This is probably the best deal I have ever seen in NY! We got around 12 nigiri, miso soup and a portion of rolls and I was full, happy and absolutely in love with Kurumazushi by the end of the meal. They also have a $25 meal but the extra $10 is very much worth it, as you get o-toro and better fish. In the interest of full disclosure, I did order one extra eel sushi despite being full as I was really craving some!
I am hooked and I wish I could go there twice a month as well. He also told me that although lunch is a bargain, dinners can get pricier there, so stick to lunch!
In London, I love Ikeda but sadly they don’t have such a screaming deal for lunch. But still is my favourite London easy and authentic Japanese spot!