Japanese dining in general is very efficient and minimalistic. If you are intimidated by raw fish, don't be! All is explained in our sushi guide.
For a listing of 80+ Sushi restaurants in New York City, visit http://www.sushi.to/rest/na_usa_newyork_newyorkcity.htm.
Try any of these recommended restaurants:
Avenue A ($18-$35) 103 Avenue A (btw. 6th Ave. & 7th Ave.), 982-8109 M-Su 5pm-2am Disco sushi mobbed with pre-nightclubbers.
Benihana of Tokyo ($30 avg.) 120 E. 56th St. (btw. Park Ave & Lexington Ave.), 593-1627 M-Th 12pm-11pm, F 12pm-11:30pm, Sa 1pm-11:30pm, Su 1pm-10pm
Blue Ribbon Sushi ($35 & under) 119 Sullivan St. (btw. Prince St. & Spring St.), 343-0404 T-Su 4pm-2am
Fujiyama Mama ($30 avg.) 467 Columbus Ave. (btw. 82nd St. & 83rd St.), 769-1144 Su-Th 6pm-12am, F & Sa 6pm-1am Reservations recommended.
Inagiku Waldorf-Astoria, 111 East 49th Street, (212) 355-0440 Monday-Friday from Noon to 2:00 p.m. and Daily from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Inagiku was midtown Manhattan's first Japanese fine dining establishment. Reservations recommended.
Japonica ($31 avg.) 100 University Pl. (@12th St.), 243-7752 Su-Th 12pm-10pm, F & Sa 12pm-11pm
Kang Suh Restaurant ($16.95 & under) 1250 Broadway (@ 32nd St.), 564-6845 M-Su 24hrs Along with its full bar, this popular establishment sports tables equipped with BBQ grills built into the center.