Blue Ribbon Sushi,
New York, NY, tasted on February 18, 2004 —
I really do love living in Seattle. Especially since we moved into the
city proper. But I have to admit that things close down relatively
early. I'd like to be able to get some really good food after midnight
on a weeknight. That's just not really possible. And it's not just in
Seattle, but in most places on this planet. New York city is different.
Different good. Every day of the week
Sushi is open until 2am. You can't ask for more than that (even
though New York has more to offer). And on this night we asked, and Blue
Ribbon Sushi delivered.
We showed up at 1am. They were a little hard to find as there doesn't
appear to be an English sign anywhere (though the
Japanese one is cool - I don't know what it says). We weren't super hungry, but the thought of high
quality sushi is always enough to get us out to eat. The place is a
little small, but cozy and has some
beautiful little touches. First things first,
the wasabi was fresh by default. It's not like the prices don't reflect
these small touches, but still, it's worth it. We only had enough
appetite for a few dishes, but they were delicious.
We started off with a spicy kampachi handroll. It was quite good with
excellent and crispy nori. It wasn't quite conical, and more thick with
a long "cubetangle" of kampachi. I know that calling any spicy handroll
"authentic" is really an oxymoron, but the quality and freshness really
was authentic to me. We also ordered some
negitoro gunkan maki (toro
with scallions chopped fine on a bed of rice with nori wrapped around
the circumfrence). The oilyness of the fish made these almost creamy. It
was like uni in a good way. We also had a bunch of
ngiri sushi with
great fish to rice ratios. Pricey? Yes. Super quality? Yes. Open until
2am? Yes. Can't complain.