After years of enjoying incredible Japanese cuisine and high-endsushi, both in the US and in Japan, one sets their expectation and quality standards quiet high. I have been to my share of great sushi restaurants in New York such as Sushi Yasuda, Megu, Sushi Zen, Sushi Sen-Nin, Geisha, Kuruma Zushi, Nobu, Sushi of Gari, Haru, Sushi Samba, Blue Ribbon, etc. Each one of these restaurants serves quality food with top-notch service. When you set your standards according to these then its hard to enjoy sushi anywhere else.
When a new sushi restaurant opens up in New York and promises a great dining experience, I must try it at least once, just to see what they have got to offer compared to what I am used to. So when I heard about the Sushi UO, my wife and I made a special trip down to Lower East Side to try out this new restaurant.
Sushi UO is located in a walk-up building without signs so you have to know where to go (This is quiet common in Japan when extraordinary, jewel-box sized restaurants are located in the basements of the office buildings or behind unmarked doors on quiet side streets). Find the building 151 on the Rivington Street, walk up few steps and turn right to enter this oasis of a restaurant. Once you enter you'll find a tastefully decorated, comfortable forty seat dining room and a small sushi bar, located in the back of the dining room. Behind this bar Chef David serves some of the best sushi, sashimi and Japanese food I've ever tasted in New York. With his experience from working under the guidance of some of the great sushi masters and along with his talent for creating delicacies, Chef David does a wonderful job of making sure his diners are there to enjoy themselves.
We started our dinner with some edamame while picked a nice bottle of sake from an expertly arranged sake selection. We continued with the Smoked Duck Breast -Takoyaki Style and the Creamy Rock Shrimp Tempura Duo. Afterwards we ordered some more dishes like the Usuzukuri (thinly sliced fluke), Pacific Roll (fresh crab, avocado and cucumber), Whitefish Roll (lightly broiled whitefish with asparagus and enoki) and the Eel Avocado Roll. For the finale we ordered some sashimi and sushi, all were remarkably scrumptious.
It was a real pleasure to meet Chef David, the man behind the Sushi UO and enjoy his offerings. Each dish was masterfully prepared and presented, we enjoyed everything to the last bite. It is a unique experience when the food you eat is provided by a chef who truly enjoys what he does and he is passionate about the cuisine and his customers’ experience. We will surely return to this wonderful restaurant as soon as we can.
151 Rivington St (Second Level) MAP
(Between Suffolk & Clinton St)
New York, NY 10002
Sushi UO Menu on MenuPages: http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/sushi-uo/menu
Sushi UO on Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/sushi-uo-new-york
Sushi UO on Grub Street: http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2009/10/first_look_at_uo_and_its_secre.html