No sushi on Sundays

Sunday, January 13th, 2008 | All Things, Eats, Sports

We had narrowed down our choices for sushi dinner tonight to a handful of places that were new to both of us. Ushi Wakamaru on Houston Street seemed promising, but after reading that the place was newly reopened after renovations that coincided with being closed down by the Department of Health in September, well… we reconsidered. (Though in retrospect, perhaps we should have reasoned: when is a restaurant more meticulously clean than after getting shuttered?)

Inase on the Upper East Side does not open on Sundays, nor does midtown’s Sushi Yasuda, which left us with Shimizu in Hell’s Kitchen. Except not quite, as we discovered upon our arrival on 51st Street: that restaurant is closed on Sundays as well.

Clearly, we were not meant to dine on sushi tonight. Down the block at the House of Brews we reassessed our options, and briefly caught part of what would be the Giants’ victory over the Dallas Cowboys, 21-17, that would send the team to the frozen tundra of Green Bay for next Sunday’s NFC title game. (Thanks, “Jessica”!)

We ended up at Uncle Nick’s Greek Cuisine a block away, on Ninth Avenue.

Uncle Nick’s

I’ve read gripes that “Astoria is better,” but all in all, Uncle Nick’s is a solid choice for simple Greek fare, a casual and more reasonably priced alternative to the other mid-to-upscale Greek restaurants in the neighborhood (Estiatorio Milos, Molyvos).

My favorite part of the meal — aside from the company, of course — was the “Four Combo Dip” platter: scoops of tzatziki (yogurt, cucumber and garlic dip), scordalia (potato and garlic dip), melitzanosalata (eggplant dip) and tarama (a fluffy, tangy fish roe dip), served with wedges of warm, grilled pita. I’d come back just for this.

4 Combo Dips

Cretan Keftedakia (fried Cretan spiced meatballs):

Cretan Keftedakia

Pastitsio (oven-baked macaroni, spiced chopped sirloin, and whipped potatoes, layered with Béchamel sauce) — like a Greek lasagna, or Shepherd’s pie.


And one of tonight’s specials: the Shrimp Santorini (large, white shrimp, smothered with fresh tomatoes garlic and feta). After seeing the waiter bring out my dish, a man at the adjacent table ordered the same.

Shrimp Santorini

Back at home after dinner, we took advantage of my free month of HBO, catching the umpteenth cable broadcast of The Devil Wears Prada, a film which until that night I’d not seen in its entirety. Fabulous outfits, and all around great fun.

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There are 5 Comments ... No sushi on Sundays

January 17, 2008

now you got the blue ribbon bar on 57 for sushi on sundays.

January 17, 2008

Indeed, you’re right! Two-starred by Bruni in yesterday’s Times.

January 17, 2008
January 25, 2008

awwww; Ushiwakamaru is the best; you missed out on a great meal! been going there for a couple years and am positive the closing/reopening was a coincidence (please!) and, I’ve only had bad meals at uncle nick’s; it looks like you avoided all their kebabs (which they not only sell hard, but also invariably taste really hard). agree on the 4 dips tho, but their skordalia is a bit too intense for me.

January 28, 2008

I did prefer Kefi (which has a similar 4-dip combo), but overall not a bad meal at Uncle Nick’s.

All right, that decides it then. Ushiwakamaru one day soon — in spite of all the sushi news this week.

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