Tucked away in the famed luxury building, the The Galleria (115 East 57th Street) is one of New York City’s newest sushi restaurants, Nare Sushi. Opened in December of 2015, this restaurant is named after one of the earliest forms of sushi called narezushi – fish that is simply covered in rice and fermented together for preservation. While it was up until now a well-kept secret, this Midtown East staple is quickly joining the ranks of the most essential Japanese restaurants in Manhattan.
The aim of Nare Sushi is to deliver the best possible food to their customers, in a setting that pays homage to Japanese traditions. The space, devised by interior designer Yu Ohata is the essence of wabi sabi. It sits almost entirely under a vast skylight and has three tiers of seating areas; simple and elegant, it achieves an atmosphere that feels as intimate as it is spacious. It easily transitions from a comfortable lunch spot to a sophisticated place for dinner, and is perfect for dates, groups, and business meetings. There is also a ten-seat sushi counter, a space often coveted by the most passionate sushi enthusiasts who enjoy watching a master at work.
Served at Nare Sushi is Edomae style sushi – the Tokyo style sushi. The Omakase – 12 pieces and 1 roll – is easily the best way to sample their unparalleled bounty of fish. Tender Toro (Fatty Tuna), Madai (Seabream), Isaki (Grunt), and Uni (Sea Urchin) are all perfectly seasoned and presented. The buttery, gently cooked Aburi Toro (seared Fatty Tuna) is a revelation of flavor and texture. Generously filled rolls easily put to shame what you have eaten elsewhere. Sit at the counter, and you can enjoy the added benefit of having the Omakase served piece by piece in the traditional manner.
Offerings from the kitchen are classic Japanese dishes like Salmon Teriyaki, as well as innovative ones like the deliciously herbaceous Kale Noodle Salad with a poached egg. The attention to detail is spectacular, from the precise cookery to the beautifully laid out presentation. Assorted Tempura, however, is a star dish – with perfectly battered and lightly fried vegetables, spearheaded by tempura shrimp, Kisu fish (Japanese Whiting), and Eel. This is a definite find, as authentic, delicate tempura made at this level is something that many New York diners have yet to truly experience.
Both the sushi counter and kitchen pay particular attention to the seasons, so the menu will change according to what is fresh and what is available at the time. But even once or twice a week, returning diners will have a chance to try a new dish or rare piece of fish. And with an extensive drinks menu that features nearly 24 different sakes, as well as wines, and beers, there is a perfect pairing for every dish, and every discerning palate.
A final surprise is that Nare Sushi is competitively priced, especially when you consider the level of skill and quality that it has to offer. Best sellers, like the Chicken Teriyaki and Wild Salmon Teriyaki are only $20 and $24, respectively. The Tempura is only $14. Sushi and Sashimi Combination for $30. An Omakase dinner is only $55, which by New York City standards is a steal. In so many ways, from price to quality, Nare Sushi can show you again what authentic Japanese food is all about.
115 E. 57th St., (bet. Lexington & Park Aves.), New York, NY 10022
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Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30 am-2:15 pm, Dinner: Mon-Sun 5:30-10:15 pm